Looking for some options for a romantic getaway in South Australia? Look no further! Below are some of my absolute favourite options.
Making time for your relationship is super important – it’s one of the defining reasons I started this website. Yes, travelling with the little ones in tow is important too, but sometimes you just need grown-up time. I’m a huge believer in making time for adults-only bonding, and showing future generations how to maintain healthy relationships. These can be romantic ones or friendships, but in this post we’re talking romance.
My beloved South Australia is the absolute GOAT when it comes to the weekend getaway. Sure, I’m a bit biased, but I think once you try one (or all!) of the properties on this list you’ll see what I mean.
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You’ll find Sequoia Lodge in Crafers, a very easy 20-30 minute drive from Adelaide’s CBD. Sequoia Lodge is part of a complex that includes the beautiful Mount Lofty House as well as Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant (make sure you book in here!). The grounds overlook the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, a spectacular spot for a romantic stroll.
Sequoia Lodge is is picturesque option. Swim in the heated pool overlooking the Adelaide Hills; cuddle up by the fire in your own private suite; or take a luxurious bath in your opulent ensuite. Sequoia tops our list for adults-only extravagence.
Price guide: $$$$. From $1,500AUD – $2,500AUD per night
Sticky Rice Villas
Located at the eponymous Sticky Rice Cooking School (which is famous in its own right), the Sticky Rice Villas are one of our favourite concept accommodations.
Sticky Rice has three villas, each with it’s own theme and style: The Zen Villa, the Yoko Villa, and the Bali Villa. You really do need to have the cooking school experience with your special one while you’re here, and the good news is you can package it all up. You’ll get the best deal mid-week, but there are weekend packages available, as well as packages that include private lessons with the chef (no need to hang with the hoi polloi!)
If you’re really not sure about the cooking school, you can still book packages that include provisions to cook your own thai curry in your villa!
Price guide: $$$. From $320AUD to $685AUD per night
Pavillions at Lenswood
Located at Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills, just 45 minutes from Adelaide, the Pavillions at Lenswood are a great option for wine lovers in particular. Many cellar doors surround the Pavillions, which offer an easy yet sophisticated escape.
Why not explore some of the nearby wineries (Pike and Joyce, Golding Wines, and Bird In Hand are some of my favourites that are particularly close by) before returning to your villa to have a drink and a cuddle by the fire or soak in a luxurious bath.
Price guide: $$$. From $395AUD to $850AUD per night.
Longview Vineyard is located in the small Adelaide Hills town of Macclesfield, just under an hour’s drive from the Adelaide city centre.
Longview does Winter well – sit in the main restaurant cellar door area by the fire enjoying a tasting, or relax in your fully air-conditioned private suite.
Staying at a winery also has its benefits – amazing wines are aplenty. We also love the local cheese pairings offered here.
Make sure you read our Longview Vineyard review.
Price guide: $$ – $$$$. From $210AUD to $315AUD per night for Suites. Step it up a notch with the Longview Lodge, priced at $1,000AUD to $1,300 AUD per night.
Hotel California Road at Inkwell Wines
Hotel California Road at Inkwell Wines is one of the darlings of McLaren Vale right now, and it’s just perfect for a romantic getaway. Enjoy a luxury bubble bath overlooking the vineyard while you indulge in a bottle of one of Inkwell’s fabulous drops.
Constructed from shipping containers, don’t let the building materials fool you – this adults-only retreat is one of the most gorgeous, luxurious places to stay. And so unique too! Each suite has its own private deck and huge bathtub, and I particularly like the dual rain showers 😉
Price guide: $$. From $290AUD to $450AUD per night.
Lost Retreats offer a range of gorgeous, sustainable getaways – think of being hidden away in the woods with a little cabin, outdoor bath, and your loved one – and not seeing a single other person!
When you stay here, you can see Lost Retreats really believe in the concept of unplugging and unwinding. You’ll find them scattered around the hills of the upper Fleurieu Peninsula, about an hour South of Adelaide.
Lost also do gift vouchers, so if you have a special couple in your life who have a celebration coming up or just need a little time away together, this is a perfect option.
Price guide: $$$. From $279AUD per night
The Cube Murray River
The Cube is another in the “tiny house” trend, but these ones sit right on the water. Think an overwater bungalow with a bohemian Australian vibe.
I particularly love the hanging chairs out on the deck – the perfect spot to sit together and talk, or read a book and just “be”.
While The Cube might feel a million miles away, it’s located at White Sands which is just outside Murray Bridge – less than an hour from Adelaide.
Price guide: $$. From $280AUD to $350AUD per night.
This option is for the truly discerning. When you find yourself in need of a private chef, a private pool and sauna, and champagne and cheese in your own private gondola on the water, then you need to book The Frames.
You’ll find The Frames in Renmark on the banks of the River Murray – a three and a half hour drive from Adelaide, near the borders of Victoria and New South Wales.
Price guide: $$$$. from $950AUD to $1,800AUD per night.
Rogasch Cottage is a gorgeous two-bedroom cottage built in the 1800s, a five-minute walk from the main street of Tanunda in the Barossa Valley (about an hour North of Adelaide).
Enjoy the spectacular views over a glass of wine in the heated plunge pool or by the open fire. You’ll even have access to the private cellar!
Rogash Cottage’s hosts also offer tastings where they will talk you through many amazing wines.
Price guide: $$$. From $500AUD to $700AUD per night
Kingsford The Barossa
Billed as one of Australia’s most exclusive luxury retreats, Kingsford is one for the bucket list.
Another unique option in the Barossa Valley, the Kingsford estate has a rich history, which makes staying here such a unique experience. The property blends modern luxury with historic homestead vibes, making you feel incredibly at home (but also very aware of being on a luxury holiday!)
We particularly love the property’s Kegelbahn – German for ‘skittles’, this is like a private bowling alley but more chic!
Price guide: $$$. From $525AUD to $1,800 per night.
Middleton Beach Huts
The Beach Huts at Middleton are just so, so cute. Middleton is just over an hour’s drive south of Adelaide’s CBD on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and while it may be lesser explored than its bigger siblings Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, and Goolwa, Middleton is a sweet little town with a vibe all its own. And the Beach Huts are no exception.
Reminiscent of olden-day seaside aesthetic from the outside (but more colourful), and boho chic on the inside, the Beach Huts at Middleton are perfect for a summer getaway. You can get outside during the day and perhaps go for a swim, then relax in each other’s company in the afternoon.
Price guide: $$. From $175AUD to $280AUD per night.
While Pago is located in the heart of Middleton, you wouldn’t know it. This retreat offers complete sanctuary from the bustle of village life.
What I love the most about Pago is it’s history. Known as The Mill, what is now a luxurious retreat was once a prominent flour mill. It has since been converted into its own residence, and the family who owns it have lovingly converted the back into Pago.
To me, Pago represents what I love most about country getaways in SA – a unique combination of luxury, history, and good old South Australian ingenuity (we love all things recycled, restored, and renewed!).
Price guide: $$$. From $400AUD to $550AUD per night.
Rawnsley Park Station
The Eco-villas at Rawnsley Park Station are what specifically make our romantic getaways list. While the station and homestead offer a range of accommodation options from camping to the old farm quarters, the new Eco-villas are specifically designed for luxury stays (particularly the one-bedroom option, which is adults-only).
The view is what makes Rawnsley Park truly special – watch the majestic Flinders Ranges change colours as the sun rises and sets, as you take it all in with your loved one.
Rawnsley Park Station is located just North of Hawker, at the edge of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. It will take you about five hours to drive from the Adelaide CBD, so bring snacks on this road trip!
Price guide: $$$. From $490AUD per night
Featured Image courtesy of Mish and Kirk
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