For a tropical escape, filled with sunshine, deserted beaches and excellent restaurants, Hamilton Island makes a smart choice. The most popular of Queensland's 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers swimming, snorkelling, hiking, kayaking and boating in some of the most picturesque surroundings possible.

Holiday accommodation on Hamilton Island includes luxury holiday apartments overlooking Catseye Beach, right through to large holiday retreats perfect for staying in and enjoying the fabulous views.

In New South Wales, the Hunter Valley has long been a popular destination for couples. Surrounded by vineyards, quaint towns and beautiful scenery, the Hunter Valley boasts a host of attractions and activities. A visit to one of the area's many world class vineyards offers the chance for couples to try some of Australia's best wines, while vineyard restaurants match local produce with area wines and are an ideal setting for a romantic candle light dinner.

The Hunter Valley is home to an excellent selection of holiday accommodation, with cosy cabins and cottages making a great base for a romantic break.

Just a short drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is an excellent choice for holidaying couples. Boasting tranquil bayside beaches, rugged ocean coastline and stunning natural beauty, couples can swim, hike or simply relax beside the water. The area's towns and villages offer great shopping precincts and fantastic restaurants and cafes.

Popular locations for a Mornington Peninsula romantic escape include Portsea, Sorrento, Rosebud, Rye and Blairgowrie.

The picturesque surroundings of the Barossa Valley also make for a secluded getaway. One of Australia's great wine making regions, the Barossa Valley offers cellar doors, award winning restaurants and picturesque country towns and villages. Popular holiday activities include cycling, hiking and long drives through the rolling countryside.

Popular bases for a Barossa Valley escape include Angaston, Mintaro and Clare.

The Margaret River region in the south east corner of Western Australia is also a popular destination for couples. Home to wild and rugged coastal scenery, as well as lush countryside dotted with vineyards, the region's beauty makes a terrific backdrop to a cosy weekend.

Towns and villages such as Margaret River, Dunsborough and Busselton contain excellent holiday accommodation options including furnished apartments and holiday homes perfect for a romantic escape.

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- Some of Australia's best romantic holiday locations:

1. Margaret River, WA (left)

2. The Barossa Valley, SA (top right)

3. Hamilton Island, QLD (bottom middle)

4. Mornington Peninsula, VIC (bottom right)