9 out-of-the-box date ideas

Sometimes dinner and drinks just doesn’t cut it when it comes to the Hunger Games-style arena that is the Gold Coast dating scene.

If you’re feeling as though it’s time to up your game in that department, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are 9 out-of-the-box ideas you’re welcome to steal when you next need to impress the potential love of your life. 

Go scuba diving
Underwater activities are an excellent date choice in that they offer the perfect opportunity to not talk and, on the flip side, will be a great story to tell the grandkids should you get to that point. Plus, you know, there’s plenty of pretty marine life to get up close and personal with and being immersed in the ocean will help you chill out should you be suffering from some form of fear – of the first date or great white shark varieties perhaps.
Where: QLD Scuba Diving, Mariners Cove Marina, 60 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Go ice-skating
If you’re a lover of snow and ice and all things winter, but live here with the rest of us in South East Queensland, all your prayers have been answered in the form of Gold Coast Iceland in Bundall (who knew). Take your mate for a few spins around the ring while adorably holding hands and pretending you’re in NYC’s Central Park.
Where: 15 Strathaird Rd, Bundall

Watch whales
It’s almost time for everyone’s favourite sea-dwelling creatures to make their way back down south with their tiny (but also giant) babes in tow. You could pack a picnic and perch yourselves on one of many local headlands or, for guaranteed up close viewing, book yourselves onto a whale watching boat and prepare to have the best date ever.
Where: Anywhere you can see the sea

Taste wine and cheese
What could be better than eating as much cheese and tasting as much wine as is humanly possible with the object of your affections? Nothing, that’s what. Mount Tamborine Wine Tasting Tours will drive you to all the top spots for feasting on not only wine and cheese but fudge and craft beer too. That’s a top date idea if ever we’ve come up with one.
Where: Various locations, Mount Tamborine

See some live music
Is watching live music not the best thing you can possibly do? Even better if you’re with someone you don’t know that well when there’s a strong possibility of running out of things to talk about. There’s also unlimited opportunities to bust out your best dance moves and impress the hell out of anyone with eyes.  
Where: Miami Marketta, Hillcrest Pde, Miami

Drive in movies
How romantic is setting up a sweet snuggle spot in the back of your car, filling it with snacks and enjoying a movie marathon in (relative) privacy under the stars. If that sounds like your jam, the Yatala Drive-In is your next date night adventure. It’s open seven nights a week and you can choose from three movie marathon options – including the recently released and no doubt terrifying IT movie. Good luck with that one.
Where: 100 Jacobs Well Road, Stapylton

Take a cooking class
Cooking together is a fun way to learn something new while also having a laugh at how hard it actually is to shake a cocktail while looking semi-cool. Icon the Cookery School at The Kitchens in Robina offer everything from Mixology to Creations of Raw Cuisine so you’re guaranteed to take home some new skills that you can use on your next date. Genius.
Where: The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina

Walk through the trees
Getting high on a first (or second or third) date probably isn’t a great idea, unless of course it involves getting amongst the trees on a 15-metre high suspension bridge. Which of course, is a thing, at Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk in the hinterland. There's a 40 metre cantilever bridge high above the creek and rainforest which is the perfect excuse for holding onto someone REAL tight. 
Where: Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, 333 Geissmann Dr, Mt Tamborine

Play all the games
Guys, 20 years later, Timezone is still one of the greatest places around. What could be better than racing your date on the Formula One track or whacking weird animals with giant sticks? It’s a laugh a minute. If you’re any good, you can impress ‘em with a giant stuffed animal they’re sure to keep forever. Just makin’ memories hey.  
Where: Timezone Coolangatta – The Strand, 72-80 Marine Pde, Coolangatta
Timezone Surfers Paradise – Paradise Centre, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise

Words by Kirra Smith.