Artsy, cosmopolitan Adelaide has all you need to dazzle your date. There’s always a new exhibition, just-opened restaurant or cool event on the horizon in one of Australia’s most liveable cities! But, a special occasion calls for a minibreak. And what can possibly be more romantic than whisking your loved one away for romantic getaways South Australia!
Fortunately, Adelaide happens to be a hop, skip and a jump away from some of South Australia’s finest outdoor destinations.
Craving a weekend of hearty country walks followed by a glass of wine? How about a spot of nature watching or indulging in top-notch gastronomy? And if you just want to cuddle up in a cottage or pamper yourselves in a deluxe hotel? Well, less than an hour from the CBD, you’ll find exactly what you’re after.
These are some our very favourite romantic getaways South Australia.
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Fleurieu Peninsula/ McLaren Vale
If you’re after romantic getaways from Adelaide within less than an hour, you’re in luck. A mere 40-minute drive south of the CBD, and you’re in South Australia’s coastal paradise, the Fleurieu Peninsula.
This region is a hotspot for marine activities, including surfing, diving, snorkelling, and sailing. Water-loving duos are in their element in the Fleurieu Peninsula.
But before you reach the golden coast, you mustn’t miss the chance to discover the sustainable wineries of McLaren Vale. Found at the very northernmost tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula, the region produces delicious shiraz, grenache, and chardonnay.
For a seaside escape, continue south with the scenic coastal drive, stopping off at towns as you please. You can start with neighbouring Maslin Beach – officially recognised as one of Australia’s prettiest beaches. Although, you should note that it features a designated patch for nude bathing!
On the west coast, you can take in some of South Australia’s most breathtaking coastal views at the Myponga look-outs. Further down, you’ll come to Rapid Bay. Generally devoid of tourists, if you want an off the beaten track romantic getaway from Adelaide – this is it. And don’t miss Port Elliot. During winter, you might spot a whale off the coast. But at any time of year, this bonnie town will capture your heart with its boutique dining and seaside charms.
Romantic highlights of the Fleurieu Peninsula/ McLaren Vale:
- Cycle along McLaren Vale’s Shiraz Trail and acquaint yourselves with the local wines
- Tour the world-class wineries of McLaren Vale
- Cosy up and admire views of Victor Harbor in the horse-drawn tram
- Chase waterfalls at Ingalalla or Hindmarch Falls
- Share a candlelit dinner at the Maxwell Limestone Cave
- Look out for whales off the coast during your winter getaway
Where to stay in the Fleurieu Peninsula/ McLaren Vale
Vinophiles can soak in a tub with a view of the vines at Hotel California Road at Inkwell Wines. Crack open your complimentary wine at your luxurious coastal retreat by Carrickalinga Beach and admire the vast seascape.
Grape Pickers Cottage in Tatachilla is one of our personal favourites and is hard to beat. Beautifully restored with every comfort and fascinating history as well!
Second Valley offers a selection of cute cottage hideaways such as this Studio Cottage or the Blacksmith’s Cottage, both within easy reach of Rapid Bay. Or for some eco-romancing, you can’t get more off-the-grid than this stunning Nest and Nature ‘tent’ in the core of the Inman Valley.
Want to turn your romantic trip into something wilder? In that case, you need to ‘hop’ on the ferry over to Kangaroo Island!
There isn’t anywhere quite like Kangaroo Island on the planet. Sitting 120 kilometres southwest of the mainland, the island is awash with native flora and fauna. Plus – you’ve got crystal clear waters, white-sand beaches, gigantic sand dunes and mind-boggling rocks and boulders. So if you want to show your beau exactly how unique they are – this island will do all the talking!
Due to its remote setting, wildlife of all shapes and sizes has flourished on Kangaroo Island. Besides the roos, you’ll be lucky to catch a glimpse of seals, koalas and birds of prey.
Kangaroo Island is the ideal destination for couples looking to connect and bond over phenomenal nature.
Romantic highlights of Kangaroo Island:
- See dolphins, seals, penguins and more in the wild on a Safari Cruise
- Visit during summer for the chance to experience the culinary wonderland that is the Enchanted Fig Tree
- Take cute selfies with the backdrop of the Remarkable Rocks and the Admirals Arch
- Schedule an aphrodisiacal lunch at the Oyster Farm Shop
- Split a lavender scone at the Emu Bay Lavender Farm & Cafe
Where to stay in Kangaroo Island
It’s hard to beat very pretty Schoolhouse Cottage in American River which is also right next to the Oyster Farm.
Middle River is also one of the best spots on the islands for a unique escape in a secluded holiday home. Little Windy offers a boutique bungalow experience with sweeping views. Meanwhile, The Sky House is a luxurious retreat fitting for a honeymoon or special anniversary.
You’ll find 360-degree views in this prime spot at House on the Hill overlooking the dappled glory of Emu Bay.
For convenience, you may prefer to stay in Kingscote – one of the island’s largest townships. Splendid rooms with ocean views are available at both the Aurora Ozone Hotel and Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn.
Wine and dine the love of your life with a trip to the foodie heaven that is the Barossa Valley. With a heritage of wine production that spans over 160 years, the region is applauded for its world-famous Shiraz blends.
Its is one of the very best spots for romantic getaways South Australia and in fact the entire country.
In addition to over 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors, this region is tumbling hills, a sprawl of vineyards, and idyllic country villages.
That’s not forgetting the food. Take your pick from locally produced cheeses, homemade bakeries, and haute cuisine. So if you’re after romantic getaways from Adelaide that involve fabulous food – you’ll fall head over heels with the Barossa Valley.
The Barossa Valley encompasses a number of snug villages, all a short drive from one another. Within easy reach of some of the most prestigious wineries, Tanunda, home to the iconic Château Tanunda, is the heart of the valley. Aptly, the name means ‘watering hole.’
Romantic highlights of the Barossa Valley:
- Pack a hamper, rent a pair of two-wheelers, and cycle the Barossa Trail
- Share a bottle (or two) at one of the legendary wineries, such as Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace by using the Hop on Hop Off Bus
- Complete a Materclass with St Hugo and Riedel
- Get a bird’s eye view with a sunrise hot air balloon flight
- Taste wines made in the year of your birth with a wine educator
- Rev up the romance with a bespoke wine tour by vintage car or Trike
Where to stay in the Barossa Valley
With private outdoor rainfall showers, rooms at The Louise ooze style. This high-end lodge also boasts an on-site spa and infinity pool overlooking the vines.
For even more opulence and privacy, you can hire the entire first floor of the Martinsell Manor in Pewsey Vale to yourself. If you book the Tomfoolery Winemaker’s Cottage, you can help yourself to fresh fruits and veggies from the orchard.
With their proximity to the city, you may have visited the Adelaide Hills already as a day trip. However, we highly recommend spending a night or two to really make the most of this fairytale region.
Romantic getaways from Adelaide to the Adelaide Hills are defined by the four seasons. During springtime, the hills are alive with wildflowers and are a delight to hike or bike.
Summer equals balmy evenings spent lingering over an alfresco dinner. Come autumn, when the trees are all shades of copper and gold, nothing beats meandering the towns hand-in-hand with a warming coffee. And in winter, you can gorge on comfort food and sip a winter red in front of a roaring log fire.
Step into a Bavarian wonderland at Hahndorf – a small town known for its original German-style architecture, artisanal food and bakeries, and German pubs.
Further afield, you’ll find the olive groves and vineyards of Gumeracha, a tapestry of orchards in Lenswood, and the Kuitpo Forest accessible from Meadows.
Romantic highlights of the Adelaide Hills
- Skip the South Eastern Freeway and drive the backroads, such as Greenhill Road, bonding over the scenery
- Take a stroll through the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens and head to the summit for sunset
- Indulge in locally produced pinot noir and chardonnay
- Pluck your own strawberries at Beerenberg Farm
- Splash out on a meal at Viletta Porcini or Lost In A Forest
Where to stay in the Adelaide Hills
For a special occasion, the historic and eclectic Manor Basket Range is the melting point of rustic yet refined charm. Oh, and did we mention this place is literally a castle?
The Nest Studio at Adelaide Hills Retreat is a cosy lover’s retreat that affords a view of Mount Lofty from your private spa bath.
If you’re lusting after a Balinese holiday, the eco-friendly, Asian-inspired villas by Sticky Rice Villas will answer your prayers. Practically on the doorstep of Mount Lofty, the location is spot-on for hikers.
Tiny House with outdoor tub