The Most Romantic Things to Do on the Gold Coast
With its beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets, dynamic nightlife and hidden Hinterland gems, there's no better place to reconnect and bond with your special someone than on the Gold Coast.
From luxurious pampering indulgences, to adrenalin-fuelled adventures, every type of couple is sure to find a way to turn up the romance here. So grab your other half and discover the Gold Coast's romantic side hand-in-hand.
Romance Meets Adrenaline
If you want to make their heart (and yours) beat faster, zip around the Broadwater’s sand bars and zoom past pelicans on a Paradise Jetboat ride or swap the beach for the clouds on Australia’s highest external building walk atop the iconic Gold Coast skyscraper Q1. Daredevils can walk along the edge of the climb and check out the sheer, 270-meter drop. Less adventurous types may prefer the security of the internal hand rail. Opt for a romantic twilight climb and you’ll get the chance to watch the sun set.
Couples who feel the need for speed can start their morning with a drive in a Lamborghini Gallardo, followed by a spin in a Ferrari 360 before finishing the day in a TVR Tamora—a saucy English sports car named after the Queen of the Goths. Rent A Dream Car has a Car and Spa package which includes three and a half hours' driving followed by a couple’s spa treatment. After all that driving excitement you’ll probably need it.
PHOTO: There's plenty of romantic, fun and active things to do with your partner on the Gold Coast (©Tourism Australia)
Go For a Sunrise Stroll
Slip off your shoes and stroll around Coolangatta’s picturesque headland to Rainbow Bay where you will discover Snapper Rocks, home of the world famous Quiksilver and Roxy Pro surf competition. Even if there aren’t any surfing superstars riding the waves, it’s still fun to watch the talented local board riders strut their stuff. After you have watched the surfers continue around the headland to Froggy’s Beach, so called because of the huge green rock perched high on the headland that is painted like a frog. Froggy’s is a favourite spot for Instagrammers who come here to create some of the Gold Coast’s most stunning sunrise shots. Keep an eye out for dolphins playing in the waves. In the late afternoon this secluded beach often plays host to weddings that draw a crowd of admiring onlookers.
PHOTO: Enjoy a romantic sunrise stroll along the beach (©Tourism Australia)
Discover the Gold Coast's Markets
Why spend your time at a shopping mall when you can browse for bargains by the beach? For ocean views and quirky souvenirs, head to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets which sell everything from organic beauty products to fashion accessories made out of cane toad skin. Sanctuary Markets at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, which are held every Friday from 4 pm to 9 pm, offer a delicious journey around the globe with cuisine from Japan, South Africa, Italy, Brazil and beyond. Carrara Markets is home to Australia’s largest permanent market where you will find everything from bric-a-brac to beautiful handmade brooches and limited edition books.
PHOTO: Pick up a unique find at the markets. (Courtesy Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets)
Head For the Hinterland
Less than 30 minutes from the bustling coastal strip, towering high rises give way to sleepy villages, hobby farms, boutique vineyards and National Parks. Gift shops, galleries and restaurants line Mount Tamborine’s picturesque main street which is perfect for strolling. Tamborine Mountain National Park, Queensland’s oldest National Park, offers stunning scenery and impressive views of the distant high rise buildings. Wineries and providores are scattered throughout the area, which means stumbling across yet another lovely place to stop is part of the fun.
Nearby Springbrook is a nature lover's paradise with myriad walking trails and a string of spectacular lookouts offering crystal-clear winter viewing. Don’t miss the highest on the plateau, ‘Best of All Lookout’ which lives up to its name with impressive views to Mount Warning and beyond. A short drive down the road you’ll find the Goomoolahra Picnic Area which is ideal for a romantic barbecue lunch accompanied by the sound of tumbling water.
PHOTO: Try local wines at one of the boutique vineyards (©Gold Coast Tourism)
Party on in Australia
Would you prefer to party up and down the coast instead? There is no need to drive home when you raise your glass to an evening of bar hopping using the Gold Coast’s light rail. The G:link tram service—or The G, as the locals call it—has given the areas in and around Surfers Paradise an exhilarating new energy. Kick things off with sunset drinks at a Surf Life Saving Club, where you can chill out on the veranda and enjoy a cold brew (or two) as seagulls wheel overhead, then hit the bars at Surfers Paradise once the sun goes down. Trams run 24/7 on the weekend which means you might just see the sun come up too.
This story by Tiana Templeman first appeared on WhereTraveler.com.
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