The evil geniuses who came up with Tinder/Bumble/Hinge must be having a pretty good time right now. Just kicking back, feeling responsible for a whole lot of extra love in the world and, let’s not forget, many, many people experiencing disastrous moments that are really only good for drunkenly relaying to friends.
Since actually meeting people out and about is a little redundant these days (Netflix at home with the dog for the win), it seems Tinder/Bumble/Hinge will be sticking around. In celebration of that, we’ve written a list date ideas your very first date with someone you know from six profile photos and one short sentence.
Keeping in mind we’re the people with the Netflix and the dog.
Live music venues
First of all, any person who doesn’t love live music is probably not a person you want to date anyway (in our opinion) and there are very few date stories that begin with “we went to a gig and had a really bad time” correct? So there’s that. There’s also darkness (you know what we’re saying), loudness (in case the chat is lacking) and bulk drinking opportunities. Plus, there is never a dull moment on the dance floor and if you end up getting married, you’ll have quite the first date story to tell the grandkids. Here’s some inspo for epic live music venues on the GC.
Burleigh Hill on a Sunday afternoon
Instead of Tinder/Bumble/Hinge, you could probably meet someone in the flesh there if you’re brave, but we digress (and absolutely wouldn’t ourselves). Obviously Burleigh Hill is a pretty little spot for a date, throw in some cheese and some wine and you’re set. HOWEVER, should the date not be going well, that place is absolutely packed with people wearing outrageous party shirts and throwing various sporting goods around so all you need to do is say you’re going to the bathroom and disappear into the crowd, never to be seen again. You’re welcome.
Market-style food venues
So much opportunity for chats about food. Who doesn’t love chats about food? Yes, this could be why we’re the Netflix and dog people but we also bring a lot of quality thoughts to food chats so what are you gonna do. ANYWAY. Roaming around deciding what you’re going to eat when there are options galore is one of life’s’ greatest pleasures. Not to mention you can discuss said options with your date in case there is a lack of any other conversation of substance. Also, you can eat so much you get really full and sleepy and have to go home if, of course, things aren’t going well.
Any sushi place
Sushi is delicious, don’t deny it. There is something to delight every tastebud and that’s always handy when you’re going on a date with someone you don’t know in any way. So for a list of impressive sushi joints, check it out here. Again, if things aren’t going well (look we’re developing a pattern), it is actually possible to shove at least three pieces of sushi in your mouth at once to a) avoid any possible hope of conversation and b) finish your food and bail, saying you don’t feel the best. Because you probably don’t and for good reason.
Not really a revelation obviously but here we are. It’s highly unlikely you’re not going to have a good time at a theme park because fairy floss, hot chips and indulging your inner child are always a good time. Maybe we eat too much on dates come to think of it. So theme parks. They’re fun, you can go for any amount of time you like and if things ARE going well (see, we’re positive too) you can grab old mate/loves’ hand at the top of the rollercoaster and awkward first touch weirdness is avoided by terrifying rollercoaster times. If things aren’t going well, you’re stuck way up north with a person whose hand you just grabbed and we have absolutely nothing for that. Soz.
Go forth and get some.
Words by Kirra Smith
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 and since Valentine’s Day is quickly creeping up on us again we’re here to help you up your game.
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.
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. At a safe distance of course. Check out our list of live music venues on the Gold Coast here.
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
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. Have a little look through our list of wineries that are within a 45 minute drive of the Gold Coast here. That’s a top date idea if ever we’ve come up with one.
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 to do a Double Feature night and sometimes there are sing-a-longs.
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. There are several fun cooking classes on the Gold Coast that offer everything from Chocolate Desserts to Spanish Paella so you’re guaranteed to take home some new skills that you can use on your next date. Genius. Check them out here.
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.
Where: Timezone Coolangatta – The Strand, 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Timezone Surfers Paradise – Paradise Centre, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
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 Drive, Mt Tamborine
This one might be a little later in the year, but plan a future date to see everyone’s favourite sea-dwelling creatures when they 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. Spirit of the Gold Coast offer epic tours when the season kicks in.
Where: Anywhere you can see the sea OR 60/70 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach (for a tour)
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 Road, Bundall
Words by Kirra Smith.
Friends, we’re torn. The part of us that’s compelled to deliver the news knows that we should write articles on delightful Valentine’s Day dos but the part of us that knows we’re destined to spend the night with wine and Netflix isn’t all that keen.
So, what we’re going to do is provide V-Day stories for those who are in love and for those who are not. Balance see.
Here’s one about things to do with your best friend/mum should you be sans date on the one day of the year when everyone else seems to have someone’s hand to hold (eye roll emoji).
Galentine’s Day Moving Feast
Umm, yes. Celebrate your gal pals (and also food) with the meets + eats Galentine’s Day Moving Feast. It’s a three course progressive dinging experience where you make some new (perhaps also single) friends and eat your way around the Gold Coast. Not sure there’s anything better than that.
Wild at Heart at Tiger Island
So the words “romantic candlelit setting” are used here but WE DON’T CARE because you can eat food and drink wine while also being close to real life tigers who would definitely demand all the attention you’d be expected to give your date. You’ll get a three-course meal, a premium beverage package, live music and TIGERS. Proceeds to to Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation.
Paint Your Mate Picasso
This one should be a laugh a minute, particularly since it’s BYO and you get to unleash your creativity on your best friends face. Kinda. You get to paint them on a canvas so same same. Brush and Barrel is relatively new to the Gold Coast and basically it’s a chance to have a few drinks and splash a bit of paint around. Good times.
Get your makeup done
One of the most relaxing things you can do in the whole world is sit in a chair while someone makes you look pretty. Looking pretty makes you feel good and feeling good is key on the day of love. Make an appointment with your gal pal/s to pop into Clean Beauty Market for a natural makeup application that you can redeem for product and then go do the below thing and look super glam while you’re at it.
Picnic on Burleigh Hill
A cheap and cheerful no-brainer. Yes you will be surrounded by couples gazing lovingly into one another’s eyes but that’s nothing a couple of bottles of champagne and some belly laughs with your bestie won’t fix. Finish your night off with some live music and a dance at Nightjar (where anything goes) and who said Valentine’s Day was lame.
Words by Kirra Smith.