8 Date Ideas That Aren’t Just Dinner & Drinks

By Sophie Wright
28th Mar 2017

Picture this: you’re a few dates in with someone pretty spesh, having wined and dined your way around the Sunshine Coast. You’ve had a grand ol’ time doing so—everything’s coming up Milhouse!

We love the classic “dinner and drinks” as much as the next person, but sometimes you CAN have too much of a good thing. It’s time to take your dating game up a notch—here are eight date ideas guaranteed to get you over the line with your significant other.

Turn your watch to island time

The island escape you’ve been dreaming of is only a hop, skip, and a jump away! Beautiful Bribie Island is accessible either by paddling across the passage from Golden Beach, or by high-tailing it down the Bruce Highway and over the bridge. Option 1) involves bush-bashing or, option 2) involves seafood and sundowners at Sandstone Point Hotel. Up to you…

Tune Into Some Live Music

Music works like a charm in taking your relationship nek-level. Local artists gig it up all around the Coast, but we know a few spots guaranteed to impress your lover. The Piano Bar on Ocean Street is a failsafe choice, with wine, tapas, and smooth jazz every night of the week. Up in Noosa, Café Le Monde hosts a diverse mix of artists from Thursday to Sunday, every damn week! Or, impress your bae next hump day with your own skills at Sol Bar’s open mic night. Who knows, maybe a song will play that will go on to become “your song”… Ca-uuuute!

Give SUPing a crack

We feel like SUPing suddenly came out of nowhere, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t love it. If it’s not too windy, you can pretty much SUP anywhere on the Coast… just add water! Not only is SUPing SUPer relaxing (see what we did there?) but it’s also great for your core strength. Plus, you can jump off for a swim whenever you like! We’re fans of Cotton Tree purely because of the proximity to food and coffee (we’re looking at you, Hazy Lo’s), but check out more of the best spots to SUP on the Sunshine Coast here.

Drink some wine

There’s something about wine country that gives us all the romantic feels. Luckily for us, we’ve got a little slice of it right in our backyard! Sittin’ pretty on top of Montville, Flame Hill Vineyard is a one-stop-shop for your next date. Incredible views, vineyards, delish food, and wine straight from the source… now THIS has got to be one of the most romantic things to do on the Sunshine Coast.

Hike and swim

Nothin’ like a bit of exercise to get the happy hormones flowing! Pack your joggers and togs (and probs some sunscreen), and head to Sunshine Beach to hike through the Noosa National Park. The 5.4km track will spit you out just down the road from the world-class restaurants and cafes of Hastings Street, which is super convenient, because we have no doubt you’ll have worked up quite the appetite! Trek back and walk off your meal… or bus it back to Sunshine. Simple!

Road trip

With good company, a great playlist, a killer picnic, and spectacular scenery, a road trip is bound to be a good time. Cruise along the coast or head for the hills—the choice is yours, just make sure there’s plenty of time for car games! What’s one of our fave scenic routes, you ask? Start at Maroochydore and loop through Diddilibah, Rosemount, Woombye and Forest Glen. If you’re not too full from your packed lunch, a pit-stop at Guru Life is a must.

Get trivial

Knowledge is power, so show your date what you’ve got by hitting up one of the many trivia nights around the Coast. Tuesday trivia goes off at Good Bar, of if you’re hanging around Noosa, Bordertown’s “Tacos. Trivia. Tequila” nights are where it’s at! You can also try this one at home—if you don’t have some version of Trivial Pursuit stored in your games cupboard, you clearly didn’t have a childhood.

Have a laugh

Some of Queensland’s best comedians often drop in at pubs and surf clubs around the Sunshine Coast. Keep an eye on the Sit Down Comedy Club website to see who’s bringing the LOLs (and when) to the Alex Surf Club, the Post Office Bar, and The Surf Club Sunshine Beach.

Looking for more super cute things to do on the Sunshine Coast for your love buddy? Check these out!

Image Credit: Amy Higg for Metropolist

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