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With our unique flora and fauna, incredible coastline, verdant rainforests, stark deserts and striking wilderness, Australian ecotourism is booming. Spending a short break at an eco retreat is an ideal way to get back to nature and learn about your beloved on a romantic getaway. Here are some fabulous eco resorts for that perfect couples holiday.

Karijini Eco Retreat

Located in the awe-inspiring Karijin National Park in North West Western Australia, the Karijin Eco Retreat offers either camping facilities or luxury eco tents and is a fabulous base from which to explore the wonders of the remote, unspoilt Pilbara region. With dramatic gorges, thundering waterfalls and tranquil waterholes, the landscapes are unforgettable.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Less well-known than the Great Barrier Reef but equally impressive (and less touristy!) is the Ningaloo Reef which hugs the coast of the North West WA. Sal Salis enters the Australian ecotourism stakes with African safari style luxury tents rising from the untouched sand dunes. Romance is guaranteed, with lanterns illuminating gourmet meals, divine sunsets and the wonders of nature all around. Perfect for a short break with someone truly special!

Daintree EcoLodge and Spa

When an eco resort is chosen as 'Best Eco Tourism Lodge in the World' by Luxury Travel Magazines (April 2011), you know it's somewhere special. The Daintree Ecolodge and Spa nestles harmoniously in the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park, 90 minutes from Cairns in tropical north Queensland. This ancient rainforest is a national treasure containing a unique and varied eco system and the 'bayan' stilted accommodation of the retreat strikes a perfect balance with its lush surroundings. Throw in an award-winning spa which captures the magic of the rainforest setting and you have the perfect romantic getaway or honeymoon destination.

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Eco Beach Resort Broome

Described as 'accessible wilderness', the Eco Beach Resort lies an hour's drive south of Broome in the glorious Kimberley region of WA, on a pristine, white, sandy beach overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. This remote resort offers relaxing beach houses, eco tents and eco villas in harmony with the incredible sights of this startlingly beautiful area. Couples are well-catered for with superb food, in-house massage, day tours and whale watching. A short break here should spice up your love life AND give you a new understanding of this remarkable slice of Australia.

Forest Rise Eco Retreat

If you want a romantic weekend without heading off into the wilds, why not try the Forest Rise Eco Retreat in the Margaret River Wine Region of Western Australia. With ultra private chalets hidden amongst the trees, you only need see other guests if you really want to. And if you don't want to, have a gourmet hamper delivered to your door whilst you relax in the spa with a glass of bubbles.

Hummingbird Eco Retreat

Tucked away on the Mornington Peninsula in a peaceful bush setting, the Hummingbird Eco Retreat offers the ideal couples getaway from the bustle of nearby Melbourne. Spend valuable time with your beloved doing as little as possible or, take advantage of one of the many themed retreats that are on offer and discover the delights of yoga, meditation, dance or more.

Paradise Bay Eco Escape

Paradise Bay is an eco friendly luxury resort on the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands in tropical Queensland. With ecologically sound accommodation, this is high-end sustainable tourism and its no wonder that this resort has won so many eco tourism awards, including the 2010 Excellence in Sustainable Tourism from the Whitsundays Tourism Awards. With a heavenly tropical island location and the delights of the Great Barrier Reef within paddling distance, this is a spectacular destination for a romantic holiday.

Paperbark Camp

Jervis Bay is a lovely, unspoilt coastal area about 2.5 hours south of Sydney a popular place for short breaks and romantic escapes. Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay, offers 'glamping' (luxury camping) with an idyllic bush backdrop plus the perks of excellent food, friendly wildlife and total serenity in which to unwind and connect with both your partner and your self.

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