Published on : Friday, February 3, 2017
Destination NSW research shows adult couples make up nearly a third of all domestic short break visits annually. In Summer 2015-16, 33 per cent of domestic and international overnight short break visitors to Sydney were adult couples.
Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said “It’s not surprising that NSW attracts so many romantics. Sydney and Regional NSW offer a broad range of accommodation, tours and experiences designed for couples seeking the perfect short break. Whatever your idea of a romantic getaway might be, there’s a holiday to suit in NSW.”
Below is just a sample of some of the special or luxury getaways for lovers available in NSW:
What could be more romantic than a seafood feast and a bottle of delicious sparkling NSW wine on a secret Sydney Harbour beach? Manly Kayak Centre offers packages for couples to paddle to the boat-access only Store Beach where you’ll be met by a picnic hamper, table and chairs, umbrella, and cooler. The Romantic Deluxe package includes a message of your choice in the sand, chocolates and strawberries and fresh rose petals surrounding the picnic.
After returning your kayak to Manly Wharf head further up the Northern Beaches and spend a night or two at Jonah’s Whale Beach – the only hotel in the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group in Sydney. The property has eleven Ocean Retreat rooms with spas and balconies overlooking the sea, and an acclaimed restaurant offering contemporary Australian cuisine.
Lord Howe Island
With its calm turquoise lagoon, striking volcanic peaks, laidback Lord Howe Island is the most beautiful undiscovered island in the South Pacific. Just a two-hour flight from Sydney or Port Macquarie, visitors are limited to just 400 at any time on this UNESCO World Heritage-listed island.
The luxurious Capella Lodge has a friendly and relaxed restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the plunge pool, lagoon and mountains. Enjoy sundowners and canapes on the deck each evening before dining on the Pacific-themed seasonal menu, which showcases produce from throughout NSW. Order a picnic or barbecue hamper from the lodge and head to Old Settlement Beach, where you can snorkel at the world’s southernmost coral reef, swim alongside turtles, and kayak across the lagoon to North Bay. The Capella Spa offers a range of treatments from the ‘Sacred Stone Therapy’ that draws upon the power of heated basalt stones from the island’s beaches to the three-hour ‘Dreaming’ package.