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Get romantic on the Sunshine Coast

byChristina Pfeiffer-29 Jul 2016

The sun setting over the mountains, the moon rising above the ocean - you will find your picture-perfect romantic moment here.

Whether you’re having a picnic for two or enjoying the tranquillity of the waterways, clinking glasses beneath swaying palms or snuggling by the fire in a cosy cottage, there are plenty of ways to get romantic in the region.

Here are our top ten romantic things to do.

1. Watch the sunrise from a beach

Watching the sun’s golden rays cast a spell on the shimmering water is a moment to share with someone special. Point Cartwright, Alexandra Headland and Moffat Beach are top spots. But with so many pristine beaches on the Sunshine Coast, your only problem will be which one to choose.

2. Dinner (or lunch) for two

Alfresco dining is a distinctive characteristic of the Sunshine Coast and there are plenty of stylish places for a starry eyed dinner for two. From stunning water views and award-winning food at the Noosa Boathouse, to The Edge in Montville, for sweeping views of rolling hills, there are lots of restaurants with stunning backdrops to tantalise the tastebuds.

3. Gaze at the stunning Glass House Mountains

The dramatic landscape of the Glass House Mountains, 16 volcanic crags surrounded by eucalypts and pineapple plantations, have an aura of mystery and romance. One of the most romantic views of the mountains is from the lookout at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

4. Cuddle up in a cottage

Escape to the hills of Montville or Maleny for cool mountain air and a cuddle in front of a crackling fire. Blue Summit Cottages and Narrows Escape have cottages with dreamy valley or rainforest views.

5. Relax in a spa

Spas on the Sunshine Coast offer treatments for couples. Ikatan Spa in Doonan offers tranquil Asian-style surrounds and Balinese massages while Organica Day Spa at Peregian Beach  is a beachside haven of tranquillity.

Ikatan Spa
Ikatan Spa

 

6. Take a cooking class

Is your loved one passionate about food? Why not try a cooking class? Learning to cook together can be fun and a great bonding experience. And if you love Thai cuisine, head to the Spirit House Cooking School or Spicers Tamarind.

7. Hike in a national park

Take a walk in the bush. National parks stretch from the Glass House Mountains National Park to Great Sandy National Park and World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Noosa National Park is one of Queensland’s only coastal national parks. There’s Cooloola National Park, Mount Coolum National Park, Mapleton National Park and Kondalilla National Park, with its refreshing waterhole.

8. A classic speed boat ride and picnic

Feel like a movie star and experience the glamour of a bygone era while being skippered around in classic speed boat with Noosa Dreamboats. The romantic sand bar picnic escape is sure to impress. It includes a picnic platter of gourmet food, a picnic blanket and cushions, ice bucket and glasses. Just bring your own wine or champagne.

Cruise Noosa on a classic riverboat
Cruise Noosa on a classic riverboat

9. A romantic skydiving proposal

Take a tandem skydiving jump over the coastline and land on a beach. The jump offers birds-eye sightseeing with a big adrenalin rush and an experience couples will not forget. A grand way to pop the question is to have a huge banner waiting on the beach. 

10. Share a tranquil moment on the rivers

The rivers and waterways are a tranquil escape for a quiet moment with nature. Kayak Pumicestone Passage to spot dugongs or the scenic Noosa’s Everglades or pristine Bell’s Creek, which is a serene escape away from the crowds.  

 


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Christina Pfeiffer
ByChristina Pfeiffer

I’ve lived in three continents – Asia, North America and Australia – but the Sunshine Coast is the place I call home. In 2003, I left the corporate world and moved to the Sunshine Coast with my husband, Roger, and two dogs.

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