Romance is in the air at all times, but there’s something about summer and water that makes it an irresistible time of the year to throw in some sweet hearts. So how about breaking away from the norm and ditching US beaches for a change? Here’s to planning a summer romantic getaway in 3 of Australia’s most iconic cities. Close to the water and the ocean. Just because traveling as couples is fun and adventurous.

First Stop: Sydney

While in Australia, one does not simply skip Sydney. And for sure, this is one of the best cities to be in. Capital of New South Wales and ranked among top Aussie cities, you can’t spell Sydney without spelling harborfront Sydney Opera House and its unique sail design. The Skywalk, Sydney Tower’s outer platform gives a complete 360-degrees look over the city and its suburban areas. The zoo is world ranked for its species diversity, and the Royal Botanic Gardens make for an exquisite romantic walk. Nearby, you can find the arched Harbour Bridge, the Darling Harbour and the Circular Quay port that encourage waterside life.

Probably its most famous suburb, Bondi beach, is something that shouldn’t be left out. With beach, long walks, surfing, sculpture and cliff itineraries, Sydney is the first in this 3-cities adventure. Bonus: don’t miss out on Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, a sweeping ocean view from this 3-km trail along the cliffs between Bondi and Bronte beaches.

Best time to visit: August to October for hot days.

Second to None: Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital of Australian state, Victoria, and the second most populated city in Australia. Besides the great Royal Botanic Garden in Melbourne, where you can relax and enjoy the fresh green grass and iconic sights, locals advise to check out the seaside at St Kilda Beach, which is just a short tram ride from the CBD. There is a hive of fun pedestrian activities, as well as kitesurfing, windsurfing and swimming out in the open. A variety of refreshment bars and restaurants are available so there’s no need to “queue up” on any.

Oh, and did we mention the penguins?! Exactly, you can head out to the breakwater to see the little adorable creatures as they survive rocky falls and windy times. For an upgrade in wildlife spotting, you can rent a car and take your significant other on a road trip along the Great Ocean Road, which is an Australian National Heritage road of 243km along the south-eastern coast of Australia, Victoria state. Ideal for interacting with Koala bears, Kangaroos, and for making out in the evening – the lighthouses have your back if you’re afraid of the dark.

Best time to visit: September to November for warm days. July to August for “spring feels”.

Third’s a Charm: Brisbane

When in Brisbane, prepare to be amazed. Ranked as Australia’s 3rd most charming city, and capital of Queensland state, Brisbane has romance and couples written all over it. To add another chapter to your romantic getaway, start with Story Bridge – a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly spot offering amazing views of the city’s skylines and river banks.

But wait, there’s more: Wheel of Brisbane at night, in case you have anything to confess, or be confessed about; Mount Glorious for sweats; Mount Coot-tha Lookout for some good hiking and high-level (pun intended) dining at the restaurant. You can also stick to having a cup of coffee, budget-friendly. No beach here, but plenty of wetlands. And by that we mean Boondall Wetlands, an iconic place for walking and flirting with the water.

Brisbane also has some of the best venues to pose for the big question (if you’re a woman) or to take matters into your own hand (if you’re a man). Somehow, American couples are becoming interested in exchanging their vows outside the US, and usually end up here. Factory51.com.au, a rustic wedding venue in Brisbane, says there has been a recent increase in demand in the area from US couples.

Best time to visit: August to October for the warms; January for natural tan.

We don’t want to sound pushy or anything, but if you feel this is the place, go for it! Or just stick to the romance part, there’s plenty of it in all three major Aussie cities.

Your choice… What will it be?