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 awesome date ideas on the Sunshine Coast that aren’t just dinner and drinks.
Get Creative At A Pottery Session
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.
Release Your Inner Picasso At A Sip And Paint Class
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.
Bring Out Your Fun Side At Mini Golf
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.
Take A Horse Ride Through A Winery
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.
Learn To Cook Epic Asian Eats
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.
Hit The Water For A SUP Date
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.
Trawl The Farmers Markets
If your date is the wholesome type, then suggesting a visit to your local Sunshine Coast market will have them weak at the knees in no time. Grab a coffee and some eats, then find a grassy spot to sit down and bask in the sun for a while. The atmosphere will be great and if you’re lucky there’ll be some live music too.
Discover One Of The Sunshine Coast's Best Walks
If your date has a pooch, this should be at the top of your list. There are plenty of dog-friendly walking trails around the Sunshine Coast so take your pick. You’ll definitely score some brownie points if you grab their dog (or your dog, or borrow someone’s dog if you really need to), head to the coastline for a walk and then head down to one of the dog beaches for a play. If you’re lucky this might turn into lunch and afternoon drinks (and you might even score a little hand holding while you’re walking).
Crunch On Fish And Chips By The Beach
Ah romance, you’re not dead after all. Pick your date up and head straight to the beach. Once your date is suitably impressed with your driving skillz you can park the car, order some of the Sunshine Coast's best fish and chips and then pop a picnic blanket down and watch the sky change colours as the sun sets. Bonus points if you manage to whip out a couple of cold ciders or a bottle of wine. And, double bonus points if you have a spare jumper or blanket on hand for when it gets cold.
Image credit: Kym Ellis