Last Minute Valentine's Day Plans You Can Still Make

7 February 2017

Valentine's Day approaches and if you're not one of those organised loved up pairs that's had their plans sorted for months, rest assured it's not too late to plan something special. From cosmopolitan city breaks to spots for singles to find a match, here are a few last minute destinations worthy of your consideration...

a couple looking over the rice fields in Ubud Ubud's natural beauty is a perfect backdrop to a romantic getaway

Go International: Bali

For those positioned on the west coast, an international getaway is just a hop, skip and a jump. Bali sits approximately three hours and 45 minutes from Perth, making it an ideal last minute escape. Lovebirds can fill their days with as much or as little as they like, choosing between relaxing poolside with a cocktail in hand or getting amongst some of the cultural icons of this travel hotspot. Even better, a swathe of popular places ensures a holiday to suit your exacting needs. From the laidback luxury of Ubud to the sun, surf and parties of Kuta, there's nothing standing in the way of the perfect Valentine's Day.  

The Sugar Warf in Port Douglas at sunset Port Douglas is just one spot in Tropical North Queensland worthy of your Valentine's Day

Backyard Bliss: Tropical North Queensland

If Bali is a bit too far but a tropical Valentine's Day getaway sounds like just want you need, set your sights closer to home. Pristine beaches, blue ocean waters, ancient rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland has everything you need for the perfect day of outdoor romance. Cairns and Palm Cove are great spots to bliss out for less, while Port Douglas offers just a touch of luxury while being in perfect position to enjoy both the reef and Daintree Rainforest. Or, take Valentine's Day to the next level with an island stay. Green Island, One & Only Hayman and Lizard Island are all more than suitable.  

A girl making a loveheart with Melbourne city in the background Romance in the city is easily found when you're touring Melbourne's streets and laneways
  

City Break: Melbourne

For those that take their Valentine's Day with all the luxuries of the big city, Melbourne is calling. Think along the lines of a winery day trip in Yarra Valley followed by a romantic dinner for two at any one of the city's top restaurants. Alternatively, spend the day frolicking along St Kilda's sandy shores, or embarking on a romantic Yarra River cruise. Even keeping it in the city will reward in spades, with winding laneways bustling with hidden shops and restaurants, one of the finest street art scenes in Australia and world class public spaces.

A vineyard in the Barossa Swirl and sip some of Australia's finest wines in the Barossa this Valentine's Day

Gourmet Getaway: The Barossa

If food is the cornerstone in your romance, a gourmet getaway to the Barossa can't be beat. This South Australian is the holy grail of foodie travelling, offering aspiring gourmands the chance to sample the spoils of one of Australia's most fertile landscapes. From cellar doors to handmade chocolate experiences, you'll have your choice of indulgences. And then there's Maggie Beer. Get to her farm shop where you can taste test the picnic fare menu, sample products from the Farm Shop and learn all about food at one of the daily demonstrations.  

Sydney Harbour at night Sydney's got everything you need to make the most of a single's night out on Valentine's Day
  

Single's Haven: Sydney

Valentine's Day may be for the lovers, but singles need not miss out on the fun. Grab your guys or gals and get to Sydney because the Harbour City is all about celebrating the joys of being single. Stick to the inner city for a day of shopping and dining before taking to the rooftops for cocktails complete with intoxicating views. Alternatively, escape to the likes of Bondi and Bronte for fun, sun, surf and the easygoing nightlife that comes from a sweep of restaurants and bars just minutes from the beautiful beaches.      

Carlie Tucker

Travelling is for discovering the unexpected. From fantastic meals in ramshackle joints to stumbling upon a best kept secret, I love those fortuitous travel moments that couldn't be planned if I tried.