Okay, so the Yes vote proved that Australia’s not quite as backwards as we might have feared, and now we’re shining our shoes and clearing our calendars for a wave of fabulous rainbow weddings. But before the nuptials comes the proposal… so where are the most romantic spots around the country to pop the question?
A hot-air balloon ride over the vineyards at sunrise, a picnic at a world-class winery, a candlelit dinner at a romantic restaurant… the rolling green hills of the Hunter Valley wine region – just two hours’ north of Sydney – provide plenty of perfect spots to get down on one knee.
Stay at: Hunter Valley YHA
Nothing says ‘marry me!’ like the country’s most famous sunset, stretching over the Indian Ocean as camel trains saunter along the 22km expanse of white sand, ochre soil and turquoise water near laidback Broome in WA’s remote Kimberley region.
Stay at: Broome YHA
You’ll feel on top of the world when they say yes on top of Tassie’s most iconic peak, surrounded by dramatic alpine scenery, craggy cliffs, ancient rainforests, serene lakes and native wildlife that help make Tasmania Australia’s hottest – or coolest? – destination right now.
Escape the crowds with your own little patch of paradise in tropical North Queensland, beneath the towering palms that lean lazily over the sand. Don’t miss the chance to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and head further south to Heart Reef if you’re not afraid of a cheeky cliché.
Stay at: Cairns Central YHA
Only three hours from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne but feeling a world away, unplug and unwind with a tranquil bush retreat that’ll leave you and bae all warm and snuggly.
Stay at: Grampians Eco YHA
YHA Australia has a network of 80 properties across Australia – including plenty of private ensuites rooms for couples – so there’s a comfortable, clean and welcoming place to stay wherever you’re planning your next getaway.