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The sun is setting, bottles of Champagne are being popped and the camels are standing serenely around the fence line just waiting to be kissed. Welcome to Valentine’s Day on the Sunshine Coast.
From farmyard soirees at QCamel to luxurious stays at some of Australia’s most romantic properties, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to feel the love this 14 February, and here we’ve rounded up six of the best.
When planning a romantic evening, a camel may not be the first thing that springs to mind. But this Valentine’s Day, the team at QCamel dairy are bringing a touch of romance to the farm with their event - Camels and Canapes. Couples are invited for an afternoon on their picturesque property overlooking the Glass House Mountains. As well as spectacular views, there will be a grazing table of canapes from local growers - including a selection of camel milk products - local craft beer and bottles of bubbles. And there, surrounded by the hay bales, twinkle lights and fresh country air, the resident camels will be on the roam hoping to sneak a kiss and a cuddle for themselves. Tickets are $100, visit qcamel.com.au/event.
Romance is in the air on the Sunshine Coast, at least according to travellers. In the recent Tripadvisor 2020 Travellers’ Choice Awards, Bli Bli House Riverside Retreat was voted the best ‘Hotel for Romance’ in Australia. But it’s not the only accommodation provider feeling the love in the region, with The Falls Montville taking our fourth place in the same category. Visit bliblihouse.com.au/ or thefallsmontville.com.au/.
There’s something romantic about stepping back in time to when life moved a little slower. This Valentine’s Day, enjoy the charm of a bygone era on board the Mary Valley Rattler Love Train. The journey departs the Historic Gympie Station, taking you through the undulating countryside of the Mary Valley – a glass of bubbles and antipasto plate to be enjoyed on board – before turning around at Amamoor Station. The night concludes with romantic two-course dinner at the Rusty Rails Café back at the Historic Gympie Station. Tickets from $125, visit maryvalleyrattler.com.au/.
A grand romantic gesture can mean different things to different people, but a helicopter ride to a picturesque Sunshine Coast Hinterland estate for high tea certainly seems to fit the bill. Ocean View Heli, located in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, have partnered with Flaxton Gardens for a dazzling day of food, wine and flight. Your pilot will whisk you up and away for a scenic journey overlooking the coastline and Sunshine Coast Hinterland before your grand arrival at Flaxton Gardens, where you’ll enjoy a sumptuous high tea with a view. Return flights included. For more, visit oceanviewheli.com.au/fly-dine-experience/.
The Sunshine Coast is steeped in the kind of natural beauty that simply sparks romance. This Valentine’s Day, why not embrace the great outdoors by planning a picnic with a view from one of the region’s stunning lookouts. You don’t even have to lift a finger, with local business Gather by Bonnie creating beautiful picnic grazing tables at the destination of your choice. For something really special, Wedding’s At Tiffany’s is holding a ‘month of love’ this February. This luxury Hinterland wedding venue is opening its doors as an a la carte restaurant for the first two weeks of the month, with a high tea experience running each weekend. With spectacular views over the Glass House Mountains, it’s a truly unforgettable experience. Visit gatherbybonnie.com or weddingsattiffanys.com.au.
Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort is offering two romantic packages at their Spa this Valentine’s Day:
Couples Escape 1 - $120 per couple: Choice of either a Thermal Suite Experience includes HydroMassage pool, steam room, infrared sauna & blitz Shower (55 mins) or a unique couples flotation experience (55 mins).
Couples Escape 2 - $270 per couple: Enjoy quality time together in the designated couples treatment suite whilst your therapists use a fusion of massage techniques to calm the mind, relax the body and release fatigued muscles (55 mins).
Each package receives a bonus shared cheese and fruit platter with a glass of sparkling, book at noosasprings.com.au or phone 07 5440 3355. * T&C’s - Subject to availability. Discounted packages available for purchase online until midnight 28th February 2021 and are valid for 6 months from date of purchase.
Rumba Resort Caloundra Valentine’s Day escape: Package includes two nights’ accommodation in a one-bedroom apartment, gourmet chocolates, a bottle of sparkling wine, rose petals sprinkled round your bath, unlimited complimentary movies and 12pm late check out. Prices start from $449. To book, phone direct on 07 5492 0555. T&C’s apply. *T&C’s – subject to availability in February 2021, Saturday $60 surcharge, full payment required upon booking, no cancellations/amendments.
Caloundra Power Boat Club dinner: on Sunday, 14 February from 5:30pm. Dinner includes a stunning seafood tower and bottle of wine for $95 per couple, plus easy listening entertainment. Bookings essential, phone 07 5492 1444.