Whether you’re commemorating memorable years together or enjoying the thrill of a newfound romance, 2024 is a year to reset and appreciate the important things in life. And Valentine’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate those deeper connections. From historic wineries to intimate dining experiences and gorgeous walks, there are plenty of places to go this Valentine’s Day to get your 2024 off to an extra special start.
Sparkling wines at Chandon
Nestled in the heart of wine country in Yarra Valley, Chandon provides the ideal setting for a romantic day out. Known for its exquisite sparkling wines, Chandon has been crafting exceptional fine wine experiences since its foundation in 1959. Chandon Yarra Valley takes it to the next level – take some time to explore the picturesque vineyards, indulge in a wine-tasting experience and share a bottle of bubbly as you soak in the stunning views.
Tasting sessions at St Hubert’s Estate
For another romantic escape immersed in the charm of a historic winery, St Huberts Estate Winery in the Yarra Valley is a must-visit. Established in 1862 as one of the first wineries in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, this gorgeous vineyard is known for its outstanding cool-climate selection. Take a leisurely stroll through the vineyard’s beautiful picnic grounds, then visit the winery’s cellar door for a wine-tasting session.
Where to stay
Make the most of your visit to the incredible vineyards and romantic restaurants Yarra Valley has to offer by staying in the heart of this exquisite region. Econo Lodge Lilydale is a colonial style property ideally situated at the gateway to Yarra Valley.
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Old-world ambience at Haus Restaurant
Located in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, the award-winning Haus Restaurant captures the essence of the historic Hahndorf surroundings with an inviting blend of German-inspired charm and culinary excellence. Sip on a local imported beer or wine (or perhaps the gin-tasting paddle) and enjoy the warm and lively ambience. The extensive menu is seasonally inspired, ranging from the mouth-watering Bavarian meat platter to risotto and seafood.
Romantic spirits at Ambleside Distillers
Spend a relaxed hour or two surrounded by Adelaide Hills greenery while sipping on a seasonal gin or two. Ambleside Distillers offers a unique and romantic experience, from its tranquil lawns to a distillery whose gin was crowned the ‘Best Australian Spirit’ in the London Spirits Competition. Take a guided tour to learn about the distillation process and savour vibrant spirits. Sample the Big Dry Gin – distilled with jalapeño, lime leaf, sage, rosemary and thyme.
Strawberry Picking at Beerenberg
Nothing says romance like hand-picking fresh strawberries. Since 1839 the Beerenberg family farm has been producing delicious produce in Hahndorf, and today you can wander the charming grounds for a delightful strawberry-picking experience. Fill your basket with luscious berries before relaxing over food and drink in the farm shop. Don’t forget to try Beerenberg’s famous jams, chutneys and sauces to add a touch of sweetness to your Valentine’s Day.
Where to stay
Find fun things to do in Hahndorf for couples right on your doorstep by staying at The Manna, Ascend Hotel Collection, stylish accommodation nestled in the heart of Hahndorf.
Tour the beautiful Tamar Valley
Named one of the world’s top 10 wine routes, Tasmania’s stunning Tamar Valley is a romantic retreat filled with award-winning vineyards, charming villages and lucious scenery. Take a trip through this gateway to romance on a leisurely drive through scenic countryside, only half an hour from Launceston, stop at local wineries or enjoy a picnic surrounded by nature.
Tranquil Cataract Gorge Cruise
For an unrivalled romantic escapade, Tasmania’s Cataract Gorge is a star attraction. Step about a Cataract Gorge Cruise, where you and your partner can escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and relish the tranquillity of this natural wonder. Along the way, you’ll see wildlife sanctuaries, historical properties, vineyards and the spectacular Cataract Gorge.
Where to stay
Discover romantic things to do in Launceston and the nearby Tamar Valley by staying at the Quality Hotel Colonial Launceston. This historic hotel offers modern facilities coupled with old charm. It’s also close to some of the best restaurants in Launceston.