Romantic getaway: 7 cottages to escape to with your love in Queensland
With the mercury dropping, now’s the perfect time to start planning a romantic getaway for you and your love.
In this connected digital age, it has never been more important to switch off, re-connect with your favourite person and enjoy some old-fashioned romance in the most tranquil and private of settings.
We’ve done the hard part and compiled a list of Queensland’s most romantic cottages so you can book that much-needed getaway to leave you refreshed, relaxed and more loved-up than ever. Enjoy!
Mt Quincan Crater Retreat
For lovers looking for a romantic getaway with all of the trimmings, then this luxury haven has you covered.
Overlooking an ancient volcanic crater, out over the rolling valleys of the Atherton Tablelands and towards Yungaburra, these six architecturally-designed one-bedroom treetop pole cabins are the stuff dreams are made of.
If the wood fire and double spa aren’t enough to tempt you, the retreat’s Canopy Tree Houses offer a second private verandah with an outdoor shower so you can wash ‘alfresco’ under the stars.
Mt Glorious Getaway Cottages
Glorious by name and nature, this property sits at an altitude of 680 metres. That’s high enough for the views to extend out to Moreton Island and across the neighbouring Maiala National Park.
Each cottage has full cooking facilities so you can bring your own supplies to whip up gourmet romantic meals to be enjoyed by the fireplace.
Alternatively, there are some great local restaurants in the Mt Glorious Village – like Cloverlea Cottage – if you and your lover are simply too relaxed to cook.
With rolling green hills, fresh country air and panoramic vistas, Worendo Cottages is the ideal place to spend quality time with the one you love.
There are three cottages to choose from including the Wild Lime Cottage, which boasts a spa bath, industrial kitchen, outdoor shower and a fireplace for those cosy winter nights in. And you won’t have to worry about being interrupted – there’s no reception.
Better yet, they offer in-room massage and spa treatments, horse riding next door at Cedar Glen and two-hour cooking classes, followed by lunch paired with local wines.
Daintree Secrets Waterfall Sanctuary
Swimming in your own private freshwater swimming hole and drifting off to sleep to the sound of a waterfall outside your room is the stuff dreams are made of but it’s a reality at this Tropical North Queensland rainforest sanctuary.
This three-bedroom guesthouse is set in the heart of the Daintree, the world’s oldest tropical rainforest and, as there is no manager on-site, offers absolute privacy.
The home is set over Little Cooper Creek with a series of waterfalls and a crystal-clear natural swimming hole right off your verandah.
Plus, you can chill out with a conscience, knowing this sanctuary is powered by a hydroelectric system, ensuring your carbon footprint is minimal.
Centrally located, Daintree Secrets is a great base to explore the Daintree/Cape Tribulation area plus the local cafes and restaurants.
Ravensbourne Forest Chalets
You’ll find this romantic’s dream tucked away in Southern Queensland Country.
Just 35 minutes north of Toowoomba and 90 minutes from Brisbane, this forest retreat is so private, the only visitor you’ll receive will be the resident koala, and the only noise will be the dulcet tones of the local whip birds.
Ravensbourne Forest Chalets offers two types of accommodation– the King Deluxe and Queen Deluxe Spa Chalets. Both have log fires – *sigh* – and a qualified masseuse available on request.
If you don’t want to arrive armed with groceries, affordable gourmet supplies including breakfast, picnic and BBQ hampers can be purchased at reception.
Eumarella Shores Noosa Lake Retreat
The eco-accredited property is located on the shores of Lake Weyba and boasts a range of individually designed cottages, each with private lake access and fully equipped kitchens.
Go for a paddle in the complimentary two-person canoe, bushwalk in the surrounding nature reserve, or simply chill with some wine and cheese on your private verandah.
While you’ll feel miles from anywhere, Eumarella Shores is just minutes from Noosa’s bustling Hastings Street boutique and restaurant strip and white sand beaches.
The famous Eumundi Markets are also just 10 minutes to the south-west if you can motivate yourself to leave this oasis.
Spring Creek Mountain Café and Cottages
There’s nothing like a cheeky weekend in the mountains to keep the fire burning and Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages is the perfect place for a little romance.
Located just outside Killarney in the Scenic Rim, these three self-contained chalets are nestled into the side of Spring Creek Mountain and boasts panoramic views of the Condamine Gorge, Wilson’s Peak and the Border Ranges.
Foodies will be in heaven as the on-site, open-air café offers contemporary cuisine using locally sourced produce from the Darling Downs, unparalleled views, and country hospitality to match.
Better yet, the accommodation tariff includes Spring Creek’ legendary gourmet breakfast. Goat’s cheese, mushroom and spinach omelette anyone?