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6 alternative Valentine’s Day ideas (Hint: There’s not a red rose in sight)

While it may have a reputable back story, Valentine’s Day is one of those Hallmark Holidays that has ventured into tackier territory than Kim and Kanye’s underwear drawers.

Booking a swanky restaurant is one way to go (if you don’t mind sharing the room with 50 other doe-eyed couples and paying top dollar for a love-infused menu with theming that will make you queasier than if you’d had a dodgy mussel in your entrée), but if you’re looking to really impress your date this V-Day – or simply to get a group of mates together and toast to singledom – we’ve got 6 of the best cheese-free Valentine’s Day ideas in South East Queensland to help you push the romance envelope.

1. Dirty weekend escape

Instead of scattering rose petals across the bed, take your special someone bush for a splattering of mud and dirt on a 4WD adventure through the Gold Coast Hinterland.

2. Butcher the romance

13 Cooking courtesy of The Golden Pig Cooking School 2

Cooking a delicious meal for two could work, but if you’re more apprentice than MasterChef, start with the basics in a butchery and knife skills class at The Golden Pig Cooking School in Brisbane. What’s not romantic about sausage making?

3. Sail away

Sailing Brisbane

Commandeering your own yacht may be a romantic fantasy, but you might want to learn some basic skills first. Throw caution to the wind and sign you and your other half up for a private sailing lesson with the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Brisbane’s eastern bayside suburb of Manly.

4. Soaring hearts

Circus Arts Gold Coast

Take the plunge with a two-hour trapeze lesson at Circus Arts on the Gold Coast. You may even learn some new tricks that’ll make your Valentine’s Day night all the more exciting.

5. Fairytale romance

Sand Safari Surfers Paradise

Instead of slogging it out in the gym and worrying about your own sculpted physique, turn your attention to the beach as professional sculptors mould and carve 180 tonnes of sand into works of enchanted and fairytale scenes at Sand Safari in Surfers Paradise. It’s free to watch.

6. Retro road trip

Water lovers will fall head over heels for this surfing safari on the Sunshine Coast. Scott from Old Skool Kombis Noosa combines his two passions – surfing and vintage Kombis – on his unique tours cruising the coast to all the best local breaks.

What will you be doing this Valentine’s Day?