Looking to wow your loved one with a romantic weekend for two? Go beyond your usual date night and get away to South Australia. Home to some of the nation’s most spectacular landscapes, this postcard-worthy state has an intimate escape to suit every couple, from undiscovered country towns to secluded coastal retreats.
Ready to fall in love with the Festival State? Pick up a car hire at Adelaide Airport and discover South Australia’s most romantic destinations on your own schedule.
Sleep beneath the stars in the Flinders Ranges
Trade the hustle and bustle of city life for the tranquil Outback atmosphere of the Flinders Ranges. Situated five hours north of Adelaide’s city centre, this isolated landscape is peppered with national parks, making it the perfect place to set up camp for a couple of days. Take the scenic route through the Clare Valley to stock up on a selection of gourmet fare before making the most of the dark night skies, which set the perfect scene for a moonlit picnic for two.
Go glamping in the Gawler Ranges
If traditional camping lacks the luxury you’re after, opt for a weekend of ‘glamping’ at the Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris. Perched at the gateway to Australia’s famed Nullarbor, this family owned and operated retreat provides guests with beautifully-appointed safari tents, making you and your special someone feel like the only couple on earth.
Escape to the country in the Adelaide Hills
For a romantic escape closer to the city limits, choose from one of the charming townships in the Adelaide Hills. Located just 40 minutes east of the CBD, this collection of quaint country villages was practically designed for a couple’s weekend, with antique shops, cafés and bed and breakfasts aplenty. After a more unique experience? Opt for a stay in Hahndorf, where the region’s German heritage shines through with continental architecture, bakeries, restaurants and more.
Embark on a gourmet getaway in the Barossa Valley
Just beyond the winding roads of the Adelaide Hills, South Australia’s most iconic wine region awaits with internationally acclaimed cellar doors and artisan producers at every turn. The perfect romantic surprise for the self-confessed foodie in your life, the rolling pastures of the Barossa Valley make it as much of a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate. Looking for a meaningful memento to commemorate your trip? Plan an afternoon of winemaking at Penfold’s and bring home your very own bespoke blend.
Sip wine by the sea in the Fleurieu Peninsula
If the thought of a weekend in the Barossa Valley whets your appetite for a winery escape, consider a getaway to South Australia’s coastal wine region: McLaren Vale. Nestled south of Adelaide where the cellar doors meet the sea, this picturesque collection of valleys and vines has all the hallmarks of a romantic retreat, with secluded beaches, boutique wineries and award-winning restaurants in equal measure. To make the most of your time by the sea, plan to leave your hire car behind for the day so you can sample the region’s spoils safely.
Set sail on the mighty Murray River
Fancy an offshore escape without going overseas? Hire a house boat in Mannum and make your way down the South Australian leg of the mighty Murray River. A quirky alternative for lovebirds who want to experience life at a different pace, this relaxing trip takes guests on a journey through some of the state’s most scenic riverside towns. Be sure to dock your maritime mansion near the Big Bend, where towering limestone cliffs reflect the day’s light to create a sunset you won’t soon forget.
Ready to treat your special someone to a weekend escape? Pick up a luxury car hire in Adelaide and explore South Australia’s most romantic destinations in style.