Ditch dinner and embrace something a little less cliché this Valentine’s Day.
Whether you’ve left it too late to book a reservation for two at a swanky restaurant or don’t feel like taking out a mortgage to pay for a set menu, these date ideas will broaden your options without breaking the bank:
1. Sunrise and coffee fix
Up the romance factor this Valentine’s Day and snuggle up to your sweetheart as you watch dawn break across the city. Let’s face it – there is something magical about watching the sun creep up over the horizon. There is an abundance of great vantage points to watch the sunrise across the city, but our top picks include Broadbeach foreshore boardwalk, Miami Hill, The Panorama in Tallai, The Observatory at Reedy Creek and The Spit.
Don’t forget to grab your caffeine fix from one of our local cafes – because nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a coffee made exactly the way you like it.
2. Falls and fudge
Get your heart racing this Valentine’s Day and break a sweat with bae. Strap on some walking shoes and immerse yourself in all the Gold Coast hinterland has to offer. Go chasing waterfalls at Twin Falls Circuit, burn out your quads at Purling Brook Falls or enjoy a leisurely stroll at Best of All lookout. Reward your efforts with a pitstop at The Fudge Shop Springbrook on your way home – fudge and falls, it’s a winner in our books!
3. Pack a picnic for two
Approaching the end of your pay week and don’t have enough cash to splash at one of the Gold Coast’s fine dining options? Skip the white linen tablecloths and grab a picnic rug while you nibble away on some tasty treats in one of the Gold Coast’s top picnic locations. Tip: make sure to get in early – Burleigh Hill is awash with couples on February 14.
4. Couples yoga
Salute the sun(shine) of your life and start Valentine’s Day with some zen. Not a regular attendee of a studio? City of Gold Coast’s Active & Healthy program offers plenty of free and low cost yoga classes across the Gold Coast to leave you and your loved one restored and rejuvenated.
Classes on Thursday February 14:
Where: Kurrawa Terrace at Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
Time: 6 – 7 am & 7am – 8am
Where: Kirra Hill Community Centre at Garrick Street, Kirra
Time: 7.30am – 8.30am
Where: Paradise Point Parklands at The Esplanade, Paradise Point
Time: 8.30am – 9.30am
Where: North Burleigh Saving Club at 293 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads
Time: 9.15am – 10.15am
5. Pretty as a picture
Got an art-lover on your hands? Get your culture fix and set off to one of the various art galleries on the Gold Coast. Browse your way through popular contemporary gallery 19Karen, get your fine art fix at Gallery One, appreciate authentic indigenous pieces at Boomerang Art Gallery or tour your way through the various exhibitions at HOTA. Immerse yourself in a collection or simply stare in awe at your beloved.
6. Tour de Gold Coast
Make a date with your bike and head for a romantic spin around the city’s foreshores. Start off in Surfers Paradise and pedal down the oceanway pathway to Broadbeach where you can stop in for a swim. Dry off and continue down to Burleigh Heads and refuel for lunch.
Don’t own a bike? Bike share operator Mobike offers bikes for hire, allowing you to pick up a bike and ride it to wherever your heart desires.
7. Puppy play dates
Do you and Fluffy come as a package deal? Combine the two loves of your life and wooh your lover with puppy pats at one of the off-leash beaches and parks on the Gold Coast. Feeling peckish after all that running around? Pop into one of the many pooch-friendly cafes afterwards for brunch and some cold water for your pup.
8. Stop and smell the sunflowers
Dropped the ball and forgot to order a dozen red roses? Don’t worry; we’ve got your back.
Whisk your date across the border and take a trip down sunflower lane at Farm & Co.
While this one isn’t technically on the Gold Coast, we promise it’s worth a visit! The boutique farm in Kingscliff is famous for its picturesque sunflower fields, drawing crowds during the summer season. Frolic amongst the fields, snap a pic for the ‘gram and pick up some fresh produce while you’re there.
Cost of entry is $5 per adult. Opening hours are 8am – 4pm on weekdays and 9am – 4pm on weekends.
9. Have a laugh
Fact: Laughing releases those fuzzy feel-good brain chemicals.
Put your partner in a good mood and head along to a live comedy gig on the Gold Coast. They might not all be household names, but we guarantee you’ll be in stitches by the end of the night.
10. Hit the water
Does the thought of sitting still send you into hives? Make a splash and hit the waterways with your loved one instead. Whether you’re going on your first date or your hundredth, it’s always fun to try your hand at a new skill. Show off your balance with stand-up paddle boarding, carve up the waves à la Mick Fanning or hire a kayak and enjoy the serenity.