Queensland’s shining Gold Coast could undeniably be Australia’s most romantic destination. With pristine beaches, jaw-dropping scenery, sumptuous high-end and casual restaurants, and activities for every kind of traveller, this is the perfect city to put some extra sparkle in your love life. If you want to get the most out of your romantic couples getaway to the Gold Coast, try these fantastic date ideas.
Hot air balloon and champagne breakfast – Start your couple’s escape off right with a romantic hot air balloon ride, taking in the Gold Coast’s spectacular scenery from the best view imaginable. Watch the sunrise and catch the breathtaking colours of the morning sky dazzle as you float high above the clouds with your date. Once you’ve landed, tuck into a hot breakfast and a glass of champagne and relax on the verandah of the historic O’Reilly’s Grand Homestead and Boutique Vineyard.
Snorkel with the turtles – From high up in the clouds to under the sea, take your date on an unforgettable underwater adventure. Head out on a short, picturesque boat ride to Cook Island, a spot famous for its large population of green turtles. Snorkel beside the turtles and take some once-in-a-lifetime selfies, explore the underwater world of colourful corals and exotic fish – including clownfish, and have an utterly magical experience together with your partner.
Cuddle up with some koalas at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – Whether you’re international visitors or locals, there’s no denying that Australian wildlife is truly unique. So for a more relaxed date on the Gold Coast, take a romantic stroll around the colourful grounds at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary also offers guests the opportunity to get up close to the park’s animals and take a photo with them. So, snuggle up to a koala, shake paws with a short-nosed echidna, waddle alongside a wombat, or explore many other animal experiences that the park has on offer.
Eating & Drinking
The Collective – Five restaurants, one bar, one rooftop bar, chic vibrant atmosphere, and scenery for days, The Collective at Palm Beach is where you want to be cosying up together after a full day of Gold Coast fun. Mix and match your dining experience with a selection of Italian, Asian, Mexican, seafood, and classic American diner food, and pair it with a bottle of wine, a jug of sangria, or a perfect cocktail. Be sure to get there early to snag a spot at the rooftop bar for a romantic sunset view.
Rick Shores – For one of the best, most picturesque and romantic dining experiences, it’s hard to get much better than Rick Shores waterfront restaurant at Burleigh Heads. With a spectacular outdoor patio, crack open a bottle of wine and watch the sunset over the pristine beach. The pan-Asian inspired menu uses incredible fresh, local produce and seafood, and Rick Shores’ famous Moreton Bay bug rolls are not to be missed. A romantic evening at one of the best restaurants on the Gold Coast is a sure way to spice up every couples getaway.
Gondola Dining Cruise – Gaze out at the glittering Gold Coast lights as you float in an exclusive private gondola and dine on sumptuous delights. If you really want to make an impression on your date, go all out and book an ultimate romantic package with limousine pick-up, scenic helicopter flight, roses, red carpet – the works!