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

Towering over the stretch of coastline, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise is nestled between the Cavill Avenue entertainment strip and Broadbeach’s premier local shopping and dining scene, with the G-link...more

4.5 star
Manor Circle Hope Island 4212 Australia

With a stay at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort in Hope Island (North Gold Coast), you'll be minutes from Sanctuary Cove Marina and close to Dreamworld. This 4.5-star resort is within close prox...more

4 self rated
Hamilton Avenue Gold Coast 4217 Australia

Q1 Resort and Spa’s Skypoint Observation Deck rises 230 metres above Surfers Paradise, with 360° views over the Gold Coast hinterland, Pacific Ocean and Byron Bay. Recreation options include the Q1 Spa,...more

4 self rated
16 Mulyan Place Gold Coast 4214 Australia

This world-class resort features unique natural tropical surroundings, exquisite rooms and breathtaking views, with spacious villas set amongst trees and plants providing abundant privacy and peace. E...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 connected to a shopping center and minutes from Marina Mirage Shopping Centre and Mariner's Cove Marina. This 5-star h...more

4 self rated
3032 Surfers Paradise Boulevard Gold Coast 4217 Australia

Located in the centre of Surfers Paradise, voco Gold Coast features accommodation with ocean or hinterland views. It is located just a 4-minute walk from the beach and is surrounded by a variety of re...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 mountains and minutes from Tamborine National Park Knoll Section and Tamborine Mountain Distillery. This 5-star resort is...more

3 star
23 Ferny Avenue Gold Coast 4217 Australia

Just 400 metres from Surfers Paradise Beach, Mantra Towers of Chevron offers a private sanctuary of sandy beaches, swimming pools and tropical gardens overlooking the ocean. Facilities include a priva...more

4 star
9 Ferny Avenue Gold Coast 4217 Australia

With 3 outdoor pools, a sauna, hot tub and an in-house cinema room, Mantra Circle on Cavill offers a number of relaxation options. Guests can work out in the fitness centre or take an 8-minute walk to...more

5 self rated
Sea World Drive Gold Coast 4217 Australia

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Gold Coast features a pool bar, a health spa and direct beach access. This luxurious property is located on the beachfront and is a 10-minute drive from Surfers Paradise a...more


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