Food & Drink

Raise Your Pinkies At The Best High Teas On The Gold Coast

By Isabel Croker
11th Apr 2022

A high tea stand with elegant sweets and flowers.

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 all lady-like 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 we even have the fellas covered with a very unique version just for the gents. So, next time you’re scratching your head for how to celebrate your next special occasion, call on our pick of the best high tea on the Gold Coast.

QT High Tea & Man Tea

QT Gold Coast

The quirky QT Gold Coast has always operated outside the box and their imaginative high tea is no exception. QT's signature high tea swaps sweet with savoury, like smoked salmon and avocado macaroons, éclairs that are filled with wild mushrooms and tomato mousse and Earl Grey scones, which are all paired with your choice of teas and coffee. Or push the boat out with the addition of bubbles for a little extra cost. 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 mini loaded fries, chicken parmies and Moreton Bay bug & crab rolls, paired with a craft beer for the sweet price of just $49 per person.

Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Price: $49 per person ($64 with glass of champagne)
For more information, click here.

High Coffee

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove

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. Though sometimes you simply can’t do away with the buzz that only a double shot of caffeine can bring. And what if you could substitute a glass of bubbles at noon with an espresso martini and no one would bat an eyelid? High Coffee is happening at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove every Saturday and Sunday from 12:30pm, where you'll tuck into three tiers of sweet and savouries inspired by and infused with Vittoria Single Origin Blend coffee notes. Our tip? Opt for the smoking hot chocolate with a torched marshmallow for that perfect Insta moment. 

Where: Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, Manor Circle, Sanctuary Cove
Price: $47 per person ($60 with an espresso martini) 
For more information, click here.

Traditional High Tea

Tea And Niceties

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 mini cheesecakes and bliss balls. Once you've eaten your way through their elegant menu, wander through their enchanting gardens and celebrate the elegance of a bygone era. 

Where: Tea And Niceties, 32 Eagle Heights Road, Tamborine Mountain
Price: $55 per person
For more information, click here.

Traditional High Tea 

Bon AppéTea

Tucked away in dreamy 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 have got you covered.

Where: Bon AppéTea, 7 Johns Road, Mudgeeraba, QLD 4213 
Price: $50 per person for traditional high tea
For more information,
click here.

Couture High Tea

Palazzo Versace

Indulging in a spot of high tea at Palazzo Versace involves an afternoon under the sun-drenched windows and vaulted ceilings 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. Think: tasty delicate eats like Byron bay prosciutto wrapped asparagus with pickled enoki mushroom, Japanese style crab salad with ponzu and a seaweed cone, pistachio profiteroles and chai-spiced panna cotta. You can also upgrade to the Champagne Couture high tea which includes a glass of Moet & Chandon or Rose NV.

Where: Palazzo Versace, 94 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Price: From $86.90 per person
For more information, click here.

High Seas

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort

The culinary trailblazer of inventive high teas on the Gold Coast, JW Marriott serves up six (yes, six) high tea options which will have you coming back again...and again. Our personal favourite is the High Seas, which showcases locally harvested seafood for the ultimate sea to table experience. Ocean treasures include natural oysters, tiger prawns, green lip mussels, Moreton Bay bugs and seared tuna open sandwiches, while artful desserts include mango coconut passionfruit slice, macarons, strawberry choux, seasonal fruit tart and more. Other high teas include the traditional high tea, teeny tiny tea for your little ones, the high cheese, the high bees and the high seeds and leaves for our plant-based friends. Bookings are essential for these in-demand delights.

Where: JW Marriott Gold Coast, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Price: Prices vary; check here
For more information, click here.

Vintage High Tea 

Teavine House

Not many high tea venues offer the double indulgence of gorgeous house-made treats paired with a picturesque rural setting. Teavine House in the Tallebudgera Valley does just that, while keeping close to European traditions. This is cucumber ribbon sandwich territory (oh, how we do love thee), plus fresh-from-the-oven scones, smoked salmon savoury profiteroles, gourmet frittata, mini quiches and petite slices; all served on an eclectic mix of old English chinaware that’s been lovingly collected after years of roaming the globe. They also let you BYO bubbles for a small corkage fee and offer gluten-free and vegetarian menus. That's a big win in our eyes. 

Where: 268 Tallebudgera Creek Road, Tallebudgera
Cost: $45 per person
For more information, click here

High Tea 

Green Days

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 $35.

Where: 6 Ashmore Road, Bundall 
Cost: $45 per person 
For more information, click here

High Tea 

Bumbles Cafe

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. There’s no denying this vintage-styled gathering is one of the best places to experience high tea on the Gold Coast.

Where: Bumbles Cafe, 19 River Drive, Surfers Paradise
Price: $45 per person ($55 with a glass of G.H. Mumm)
For more information, click here.

Locked in with one of the best high tea on the Gold Coast yet need a gift to take? Check out the Coast's best markets for a unique purchase or three.  

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