Dating on the sunshine coast
Make sure your date is definitely not a serial killer before trying this one—it’s secluded. Check out the next Starry Nights Outdoor Movies at Eumundi and channel Sandy and Danny (or Rizzo and Kenickie if the chemistry is really good) with a cuddly evening of screen-watching . Go to the Beach Bar and Grill Mooloolaba on a Thursday night, order two cheap parmies and guess which other couples are also on a first date. Test your mood compatibility by hiring two kayaks and paddling against the tide along Pumicestone Passage. Actually Netflix and chill together (we recommend a Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black or Jessica Jones binge). This will make you seem local, cultured, and earthy—even better if you suggest sharing an organic, gluten-free quinoa-based meal afterward. Impress them with your foodie skills over an afternoon of yum cha at Embassy XO in Sunshine Beach. We recommend the newly renovated and super lush Rozzi’s Italian Canteen for a pre-cinema feast. Go bush to beach on a dreamy beach horse ride at Noosa’s North Shore. Stop by Dan’s for a bottle of red on the pick-up route and you’ll be in for a good night. Take each other on with a game of indoor laser skirmish at Laser Zone Kawana. Keep it adult friendly, but remember you’ll have CCTV watching. Share a potato slinky and a snog at Eumundi Markets on a Saturday morning. Surprise your fellow lovebird with a chocolate hunt at Sweet Tempered Chocolateria.
Not only will you get a wicked arm workout, you’ll figure out early on how your could-be partner handles frustration! Book a canapés and vino lunch at Flame Hill Vineyard and let the wine drive the conversation. Take your special someone for a skatey sesh at the Caloundra Rollerdrome. Channel The Notebook and do the rope swing at Gardner’s Falls. Wear all white and take a portable speaker so you can play “You are the wind beneath my wings” as you ride into the breeze together. Polish their culinary skills from the get-go with a cooking lesson at The Spirit House Cooking School. If you want to seem smarter than you really are, suggest a quick peep at Berkelouw Books just across the road—“Last time I was here I bought an original edition of Lord Byron’s The Siege of Corinth”. Show him or her that you’re not afraid to tuck into a taco or two, with the Tunes and Tacos Sunday special at Prickly Piñata. Keep in mind dark chocolate is totally an aphrodisiac…
In all seriousness, this will get to you second date status. There’s nothing like some uncoordinated amateur roller-skating to encourage hand-holding on a first date. Head to the Noosa Farmers Markets, pick a bounty of fresh produce and drop hints you’d like your crush to cook something for you…“I’m really craving pesto anchovy gnocchi today”. Rate each other’s flexibility by attending a SUP yoga session together. If you blur your eyes, he/she might look a bit like Ryan Gosling/Rachel Mc Adams. Have a game of mini golf at Top Shots Maroochydore and see how patient he/she is waiting for the kids in front of you to hurry up. Lunch is included and you’ll also get to sample the wine, so he/she won’t even notice when you burn the hokkien noodles.
It might not boast the most original name, but Australia's Sunshine Coast certainly knows how to live up to its title.
Australia Zoo, The Big Kart Track and Laser Quest are just the sort of fun activities that will help break those first date nerves.
While for anyone looking to dine in, Bella Venezia is an award-winning Italian restaurant with views over the picturesque Mooloolaba Esplanade.
Getting out and about With such beautiful scenery right on your doorstep, it makes sense to plan a fun date in the great outdoors.
We’ve handpicked 37 of the most date-worthy (least cringe-worthy) activities for you and your could-be love, that are guaranteed to make you seem like the most thoughtful, organised, mature, effortlessly cool single person left on the Sunshine Coast. Share a chocolate brownie sundae at Ben and Jerry’s Mooloolaba and take special note of if they mention carb-loading, protein and/or calories. Get handsy with your girl/guy during a pottery lesson. Pack your best brie and go for a rainforest picnic on the green at Buderim Falls. Go for a splurge shop together at Colin James Fine Foods in Maleny and sample the Wedding Cheese Tower for good measure. The mother of all first dates (in our opinion), take your admirer on a sunset Set Sail yacht cruise across the Mooloolaba breakwater. Get their heart racing (LOL) with a few phat laps at Landsborough’s Big Kart Track.
Whether you’re swiping right on Tinder or bumping into your beau three cocktails in at Lot 104, listen up and prepare to virtually high five us for creating what we’d like to label “Dating for Dummies: The Sunshine Coast edition”. Go to Betty’s Burgers and help each other choose the best angle and filter for an Insty close-up of your pulled pork and slaw—Valencia is always a winner. Borrow a trusted pal’s ute, fill it with cushions and blankets, and drive up to Gerrard’s Lookout in between Montville and Maleny for a romantic stargazing session. Go out for a prawn linguini special at The Bridge Seafoods in Minyama—awesome quality food, beautiful presentation and easy on the pocket if your date turns out to be a dud. Show off your wild side and take him/her koala spotting in the Noosa National Park. Show off your dance moves and steal a sneaky kiss in the dark at the next No Lights No Lycra session in Nambour. A rainy stroll and waterfall never fails to impress! Do a day trip to Rainbow Beach and write each other’s name with love hearts in the sand at Carlo Sand Blow. Go yabby pumping on low tide at Cotton Tree Beach (don’t go if he/she is squeamish). Turn it into a weekend-long date by taking your bounty of yabbies and going for a romantic fish at Baroon Pocket Dam. At per person with antipasto and champers included, it’s almost cheaper than a pub feed, and with better views too! Hold out on your date until the next Nights on Ocean, then reel them back in again with the promise of market-quality salt and pepper squid, washed down with a Nutella cronut. Is there anything more attractive than a low speed crash on a first date? If you’re not into trying too hard, the classic meal and rom-com works a treat at Sunshine Plaza.
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