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10 Romantic Experiences in Australia over New Year

Are you spending New Year in Australia? We got you covered with the most romantic things to do over New Year! 

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New Year in Australia is an unforgettable experience. Australia is one of the first countries to ring in the New Year with amazing firework displays in all major cities. The country is well-known for its natural wonders, beautiful beaches, outback, wildlife and amazing weather. With New Year around the corner, Australia is the dream location for a romantic getaway or  a perfect honeymoon with your significant other. 

There are so many romantic things to do in Australia and with the incredible Aussie summer weather, it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate New Year’s Eve and explore the country. We have put together a list of the Top 10 Romantic Things to do over the New Years, read along! 


1. Sydney New Year’s Eve

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Experience the world-famous Sydney Harbour Fireworks. Join more than one million people around the Harbour to ring in the New Year and watch the midnight fireworks. Australia is one of the first countries in the world to ring in the New Year and the whole world will be watching when the firework displays unfolds. It is definitely an experience to remember! 

There are numerous points around Sydney where you can watch the fireworks such as the foreshore, out on the water on a cruise, accommodation around the Harbour. If you want to avoid the crowds then head to Robertson Park, Simmons Point Reserve or Mrs. Macquaries Point. 

To make a day out of it, spend it by the Sydney Harbour or CBD to enjoy the pre-show entertainment, check out the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and have a romantic lunch around the Sydney Darlington Harbour.


2. Blu Bar On 36

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Whether it’s your romantic honeymoon holiday or a getaway, the iconic Blu Bar On 36 is must-visit for a date night! Not only is the bar floating high above the amazing and ultimate panoramic view of Sydney Harbour, it also offers a fine selection of cocktails, wines, champagne and liquors. It isn’t cheap but the view is worth it!


3. Bondi to Coogee Walk 

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Stroll hand in hand on the 6km Bondi to Coogee walk. It is one of Sydney’s most popularwalks and it’s clear to see why! Ocean views, seaside lifestyle, golden sand beaches, surfers catching waves and Aussie beach culture at every turn. 

Start your day with breakfast and coffee at Speedo’s  Café. Grab your loved one’s hand and stroll along on this beautiful hike along the seaside, sandy beaches and sandstone cliffs. On the way you’ll see the iconic Bondi Icebergs swimming pool, one of Australia’s most photographed pools. You’ll also pass the heritage-listed Waverley Coogee Cemetery, which believe it or not is one of the world’s most scenic cemeteries. 


4. Visit Hunter Valley 

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Only a two hour drive from Sydney you’ll find one of Australia’s major wine regions, Hunter Valley. Escape to the flourishing wine country, where you’ll experience world-famous wineries, indulge in local produce and enjoy all the activities there is to do.

Discover all the things the Hunter Valley has to offer through one of the many tours. From wine tours to horseback riding and hot air ballooning to exploring the spectacular landscape, natural beauty and cultural heritage. To make it even more romantic, have an overnight stay at one of the many resorts and unwind. Treat you and your partner to a spa treatment for the ultimate relaxation. 


5. Watch the sunrise from Mount Warning

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Watching the sunrise on top of a mountain is without doubt a bucket list favourite! Mount Warning is the first place to see the sunrise at mainland Australia. So why not make it even more special and watch the sunrise on the first day of the New Year and welcome 2020? Achieve your bucket list tick at Mount Warning.

Climbing the summit track in the dark is a big part of the experience and reaching the summit in time to watch the sunrise over the horizon is worth getting up early for. Even on the first day of the New Year. From the top, you’ll have a 360 degree view of the hinterland and on a clear day you can see all the way to Surfers Paradise. Bring a picnic and enjoy it on the top while watching the sun rise with your loved one. 


6. Visit Brisbane 

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No visit to Australia is completed without a visit to the Sunshine State Queensland. The climate is near perfect all-year around and Brisbane is full of romantic activities to do, especially over the summer and the New Year.

If you're staying at a hotel in Camp Hill,  and start your day with breakfast at Florence Café.  Stroll around South Bank and have lunch by the river. Visit Queens Street for some shopping and Mt Coot-tha Lookout for a stunning view of the city. Finish your evening off at the popular Eagle Street Pier dining precinct, with spectacular views over Story Bridge and Brisbane River. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that! 


7. Romantic Whitsundays getaway

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Enjoy a romantic getaway with your special one to one of Australia’s most iconic destinations Whitsunday, right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. No place on earth is like this, we promise you. Crystal clear blue water, white sand between your toes, gourmet food, drinks and sunset sailing. Sounds like a honeymoon dream, right? 

Hop from Hamilton Island to the Whitsundays and relax at Whitehaven Beach – one of the world’s best beaches. If you are on your honeymoon, book a honeymoon package to complete your visit. But don’t forget about the mainland. The Whitsunday Coast has its charm and Airlie Beach is definitely worth a visit too! 


8. Visit Melbourne 

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Melbourne is hip, dynamic and full of character. The city’s cultural diversity, many cute laneways and excellent dining options make it a great place for couples to explore. The Melbourne weather is known for being unpredictable. You can experience four seasons in one day, so make sure you pack a jumper! Oh, and it’s also known for being the coffee capital of the world! Who wouldn’t want to spend a couple of romance-filled days in Melbourne? 

Explore Melbourne’s iconic laneways and street art, visit Queen Victoria Market, drink a cocktail at Driver Lan, check out the Royal Botanic Gardens and tuck into some Dumplings at HuTong. If you have enough time, Discover the Best of Greater Melbourne Suburbs, you are guaranteed to have a good time!


9. Explore the outback

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Uluru is more than just a tick on your bucket list. Let Australia’s heart get you and your beloved closer. The pulse of the Northern Territory’s centre is sure to leave you pinching yourself.  The sacred Aboriginal site is an amazing place to connect. The breathtaking nature, cultural heritage, wildlife and star-filled outback sky will make it an experience that will last a lifetime. 

Rise early and join a sunrise tour to witness the spectacular sunrise. Cycle around the base of Uluru and breathe in the fresh bush air. Continue the cultural journey by immersing into the Aboriginal art culture at Maruku Arts. Once the dark hits, wine and dine at Restaurant Uluru. Enjoy a meal under the star filled sky of the Southern Hemisphere and the magnificent view of Uluru. 


10. Stay at a Nightcap Hotel

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Experience Nightcap and make your New Year's trip to Australia trip even more remarkable. Nightcap Hotels have locations all across Australia, so no matter where you are going for your romantic getaway, we can accommodate your needs. At Nightcap Hotels, you are ensured great quality and value. We offer great venues and features for your stay, delicious food and quality comfort. 

Book your hotel now for your romantic New Year’s stay in Australia.