If rose petals sprinkled across a hotel bed makes you want to run a mile, treat your special someone to a romantic getaway in one of these adults-only Slow Stays instead. With clawfoot bathtubs, fireplaces, and plenty of privacy on the cards, these romantic escapes set the scene for that special anniversary, proposal, or ‘any-excuse’ weekend away together.
Mullumbimby Creek, NSW
Wake to the sun rising over the ocean at Blackbird, a stunning Slow Stay on a cliff-face in verdant Mullumbimby. Between taking in the view of rolling hills and the Pacific Ocean, plunging into the magnesium pool and soaking up some Vitamin D on the handmade sun lounges, it’ll be impossible not to fall in love… with Blackbird, and your lover all over again. Whatever you do, don’t call it a night too early; there’s a fire to huddle around and the stars out here are something else.
PALMER & GUNN
Gold Coast Hinterland, QLD
Photography Morgan Kelly @casa_morgan
A romantic package of reclaimed materials with all the ingredients for a couple’s rendezvous, this ‘wee tiny’ sits beside a stream in the Gold Coast Hinterland with an antique fireplace, outdoor cedar hot tub, and indoor clawfoot bath. After a weekend spent picnic-ing by the creek, playing cards by the fire, and sipping wine in the tub, your romance levels will be fully recharged.
Set on a picturesque rural property in the Mudgee Valley, this new eco-friendly and architecturally striking cabin is made for lovers. With recycled bricks, handmade furniture, and floor-to-ceiling windows, the warm and inviting space is so well stocked with everything you could wish for you might just skip the wineries and stay in all weekend instead.
Hidden away on a flower farm in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges, this smart shipping container conversion delivers high-end comforts while treading lightly on the earth. Soak in the view while you relax and enjoy a complimentary bottle of local wine around the fire pit, shower under the stars and snuggle into sumptuous linen bedding. Then simply rinse and repeat!
Mount Wollumbin, NSW
You’ll have to get in line but book ahead to celebrate together in this striking eco cabin amongst the trees on a 100-acre property, 20 minutes’ drive from Murwillumbah. After you pop into Pottsville to enjoy a complimentary infra-red sauna session, retire to the outdoor tub set into the deck and drink in the views of Mount Wollumbin set to a bush soundtrack.
Gold Coast Hinterland, QLD
A glamping retreat that needs no introduction for most, Nightfall offers a fully-inclusive, hands-off-the-steering-wheel-of-life, romantic experience you’ll never forget. Soak in the twin tubs in your open-sided safari tent, book a massage, and toast to each other as you unwind and reconnect in the magic of Lamington National Park.
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Eerwah Vale, QLD
Go off-grid and strip back all the outside noise to spend a night or two luxuriating in each other’s company in this bespoke eco cabin. Shower in the rainforest, eat fruit picked from the property, wrap yourself in locally-made kimonos, and enjoy the type of conversations you had in those first heady months of meeting.
ALKIRA ECO GLAMPING RETREAT
What was once an old open-air artists’ studio has been transformed into a gorgeous b&b surrounded by mountain ash trees; a sanctuary where you can savour a lazy lie-in and enjoy freshly-baked bread and coffee. Don’t forget to say hello to the friendly horses, cows, and alpacas.
Lettes Bay, TAS
This whimsical property in Strahan has been lovingly renovated to reflect a less modern era, a slower lifestyle and a yearning for respite from the busyness that engulfs us all. Just as the name Captains Rest implies, this is a place to seek solitude with huge antique windows that look out onto the lake and private jetty. Sit by the fire as rain teems down, or sink deeply into the restored clawfoot bath.
King Island, TAS
Nothing is too much to ask for at this luxurious yet sustainable retreat, set upon a swathe of waterfront rural land on King Island. Whether you wish to stay inside and slip from bed to bath to yoga mat on repeat, or venture out to enjoy a freshly-cooked haul of crayfish and champagne, your every wish will be granted here.
Imagine this: your own private glamping site with views stretching from the mountains to the Pacific, just 15 minutes from Brunswick Heads. A place where you can cook over an open fire, dance under the stars, and cocoon yourselves away in a beautifully appointed bell tent with the added benefit of a luxury off-grid kitchen and bathroom attached.
This romantic hand-built cabin sits upon Yalburabah’, a working macadamia farm meaning ‘place of healing’ in the language of the indigenous Bundjalung peoples. Just 15 minutes from Lennox Head, Newrybar and Killen Falls, you can spend your time exploring or simply soaking in the antique outdoor tub.
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