The holiday season is fast approaching, making right now just the ideal time to start thinking about local getaways (before all the prime spots get booked up). Lucky for us, Stayz has released details of the finalists in its annual Holiday Rental Awards, and the list offers plenty of inspiration for your next trip with houses separated into a number of categories: From family to indulgence, pet friendly to unique, to our personal favourite, romance.
So if you're looking for a holiday destination that's also going to be perfect for spending some quality time with your SO (dare we suggest going phone free?), and you don't want to dig out your passports, keep scrolling to discover seven of the most romantic getaways Australia has to offer.
Clifftop At Hepburn, Victoria
The leafy retreat Clifftop at Hepburn has already collected many awards for its luxurious bushland charm. A cosy window seat looking out onto lush greenery, an open-plan kitchen, the designer freestanding bath, and modern fireplace are only a handful of reasons why this should be on your must-stay list, stat.
Liffey Mountain Retreat, Tasmania
Tasmania is renowned for its tranquil scenery, and staying at the Liffey Mountain Retreat will give you just as many picturesque views from the kitchen window as the private hot tub. Situated in the foothills of the Great Western Tiers, the property is also extra romantic in the winter months when its dusted with snow.
The Cottage Kiama, NEW SOUTH WALES
The south coast of New South Wales boasts a beautiful long stretch of shoreline, and you can admire the coast-meets-country experience with The Cottage Kiama's chic interiors. Take a private walk down to the ocean through a grove of Moreton Bay fig trees, or picnic in the backyard with views of the waves.
WIGLEY RETREAT, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Positioned on the Murray River, this cottage will serve as your passport to the perfect respite as Wigley Retreat welcomes you to switch-off and unwind. Immersed in its classic country style hospitality, you'll want to little do else other than drink tea, and read a book.
MARTHAGUY, NEW SOUTH WALES
The Marthaguy homestead sits on two hectares of a lush, tree-lined property, which will instantly put you in a peaceful mood. Wide French doors and an impressive alfresco eating area make it a perfect weekend escape for summer.
Tara-Lee, NEW SOUTH WALES
Tara-Lee is a historical Hunter Valley cottage that gives you a window into the past. The classic wooden floorboards, original wood-fire oven, and white picket fence will have you wanting to pack your bags and move to the country permanently.
The Beach House, NEW SOUTH WALES
Only a few hours away from the heart of Sydney, The Beach House at Merewether feels worlds apart from the city bustle. With nothing but five-star ratings, the beachfront abode will have you blissed out in a matter of moments.