Date night rolls in, you take your lover out for dinner and a few drinks, then it’s straight home to bed. It sounds familiar because we’re creatures of habit in a groundhog nation, but that doesn’t always have to be the case.
Excitement lies beyond your comfort zone, so when the time arrives to plan your next date, get a little spontaneous with our list of seven date ideas on the Sunshine Coast that aren’t just dinner and drinks.
Pottery Class At The Pottery Studio
You’ve all seen ‘that’ movie, now let’s not bounce around the fact that you’ve all wanted to re-create ‘that’ scene. We’re talking about ‘Ghost’ and The Pottery Studio in Nambour offers one of the closest chances you’ll ever get with their two-class scheme; the first to craft your piece, followed by a second lesson dedicated to glazing. If you want our advice, throw yourselves two pasta bowls for a post-glaze feast; we bet the spaghetti will taste all the better from a personally crafted piece.
Paint And Sip At The Art Hub
Take a walk on the creative side as Caloundra’s Art Hub encourages you to release your inner Picasso at a paint and sip session. With an artist on standby for guidance and confidence from your BYO-wine, you’ll drink, brush and laugh your way towards a completed masterpiece. And remember, this concept is more about the experience rather than the finished product, so don’t fret if your artwork doesn’t feature on your lover’s wall.
Mini Golf At Holey Moley Golf Club
If you love big putts and you cannot lie, book a slot at Holey Moley Golf Club on Maroochydore’s Ocean Street. Destroying the retirement game stereotype, Holey Moley takes mini golf on the Sunshine Coast to new heights with its pop culture-inspired amusement course and onsite bar, The Caddyshack. There won't be a dull moment as you challenge your partner through nine or 18-holes of Australia’s craziest course, including shark-infested waters and The Simpsons couch.
Hike To The Peak of Mount Coolum
Don’t let a 5am wake-up scare you because once you and your partner in crime reach the peak of Mount Coolum at sunrise, the views will be so amazing that you’ll forget what tired even means. So, get your bodies moving and earn a few extra brownie points with a pre-packed breakfast; we’re guessing your date’s going to be one hungry human following that Sunshine Coast hike.
Winery Horse Ride At Ocean View Estate
Winery tour on horseback, now there’s a combination we never knew we needed in our lives until Ocean View Estate teamed up with Slicker’s horse-riding to deliver a Sunshine Coast experience like no other. Enjoy a 2.5-hour ride featuring views across the Glasshouse Mountains, Moreton Bay and beyond. At half-time, the horses take a break as you indulge in a bottle of local wine accompanied by cheeseboard and plenty more of those epic Queensland vistas.
Asian-Inspired Cooking Class At Spirit House
Asian food lovers, rejoice. Whether you’re hopeless, hopeful or darn-right awesome on the pots and pans, it’s time to switch up your usual dinner date plans with a cooking class at Spirit House, where every level of skill is satisfied. The Yandina cooking school allows you and your number one to explore the many techniques and flavours of Asian cuisine, before meals are served at the end of class with a wine matched by a Spirit House sommelier. It puts a sure-fire spin on the usual sit-down meal at your favourite restaurant.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding With Ocean Addicts
Grab your date, slip into your swimmers and hit the calm waters of Cotton Tree for some fitness fun in the sun with a SUP session. Ocean Addicts in Maroochydore will set you up with all the stand-up paddle boarding gear, lessons and one awesome location. Abs, tans and vibes will be pumping as you paddle towards Pincushion Island for a relaxing swim. We think you’ll agree, nothing beats an island fling.
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