Perfect staycation ideas for Aussie couples

You don't need to leave your city to have a holiday.

By Now to Love Staff
Be it a spontaneous weekend throughout the year or a birthday gift, a getaway with your loved one may be the perfect way to reignite a little romance back into the relationship.
In fact, Wotif research shows more than two-thirds of Aussies (67%) travel with a partner or spouse, and three-quarters of us (76%) regard holidays as the perfect time to nurture relationships with our nearest and dearest.
The best thing is that you don't need to travel to make the most of a vacation. Wotif have rounded up some of the most romantic staycation in each capital city, still available this Valentine's Day.

Staycation in Melbourne

Where to stay: Pan Pacific Melbourne, South Wharf
How to book:
This hotel offers a little bit of luxury without having to spend a mint travelling out of state.. or even out of city!
The Pan Pacific has 396 luxury hotel rooms and suites, with floor to ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of the Yarra River, Port Phillip Bay and city - there is nothing more romantic than some luxurious time to yourself with some of the best views in the city.
Why not throw an indoor picnic and really give yourself a chance to enjoy the views, or enjoy a film together snuggled up in bed.
Why we love it…
The service is impeccable, and the concierge team go above and beyond to help you enjoy your stay. Rumour has it, the team have been known to help would-be grooms stage marriage proposals, like filling rooms with rose petals!

Staycation in Sydney

Where to stay: QT Sydney
How to book:
If you're in the mood for something a little more naughty than nice, then QT Sydney is the hotel for you. The rooms feature floor-length drapes, fur throws, large baths and double showers, making it the perfect place for an adults-only weekend.
Why we love it…
From the burlesque-styled interior to the minibar including DIY cocktail kits, QT Sydney is sure to reignite the spark in any relationship!

Staycation in Canberra

Where to stay: Little National Hotel
How to book:
Romance in the nation's capital? You betcha! Little National Hotel offers affordable luxury with a clean, sophisticated design incorporating a warm palette of dark timbers. To take your romantic stay to the next level, book a spa treatment in the Hale Spa's large couples suite and then finish with a swim in the cave-like spa pool.
Why we love it…
You won't want to leave but just in case you do, the hotel is conveniently located to nearby cafes, restaurants, cinemas, bars and shops.

Staycation in Perth

Where to stay: Tribe Perth
How to book:
This cosy new hotel epitomises cool in West Perth. Opened in July 2017, Tribe Perth is the perfect place for couples looking for a quick and easy getaway, without the designer price tag. Guestrooms are well edited and include only the essentials, with luxury finishes to make it just that more romantic including rainfall showerheads, bathrobes, and designer toiletries by Kevin Murphy.
Why we love it…
Free inclusions you can't take for granted including free water, wi-fi, movie streaming, bicycles and tennis on site. Plus, the hotel is conveniently located near Kings Park, the CBD and Subiaco Oval.

Staycation in Adelaide

Where to stay: Stamford Grand Adelaide
How to book:
Champagne room service and in-room massages. Stamford Grand Adelaide is one of those places you'll never want to leave. The hotel is located on the beautiful Glenelg beach and just a twenty-minute drive from Adelaide's CBD. Plus, there's two restaurants, two bars and an outdoor pool to keep you entertained.
Why we love it…
The location and view over Glenelg Beach is second to none and offers you endless hours of fun, including the newly open Moseley Beach Club – Australia's first beach club.

Staycation in Darwin

Where to stay: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
How to book:
In the heart of Darwin, Vibe Hotel overlooks the Darwin Waterfront Precinct, one of the city's biggest transformations in recent years and a vibrant hub for serious foodies. Keep yourself busy at the hotel or head out and explore the many parklands, public artworks and swimming lagoons. Back at the hotel, there's a large swimming pool, two poolside bars and a restaurant to keep you entertained.
Why we love it…
Darwin is having a serious renaissance and the Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront places you in the centre of the action, for couples who like to get out and explore.

Staycation in Hobart

Where to stay: MACq 01 Hotel
How to book:
This stunning waterfront property opened in June 2017 and continues to receive glowing reviews. The guestrooms are extremely spacious and luxurious. But for an extra romantic stay, it's well worth opting for a Premium Waterfront Suite which offers your own balcony, overlooking River Derwent and an inviting low-profile bath tub.
Why we love it…
Located on Hobart's most historic wharf, the hotel offers guests free walking tours around the hotel, the waterfront and city. And for the ultimate staycation tick of approval, the hotel also offers free valet parking.

Staycation in Brisbane

Where to stay: The Johnson
How to book:
The rooftop pool and sun terrace at The Johnson is reason enough to book yourself a staycation. Set in Spring Hill on the fringe of the Brisbane CBD, this art inspired hotel is located in the former government office tower and celebrates abstract Australian artist Michael Johnson. The rooms are light and spacious with the option of a balcony, plus there's a kitchenette for those who really want to 'stay'cation.
Why we love it…
The beds are seriously sleep inducing, or not, depending on your style. And, are even available for purchase should you wish to take one home with you!