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One of the great things about having older kids who are a little more independent, is that it allows you as a couple to get away occasionally without them. Sure those family holidays are great, but most teenagers no longer want to spend as much time as they used to with Mum and Dad.
Time alone with your partner is also a vital ingredient in maintaining a strong relationship. While this can be particularly challenging if your time has been consumed by your kids and their endless activities, the ‘teenage years’ offer some respite. So whether it’s just a romantic weekend escape or a longer break, here are a few suggestions for couples looking for some special time together.
If you love the great outdoors, a natural adventure with your ‘better half’ could be just the ticket to rediscover each other. Open spaces, fresh air and spectacular backdrops (and sunsets) will do wonders in awakening your inner romantic, allowing you to focus solely on the one you love. Throw in the peace and quiet of nature and your worries will also quickly disappear.
There are plenty of rainforest, hinterland and mountain escape options across Queensland (check out Tourism Queensland’s blog for some great ideas you might not have thought of), with accommodation ranging from 5-star luxury retreats to camping under the stars in a spectacular National Park. Nature also delivers lots of different things to do, from hiking through lush rainforest and admiring the many living wonders, to kayaking on crystal clear waters or just relaxing by a campfire roasting marshmallows. A weekend in the woods could be the perfect tonic.
For those who appreciate good food and wine, why not head to a charming B&B within a wine region for a gastronomic adventure? Australia has some of the best wineries in the world – each one with their own personality and irresistible collection of gourmet flavours. Within Queensland, the Granite Belt has some award-winning wines, while the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and the Yarra Valley in Victoria are acclaimed around the world.
In South Australia, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the stunning Clare Valley and McLaren Vale regions, as well the famous reds of the Barossa Valley. WA’s Margaret River also offers something special. All these regions have their own thriving gourmet produce industries, serving up the finest cheeses, chocolates and olives. These types of escapes are a great way to refresh your taste for life.
Big city CBDs offer a dazzling array of night time entertainment and luxury accommodation options, so why not live it up like a VIP for a night? Book into that swanky 5-star CBD hotel, dine out at an award-winning city restaurant, then hit the casino or catch the latest Broadway musical that’s touring. You’ll find most capital city CBDs are fantastic for shopping and dining on weekends without all the city workers around.
An overnight city escape is a great way to add some wow factor to your next date night and treat yourselves to the joys of city living. You’ll find the change of scenery from the suburbs and going to the effort of dressing up will help you and your partner look at each other in a whole new light.
Getting away as a couple is vital in maintaining a healthy relationship. It can lead to reconnections, reinvention and rediscovery. It’s also great preparation for when the kids do leave home in a few years. And who knows, it may even help your teenagers become a little more independent.
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