Food & Drink

Pinkies Up! Where To Find The Best High Tea On The Gold Coast

By Brooke Darling
12th Aug 2019

high tea Gold Coast

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, throw on a pretty frock and act all lady-like over finger sandwiches, tartlets, scones and steaming tea served from a dainty tea pot? We know we do!

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, hell, 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 with ideas to spend a brunch celebrating a birthday or bump or the like, call on our pick of the best high tea on the Gold Coast.

QTea | QT Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise

When Urban List had the pleasure of the QT Gold Coast treatment, where we were quickly instructed to “forget any previous high tea experiences.” The quirky QT Gold Coast has always operated outside the box and their imaginative QTea at FIXX is no exception. When indulging in a QTea, your eyes will see one thing, but the taste will be something completely unexpected. Swapping sweet with savoury, like macaroons with the flavours of tomato and basil, éclairs that are filled with wild mushrooms and sun-blushed tomato mousse, or finger 'ham sandwiches' that are in fact sweet jelly-filled delights all paired with your choice of teas and coffee. Or push the boat out with the addition of bubbles for a little extra cost. 

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

Decadent High Tea | Voco Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise

What finer way to celebrate that special something or someone, with high tea at Voco Gold Coast. Served in the Social House lounge and available every day between 11am to 4pm, this substantial high tea will not leave you hungry. Beautifully presented and just waiting to be splashed across the ‘Gram, expect pillowy brioche sliders filled with smoked salmon,  house-made scones with all the trimmings and gorgeous sweet treats, like the French macarons topped with caramel popcorn. Voco Gold Coast is a standout among the best Gold Coast high teas.

Where: Vovo Gold Coast, 31 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Price: $35 to $54 per person
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High Coffee | Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove

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 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: $45 per person ($60 with an espresso martini) 
For more information, click here.

High Tea | Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort

Surfers Paradise

Only a handful of Gold Coast hotels really step it up like Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, and their high tea is no exception. High tea is served inside or, our personal favourite, outside under the vaulted-ceiling terrace of Chapter & Verse. Marriot’s circular towers of curious finger food currently include savory bites such as smoked salmon brioche, pencil asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, and smashed organic hen egg on mais loaf. Sweet dishes include salted caramel macaron, kahlua and chocolate sabayon cups, lemon meringue tart and more. All high tea offerings are served with freshly baked scones with double cream and homemade jams. Sips include a welcome glass of sparkling wine, freshly brewed organic coffee and a beautiful selection of Ronnefeldt leaf teas. Even better, it's available seven days a week from 10am to 3pm.

Where: 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Price: $42 per person
For more information, click here.

Couture High Tea | Palazzo Versace

Main Beach

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.

Vintage High Tea | Teavine House

Tallebudgera Valley

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: $42 per person ($48 with sparkling wine)
For more information, click here

Man Tea | QT Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise

Now we all know high tea has long been the lady-dominated domain; even though the term was coined in the mid-1700s when an afternoon tea break for the working man was served at high tables. So it’s good to see tradition returning to its roots, with the imaginative team at QT Gold Coast offering a second variation of high tea—just for the gents! Hint: there’s no actual tea involved. Served in Stingray Lounge between Friday and Sunday (12pm to 4pm), Man Tea's menu changes, though has been know to include a personal platter with a 14-hour Glenmorangie smoked brisket slider, char-grilled dry aged Cape Byron marinated beef skewer and a Morton Bay bug roll, plus more. As far as we know, it’s the only male-specific high tea in all of Australia, so all the more reason to gather the lads for an afternoon of bromance.

Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Cost: From $54 per person 
For more information, click here.

High Tea | Greendays 


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 tartlets with leek, bacon and aged cheddar. For the sweet tooths, you'll love the ricotta, chocolate and hazelnut cannoli or perhaps the limoncello sponge cake with mascarpone cream. You can also add French champagne for a small fee. Call up your besties, put on your vintage threads and make a morning of it! 

Where: 6 Ashmore Road, Bundall 
Cost: $39 per person ($46 with French champagne)
For more information, click here

High Tea | Bumbles Cafe

Surfers Paradise

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. Served at any time during the week and from 2pm on weekends, raise your pinkie and nibble on strawberry macaroons, lemon curd tartlets, 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: $35 per person
For more information, click here.

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