Hands up if you didn’t realise Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away. Rather than leaving it until the last minute and arranging a reservation at your local Thai place, imagine how many brownie points you’ll score with your other half if you whisk them away on any of these romantic getaways.
Port Douglas, QLD
For the couple who just can’t get enough of adventure…
If the love of adventure is what brought you together, here’s the ideal V-day experience for you. Just an hour’s drive from Cairns (where you can easily pick up your car hire), Port Douglas is an undiscovered thrill-seekers playground.
Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, spot the crocs along the Mossman River, saddle up on a horse ride across Cape Tribulation, go mountain biking, surf the jungle or even try hang gliding! Did someone say action-packed?! Yes, we did.
Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, WA
For couples seeking a bit of privacy…
Anyone who ever included liking long walks on the beach in their dating profile probably had this one in mind. Breathtaking scenery across a 15 km walking trail from Le Grand Beach to Rossiter Bay along the edge of Cape Le Grand is what you’ll get here.
Lucky Bay and its white sand and turquoise waters is right in the middle. You’ll most likely only be sharing it with a couple of southern grey kangaroos or a lonely fisherman with no one to share the special day with.
Attention foodie couples – this one is for you
Tassie is fast becoming a foodie’s idea of heaven with cafes, restaurants, cellar doors, and artisan producers popping up all over the island. Indulge in everything from oysters from Freycinet Marine Farm, raspberries from Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm or cheese straight out of a Bruny Island dairy farm. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface.
If you haven’t yet experienced the Salamanca Market you haven’t lived, so you’ll need to stay until Saturday at the very least to feast on rows upon rows of delectable delicacies, the freshest of catches, and everything in between.
Budderoo National Park, NSW
For that down-to-earth nature-loving couple
Nature lovers will feel like they’ve hit the jackpot at Budderoo National Park. Feeling right in their element, the pristine rainforest walks, captivating waterfalls, and jaw-dropping panoramas will create lasting memories for any couple. A picnic in the park surrounded by all the native flora and fauna screams V-day all the way.
Because couples who stay cultured, stay classy
The culture capital of Australia is the perfect destination to indulge in all things savoir-faire. Here’s the perfect itinerary for romantic culture buffs.
Start the day with a delicious Melbourne coffee at any of the renowned coffee haunts before heading to the NGV for the latest exhibition. Enjoy a long lunch along the Yarra River and then check out any one of Melbourne’s musicals. Finish the evening with a cocktail overlooking the city at Lui Bar in the Rialto Towers. Snazzy.
Pick up your zippy little mobile from any of the Thrifty car hire locations in Melbourne, and you’re all set.
Ormiston Gorge, West MacDonnell National Park, NT
For that back-to-basics couple who only need each other (and maybe a tent)…
Undoubtedly one of the most romantic skies in Australia is in Ormiston Gorge. Thanks to the limited light pollution, you can enjoy the clearest night skies in all of the lands with an equally breathtaking sunrise making for a magical camping experience. Enjoy the shooting stars; you’ll see plenty!
Coonawarra wine region, SA
For the couple who like to wine with their dining…
Barossa Valley, take a backseat. It’s love season, and Coonawarra is the destination for all star-crossed couples. The capital of Cabernet Sauvignon is the heart of Limestone Coast, South Australia.
There are 28 wineries in the region, all worthy of a visit of their cellar doors, but if you absolutely must choose, check out Wynn’s Coonawarra, Katnook Estate, and Majella Winery. You can do it in a day trip or take your time over a few days to really soak in the beauty of the region. Thrifty has several car hire locations in Adelaide, so you can travel in comfort and style with your one and only.