7 romantic Blue Mountains stays to run away to this season

Love is in the alpine air.

By Jessica G. Lynch
Hearts start to flutter the moment the car leaves the M4 behind at Penrith to start its climb up the Great Western Highway into the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales. That's because everything becomes epic when the cliffs are this high and the valleys this verdant. For those seeking romantic getaways, the Blue Mounains is an untamed bush paradise just outside Sydney that feels more remote than it is and spectacular all round.
Yes, there will be bushwalks and high-calibre vantage points in which to capture the moment. With deeper immersion, there will be also be the chance to disconnect, reconnect and just embrace the cosiness of small-town bookstores and providores. Raise the luxury accommodation stakes and you will probably find outdoor firepits (fire bans permitting), fine linens on billowy beds, possibly a hot tub, and chilled Champagne upon arrival. A romantic getaway in the Blue Mountains is primed for lovestruck moments.
Here is our edit of the best places to stay for a romantic weekend getaway in the Blue Mountains.

7 best romantic getaways in the Blue Mountains

Wildacres at Blackheath
We don't want to ruin all the surprises in store. Let's just say this eco haven raises the luxury stakes. On arrival the concrete floors are already warm and local treats from Whisk & Pin are laid out. The hot tub is already steaming and indoor and outdoors fireplaces are ready to light in colder seasons. With its own network of bushwalks weaving the 16 hectares of private property, the sense of awe is built in. Our tip is to set off for golden hour to the wine barrels overlooking the Kanimbla Cliffs at the kind of lookout tourists would take coaches to if they could. Back at the Wildacres accommodation, they've taken the tin-shed vernacular and made it luxe with two dreamy bedrooms, Sonos sound system and open kitchen, outdoor pizza oven all styled to bush-chic perfection. It's also large enough to accommodate groups for a weekend away with friends or family, if that's more your speed. Hole up here for simplicity that doesn't compromise swankiness.
The Enchanted Cave, Bilpin
Like something from another realm, the Enchanted Cave imbues the spirit of its name. Built atop a natural rock platform on a cliff, this getaway boasts unrivalled views and positioning. Fit with a spa, fireplace and no Wi-Fi, this is an otherworldly hideaway for lovebirds.
Woodland Cabin, Kanimbla
Enclosed by green is this secluded woodland cabin that offers a return to nature in its design. Take a dip in the mineral waters of the private plunge pool, peruse the paper in the treetop hammock or even have an in-house spa treatment, all before warming up to each other by the fire.
The Cottage, Leura
Overlooking orchards, bushlands and gardens, The Cottage is a bright studio renovated with recycled materials on an acreage between Leura and Katoomba. Barbecue your dinner for two outside by the fire before retreating to the claw foot bath inside for some R&R.
MontPierre Mountain Cottage, Kurrajong Heights
Rustic meets eclectic in this cottage furnished with vintage pieces, a courtyard bath and a roaring log fire. With an outdoor wood fire pizza oven and the option to book in-house massages, guided yoga practice, cheeseboards and fondue packages, what more could you desire on a lovers' retreat?
The Old Shed, Leura
Character and atmosphere are front and centre in the design of the Old Shed that features exposed timber beams and cabinetry, and bohemian décor. Wander the garden and explore the surrounding natural spoils before cosying up on the couch in front of the projector screen with a bottle of vino.
Chalets at Blackheath, Blackheath
Perched at the highest point of the UNESCO world heritage-listed national park lies Chalets at Blackheath. The small luxury hotel is home to four freestanding chalets – each with their own private sun deck, oversized limestone bathroom, a deep soaking tub and fireplace. A true bushlover's paradise.