Visitors and newcomers urged to seek out romantic locations in Australia

by Ray Clancy on February 8, 2011

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While Australia may not be top of the radar when it comes to planning a Valentine break, the country does have its own romantic getaway locations.

Tourist chiefs in Australia say that newcomers and visitors to the country often don’t realise there is a vast array of places to visit.

The Whitsunday Islands off Queensland are the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and consists of a collection of 74 islands of which only eight are inhabited.

It is popular as a honeymoon destination and famed for its crystal clear waters, chalky white beaches, dazzling coral reefs, fine food and top class resorts and pampering spas.

Whitehaven Beach, on Whitsunday Island, the largest island in the Whitsundays chain, is one of the whitest sand beaches in the world and fringed by the emerald coloured Coral Sea.

The islands are known for their luxury spas and there is snorkelling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef as well as sailing in deserted inlets, calm waters and welcoming harbours.

Other places favoured by honeymooners and romantics in Queensland include Cairns and Port Douglas, which also have good access to the Great Barrier Reef. Both towns offer high-end resorts and spas too.

The Queensland coast is dotted with other resort islands that act as tropical magnets for those with romance in mind. Among these are Green Island, an ancient coral cay home to colourful birds and beautiful coral gardens and Lizard Island, which features secluded private beaches and indulgent spa treatments.

The Gold Coast has Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach with a more thriving cultural scene, long stretches of sand, and a diverse cafe, restaurant, fashion and nightlife scene. And the hinterland offers plenty of natural attractions including Lamington National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world.

In New South Wales Byron Bay is known as another romantic location with beaches and famous for its community of artists and artisans and close to some of the best examples of sub tropical rainforest on the east coast of Australia.

Around Darwin there is dramatic scenery, wetlands, Aboriginal rock art at the World Heritage listed site at Kakadu and waterfalls and natural bathing pools at Litchfield National Park.

Then there is The Ghan, a luxury train that connects Darwin to Alice Springs and on to Adelaide in South Australia. In Alice Springs it is possible to hire a car and drive to the world famous Uluru (Ayres Rock) where you can find Longitude 131, a five star luxury tented resort for intimate dinners and to view the sun setting and rising.

In South Australia there is abundant wildlife at Lake Argyle including freshwater crocodiles, wallabies, wetland birds and dramatic cliffs. The islands of Buccaneer Archipelago have sandy beaches, rainforest, mangrove estuaries and offshore reefs.

The wine regions such as Margaret River in Western Australia, or the Barossa Valley in South Australia are home to some of the continent’s most famous wineries.

Tasmania has the jagged dolerite peaks of Cradle Mountain, part of a World Heritage listed national formed by glacial forces during the last Ice Age with vegetation unlike anything you’ll find on Australia’s mainland. There are plenty of marked walking trails around lakes and over moorland, and through myrtle beech and pencil pine forests.

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