Things to do for couples on the Gold Coast

Travelling Well | Jenna Meade | Images: Tourism and Events Queensland | Posted on 23 February 2021

From action-packed adventures to dreamy romantic evenings, these eight Gold Coast dates are just made for two.

When it comes to romantic holiday destinations, the sunshine state knows how to deliver a date to remember. With private surfing lessons, breathtaking hot-air balloon rides and gondola cruises on the loved-up list, your Gold Coast holiday will be rich in romantic rendezvous. And, if you’re an RACV member, you’ll be rewarded with special offers and discounts at local attractions when you book directly through RACV Attractions and Ticketing

Couple on hot air balloon ride over the Gold Coast

Float above the Gold Coast on a sunrise hot air balloon flight.


Eight things to do for couples on the Gold Coast

Find your flow with Go Ride A Wave

Take the plunge with your significant other and learn to surf where the pros play. You’ll be getting barrelled in no time as you learn how to paddle, stand and balance at the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach. Lessons run for two hours, giving you time to build up your confidence in ideal warm-water conditions and hopefully nail a few waves back to shore. The package includes an on-sand safety briefing, soft board and equipment, and a qualified surf instructor to suit your skill level. BYO swimwear, towel, sunscreen and frothy outlook. Book now.

Float on with Go Ballooning

Reach new romantic heights as you float over the city at sunrise in a hot-air balloon, the Gold Coast’s golden beaches and glittering skyline drifting below. Weather permitting, you and your love will peacefully glide over Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, taking in the coast, hinterlands and beyond as the sun peeks out from the horizon. Stick around after your flights to watch the wonder of the packdown, with an invitation to help roll out the air in the balloon, if you desire. The 45-minute ride includes hotel transfers and a photo package, perfect for post-sunrise swooning. Book now.

Cruise canals with Gold Coast Gondolas

Step aside, Venice. The captivating canals of the Gold Coast await. Climb aboard a private luxury gondola cruise for two and be treated to a panorama of scenic beauty and shimmering city lights from the water. Sip sparkling wine and feast on a cheese and fruit platter – all included – as you nestle in beside your significant other for the 90-minute cruise past Main Beach and Surfers Paradise. You’ll have complete privacy with your gondolier positioned behind the soundproof fibreglass of the weatherproof cabin. Book now.

Get into the Spirits of the Red Sand

Expand your horizons with an up-close encounter with Aboriginal culture. Be moved by a traditional Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country at Spirits of the Red Sand, about 40 minutes’ drive from the Gold Coast. The 90-minute performance delves into 60,000 years of storytelling, dance and traditional customs of Indigenous Australia. As an elder guides you through the village, you’ll witness a soul-cleansing smoking ceremony, learn and carry the message stick of acceptance, and take in the sounds of the didgeridoo, ancient chants, dance and songs of the land. Relax and reflect afterwards with a bush-tucker tasting skewer and lemon myrtle tea. Book now.

Stand out with Go Vertical stand-up paddleboarding

Sit back and be transported to the Australian outback for an honest look at life on the land. As the immersive arena appears to spin, turn, shatter and transform through hi-tech projection mapping, you’ll be plunged into the story of cattle-musterers Marg and Reg and their battle with a five-year drought on their farm. No need to pack the popcorn – a three-course dinner and drinks are included. Book now.

Woman taking in views at Lamington National Park

Go for a hike and experience the beauty of the Gold Coast hinterland.


Close up of wine glasses at Sirromet Winery in Queensland

Sip back at the Gold Coast's award-winning Sirromet Wines.


Soar indoors at iFly Skydiving 

Seeking thrills? Take the leap with indoor skydiving, which delivers the heart-pumping charge of a 14,000-feet freefall – without the jump. Guided by an expert instructor in an indoor glass wind tunnel, you’ll learn the basics of skydiving and experience the feeling of weightlessness without leaving the comfort of land. Once you’ve done your dive you can watch your partner take the plunge from the viewing platform. Packages include the choice of two or four flights, gear rental and a personalised flight certificate for pride of place on your fridge.  Book now.

Taste top drops at Sirromet Wines

If wine is your passion, head to award-winning Sirromet Winery for a behind-the-scenes tour. You’ll get a glimpse into the life of the winemakers, see how their delicious drops are created and, of course, taste the fruits of their labour. Take a tour around the property while learning about the wine-making process and the Australian family who created the iconic Queensland wine brand. Afterwards, settle into a private 30-minute tasting session to sample six wines. And if you have time, be sure to stay for a tasting platter or lunch on the terrace overlooking Moreton Bay.  Book now.

Go hiking

For a more idyllic adventure, head for the hinterland in search of the Gold Coast's most serene spots. From chasing waterfalls at Springbrook National Park and taking in coastal panoramas along the Burleigh Heads' Oceanview Walk, to majestic mountain views from the myrad scenic tracks at Lamington National Park, it's off the Gold Coast's beaten track where you'll find some of the region's most breathtaking sights.  Check out our guide to five must do hikes.

Rejuvenate at RACV Royal Pines Resort

Romance continues around the clock at RACV Royal Pines Resort. Snuggle up to stunning views of the Gold Coast skyline or the Queensland hinterland from your five-star accommodation, just a short drive from Surfers Paradise. Unwind together with an indulgent treatment at One Spa before an intimate Italian dinner at Trattoria Amici. And don’t forget, RACV members receive exclusive offers and discounts at RACV resorts when booking directly.  Book now.