Food & Drink

The Best High Teas On The Gold Coast, 2023 Edition

By Isabel Croker
13th Dec 2023

It’s an age old tradition that’s survived all today’s modernisms, because who doesn’t love an excuse to make a date with your mum or girlfriends and act fancy over finger sandwiches, tartlets, scones and steaming tea served from a dainty tea pot? 

Yet a curve ball of creativity has kicked cucumber ribbon sandwiches to the curb, the addition of bubbles has brought a whole new meaning to the long lunch and on the Gold Coast/Yugambeh language region we even have the fellas covered with a very unique version for the gents. Read on for the best high teas on the Gold Coast in 2023, according to Urban List.

Festive Afternoon Tea

38 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217


Image Credit: The Langham, Gold Coast | Supplied

The Langham, Gold Coast has undoubtedly secured its place as one of the Gold Coast’s best high tea venues and their brand-new high tea experience certainly cements this.  This holiday season, The Langham is hosting a Festive Afternoon Tea experience, which has been carefully curated by Executive Pastry Chef, Johann Vanier to blend luxury with festive cheer.

The menu is as exquisite as it delicious, from the show-stopping white mont-blanc tree to the Perigord duck foie gras tartelette to the soft goat’s curd marshmallow covered in candied walnuts and beetroot gel or the mille feuille, crafted from Queensland mango and spanner crab, crowned with salmon roe. 

THE DETAILS

When: Available daily until December 28, from 2pm to 5pm (last seating at 4pm)
Price: $129 per person 
For more information, click here.

Gin High Tea

64 Railway Street Mudgeeraba QLD 4213

atg gin high tea
Image Credit: Against The Grain Distillery | Supplied

We all love a high tea and we all love it a bit more when there's gin involved. Against The Grain Distillery in Mudgeeraba specialises in creating artisan spirits onsite and, of course, they have to showcase their delights in their signature Gin High Tea. We're not complaining.

The show-stopping Gin High Tea stars gin-infused cocktails in elegant glass teapots, alongside handmade sweet and savoury delicacies. If you're looking for something different, there is also a Blokes High Tea which is centred around the onsite wood-fired BBQ and includes craft beer and Mudgeeraba 'Bourbonshine'. You can even take your high tea experience to the next level and learn the art of gin making in the distillery during your high tea. 

THE DETAILS

When: Available Friday to Sunday 11:30am or 1:30pm
Price: Prices vary; $49 per person to $79 per person
For more information, click here.

Pink Ribbon Spring High Tea

71 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217

a pink ribbon high tea
Image Credit: Sheraton Grand Mirage | Supplied

We love a pink-themed high tea and we love it even more when we know it's supporting a great cause. Indulge in the ultimate Pink High Tea this spring at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, where you can sip and savour while supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This gorgeous pink-themed high tea stars delights like spiced prawn cocktails with spring onion crème fraiche, rose and vanilla eclairs and toasted lime and strawberry marshmallows. You'll have one glass of Moet Chandon Rose Champagne included, as well as unlimited tea and coffee. The best part? $5 from every high tea booking will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

THE DETAILS

When: Available daily until 3o November; from 12pm to 4pm
Cost: $78 per adult, $39 per child (5-12 years)​
For more information, click here.

QT High Tea & 'Man Tea'

7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

The quirky QT Gold Coast has always operated outside the box and their imaginative high tea is no exception. QT's signature high tea showcases unique bites like bacon mozzarella donuts and beetroot cured salmon blinis, which are paired with your choice of teas and coffee. Or push the boat out with the addition of bubbles or a spritz jug to share. Littles ones are sorted with the 'Little Q'Ties' high tea from $39 per child.

If that wasn't cool enough already, QT is home to the famous 'Man Tea', which is designed for casual get-togethers, business meetings and buck celebrations. Hint: there's no tea involved. The men in our lives can feast on delights like tempura bug rolls, cheeseburger dumplings and a couverture 'chocolate cigar', all paired with a craft beer for the sweet price of $64 per person.

THE DETAILS

When: Available 7 days, from 10am to 2pm
Price: $64 per person (champagne from $84 per person)
For more information, click here.

Traditional High Tea

32 Eagle Heights Rd, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272

Nestled away in the serenity of Tamborine Mountain, this is one special place we love to go when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast. Perfect for a relaxing day trip into the picturesque Scenic Rim, you can pamper yourself with the ultimate high tea experience at Tea And Niceties' vintage-inspired tearoom.

The charming team have an array of high tea options available, but the traditional high tea serves up freshly baked plain scones, fresh sandwiches, warm savouries and an array of sweets like lemon meringue tartlets and profiteroles. Once you've eaten your way through their elegant menu, wander through their enchanting gardens and celebrate the elegance of a bygone era. 

THE DETAILS

When: Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm
Price: $59 per person (traditional high tea)
For more information, click here.

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Afternoon Tea

38 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

dainty high tea at the langham
Image Credit: The Langham, Gold Coast | Supplied

Sure, you know about High Tea but what about the time-honoured British tradition of Afternoon Tea? The Langham, Gold Coast pays tribute to its heritage with a bespoke offering of the traditional Afternoon Tea with a menu crafted by culinary experts.

Relax in the stunning Palm Court, revel in views of the lagoon pool and make your way through the tantalising high tea menu. Recieve the royal treatment (literally) with nibbles like Tasmanian ocean trout rillettes, wagyu beef pastrami steak sandwiches and rose-scented raspberry cake with passionfruit compote. 

THE DETAILS

When: Monday to Friday, from 2pm to 5pm; Weekends, 12pm to 2pm and 3pm to 5pm,
Price: $109 on weekdays; $119 on weekends 
For more information, click here.

High Tea Immersion

Sanctuary Cove, Manor Circle, Hope Island QLD 4212

Whether you're treating mum, spending the morning with the girls or just feeling a little fancy, nothing beats indulging in a spot of high tea. And what if everything on the menu pays homage to tea with new interpretations of globally renowend tea flavours?

High Tea Immersion is Australia's first high tea to feature Tea Forté and is happening every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm, where you'll tuck into three tiers of sweet and savouries each boasting unique flavour profiles of a contemporary artisanal brew and designed to pair perfectly with your beverage choice. Our tip? Opt for the Tea Forté-infused 'Pear-tea-ni' for just an extra $18. 

THE DETAILS

When: Saturday and Sunday; from 1pm to 4pm
Price: $57 per person 
For more information, click here.

Traditional High Tea 

7 Johns Rd, Mudgeeraba QLD 4213

Tucked away in peaceful Mudgeeraba, Bon AppéTea offers traditional French-inspired high tea that’ll definitely give your pinkie a workout. Think: homemade jam and cream scones, petite patisseries, organic sandwiches and savoury delights galore.

Whether you’re after traditional high tea with scrumptious scones and pastries, a vegan high tea or even a gluten-free high tea, the talented team behind Bon AppéTea has got you covered.

THE DETAILS

When: Wednesday to Friday, from 10am to 1pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 1:30pm
Price: $55 per person 
For more information,
click here.

Traditional High Tea & Teeny Tiny Tea

158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

a high tea at jw marriott resort
Image Credit: JW Marriott | Urban List

The culinary trailblazer of inventive high teas on the Gold Coast, JW Marriott's Chapter & Verse serves up an incredible high tea which will have you coming back again...and again. Their traditional high tea is as delicious as it is a feast for the eyes. Indulge in a variety of artful sweet and savoury nibbles, like tiger prawn cos hearts, smoked salmon and caviar and JW's signature choux bun.

The littles ones don't need to miss out and will be spoiled with the cute-as-can-be 'Teeny Tiny Tea'. Think: chocolate candy lollipops, finger sandwiches and mango and coconut passionfruit slice. Bookings are essential for these in-demand high teas. 

THE DETAILS

When: Available daily; from 12pm onwards
Price: $79 for traditional high tea; $39 for teeny tiny tea
For more information, click here.

Traditional High Tea & Vegan High Tea 

8/6 Ashmore Rd, Bundall QLD 4217

high tea greendays
Image Credit: Greendays | Instagram

A leafy oasis amid Bundall’s busy retail district, if there’s one thing Greendays reminds us of, it’s island vacations somewhere exotic. Their high tea is served on a cute three-tiered stand, stacked with delights like poached chicken and pistachio finger sandwiches, pork and fennel sausage rolls and pumpkin and pine nut arancini. 

For the sweet tooths, you'll love the citrus vanilla panna cotta with raspberry coulis or perhaps the raspberry chocolate cheesecake. For all our plant-based friends, they've got an incredible vegan high tea and you can also enjoy two hours of bottomless bubbles added onto your high tea for just $45 per person.

When: Available daily; from 7am to 3:30pm
Cost: $65 for traditional high tea; $75 for gluten-free; $75 for vegan high tea
For more information, click here

High Tea 

19 River Dr, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Ideal for a special occasion or a sporadic treat, Bumbles Cafe is the perfect place to spend an afternoon celebrating with your nearest and dearest. This is the perfect place to raise your pinkie and nibble on fruit custard tarts, decadent raspberry brownie slice, mini quiches, smoked salmon blinis and more.

Plus, they also serve gluten-free and vegan high teas, so no one needs to miss out. There’s no denying this vintage-styled gathering is one of the best places to experience high tea on the Gold Coast.

THE DETAILS

When: Available daily
Price: $45 per person ($55 with a glass of bubbles)
For more information, click here.

Couture High Tea

94 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217

Indulging in a spot of high tea at the Imperial Hotel Gold Coast (formerly Palazzo Versace) involves an afternoon under the sun-drenched windows and sparkling crystal chandelier of the swanky Le Jardin lobby bar. Taste a selection of succulent savoury and sweet treats served on a traditional three-tiered tray while you sip on tea, coffee and bubbles.

Marvel at the sparkling crystal chandelier, vaulted ceilings, hand-crafted mosaics and bespoke Italian furnishings whilst soaking up views of the sparkling blue Lagoon Pool, a spectacular backdrop for the hotel's Lobby Bar. We love the 'Little Royal High Tea' for $30 per child.

THE DETAILS

When: Available daily
Price: From $79 per person
For more information, click here.

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