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 top five 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. Back to Nature
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. For active couples, 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.
3. 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.
4. Activities for Two
Rest and 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. 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.
5. 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. A classic speed boat ride and picnic is also an utterly romantic experience. 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.
Text and photos courtesy of Visit Sunshine Coast