When it comes to relationships, we live in very different times – we’ve got more freedom than ever before, and commitment means different things to different people. While you may not be putting a ring on it just yet, taking your relationship to the next level – or even setting the scene for the perfect date night – should be accompanied by a perfectly ‘instagrammable’ location. The good news is, we’ve done the hard work for you with these 10 cool commitment spots across NT and SA that are sure to impress your beau.
Chase waterfalls – Southern Rockhole, Nitmiluk National Park, NT
Pack a picnic of their favourite foods and head off on a 4km amble through this beautiful national park. Nerves will be washed away when you reach the spectacular waterfall, carving its way through breathtaking sandstone rocks – getting swept up in the moment is guaranteed.
A sunset they won’t forget – Uluru, NT
Iconic Uluru is the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, which makes it the perfect spot to lock in the heart of your lover. Best visited at sunset to take in the changing colours under the setting sun, make sure you follow in Wills and Kate or Di and Charles footsteps and snap the ultimate couple photo. Safari suits and kitten heels optional!
Lonely no more – Lonely Beach, East Arnhem Land, NT
Nestled in Bawaka, Lonely Beach is a couple of sandy hours drive south of Nhulubuy, but will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to a Southeast Asian paradise. It’s an uber-romantic location, with pearl-white beaches, limestone cliffs, a palm-tree-strewn shoreline, and an element of seclusion – making it an idyllic spot to have the commitment chat with your lover.
Romance is in the air – Hot air balloon, Alice Springs, NT
Soak up the broad landscape of the Northern Territory with a tranquil hot air balloon flight over the magical desert plains of Alice Springs. Catching the sunrise is a truly captivating experience and one that forms the perfect backdrop for taking your relationship to dizzying heights.
Sand, seduction, and sunsets – Mindil Beach, NT
Cuddle up, watch the rolling sea kiss the shoreline and take in the famous sunset at Mindil Beach. Once you’re feeling loved up, hit the Mindil Beach Sunset Market (operating Thursday and Sunday nights in the dry season) for some delicious street food for two.
Take a mindful moment – Himeji Japanese Garden, SA
Tucked away inside Adelaide’s southern Park Lands sits a perfectly manicured ‘pocket of Japan.’ Himeji Garden features stepping stones specifically designed to make you slow down and absorb the tranquillity – helping any commitment nerves melt away – and plenty of green spaces perfect for romantic alfresco picnics.
Claim your own gem at the opal capital – Coober Pedy, SA
This quirky town (which forms the backdrop of 90s classic Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) is known as the glittering Hollywood of the Outback. With a labyrinth of hotels, homes, opal mines, and even a campground all existing beneath its sun-baked ochre surface, this is a truly unique spot your beau won’t forget in a hurry.
Explore a future together – D’Arenberg Cube, SA
Futuristic, puzzling, distinctive and quirky, D’Arenberg Cube is a little like a giant Rubik’s cube set among the rolling hills of McLaren Vale. Drawing visitors from around the world, this otherworldly winery is one of Australia’s most iconic and unique wine tasting spots to head to with your boo. The winery offers a blending bench masterclass so that you can leave with a hand-selected bottle commemorating your commitment.
Celebrate the remarkable – Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island, SA
While you might not be bringing a remarkable rock of your own along just yet, lock in your relationship at this serene spot on Kangaroo Island. With aqua waters, windswept clifftops, and striking granite boulders, the backdrop for cute couple snaps couldn’t be better.
A day spa like no other – Greenly Beach, Eyre Peninsula SA
Fit for a mermaid, Greenly Beach features secluded and stunning rock pools sheltered by looming sand dunes. Mermaids are considered symbols of good luck and happy times ahead, making this the perfect spot to embrace your inner Ariel or merman and gaze to the future with your amor. Pack some BYO cocktails and nibbles for extra points and spend the day frolicking in the sparkling waters.
While February is known as a month for lovers, if you’re not ready to commit just yet or not coupled up, there are plenty of other cool ways to celebrate love this Valentine’s Day – either with besties or just with some self-love. Our Guide to Celebrating the World-Famous Day of Love has you covered.
Don’t forget your health and safety always comes first, so check in with your local health authority on any restrictions or COVID rules to follow before making travel plans. If you are travelling to NT or SA, check the local guidelines before visiting. That way, you won’t have any unexpected restrictions interfering with your plans.