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Valentine’s Day Getaway Gift Ideas

Jared Acquaro

Valentine’s Day is creeping up fast and sometimes many of us find it hard to think of gift ideas. Do we go classic and go out for dinner, buy flowers and jewellery? Or is this too expected and an easy way to say you care for someone?

Why not go away on a small trip instead! There are many great destinations in Australia which won’t drive your stress levels through the roof but bring them down, as you both relax together.

Personally, I use Bookings.com every time I travel for hotels. So through this experience, I thought I would share some great short trip destinations within Australia.

Victoria

Kudos Villas 

Travel Time: 1.5 hrs from Melbourne CBD

Kudos villas are a romantic getaway away from the city and suburbian stress, with nine self-contained villas designed as the ultimate private retreat for couples.

Located in breathtaking bushland where bird life and natural fauna are abundant, with regular visits from echidnas and kangaroos. Within walking distance of the best restaurants and day spas in Hepburn Springs, and only a short drive to nearby Daylesford.

New South Wales

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Travel Time: 11mins from Sydney CBD

Located in Woolloomooloo’s beautiful Finger Wharf, Ovolo offers a luxury, harbourside staycation escape.

Walking distance to some of Sydney’s top restaurants and only a fifteen-minute walk to the Sydney Opera House, Ovolo is a stunning city escape.

Queensland

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

Travel Time: 1hr 10mins from Goldcoast CBD

Only a short drive from Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise, this stunning retreat is situated in Crystal Creek.

Offering beautiful views and the serenity of the rainforest, this retreat is perfect couples who love an adventure or those who simply want to relax together on a weekend away.

South Australia

The Louise

Travel Time: 1hour from Adelaide CBD

Located in the Barossa Valley wine region with several wineries close by, The Louise offers a serene and peaceful escape.

There’s plenty to go and see if you want, but with beautiful views and two wineries just a couple minutes’ walk away, it’s a perfect place to unwind and enjoy each others company.

Western Australia/ Northern Territory

The Berkeley River Lodge

Travel Time: 1hr 40mins from Darwin Airport or Kununurra Airport

Only accessible by air, getting to the Berkeley is half the adventure. Leave modern life far behind and relax into the rhythms of nature in your luxurious villa floating atop the coastal dunes.

Be one of the privileged few to set eyes upon breathtaking wilderness landscapes by river cruise or helicopter flight.

Tasmania

Islington Hotel

Travel Time: 6mins from Hobart CBD

Offering beautiful views of Mount Wellington, the luxurious 1847 Islington Hotel is adorned with original artwork and precious antiques.

Perfect for those who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and instead, enjoy a glass by the fire enjoying the beautiful views. The Islington Hotel also offers massage services and is a short drive to the popular Salamanca Markets.

I hope everyone can get out and plan a quick getaway or trip for Valentine’s Day, if not, then why not treat yourselves!

Jared Acquaro
Director & Editor of A Poor Man's Millions

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