11 Uniquely Queensland Valentine’s Day ideas
Not all red roses and stuffed toys, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to reconnect, step out of your everyday and make memories that will last well beyond February 14th. If you’re looking for out-of-the-everyday Valentine’s Day ideas in South East Queensland, this list has your back.
1. Get away from it all in an Everglades ecocamp
Get back to the bush and experience the diversity of the Noosa Everglades as you’ve never seen them before, from the cosy surrounds of a glamping or cabin experience at Habitat Noosa Ecocamp. The ideal base to experience the majesty of the bush and surrounding wilderness, Habitat Noosa has 65 acres of camping, 500 metres of beachfront, and direct access to the Noosa River.
Treat that special someone to one of their cruise’n’canoe day tours, where you’ll glide on mirrored waterways and explore ancient landscapes in the sub-tropical rainforest.
2. Get out of town on a 4WD Bush Tour
Leave it all behind you as you dive headfirst into the beautiful bush of the Gold Coast hinterland on a four wheel drive adventure with Southern Cross 4WD Tours. Swap the stars for the incredible natural light display provided by the Gold Coast’s sub-tropical rainforest glow worms on a glow worm tour.
Or, jump aboard a full-day or half-day tour of Tamborine Mountain and Lamington National Park, where you’ll experience panoramic views, waterfalls, and the majesty of ancient Gondwana rainforests on four wheels.
3. Take a retro surf trip
Water lovers will fall head over heels for this unique experience on the Sunshine Coast. Scott from Old Skool Kombis Noosa combines his two passions – surfing and vintage Kombis – on his unique Surf Safari tours, cruising the coast in a beautiful old school Kombi to find all the best local breaks.
The Surf Safari tour is recommended for experienced surfers, but Scott also offers more leisurely paced sightseeing tours. This is a truly one-of-a-kind way to share this beautiful part of the world with someone special.
4. Take a cooking class
Gifting your beloved has the skills of a bonafide pastry chef is a gift that just keeps on giving. The Golden Pig Cooking School is holding a dessert masterclass on the 15 of February, ideal for couples who would prefer to hand-make their Valentine’s Day treats.
Taught by Nicole Bashinsky, head pastry chef at Aria for over 13 years, the hands-on class covers dessert fundamentals including creme patisserie, yeasted dough, meringue and curd. You’ll bake cakes, donuts, vanilla rice pudding and nougat, and, best of all, return home with the know-how to do it all again tomorrow.
Not into dessert? No worries. The Golden Pig Cooking School has a wide range of classes, including sourdough and bread making, modern Italian, and French bistro cooking.
5. Sail off into the sunset
Commandeering your own yacht may be a romantic fantasy, but the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Brisbane’s eastern bayside suburb of Manly is here to bring you one step closer. Offering private sailing lessons that cater to all experience levels (including loved-up first timers) it’s a great excuse to spend a day on the big blue and learn something new while you’re at it.
6. Go on a Sand Safari
Make some memories at the Sand Safari Arts Festival, where awe-inspiring sand sculptures tower above you and hundreds of tonnes of sand are moulded and carved into larger than life works of art. This 17 day festival kicks off on February 14, and includes sand sculpting demonstrations, art installations, and live entertainment.
This event is free, making it a fine choice if you’re rather save for a dinner in one of the Gold Coast’s amazing restaurants.
7. Volunteer and support local wildlife
Two sets of hands are better than one, especially when you’re giving a helping hand. This Valentine’s Day, connect, give back, and meet some local wildlife with a volunteering experience at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Currumbin Sanctuary has short-term volunteering opportunities in its Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary, set in lush bushland.
And due to recent droughts and bushfires, there’s never been a better time to help Australia’s wildlife.
8. The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl
Grab your loved one’s hand and take them on a night of adventure and great music. The Valley Crawl is a massive free music event where 46 acts take over multiple live music venues in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
With the best and brightest in Australia’s music scene headlining, including the likes of Tia Gostelow, Arno Faraji, Clea, Columbus, Jack Botts, Seaside, Eat Your Heart Out, this completely unique Valentine’s Day idea is the perfect way to see a host of iconic Fortitude Valley venues in one swoop.
9. See a whole new side of Brisbane
Goosebumps and a thudding heart aren’t just symptoms of new romance. Brisbane Ghost Tours provides plenty of hair-raising moments and genuine scares, whether you’re touring Boggo Road Goal, one of Brisbane’s oldest cemeteries, or a full Haunted Brisbane tour. Hold on tight to your date as you visit some of the nation’s most historic haunted sites and hear some spine tingling stories.
10. Explore the Sunshine Coast Dessert Festival
Hit the pavement with your date for a decadent day of excess they won’t soon forget. This February 15, Aussie World will be overtaken by all things dessert when the Sunshine Coast Dessert Festival rolls in.
With dessert trucks serving just about every dessert you can name (donuts, dessert pizza, crepes, brownies, waffles, chimney cakes, and ice cream, just to name a few), as well as dessert wine tasting, and the Sunshine Coast Collective of 30+ market stalls, there’s bound to be something sweet to keep your amore occupied.
11. Get airborne
Push yourself and try something completely different with a flying trapeze date at Circus Arts in Brisbane, where you’ll soar through the air in safety and learn some tricks along the way. With friendly coaches offering private sessions, thrill seekers will love this unique Valentine’s Day idea.
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