Gold Coast Romance City Guide

Don’t let the Gold Coast fool you. Underneath that flashy exterior hide some of Australia’s most delightfully cosy, fun and unique holiday experiences for ravenous gourmands and romance starved couples. Of course, it would never openly admit to such sentimental mushiness, so it appears we’re going to have to spill the balsamic marinated white beans...

Day 1: Sir, madam, we ask you to please refrain from such saucy behaviour, this is a family destination:

  • Indulge with some Belgian waffles and white chocolate chai at Max Brenner’s chocolate café on Main Beach. Go on, your on holidays, be naughty.
  • We know what you were really thinking over breakfast. So head to Ripple Massage for a body chocolate massage and lime and tangerine body scrub – but no nibbling allowed!
  • Spend your afternoon playing Tarzan and Jane on a Twilight Rainforest Safari to see 3000-year-old Antarctic Beech Trees and explore the rainforest and waterfalls of the Springbrook Plateau.
  • Dance and romance the night away at the Bedroom Lounge Bar and Nightclub, one of Surfer’ Paradise’s premium nightclubs. Recline in your private king or queen size bed lounge and do some celebrity spotting over cocktails and cuddles.

Day 2: So here’s what you want to do Romeo. Let your girl think that you’re spending the day by the pool like all the predictable couples, then lay this itinerary on her:

  • Greet the day on a sunrise balloon flight over the Gold Coast with views of the Pacific Ocean, through to the forest and mountains of the hinterland followed by a champagne breakfast.
  • Take a drive to the Miami Organic Markets on Sundays about 30 minutes from the GC. Pick up a box of non-botoxed or ‘roid infused fruit and vegies that we don’t see enough of in the city, chat to the growers and try some organic tea.
  • Sail from Broadwater on a luxury 16-meter yacht, armed with nothing more than a dash of hedonism and a chilled glass of bubbly. Two departures a day mean you can gorge on a gourmet seafood platter lunch or save yourself for the sunset backdrop.
  • At award-winning fine dining restaurant Absynthe you and your bonza-cherie can sample French-Australian delights matched to a choice of the more than 1000 internationally recognised wines, including rare vintages.

Day 3: Rent a convertible and burn some rubber on a day of classic courting experiences:

  • One stunning hour’s drive through the Gold Coast hinterland you’ll stumble upon (but hopefully not back from) the Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery, where you can sample some fine Chambourcin and Verdelho bottled nectar.
  • Book a verandah view table at Songbirds in the Forest restaurant at Mount Tamborine, surrounded by 51 acres of rainforest, share a laugh and a chat with the kookaburras and lorikeets over modern Australian cuisine.
  • Make out under the stars at the Yatala Twin Drive-In Movie theatre (30 minutes drive from city), where current films and movie marathons are run on the giant screens from dusk until dawn—you can even rock up in your PJs.

Recommended Gold Coast Romance Hotels:

  • Indulge at the Mecca of opulence, bronzer and dangerously reflective teeth, the 6-star Palazzo Versace Hotel Gold Coast. Dine at award-winning restaurants and recline by the pool amongst the rich and infamous.
  • It’s all about you at the Watermark Hotel and Spa Gold Coast, where you can spend your days basking in the L’Aqua Day spa massage rooms, sauna, spa, Vichy shower and hydro bath therapy before wafting through the doors of the Amalfi Bistro and Wine Bar.
  • The villas at the Royal Woods Resort have very private kitchens for a little 9 ½ weeks master chefing by night - and breakfast hamper delivered to your door come day break.

See the list below for more Gold Coast Romantic Hotels.


4 self rated
2807 Gold Coast Highway Gold Coast 4217 Australia
Set amongst lush tropical gardens, Crowne Plaza is located just 500 metres from Surfe...more
4.5 star
Manor Circle Hope Island 4212 Australia
With a stay at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort in Hope Island (North Gold Coas...more
5 self rated
158 Ferney Avenue Surfers Paradise 4217 Australia
With a stay at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa in Surfers Paradise, you'll be...more
4 self rated
Hamilton Avenue Gold Coast 4217 Australia
Q1 Resort and Spa’s beachside observation deck rises 230 metres above Surfers Paradise,...more
4 self rated
16 Mulyan Place Gold Coast 4214 Australia
This world-class resort features unique natural tropical surroundings, exquisite room...more
5 self rated
Sea World Drive Main Beach Main Beach 4217 Australia
When you stay at Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa Gold Coast in Main Beach, you'll be con...more
4 self rated
3032 Surfers Paradise Boulevard Gold Coast 4217 Australia
The luxurious Watermark Hotel and Spa Gold Coast is located in the heart of Surfers Par...more
5 star
28b Geissmann Street North Tamborine 4272 Australia
With a stay at Pethers Rainforest Retreat in North Tamborine, you'll be in the mounta...more
4 self rated
186 Beacon Road North Tamborine 4272 Australia
When you stay at Avocado Sunset BandB in North Tamborine, you'll be in a state park and...more
4 star
23 Ferny Avenue Gold Coast 4217 Australia
The Towers Of Chevron Renaissance Apartments feature a private sanctuary of sandy bea...more
4 star
9 Ferny Avenue Gold Coast 4217 Australia
Situated in the centre of Surfers Paradise, Mantra Circle on Cavill boasts luxurious...more
5 self rated
Sea World Drive Gold Coast 4217 Australia
Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa Gold Coast features a pool bar, a health spa and direct...more

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