Want to impress your new love or rekindle the romance? Need the perfect proposal idea or honeymoon contender? Queensland is oozing with sensual experiences for couples. Here is just a selection of the many ways to set hearts aflutter in the Sunshine State.
Deep in the rainforest near Port Douglas awaits a mystical dining experience where you can enjoy a banquet among flickering candles to the sound of the mesmerising didgeridoo, courtesy of Flames of the Forest. Two local Indigenous brothers share their stories and culture as you feast on local produce such as lemon myrtle-infused kangaroo loin with wild rocket, toasted macadamia nuts and homemade fig chutney, not to mention the sparkling wine. You and your loved one will be transported to a world apart.
Three hours of pure indulgence at spa qualia on the Great Barrier Reef will leave couples feeling serene. The spa, part of the luxury qualia resort on Hamilton Island, offers a signature Wine Lovers treatment for couples that includes a chardonnay massage, vinotherapie body scrub, pinot noir body mask, scalp massage, facial, and bath soak complete with a fruit platter and bottle of wine for two. Top off your stay with a scenic flight over the Whitsundays’ famous Heart Reef, or a private picnic on a secluded cay.
Take a dip with your lover in a clear rock pool as water cascades down granite boulders in Finch Hatton Gorge in the Mackay area. Listen to the calls of the rainforest birds along the walking track to Araluen waterfall, and continue on to the Wheel of Fire Cascades. Or why not watch the sunrise on the beach at Cape Hillsborough just north of Mackay, where wallabies emerge from the rainforest to forage for goodies that have washed up from the waters of the Great Barrier Reef overnight. It could be the dawn of a fine romance.
The celestial beauty of the sun penetrates the gloom of Belfry Cave through a 14-metre shaft in the cave roof at midday in the months of December and January. Those who stand in the dazzling light of the Summer Solstice are seen to glow with an otherworldly light. Add a disco ball to the mix and you have the makings of electrifying moments. The cave, part of the magnificent limestone Capricorn Caves system in the Capricorn region, is a popular spot for proposals. You might also time your visit for Opera in the Caves – a thrilling experience in the stunning Cathedral Cave.
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Several companies offer the chance to enjoy sparkling wine, canapés or seafood feasts on a sunset cruise of the pristine waters off the Fraser Coast. Look out for the gorgeous Fraser Island across the way, apricot-coloured skies, playful dolphins and turtles, and the freshest of fresh seafood, before returning to the romantic twinkling lights of Hervey Bay.
The Sunshine Coast hinterland has long been a lure for lovers, and Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat at Montville is just the ticket for a romantic escapade. Have a massage in your private pavilion as you listen to the bubbling creek, swim in the saltwater pool or sample the gourmet hamper delivered to your door. Stay in and soak in the double spa bath, cosy up by the log fire or gaze at the canopy through your skylight. Especially designed for couples, Narrows Escape has a range of surprises in store.
Step back in time with Eat Street Markets’ pop-up Drive-in and Outdoor Cinema every Friday and Saturday night. Watch the movie from your own car, or use one of the comfy Moon Chairs for a night under the stars, with the Brisbane River and city lights as the backdrop. Have your snacks delivered by the roving Segway crew (signal them with the yellow service flag). Tickets include entry to the markets, where you can enjoy all manner of gourmet meals, drinks, music and more, sold from converted shipping containers.
Take your relationship to new heights as you float above the vineyards and rolling hills of the Gold Coast hinterland, admire the spires of Gold Coast city and the blue waves beyond, and follow it up with a Champagne breakfast in a vineyard. Hungry for more? Try dinner at Surfers Paradise’s Seaduction Restaurant and Bar for an opulent taste of gastronomic delicacies right by the beach.
The annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (held September 16-25 this year) turns this Scenic Rim city into a vision of colour and fun. Create a custom bouquet for your sweetheart at the fresh flower market at the Flower Food and Wine Festival, stroll through Queens Park Botanic Gardens, Laurel Bank Park and Picnic Point as they come ablaze with colour, and enjoy all the fun of the Grand Central Floral Parade, including flower-filled floats, street performers, stilt walkers and more.
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