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Romantic things to do on the Gold Coast

Charntel Cleveland | February 2021

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

And while February 14 is recognised as the day of love in many regions of the world, any day is a good time to celebrate love – whether it’s the passion of your partner or the fellowship of your friends.

Check out these romantic activities you can do with your boo (or your crew) on the Gold Coast.

Cruise the Coast

The Gold Coast has a plethora of cruise operators ready to whisk you offshore to view the gorgeous coastline from the comfort of their vessels. You could take a romantic lunch, sunset or dinner cruise with Champagne Sailing Cruises, or book into Sea World Cruises’ special Valentine’s Day event complete with champagne on arrival, live music, a seafood buffet and mouthwatering desserts. For something a little more intimate, you could try a romantic gondola cruise around the canals. The Gold Coast does, after all, have more canals than Venice!

Take to the skies

Let your love soar in a hot air balloon or a helicopter joy flight. Or take the ultimate plunge and go sky diving. Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast has a number of romantic hot air balloon packages ideal for you and your Valentine. Adrenaline also offers a range of hot air ballooning experiences as well as helicopter flights and sky diving options.

Pack a picnic

We’re blessed with beautiful weather and an array of perfect picnic spots on the Gold Coast. So, what better way to soak up a day of love than on a picnic blanket beside your favourite drinks and snacks – oh, and your beloved. If you’re unsure where to go, check out this round up of the Gold Coast’s best picnic spots. And if you’d like a little help pulling together the perfect hamper, or an Insta-worthy staged spread, you could try local suppliers such as Gold Coast Pop-Up Picnics, Blue Ginger Picnics or Platters and Blooms.

Pop the question

If you’re thinking about locking in your love for life and asking for their hand in marriage, the Gold Coast has scores of idyllic backdrops to the scene for the ultimate engagement. From beautiful beaches to high-rise havens and garden oases, this city can help make your visions a reality. See where to pop the question on the Gold Coast for ideas. And for a little help staging the ultimate proposal, check out the packages offered by local vendors such as Gold Coast Pop-up Weddings or Unforgettable Proposals.

Catch a show

Whether it’s a sweet afternoon matinee at the local theatre or a full-scale stage production, grabbing tickets to a show has been a trusty date option for centuries. Check out touring concerts and live shows on offer at HOTA, The Star Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Convention Centre. For cabaret experiences, explore the burlesque performances of The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub or the dark, kooky comedy of Dracula’s. For local productions, see Spotlight Theatre at Ashmore or the Gold Coast Little Theatre in Southport.

Enjoy some art

Chilling out at an art gallery is one of the coolest romantic activities you can do. Not only because the space will be air conditioned for your comfort, but there’s something special about diving deeper into art and seeing certain pieces through the eyes of another. The Gold Coast has a range of art galleries such as 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Dust Temple at Currumbin and the HOTA Gallery. QT Gold Coast is also hosting a special exhibition, Heartbreak Hotel — Museum of Love and Disappointments, just in time for Valentine’s Day. For something a little different, ladies can round up their girlfriends for Galentine’s Art Night at The Craft Parlour, which is dubbed as an all-women’s event celebrating being single and powerful, and honouring your inner creativity. No Valentine needed!

Organise an animal encounter

If your sweetheart adores animals, you could treat them to an unforgettably wild experience such as feeding the tigers at Dreamworld, a koala high tea at Currumbin Sanctuary or a dolphin encounter at Sea World. For more creature features, see the Currumbin Sanctuary, Paradise Country and Sea World websites for the full range of animal adventures available.

Take a romantic stroll in nature

Spending time with your loved ones doesn’t need to break the bank. The Gold Coast is home to a wide range of free and scenic nature walks where you can raise your heart rate with your heart throb and explore gorgeous natural surroundings.

Unwind at a winery or kick back with a cold one

If a picturesque country drive to a quaint winery is your idea of romance, you’re in luck. Wander the idyllic surrounds at The Mount Nathan Winery, order up a cheese board and sample some delectable wines at the quaint cellar door. If wine’s not your thing, or your beau is more into brews, you could celebrate their (or your) love of craft beer at any one of the Gold Coast’s best breweries.

Valentine’s Day dining and events

Hungry for love? Explore these special Valentine’s Day 2021 dining options and events:

Other romantic restaurants you might like to try include:

For first-date friendly or group affairs, you could try:

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