GALLERY: Dates with a difference

11 February 2018
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Date night looming and you’ve got nothing planned? Don’t worry! We have you covered with some great ideas that are a little different to the usual meal for two…

Sunshine Coast

Enjoy a cooking class at Spirit House

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Spirit House, 20 Ninderry Road, Yandina

If you and your partner are into cooking, why not treat yourselves to a cooking class at the beautiful Spirit House in Yandina? You will learn to use some of the finest Asian ingredients in a four-hour class, picking up some fantastic new skills along the way. There are day and evening classes available and they cost $150 per person. You even get to eat what you and your fellow classmates make, washed down with complementary wine or beer.

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Take a guided Jet Ski tour

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Maroochy River Jet Ski Hire and Tours, Bradman Avenue, Maroochydore

For an adrenaline-fuelled date night, take to the water on a Jet Ski, accompanied by an experienced guide who will take you on a 60kmh white-knuckle River Rush ride along the wonderful Maroochy River. If you prefer something a little calmer but still want to give Jet Skiing a go, opt for the Eco Tour, and have your guide point out an abundance of fish and wildlife. From $220.

Unwind with a couples massage

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The Waterfall Day Spa

Begin your relaxation with a foot cleanse and exfoliation in the Couples Suite and then enjoy a 60-minute massage. You can add a glass of Champagne and fruit and cheese platters to your experience too. A great way to reconnect away from your hectic lives. The 75-minute Couples Therapy Experience costs $165 per person.

Go all Demi and Patrick and enjoy a pottery lesson together

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Fried Mudd, Maleny

Aptly named the Shades of Clay workshop, couples can spend some time on the potter’s wheel and make their own creations in this three-hour class. All materials are provided and instructor Cathy will offer plenty of guidance along the way. Workshops cost $170 per person and morning or afternoon tea is included.

Try a 4WD beach adventure and surf lesson

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Epic Ocean Adventures, 1/6 Rainbow Beach Road, Rainbow Beach

This one will please the motor heads and the surfer wannabes. Take an exciting drive through the Great Sandy National Park to the untouched paradise of Double Island Point for a surf lesson. This area has some of the best beginners’ waves and the instructors will have you going in no time. It costs $120 per person for a day tour and includes all surf equipment, light snacks and refreshments.


Kayak under the city lights

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Riverlife, Kangaroo Point

See the city from a stunningly different angle as you enjoy a relaxing 90-minute kayak down the Brisbane River together. Enjoy the view as you glide past the glittering skyline and then head back to enjoy a meal and drinks by the river. If you’re a kayaking novice, not to worry as you’ll be ably guided by qualified and experienced instructors.

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Reconnect with a tantra workshop

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Australian School of Tantra, Brisbane

For a way to reconnect and deepen your relationship and intimacy – both in and out of the sheets – how about a Tantra couples coaching workshop? The Australian School of Tantra hold couples’ workshops in Brisbane which can be tailored to suit your needs and include techniques such as tantra massage and heart to heart connection exercises.

Explore a passion together with a photography workshop

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Blue Dog Photography, Brisbane and Gold Coast

If you’re keen to explore a passion together, a photography workshop in nature or against the backdrop of the city skyline could be just the thing. Blue Dog Photography run a range of workshops suitable for the beginner upwards with special night walks, sunrise sessions and nature retreats perfect for couples wanting to spend quality and productive time together.

Cosy up on a Haunted Brisbane tour

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Brisbane Ghost Tours, Various locations

See Brisbane in a whole new light on an intimate 90-minute historic ghost tour with an eerie Tour Guide. Hear real ghost stories and visit real haunted sites as you walk through the heart of Brisbane City. The tour includes true tales from archives, libraries, former residents and local people and takes you up-close and personal with the Brisbane Arcade ghost, a haunted lift, scary church and much more. Cemetery ghost tours also available, including Toowong and Southport (pictured).

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Get adventurous with indoor rock climbing

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Rocksports, 224 Barry Parade, Fortitude Valley

See if your date will attempt to catch you if you fall at Rocksports Indoor Climbing centre. Rocksports provides a multitude of climbs for all levels of ability, with colour coded climbs are to indicate the level of difficulty. Even with no experience, it is easy to know where to go and what sort of challenge you can tackle. After your safety demonstration, you can take turns at scaling the wall, while your partner controls the safety rope below.

Gold Coast

Enjoy a night at the drive-in

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Yatala Drive-In, 100 Jacobs Well Road, Stapylton

Pack some munchies, a cosy blanket and snuggle up as you take a trip into yesteryear at Yatala Drive-In. Showing the latest blockbusters as single or double features, a night at the Yatala drive-in promises a fun and relaxing night – you can even wear your pyjamas and slippers!

Scale new heights at SkyPoint

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Q1 Building, Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Take your relationship to new heights with the SkyPoint Twilight Climb to the top of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise. As the sun sets over the hinterland, journey to the SkyPoint Climb summit and marvel at the amazing view. It’s a picturesque and magical experience you won’t forget in a hurry. Retreat to the observation deck and enjoy a meal with a view at Seventy7 Café + Bar.

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Fly through the air, with the greatest of ease

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Circus Arts, Prana Centre, Nerang

Enjoy some fresh air and breathtaking views while learning to fly on the flying trapeze. With a focus on fun, fitness and breaking through personal boundaries, Circus Arts’ friendly and expert coaches who will have you flying with confidence in no time at all. Private sessions are available to give you and your loved one a private and tailored experience.

Search for glow worms in Gold Coast Hinterland

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Southern Cross 4WD Tours

Discover glow worms located deep within Tamborine National Park on a four-wheel-drive safari through the Coast’s beautiful hinterland. See the rainforest come to life as you travel to secret glow worm caves and witness a waterfall at night with a guided rainforest walk. The tour includes supper at a Tamborine Mountain restaurant allowing you to soak up the mountain air and enjoy picturesque views across to the coast.

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Go on a romantic horse riding adventure

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2524 Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, Numinbah Valley

Take a scenic horse ride on Numinbah Adventure Trails’ three-hour romantic ride. Explore the natural environment as you meander your way together down river flats and creek crossings, before stopping for a romantic picnic complete with a variety of cheeses of your choice and champagne. Soak up the tranquil surrounds of bush and fresh cascading stream from your picnic blanket before climbing back in the saddle to return to the stables.

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