8 Places to Fall in Love this Valentine’s Day

If you think romance is all about chocolates and rose petals, think again. Before you rush off to book another movie night or dinner date, let us play cupid with this guide to the 8 most romantic places to visit this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’ve been married for 20 years or have only just swiped right, these cheeky escapes to the Southern Downs and Granite Belt will up the romance factor in your life.

1. Top of the Pyramid, Girraween National Park

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For active couples, lace up your boots and hit the impressive prehistoric granite boulders at Girraween National Park. For ultimate romance, embark on The Pyramid walk early enough to catch sunrise at the top of this giant boulder. Breathtaking views guaranteed.

2. Winery Weekend

Couple enjoying a wine tour

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BYO loved one on a wine tour to the Granite Belt, which is home to over 30 cellar doors, many who are rated 4-5 stars by James Halliday. Can’t decide which ones to visit? Join one of the tour companies or if you’re feeling adventurous, embark on a cycling tour of the wine region with a local guide.

3. Beneath the stars

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A couple’s escape to the country is all about leaving the iPads at home and reconnecting with each other and nature, and there’s no better way to do that than camping under a starlit sky. You’ll find a huge variety of camping and caravanning spots in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt, from National Parks, to tourist parks and bush camping too.

4. Cosy BnBs

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Enjoy some old fashioned romance in the most tranquil and private of settings at a cosy BnB, many of which offer fireside snugglefests. For a luxury romantic getaway with all of the trimmings, don’t miss Spicers Peak Lodge or Alure Stanthorpe (three words: Heated outdoor spa).

5. Queen Mary Falls

Visiting Queen Mary Falls is a must do on any romantic Southern Downs and Granite Belt trip. Embark on the easy Queen Mary Falls circuit, a 40-minute walk that takes you from the lookouts at the top of the falls to the creek below. Chase more waterfalls by heading off on The Falls Drive, which takes in Browns Falls, Daggs Falls, Queen Mary Falls and Carr’s Lookout and provides an alternative route home from Warwick to Brisbane via Boonah.

6. Amongst the Leaves

Couple in the Autumn leaves

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Gift a trip for a getaway in a couple of months time! You’ll fall in love with Autumn and its rich colours as our deciduous landscapes turn to hues of gold and crimson with plenty of crunchy leaves. Loved-up leaf-chasers can pack a picnic and head to one of our many parks to take it all in. For the most insta-worthy spot in the region, head to Rotary Park on Quart Pot Creek (just outside the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre).

While You’re Here

Make a weekend of it by checking out these other things to do in the area:

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