Cheap Romantic Weekend Getaways

"My top 10 ideas for Cheap Romantic Weekend Getaways"

So you fancy treating someone you love to a romantic weekend away? Great! But if you can't afford that 5 star luxury lodge what can you do to still have a fantastic time??

I have a few ideas below. They are all going to cost you something but hopefully they will be more affordable options.

The options nearer the bottom of the page start to become a bit more expensive for those who still have some cash to splash...

1) Stay In Your Own Local City

Now this might seem a little unexciting as a cheap romantic weekend getaways go but if all you plan to do is stay in your hotel room then why pay for a flight or drive anywhere too far away??

You can then spend the cash you do have on a nice hotel.

Take your own champagne, strawberries and chocolates and enjoy each others company.

You can even pick a hotel with swimming pool, spa facilities so you can make the most of the hotel. This means you are getting value for money for your cheap romantic weekend getaways.

It's also really fun to be a tourist in your own city. We spent a night in a Sydney hotel, wandered round the Rocks and the market, had an indulgent breakfast, swam in the hotel pool, had a massage and hired a dvd which we enjoyed with our champagne, strawberries and chocolates. It wasn't hugely expensive but we still remember it as being a lovely romantic night away.

For ideas on where to stay, check out my city hotel pages below:

Sydney Hotels

Hotels in Adelaide

Hotels in Melbourne

Hotels in Canberra

Hotels in Brisbane

5 star hotels in Brisbane

2) Hire a Cottage Away From It All

Without travelling too far from where you live, you should be able to find a secluded cottage in which to stay. This is another good example of cheap romantic weekend getaways

A good place to start is on Try and find one with a real fire if you are planning cheap romantic weekend getaways in winter. Refine your search on the stayz website selecting cottages, Romantic, your budget and then sort results by no. of guests from low to high. This should then give you back something worth looking at.

From Sydney:

Kangaroo Valley or the Blue Mountains would be good options for cheap romantic weekend getaways.

Kangaroo Valley is a beautiful green valley just 2 hours north of Sydney on the way to Canberra or along the coastal road to Melbourne. There are plenty of craft shops, restaurants and cafes. It is very much the country with nice walks, fishing, kayaking, a few wineries. This is a great option for those cheap romantic weekend getaways.

Accommodation options here would include

  • Crystal Creek Meadows Cottages - $$$ - pricey but beautiful
  • Hampden Country Cottage - $$$ - very contemporary
  • Fine Thyme Snuggery - $$ - a cute affordable offer in a good location
  • Orange Blossom Retreat - $$ - the name alone should have you sold!
  • Big Bell Farm - $$ - A good budget option. Can sometimes attract families as well as romantic couples
  • For the Blue Mountains

    You can check out my page on what to see and do Blue Mountains National Parkbut consider the following as good cottage options in the area.

    You can search on line to find them - some are on and some are independent.

  • Owls Cottage - $$ In Katoomba the main hub of the Blue Mountains
  • Saskatoon Cottage - $$
  • - Set in a national trust listed garden but still very secluded

  • Julper -$$ Has spa baths and its own fire
  • Albert Hall - Near Leura, has it's own garden
  • Rydal Cottage - secluded and romantic, just outside Leura

  • From Melbourne:

    Good Options for cheap romantic weekend getaways would include Yarra Valley and Bright.

    You can find out more about each of these places on my Weekend Getaway Ideas

    Here are some ideas for cottages in both these locations:


  • Ashwood House Cottages - Surrounded by bushland, nice and secluded
  • Falls Mountain Retreat, near Wentworth Falls. Contemporary with lovely secluded gardens
  • Merrimeet Cottages - Close to Ovens River, old tudor feel to these beautiful cottages
  • Crabapple Cottage - lovely decor, slightly out of Bright but still an easy drive to all that this region has to offer
  • Yarra Valley

  • Yarra Valley Church - a converted church with lots of charm
  • Gembrook Cottages - offering B&B with lovely 4 poster beds in some of the cottages
  • Bertha's Cottage B&B - lovingly restored old house. Accommodating hosts
  • Glenview Retreat - Have a cooked breakfast served in your own cottage

  • From Brisbane

    A good cheap romantic weekend getaways option would be the Gold Coast Hinterland or Byron Bay Hinterland.

    The Gold Coast Hinterland

    This the "green behind the gold" and has some very picturesque villages, national parks for walking and lovely look outs. You are also only an hour from the Gold Coast if you fancied some more action or a day at the beach.

    Some accommodation options would include:

  • The mouses house, Springbrook - $$ 12 Beautiful wood chalets with outdoor spas
  • Hillside a Country Retreat B&B, nr Mt Tamborine. Amazing views from these self contained cottages
  • Ferntree Grove - $$ Right in the middle of the National Park
  • Bavarian Hut and Cottages - contemporary feel, wood burners in the main living space
  • Byron Bay Hinterland

    This is a great area for cheap romantic weekend getaways as accommodation tends to be much cheaper than being right in Byron Bay. You have all the benefits of a seaside hippy town on your doorstep but also have the tranquility and peaceful surroundings to come home to.

    For more information on Byron Bay itself go to my East Coast Australia road trip page, but here are some Cottage ideas in the Byron Bay Hinterland:

  • Tallaringa Views $$- log fires, and decks with stunning views
  • Nightcap Cottage - $$ Affordable with stunning country views
  • Tallowood Retreat - $$ Small but cosy with a Tahitian tropical theme

  • 3) Stay In Some Unique And Querky Accommodation

    For something different for cheap romantic weekend getaways, why not stay in something unusual - Australia has plenty to choose from including converted post offices, train cabins, churches, lighthouses and woolsheds to name but a few.

    Here are a collection for you to choose from, most of which are within easy reach from Melbourne but there are a couple near Sydney and Brisbane:

    The Unusual Near Sydney

    Not that near to Sydney at a 4 hour drive (passed Jervis Bay) is the Old Post Office at Nelligen. Beautifully restored but not sure it is worth the 4 hour trip for cheap romantic weekend getaways. A good option if you are planning a Sydney to Melbourne road trip though.

  • Rent a Cave $$- It would have to be warm weather to get me in there but it could be pretty romantic with just a real fire, some chairs, your sleeping bags and the stars?? Find out more at Hatters Hideout, which is under 2 hours from Sydney in the Blue Mountains
  • The Unusual Near Brisbane

  • The old Church near Byron Bay $$ is pretty unique but it is a little on the big side for just the two of you - you would certainly have lots of space to enjoy this gem
  • The Unusual near Melbourne

  • Codrington Gardens in Port Fairy on the Great Ocean Drive offers converted train carriages for the night
  • Or you can opt to stay in the Old Cop Shop in Port Fairy (find it on

  • What about your very own castle for cheap romantic weekend getaways?- check out Running Creek Castle, which is located jat Kancoona in Victoria and is an affordable option, albeit a bit a of drive at 4 hours from Melbourne. You could fly into Albury and hire a car from here if you prefer though.

    4) A Health Spa Weekend Away

    If you both live manic lives and feel the need to totally relax, even detox, then a cheap romantic weekend getaways at a health spa could not only rejuvenate your bodies but also your love life!

    Don't worry - you don't have to detox at these places although when you get there you might feel like it!

    See my page on Weekend Spa Getaways for more inspiration.

    Most of these places also have day spa options so you could either stay local and treat yourself for the day should your budget not stretch to the full weekend stay.

    5) Beach Weekend Getaways

    If the weather is good (ie it's summer and we aren't having an awful wet summer!) then cheap romantic weekend getaways on a beach could be just the ticket.

    Depending on where exactly you live, you may want to consider driving or flying.

    From Sydney

    There are plenty of places to choose from. You can choose the cities Northern Beaches and stay at Palm Beach or Avalon. Palm Beach is a well to do area which makes accommodation a bit pricey but there are bargains to be had - it's all holiday homes and not hotels here.

    Avalon is a personal favourite with lovely cafes and boutique shops. It's a short drive from Palm Beach and tends to be more affordable.

    Or head up to the Central Coast to Avoca or Copacabana where you will find great beaches with not much else.

    You could go south to Kiama NSW too if you prefer.

    You'll find a good choice of accommodation for these areas on
    From Melbourne

    Head to the Mornington Peninsula or the Great Ocean Drive for cheap romantic weekend getaways

    From Brisbane

    You are spoiled for choice with the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast on your doorstep. My personal favourite is Noosa Australia and is a great destination for anyone on the East Coast of Australia as the flight times are doable in a weekend - it just depends whether you can afford the flights AND accommodation to get here.

    6) Camping in Australia's National Parks

    This has to be cheap romantic weekend getaways at its best! But personally I need good weather to even think about this as an option!

    Camping in any of our Australia National Parks is pretty amazing. You really do feel so far away from the hustle and bustle of every day life and there isn't much to do but walk and talk - a chance to reconnect and discuss the future!

    Granted, not every National Park has camping facilities but most do.

    From Melbourne you should definitely check out Wilsons Prom at Tidal River. Beautiful Scenery and luxury camping on offer too.

    From Sydney you can even go as close as Lane Cove National Park where you'll find some serious luxury camping or as it is called glamping on offer.

    From Brisbane you have the Gold Coast Hinterland and National Parks of Springbrook and Lamington to explore.

    7) Head to Another City

    They say a change is as good as a rest so why not head to another of the Australian Cities These days flights between the major cities are fairly reasonable, especially if you book in plenty of time. It could make for cheap romantic weekend getaways at its best..

    You can book a fabulous dinner out somewhere, pick a cheap hotel if you don't tend to spend much time there, and enjoy being a tourist for the weekend.

    8) Splurge With An Island Resort

    It is never going to be easy to achieve cheap romantic weekend getaways to luxury islands but there are ways of doing this on the cheap!

    The Whitsundays Australia still have islands that offer budget accommodation - namely Hook Island and Airlie Beach, which is the gateway to the Whitsundays.

    You would just need to book your flights well in advance to get a good deal.

    Alternatively, try Magnetic Island Australia where again you will find budget accommodation options. You just need a cheap flight to Townsville.

    Cairns Australia flights are often on sale and the area around Cairns is a great option during May to October during the dry season. After the recent hurricane that hit, the tourist offices up there are really trying to offer some bargains to entice us all back.

    9) Enjoy a Gourmet Experience

    If flying is an option (and you don't live near Adelaide) then a trip to the wine regions of South Australia would be a great romantic gourmet weekend away.

    I know flights don't make this a really cheap option but the Adelaide Wine Regions are stunning and make you feel a million miles from home. Not only is the wine amazing, there are heaps of lovely places to stay and you can cover a lot of ground given the three are all not far from Adelaide.

    If you like the idea of a gourmet escape but don't want to fly, then look closer to home for some winery or produce ideas.

    Most cities run gourmet safari days where you get to visit a suburb and shop with an expert for fresh produce of say Italian Cuisine. Lunch is usually provided too.

    Or you can head to your nearest wine region e.g Hunter Valley in Sydney, for the same sort of experience.

    My page on Australian Food Culture and Wine Australia should point you in the right direction here.

    Stay At A Resort

    If relaxing by the pool, sipping cocktails, perhaps even going to the gym is more your idea of cheap romantic weekend getaways, then consider staying at a resort complex. Granted these don't tend to be mega cheap, but hang out for a last minute bargain and you might be pleasantly surprised.

    Here are a few that I'd recommend:

    For something not too expensive but still 5 star try the 2 resorts at Kingscliff Australia For these you would need to fly into the Gold Coast, where flights are usually quite reasonable.

    Other options are expensive but worth trying to get a deal online. Try:

  • Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley. Good if one or both of you are into Golf
  • Crown Plaza Hunter Valley - a good all rounder and only a couple of hours from Sydney, in the heart of wine country
  • Sheraton Resort and Spa, Noosa - great location, still one of my favourite holiday destinations for a week or weekend
  • Hyatt Regency - luxury and indulgence in this party area
  • Stamford Plaza Brisbane - good for basing yourself in the city and great facilities.

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