Top 10 Most Romantic Cities In Australia
Top 10 Most Romantic Cities In Australia

Australia, the smallest continent and one of the largest countries on Earth, lying between the Pacific and Indian oceans in the Southern Hemisphere. Australia’s capital is Canberra, located in the southeast between the larger and more important economic and cultural centres of Sydney and Melbourne.

Being home to some of the world’s most amazing places and experiences, Australia is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. Love-struck newlyweds can soak in the beautiful landscapes and revel in the luxury and warm hospitality the country has to offer.

After consulting KnowInsiders travelling experts, we have compiled a list of top 10 most romantic cities that you can choose for your love trips to Australia.

List of top 10 most romantic cities in Australia

10. Perth

9. Victoria

8. Kimberley

7. Wagga Wagga

6. Bendigo

5. Brisbane

4. Orange

3. Queensland

2. Melbourne

1. The Whitsundays


What are the 10 most romantic cities in Australia?

10. Perth

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Photo: Getty Images

Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia (WA). It is Australia's fourth-most populous city, with a population of 2.1 million living in Greater Perth in 2020. Perth is part of the South West Land Division of Western Australia, with most of the metropolitan area on the Swan Coastal Plain between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp. The city has expanded outward from the original British settlements on the Swan River, upon which the city's central business district and port of Fremantle are situated. Perth city is located on land on which the Whadjuk Noongar, an Aboriginal people of the south west of Western Australia, have lived for what is considered "a relatively conservative estimate of around 50,000 years". The Noongar people now refer to Perth as Boorloo.

The Perth Mint provides a fascinating exhibit about how the notorious goldfields in Western Australia were discovered, including the harshness of those early Gold Rush days. They distribute over 18 billion dollars worth of gold and other metals each year and even have a demonstration on how gold bars are made.

Jumpstart your grand honeymoon vacation with the sweeping view at the King’s Park. The view is really astonishing and you can also lie on the grass while feasting your eyes on the city view. There is also a field of wildflowers that will add color to your visit. The fascinating beauty of flora and fauna is the pride of the place and can be witnessed on its botanical gardens, one of the inner city park in the world. Elizabeth Quay to Claisebrook – the cruise reveals the developments in and around east Perth on Point Waterbank, New Perth Stadium, and the Pedestrian Bridge. It will take the both of you approximately 45 minutes to arrive in the exquisite Claisebrook where you can stay for a coffee or go lunch at the Royal of the Waterfront.

The sun, the wind, the ocean, the view and the skydiving. Hello summer haze honeymoon! The sky’s the limit in this skydive activity where you and special one get to be elevated 14,000ft from the ground. Once you and your guide had jumped from the helicopter ledge, you’ll get to see the beauty of Perth in a bird’s eye view.

To bring more thrill to your honeymoon getaway, include Kraken Adventure World to your itineraries. Scream along, as you treat yourselves in one of the most famous spots in Perth, The Kraken Adventure World, 25 minutes away from Perth and 15mins away from Fremantle. Take a splash and dash in their heart pumping water rides. That will surely take out the adrenaline rush for the both of you! And your honeymoon will never be as usual, but a thrilling and epic honeymoon getaway. What a fantastic choice for a honeymoon trip, isnt it?

9. Victoria

Photo:  Britannica
Photo: Britannica

The foodie, cultural and sports-loving capital city of Melbourne has enough to keep visitors entertained for days. But better yet, Victoria’s most enticing experiences are all within a short drive from the city. From mountain vistas to cool-climate wines and little penguins, whichever direction you turn, Victoria will serve up something unforgettable.

Victoria's capital, Melbourne, is one of the most easily accessed Australian cities; you can fly direct to Melbourne from several international hubs, as well as from every Australian capital city.

From Melbourne Airport it’s an easy 20-minute taxi or bus ride to the city centre. From there, you can explore Victoria’s regions by car, train or bus. While flying is convenient, the ultimate way to cruise into the state is on a road trip.

Deciding where to have your honeymoon can be tough – especially with so many options near and far. Should you choose locally, interstate or travel abroad? Sometimes travelling abroad simply isn’t worth it, with travel time and jetlag cutting into your holiday time. With so many beautiful places in Victoria, you may as well make the most of the short time you both have off work to enjoy your honeymoon, without the fuss of travelling a huge distance.

Daylesford: Located a 90-minute drive from Melbourne in Victoria’s Spa Country, arty Daylesford is home to an array of galleries, pubs, quaint cafes and restaurants. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can go glamping in a luxurious tepee. Nearby Hepburn Springs has several indulgent day spas to visit, so you’ll definitely have a relaxing time when you yourself to a trip to Daylesford.

Wilsons Promontory: If you’re an active, outdoorsy couple, Wilsons Promontory, or “The Prom” is a great choice. With plenty of hiking trails, birdwatching and other wildlife spotting opportunities, beach views and spectacular landscapes, there’s so much to see and do in this incredible pocket of eastern Victoria.

The Grampians: Another wonderful place for the outdoors inclined, the Grampians offer pinnacle hikes, waterfalls, forests, incredible views and tranquil vibes. If you like wildlife, there is an abundance around the area to observe, and as you’re driving back towards Melbourne you can go along the scenic Great Ocean Road.

Sorrento or Queenscliff: Situated on the Mornington Peninsula, Sorrento is historically a popular holiday destination for the elite, and offers beautiful translucent water and quaint wooden jetty, delicious seafood dinners and a charming feel. Queenscliff is equally as gorgeous and historical, with a number of museums to peruse. You could even take the ferry between the two.

8. Kimberley

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Photo: Australian Geographic

An ancient landscape covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometres, the Kimberley is one of the world's most precious wilderness regions.

Three times larger than England and with a population of less than 40,000, the Kimberley region – spread over Australia's entire north-western corner – is one of the world's last wilderness frontiers. Here you'll find prolific wildlife, majestic canyons, freshwater swimming holes and several outback stations, as well as one of Australia's greatest 4WD road trips. Despite the area's remoteness, it's also a place of great food, luxury accommodation, friendly locals and one of the most romantic beach towns on Earth.

The Kimberley may be sparsely populated, but it’s crowded with breathtaking wilderness experiences. Purnululu National Park, home of the Bungle Bungle Range, is UNESCO World Heritage-listed for its geological significance, while one of the most photographed natural icons in the region is Mitchell Falls – these towering, four-tiered waterfalls are among the most spectacular in Australia, and, no doubt, the world. Nature buffs will also be fascinated to experience the Horizontal Falls of Talbot Bay, caused by the Kimberley’s enormous 11m tides, the largest tidal range in Australia and among the biggest in the world.

If you thought you were going to be lonely with all that space and pristine wilderness, don’t worry – there are over 300 species of birds in the Kimberley region. Nothing quite compares to witnessing the elaborate courtship dance of brolgas at sunset, although seeing (and hearing) an enormous flock of magpie geese passing overhead at sunrise is equally awe inspiring. Look out for the delightfully colourful Gouldian finch, and don’t miss a chance to witness the thousands of seabirds and shorebirds that breed on Adele Island off the Kimberley coast, which has been called ‘the Galapagos of the Kimberley’.

7. Wagga Wagga

Photo:  Visit Wagga Wagga
Photo: Visit Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga combines the verdant beauty of the countryside with all the charm and varied delights you’d expect from New South Wales’ largest inland city. Whether your heart is set on a cosy winter escape spent sampling the region’s best wineries, soaking up local culture and fine dining; or seeing Wagga’s tree-lined streets burst into autumnal colours of orange, amber and yellow; or you’re in search of a road trip destination that delivers plenty of nature-rich activities to bask in throughout the heat of the summer months – the Riverina city will deliver all this and more.

Wagga Wagga is located just under five hours’ drive from both Sydney and Melbourne and three hours from Canberra – making it the perfect road trip destination from all three capitals.

Alternatively, fly into Wagga Wagga Airport (11 kilometres from the town centre) from Sydney and Melbourne and hire a car on arrival to explore the Riverina region. You can also take the six-hour journey via train from Sydney to Wagga.

Among the Wagga Wagga romantic places the couples can visit the various recreation options among which the couples can enjoy. But in the city the thing which should not be missed is having fun in the Murrumbidgee River at the city where the couples can have fun in the large sandy beach, and the place is very much visited by the people who love swimming and the couples can also go for picnics and barbecues in the summer months. Couples can also visit Lake Albert which is also a good tourist hub where the couples can enjoy the serene atmosphere and they can have some great fun in the lake which is a hub of various water sports, bird watching, fishing, walking and the couples can also enjoy nice boating in this place as the lake also hosts a boating club to facilitate the tourists and also to provide them ample of fun and enjoyment.

Why Visit Wagga Wagga as Romantic Getaways?

In the Wagga Wagga romantic gateway the couples can go for isolated and private trips in the Wagga Wagga Botanical garden which is a great place for the families and the couples who are looking for some very loving and special places that are centered in the lush green backdrop of nature.

The place is apt for small day picnics as the park is filled with many fun options such as A mini zoo, Camellia and Cactus Gardens children’s adventure playground, free flight aviary and rainforest, a Tree Chapel, Chinese Garden, and Miniature Railway which is enough for a great time.

6. Bendigo

Photo:  Bendigo Region
Photo: Bendigo Region

Experience the contrasts of Bendigo as you explore its vibrant arts hub and world-class food and wine scene, set against rich gold-rush history, grand architecture and magnificent gardens. Sample stunning contemporary cuisine in historic buildings, admire modern art in venues new and old, and explore the city's fascinating history at museums, gardens and galleries.

Take a walk or ride on Bendigo's talking tram and explore the city's heritage architecture. Don a miner's hat and dig up a wealth of goldrush history on a tour of the Central Deborah Mine, or explore the city's Chinese heritage at the Golden Dragon Museum. Get behind the wheel at Australia's oldest working pottery, Bendigo Pottery, or admire the delightful conservatory, cascade waterfall and open-air fernery of Rosalind Park.

The Bendigo region has long set the standard for food and wine experiences. The 2019 designation as a UNESCO Creative City and Region of Gastronomy – an Australian first – recognises the creativity and uniqueness of Bendigo and the surrounding region's thriving food and wine scene, and the strong community behind it.

Celebrate the paddock-to-plate philosophy with a meal to remember at some of the region's top restaurants, such as Masons of Bendigo, hatted by the Good Food Guide, and steak experts The Woodhouse. Take time out to visit some of the 80 local wineries in the renowned Bendigo and Heathcote wine regions. Dine with a view of the vines, sample local varietals at cellar doors, and learn why the area is famous for its magnificent shiraz.

5. Brisbane

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Photo: Charlotte Plans a Trip

Queensland’s riverside capital city continues to boom. The city’s most famous resident, the Brisbane River, winds its way through the city centre. Dividing Brisbane into two parts, the region may well best be navigated by its proximity to this watery stretch.

Courtesy of its 283 days of sunshine on average, and year-round warm climate, Queenslanders favour being outside where possible. The population regularly descends on the bevy of open-air markets strewn throughout town, including the Brisbane City Markets in Radcliffe Place, and public green spaces like the recently redeveloped Roma Street Parkland and New Farm Park, where picnics are popular. Up for an urban adventure? The River City offers no end of adventure experiences to get your heart racing. Tackle the Story Bridge Adventure Climb, Riverlife Adventure Centre or Brisbane by Bicycle, or take a wander of Brisbane City Botanical Gardens, or a city skyline swim at Streets Beach in South Bank.

Creativity equally abounds across town. The suburbs of South Bank, West End and Fortitude Valley are well-documented for their nightlife, live music scene and galleries galore.

Blessed with year-round sunny skies, and a creative community and dining scene on par with its southern cousins, Brisbane boasts plenty of ways to spend your time.

Romantic Getaways Near Brisbane

Tucked away in five acres of lush rainforest on Mt Tamborine, Pether's Rainforest Retreat is composed of just a dozen luxurious (and uber private) treehouses all with one entirely glass wall that looks straight out to the greenery beyond. When you tire of the view (never), you can sink blissfully into your private spa either before or after an intimate three-course dinner in the restaurant just a boardwalk away. Romance level: Off the charts.

Jaws will drop as you enter the majestic 12km driveway of Spicers Peak Lodge. Located 1100 metres above sea-level in South East Queensland, Spicers Peak offers the height of luxury via its all-inclusive holiday styling. Melt into a treatment at Spa Anise, dine at award-winning restaurant, The Peak, explore the surrounds with a gourmet picnic hamper in hand, or alternate between the pool and tennis court for some localised fun.

Sometimes cosy is best. Especially when you’re getting all up in your partner’s space because you love ‘em so much. Springbrook Mountain's chalets have that retro chic vibe about them with all wooden interiors, leather couches and balconies reaching out to the forest floor. Choose from unique ‘boat-styled’ chalets for two with chapel ceilings or spread out big time in the deluxe cabin with it’s A frame roof and loft styled bedroom. The only real question is, who brought the marshmallows to toast in your private fireplace?

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4. Orange

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Photo: ABC News

Enjoy an unforgettable getaway in the exquisite rolling hills of the Orange region, where acclaimed vineyards, lush orchards, boutique shopping experiences and beautifully preserved heritage are paired with stunning natural surroundings. You’ll also find renowned food and wine festivals that bring together the best local talent and flavours.

With a high altitude and rich volcanic soil from nearby Mount Canobolas, the Orange wine region enjoys perfect conditions to produce cool climate wines. Local boutique wineries around Orange, Blayney, Millthorpe and Canowindra make a variety of wines, including award winning shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.

Fine food, cool-climate wine and vineyard views for days: there’s romance aplenty to be had in Orange and a range of accommodation to suit the mood.

From boutique hotels and heritage homes in central Orange to vineyard villas and country cottages dotted among the region’s wineries, those looking for a romantic retreat in the Orange region are spoilt for choice.

3. Queensland

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Photo: World Travel Guide

Queensland is Australia's take on paradise. Warm, laidback and heartbreakingly beautiful, its sweep of pristine beaches, luxuriant jungle and ethereal peaks conjure a southern Shangri-La.

Seven times the size of Great Britain and two and a half times the size of Texas, Queensland is a geographic behemoth. No other Australian state matches its natural diversity, an impressive collection of 27 bioregions supporting over 1000 ecosystem types, from rainforests and wetlands, to savannas, dry tropics, rangelands and the coast. Five of Australia’s eleven World Heritage-listed natural sites are found here, including the world wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef. Punctuating these spectacular landscapes is a string of vibrant cities and laid-back towns, from sophisticated Brisbane and wham-glam Gold Coast, to the sultry, laid-back chic of Noosa and Port Douglas.

In short, Queensland is one, huge, adrenalin-pumping playground. Should you snorkel the inimitable Great Barrier Reef, ride waves in Caloundra, or sand-board dunes on Fraser Island? Then again, you could always sail across azure Whitsunday waters, seek glow worms in a Gold Coast Hinterland rainforest, or glide silently through the Noosa Everglades. The possibilities are virtually endless, from furious, fast-paced thrills to reflective, restorative interludes. Of course, if it’s all just too overwhelming, Queensland's heavenly beaches are the perfect place to do sweet nada.

Contrary to the jokes bandied down south, Queensland and culture are not mutually exclusive. Brisbane is the state's undisputed arts epicentre, home to a string of Australian masterpieces, the nation's largest gallery of contemporary art, not to mention a cracking live-music scene. World-renowned street artists reinvigorate walls in Brisbane and Toowoomba, while tenors bellow at Ballandean's annual Opera in the Vineyard festival. Most unique, however, is Queensland's rich indigenous cultures, which offer extraordinary insight into this ancient land through art, dance and guided tours across the state, from Currumbin to Cooktown.

Honeymoons can transpire into any adventure you want them to be! The key to having a truly remarkable time is knowing all the fun that can be had during a honeymoon in Queensland!

The lucky ones who call this sunshine state their home can attest to the lifestyle benefits of a nearly perfect year-round climate and a plethora of natural attractions that inspire and enliven – you would be hard-pressed to find a more diverse and welcoming state. In fact, stay and linger awhile in Queensland and travel from one world-class holiday destination to another over a few weeks, and you’ll find yourself enjoying a diverse range of experiences! Hold hands as you both dive the Great Barrier Reef and experience an underwater world unlike any you’ve seen before. Enjoy a romantic meal in some world-class restaurants – from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, and Noosa to Port Douglas – and you’ll be impressed by the level of dining experiences. Shop in luxury boutiques, stroll the beaches of Tropical North Queensland, hire a yacht and sail through The Whitsundays, stopping at any one of the gorgeous 74 islands … and then jump in a 4WD and drive to Cooktown in Queensland’s Far North.

From the top of Tropical North Queensland to the stunning Sunshine Coast, to the southern edge of the Gold Coast, Queensland never fails to delight visitors. There really is no other state like it, so why not discover for yourself just why this is Australia’s favourite holiday destination with a Queensland holiday, honeymoon or romantic getaway odyssey. Many couples even travel across the world, as well as from other parts of Australia, to enjoy a Destination Wedding in Queensland – it is that fabulously stunning!

2. Melbourne

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Photo: Getty Images

Australia's mecca of all things trendy and tasty, Melbourne offers up exquisite dining, exhilarating sport and abundant opportunities to experience art.

Melbourne is a blend of bustling laneways, world-class restaurants and captivating museums. The locals love their coffee, and serve it up in abundance at cosy cafes. There's always a sense of excitement here – whether its in the city's fascinating flavours or fierce sporting rivalries. Attend a sports event, drink a cocktail on a rooftop and uncover the stories hidden within Melbourne's art-filled alleyways.

Romance fills the air at the picturesque Yarra River, lined with skyscrapers while offering a stunning city skyline. There’s no better way to enjoy this view than to hop onboard one of the river cruises while tracing the distinct architectural landmarks of Melbourne at twilight passing by. This is the best way to take gorgeous Melbourne photos.

With a dinner cruise, you get to indulge in a romantic dinner complete with drinks on top of seeing some of Melbourne’s most famous sites. One of the most popular in the city, The Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise departs from Southbank Promenade and brings you and your beloved on a three-hour sumptuous four-course meal while you gaze at the beautiful views surrounding you.

Starting your honeymoon with a romantic cruise like this certainly sets the right tone for the rest of your holiday for two.

Want to feel what it is like to be a royal couple? Ride in a horse-drawn carriage with your true love, and go on a tour of iconic places in Melbourne. Waving at adoring crowds is entirely optional.

These tours offer you a journey through the city, visiting sites such as the Queen Victoria Gardens, the famous Shrine of Remembrance memorial at the King Domain Gardens, the bustling Federation Square, and other popular Melbourne places of interest.

Specially designed for couples, The Deluxe Romantic Tour with the Classic Carriage comes complete with champagne, flutes and a red rose to surprise (and delight) your beloved.

Wish to capture more Instagrammable Melbourne photos? Steady your selfie finger as the carriage takes you across the Princes Bridge, giving you a great view of the Yarra River— the perfect romantic spot for picture-taking. Just remember not to get so caught up with taking photos that you forget to soak in the sights and enjoy each other’s company!

1. The Whitsundays

Photo: Viator
Photo: Viator

Swim with turtles, spot whales, walk barefoot along one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and sail around the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef while on holiday in the Whitsundays.

The Whitsundays is an archipelago of 74 tropical islands located just 55 kilometres (34 miles) off the Queensland coast, next to the Great Barrier Reef. Visitors travel to the Whitsundays from all around the world to relax on the pure white sands of Whitehaven Beach, soar over Heart Reef in a sea plane and stay in world-class accommodation on luxury islands. The clear, protected waters around the island’s secluded beaches and hidden bays are also ideal for sailing, snorkelling, diving and swimming.

A destination with ‘dream honeymoon’ written all over it, The Whitsundays is pure paradise for couples. Not only is it home to some of the world’s most beautiful islands and beaches, but this Queensland gem is also perfect for luxury lovers craving a five-star tropical getaway. All the ticks!

The Whitsunday Islands reside in the very centre of the Great Barrier Reef. Get up close and personal with this natural wonder, flippers in hand, snorkelling and diving the coral-laden stretch. Or avoid getting wet altogether, taking a seaplane to catch a glimpse of the natural beauty from the sky.

With a bounty of beautiful sandy stretches to choose from here, there’s an island for everyone. Tempted by the endless activities on offer, families tend to sway towards Hamilton Island, while the more adventurous may stray for the uninhabited, like Hook Island. The beaches here are second to none. In fact, they’re award-winning; the Whitsundays is home to the iconic Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, a seven-kilometre stretch of swirling silica sand that has been dubbed the world’s best.

From resort towns to rainbow-hued reefs teeming with marine life, exploration here is encouraged and you’ll be rewarded at every turn for making the effort.

The seaside town of Airlie Beach has long been considered the gateway to the Whitsundays region, while the family favourite of Hamilton Island is home to as many accommodation options as it has beautiful beaches.

As its name suggests, the coral outcrop of Heart Reef is shaped just like a heart and has become one of the country’s most recognised attractions. Best reached by plane, take in the view from above before landing for a swim in the surrounding waters of Hardy Reef.

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