Image source: The Savoy Hotel
Red wine, open fireplaces and the need to share body heat make winter one of the most romantic times of year. Celebrate it by enjoying one of these dreamy escapes with your significant other.
Unforgettable Moments In Sydney
With its cosy small bars, delicious street eats and funky, creative vibe, Sydney neighbourhood Chippendale ticks all the boxes for a special romantic getaway. Stroll hand in hand through Central Park taking in the emerging arts precinct, home to cutting-edge galleries and performance spaces. Admire contemporary Chinese art at the White Rabbit Gallery or tradition Japense works at Japan Foundation Gallery.
Chippendale is also a dining destination thanks to Kensington Street, a vibrant lifestyle precinct also in Central Park with over 25 restaurants close by including Sydney’s best hawker-style eateries and beautifully restored pubs like the The Rose Hotel and The Duck Inn.
For something truly romantic, check into a beautifully designed apartment at Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Chippendale before heading into the CBD to the glamorous Dean & Nancy on 22. Known for its signature and classic cocktails enjoy a nightcap with stunning city views and soulful, romantic tunes from a grand piano.
Perth Turns Up The Heat
On the other side of the country, Perth has more than its fair share of romantic drawcards. For starters, there are those amazing over-the-ocean sunsets which, in the cooler months, are best enjoyed from the comfort of a beachside venue. Kick back in an ocean-view room at the Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough before heading out for a drink or bite to eat. Soak up the atmosphere with cocktails and Mexican street food at El Grotto or snuggle up in an uber-cute booth at The Peach Pit. Savour la dolce vita at La Capannina or enjoy excellent oceanfront dining in Straits Café at the Rendezvous.
Day trips are another thing Perth does really well, whether it’s the short ferry ride across to Rottnest Island where you and your partner can explore beautiful beaches and wilderness on bikes, the short drive to the boutique wineries and rolling hills of the Swan Valley, or the 40-minute trek to the Perth Hills where you can while the day away at quirky galleries, tiny coffee shops and on beautiful bushland walks.
Spoil Your Better Half in Melbourne
Melbourne is well prepared for chilly days, with roaring fireplaces, hot chocolates and mulled wine at the ready. For one of the best fireplaces in town, head to Bluebonnet Barbecue, a cosy venue that specialises in smoked meats and American whisky. For something a little more refined, yet approachable a visit to Builders Arms Hotel, is in order. It’s located in Fitzroy, home to Melbourne’s finest bars and buzzing nightlife, or head to popular rooftop bar, The Q, for show-stopping city views and top-notch cocktails. For hot chocolates, try the traditional Italian version at Brunetti on Lygon Street or a modern, deconstructed version at Hash Specialty Coffee and Roasters.
If it’s a romantic day in the vines you’re after, the beautiful Yarra Valley is only an hour’s drive from the city and offers plenty of beautiful vistas and enticing cellar doors. Base yourself at Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, which has old-world charm in abundance, or indulge in the romance of The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins.
There's no better way to say “I Love You" than with a romantic escape this winter.