10 Coolangatta Valentine's Date Ideas
Coolangatta, the Gold Coast’s most southerly coastal town, is a vibrant yet laid-back scenic destination for romantic getaways. Whether you’re seeking a relaxing breakfast date, a romantic picnic on the beach, or an outdoors experience in nature, you’ll have plenty to do and see if you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day in this scenic town.
1. Romantic breakfast
Start your Valentine’s Day with a romantic breakfast at The Strand. There’s Griffith St Larder, a vibrant café with great coffee, sweet treats and classic breakfast favourites. Black Sheep Espresso Baa, on Marine Parade is another excellent breakfast spot at The Strand with views of the beautiful Coolangatta beach.
Also on Marine Parade, another notable breakfast spot is the Boardriders Café 28 with a surf culture vibe and modern Australian menu. Watch the waves roll in while you enjoy perfectly cooked eggs or their mouth-watering Avo Smash.
2. Dinner-and-entertainment night
Sometimes the classic dinner-and-movie night is the most romantic way to spend an evening with your partner. Catch the latest releases at BCC Cinema Coolangatta after a delicious dinner at one of The Strand's many restaurants. Choose from Italian, Mexican, modern Australian, seafood, Chinese, and much more for a special Valentine’s Day dinner. For the young at heart, you can’t go past Timezone Coolangatta for 3000sqm of non-stop fun with dodgems cars, bowling and laser skirmish.
3. Picnic on the beach
For an intimate, relaxing, and delicious Valentine’s, pack your own picnic (or order your favourite takeaway food from Selfish or Beach Burrito on Marine Parade) and share your meal on one of Coolangatta’s scenic beaches. Coolangatta Beach is a beautiful and clean beach with a range of facilities, while Kirra Beach, with its white sand and clear waters,also offers striking views. Snapper Rocks and Greenmount Beach are the other beaches to check out in Coolangatta.
4. Cruise along the Tweed River
If you and your partner love the outdoors, why not cruise down the Tweed River for a romantic trip in the great outdoors on Valentine’s Day? You can enjoy fishing, snorkelling, or just relaxing in the sun on the boat. If you’re lucky, you could just catch sight of dolphins at high tide, as well as birds and other native wildlife. One of the best ways to see more of Tweed River is to join a tour or charter your own boat for the day.
5. Dive in Nine Mile Reef
Nine Mile Reef is a renowned diving spot rich with wildlife. You can catch sight of leopard sharks, reef fish, turtles, and many other sea creatures all throughout the year. The reef itself is spectacular to behold, with the shallow end at just 10 metres deep, before the coral drops off to a depth of 30 metres.
6. Explore the nightlife
For a novel and unique Valentine’s Day, head out for a night out in Coolangatta at major social hubs such as the Coolangatta Hotel. With the beach close by and a range of live bands playing every night, this spot is a popular destination for locals. There is also a range of activities to look out for, including sausage sizzles, pool competitions, pub meals, and trivia nights.
7. Explore the outdoors together
With its incredible beaches and the temperate weather typical of the Gold Coast, Coolangatta is great for exploring the outdoors and enjoying a range of water activities. Whether it’s skydiving, jet boating, bungee jumping, or windsurfing, you’re spoilt for options. Visitors can join arranged tours or lesson, or hire their own equipment.
8. See the local sights
If you’re visiting Coolangatta on Valentine’s Day, don’t miss out on scenic local sights. Other than the major beaches – Coolangatta Beach, Kirra Beach, Snapper Rocks, and Greenmount Beach – there are various historical or cultural attractions that can make for a romantic sightseeing day out. Make time for the Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, a famous historical site that’s close to cafes, restaurants, and shops. There’s also Kirra Hill, another attraction with beautiful views.
9. Bike for the day
What better way to take in the striking scenery than to hire some bikes and explore the local bike trails for the day? One of the best trails to explore on the Gold Coast is the trail between Point Danger in Coolangatta and Paradise Point, a one-way trip of 48 kilometres or two hours. Start your ride at Captain Cook Memorial and make you way up the coast towards Paradise Point. One of the best things about this ride is that it’s close to the beach in many areas, and there are many cafes to rest in during your ride.
10. Explore the local culture and events
Coolangatta plays host to a variety of festivals and events throughout the year, so make sure you check out what’s on for an exciting Valentine’s Day out with your partner. The local markets, such as the Coolangatta Art and Craft Market, are wonderful places to spot bargains or just wander around.
A beautiful Valentine’s Day in Coolangatta
Coolangatta might be known for its spectacular beaches, but the town also offers visitors great dining options and sightseeing opportunities. If you’re celebrating Valentine’s in the town, take the opportunity to explore all the different cultural, outdoors, and nightlife activities that Coolangatta has to offer.