Five Couples Long Weekend Destinations in NSW

After months of being locked down with your significant other, it’s understandable to be craving a change of scenery! Travelling with your partner and having new experiences together is a fantastic way to celebrate the easing of restrictions, and a return to doing the things we love, with the one you love. Here are five couples long weekend destinations in NSW.

Newcastle

Views of Newcastle, NSW

Located a leisurely two-hour drive from Sydney, Newcastle is an ideal coastal weekend escape. From stunning beaches perfect for a picnic, or an afternoon of wandering through Newcastle’s many art galleries, there’s something for everyone’s idea of fun.

For a truly unforgettable experience, take to the skies with Aerologistics for a helicopter flight, or a seaplane adventure with Joy Air.

Situated at the gateway to the Hunter Valley, there’s no shortage of beautiful wineries to visit in the area, however you can have a cellar door experience without leaving Newcastle at Inner City Winemakers. If cocktails or whisky are more your thing, take a masterclass together at ‘secret’ bar Coal & Cedar.

Need somewhere to stay? Terminus Apartment Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection offers beautifully designed, waterfront accommodation within walking distance to many of Newcastle’s most popular attractions.

Toukley

Located a touch over 100km north of Sydney in the heart of the Central Coast, the town of Toukley is the ideal place to get into ‘holiday mode’, even if it’s just for the weekend.

There’s plenty of great options for a long and relaxed breakfast, but it’s hard to go past Rise Mofo with a fresh and simple menu. They’ll set the romantic tone for your weekend with their bright yellow mural stating, “You’re always the best part of my day” (We’re pretty sure they’re referring to coffee, still, it’s a nice sentiment!).

Hunt for treasure together at the Sunday markets, which features over 70 stalls from the Central Coast’s community of makers.

Stunning interiors at the Hamptons-inspired Beachcomber Hotel and Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection
Stunning interiors at the Hamptons-inspired Beachcomber Hotel and Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection

Need somewhere to stay? Look no further than The Beachcomber Resort & Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection. With its Hamptons-style coastal vibe, this iconic waterfront destination features boutique-style accommodation, exclusive pool club, as well as multiple eateries and bars.

Sydney

Sunsets over Sydney, one of the most romantic cities in the world. Image via Destination NSW.

There’s something romantic about cities, and Sydney is no exception. There’s really no end to the experiences available to impress your other half in one of Australia’s most loved destinations.

If an impressive dinner date is what you have in mind, there’s an endless list of incredible bars and eateries in Sydney to discover. With some notable new openings scheduled as restrictions ease, including Frank Mac’s at The Rocks, a gin bar from the owners of The Doss House, the hardest decision will be where to go first.

Sydney’s theatre scene is ready to come alive again and taking in an evening (or afternoon!) performance of Hamilton at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, or Come From Away at the Capitol Theatre, is sure to be a highlight of your visit.

Need somewhere to stay? Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection is a beautifully restored heritage-listed boutique hotel in the heart on Sydney’s CBD. With several bars, cafés and dining options within the hotel, you’re sure to fall in love with its old-world charm.

Mudgee

Soft morning skies over Market St, Mudgee – Image via Destination NSW

If you and your loved one bond over your mutual love of food and wine, look no further than Mudgee as a long weekend escape. Set on the banks of the Cudgegong River in central western New South Wales, and close to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park, there’s so much to explore in this region.

There’s an impressive list of top restaurants in Mudgee, such as Pipeclay Pumphouse and Zin House, as well as cool wine bars such as Roth’s Wine Bar & Cellar. However, if beer is more your style, try the Mudgee Brewing Company for craft beer, local food and live music.

It’s hard to think of a more romantic activity than stargazing together, and Mudgee’s night skies are a real treat. A short drive from the town centre you will the find the Mudgee Observatory, where you can see the Milky Way through a range of telescopes. They offer day and night tours, as well as a theatre and flat screen planetarium. Bookings are essential for all sessions.

Need somewhere to stay? Comfort Inn Aden Mudgee offers and comfortable and newly renovated accommodation in a convenient location. With rooms featuring pillow top beds, modern bathrooms and complimentary Netflix access, you’re sure to have a cozy and memorable stay. The on-site restaurant, Palate, specialises in Modern Australian cuisine with a delicious seasonal menu.

Tamworth

Scenic views overlooking Tamworth from Oxley Scenic Lookout. Image via Destination NSW.

Tamworth is well known for the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival, however the city in the New England region offers a diverse range of experiences for couples to enjoy together all year around.

Explore the beautiful natural surrounds with a hike. Check out the Peel River Levee Bank Walk which runs from the south of the city through the CBD, or the Kamilaroi Track for a more challenging walk through the bushland of Oxley Park.

If incredible panoramic views are the way to you partners heart, head up to Oxley Lookout in East Tamworth and experience the sweeping views of the city and the Peel River Valley. Take a picnic and time your visit for sunset for added ambience! Need somewhere to stay? CH Boutique Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection offers premier Tamworth accommodation, situated in the heart of the CBD. With a range of accommodation to suit all travellers, and a popular on-site bar and restaurant, Deco, CH Boutique Hotel is ideal for a romantic weekend together.

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