How to spend Valentine’s Day on the Sunshine Coast

03 Feb 2020

Whether you’re an old school romantic or looking to make a grand gesture, there’s something for everyone on the Sunshine Coast this Valentine’s Day.

There’s something romantic about Valentine’s Day on the Sunshine Coast.

From watching the sunrise over the ocean to star-studded nights in the hinterland, the natural beauty of the region offers the perfect backdrop for a grand romantic gesture.

This Valentine’s Day surprise your date with a decadent dinner for two, or take your romance to new heights with a helicopter ride over the stunning Glass House Mountains.

With plenty of romantic accommodation options to choose from, there’s every reason to turn this Valentine’s Day in to a Sunshine Coast weekend escape.

Watch the sunrise from Mount Coolum

What’s more romantic than declaring you love for someone on top of a mountain at sunrise?

With views stretching across the coastline Mount Coolum is the perfect way to kick of Valentine’s Day.

Make sure to bring a blanket to enjoy the view, and finish the morning with breakfast at one of the Coolum’s many beachside cafes.

All aboard the Love Train

Step back in time with a ride through the lush Mary Valley on board the Rattler steam train.

The historic romance continues with canapés, dancing and entertainment at Gympie Station until 9pm on Friday 14 February.

Dining decadence

Embrace the romance of Spicers Tamarind Retreat this Valentine’s Day with a dining experience at their chef hatted restaurant, The Tamarind.

Indulge in a two or three-course Asian feast with your loved ones.

Paint and Sip

For a date night with a difference, head to The Art Hub Sunshine Coast.

Here they host ‘Paint and Sip’ workshops where you can test your artistic talents on canvas, with a paintbrush in one hand and glass of wine in the other.

On Friday, 14 February The Art Hub will host a ‘Paint your mate’ event, making for a fun night out this Valentine’s Day weekend. Try your hand at painting your loved one - Picasso-style.

Table for Two

Good wine, great food and even better company makes for the perfect Valentine’s date.

Novotel Twin Waters is transporting diners to Brazil with a Brazilian BBQ dinner feast with platters suited for two, live entertainment with dancers, music and a barefoot beach experience. Malt Shovel Taphouse are also getting into the spirit of love with a curated menu of some seriously delicious dishes for all the valentines...

If you’re looking for somewhere extra special, why not try one of the 10 Sunshine Coast hatted restaurants recognised in the 2019 Chef Hat Awards including: Spirit House Restaurant, Noosa Beach House, The Tamarind, The Long Apron, Wasabi Restaurant and Bar, Locale Noosa, Rickys River Bar & Restaurant and Spice Bar Mooloolaba.

Relax and unwind

Taking time out to do something for yourself is a rare commodity for most.

This Valentine’s Day, why not put your feet up and take your partner to one of the Sunshine Coast’s luxurious day spas.

From The Spa at Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort to the Salt Caves in Mooloolaba, there’s an experience for every couple.

Fly with Ocean View Heli

Take your romance to new heights with a romantic day-trip - by helicopter.

Ocean View Heli offers adventures to some of the Sunshine Coast’s most scenic locations, including across the stunning coastline or Glass House Mountains.

For something extra special, try their Fly ‘n’ Dine Experience tour taking you to the Sunshine Coast’s own Flame Hill Vineyard for lunch.

For the ultimate romantic gesture, they also offer engagement and proposal packages.

Get a bird's eye view

Step back in time and have a romantic experience above the Sunshine Coast with Paradise Seaplanes. 

This is not an ordinary joy flight. This is an Adventure Flight - the Wilga 80 is perfectly designed for reconnaissance, has more glass than a helicopter and excels at flying low and slow.   

Choose from short flights over the Maroochy River or head north to Noosa along the coastline for some epic views.

Have a whale of a time

Head out at sunset on Whale One for a relaxing and scenic evening with your loved one.

As well as nature's very own show, live acoustic music will provide the soundtrack to your romantic evening as you enjoy cold canapes and a welcome beverage.

Explore our Hinterland walks

Get off the beaten track and explore some of the Sunshine Coast hinterland’s best kept secrets this Valentine’s Day.

With its aqua blue waters and serene Conondale location, Booloumba Creek is the ultimate hinterland oasis.

Or if you’re looking to get away from it all, Gheerrulla Falls in the Mapleton National Park offers the perfect escape.

Tapping in to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk, this peaceful track will take you 1.5km down to a secluded waterhole.

Sunsets and Seafood

Enjoy fresh seafood straight off the trawler on a sunset cruise of Mooloolaba.

Cruise Mooloolaba takes guests out on the Mooloolah River to watch the sunset over the horizon, before stopping in at the Mooloolaba fish market for fresh seafood to enjoy on board.

With Mooloolaba Spit home to a number of seafood restaurants, you could simply pack a picnic blanket and an esky to have your own seafood platter down on the water’s edge.

Weekend away

With Valentine’s Day falling on Friday this year, there’s every reason to turn your romantic gesture in to a weekend escape.

From romantic bed and breakfasts in the Sunshine Coast hinterland to seaside luxury apartments, there’s no shortage of accommodation options on the Sunshine Coast.

For accommodation deals, and deals on attractions, visit the Visit Sunshine Coast website.

Indulge the sweet tooth

For the young and the young-at-heart, the Sunshine Coast Dessert Festival is a must this Valentine's weekend.

Saturday 15 February promises to be pretty sweet, with dessert food trucks, kids entertainment, adult wine tasting, demonstrations and more.