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Romantic Valentine’s Day Date Ideas


It’s a new year with a whole bunch of possibilities for love and romance. And what better place to escape with your significant other than the stunning nature havens of Queensland. Private island dinners, rainforest picnics and stargazing in the outback are all possible if you know where to look. Fortunately, we’ve made it easy with this list of five incredibly romantic date ideas in Queensland.

1. Waterfront Dining on a Private Island

Whisk your partner away to Orpheus Island Lodge for one of the most romantic and unforgettable nights. The private island lodge’s Dining with the Tides experience offers a table for two on the island’s pier. Sit beneath the wondrous and spectacular stars while you watch reef sharks and fish swim in the water beneath your feet. A truly picturesque and dreamy escapade, the chef-prepared degustation dinner includes six enchanting courses paired with specific wines sourced from the cellar. It’s up there with one of the dreamiest and captivating evenings to share with your valentine.

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2. Scenic Helicopter Flight over the Great Barrier Reef

Forget the flowers and chocolates this year. It’s time for something remarkable, like a scenic helicopter flight capturing the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll take off from Cairns, first admiring bird’s-eye views of the coastal city before flying out over one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders.

Witness the beautiful white-sand islands, including Green Island, Vlasoff Sand Cay and Upolu Sand Cay. You can also spot manta rays, turtles and, in winter, migrating whales.

Learn more about Nautilus Aviation’s scenic flights.

3. Day Trip to Hinchinbrook Island

There is an array of carefully curated and selected packages put together by our team and a day trip to Hinchinbrook Island is among them. Australia’s largest national park island is accessible via boat charter and best explored on a guided trek.

Adventurous couples will love trekking through the rainforest and spotting the wildlife. The world-famous Zoe Waterfall is also a great place for a quick dip. This rainforest radiates as if you’re embarking on a Jurassic park like quest. Walk to the top of the cascade for stunning island vistas. There’s a reason it’s also one of Queensland’s best spots for a proposal.

4. Daintree Rainforest Picnic

The Daintree Rainforest picnic is one of our most favoured Valentine’s Day date ideas. You can book a gourmet picnic hamper at Daintree Ecolodge, which will allow for you to journey off to a private sanctuary for a romantic lunch with your partner. Our recommendations for those spots are Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation or Four Mile Beach. What’s more, these aren’t your typical picnic hampers. They’re filled with gourmet local produce and chef-prepared delights. If you prefer to stay in your Bayan then you can, of course, order one to your treetop room at the lodge.

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5. Stargazing in the QLD Outback

There’s something quite spectacular about the night sky in the Queensland outback. The lack of light pollution reveals a starry canvas filled with constellations and breathtaking galaxies. Shrouded in the black of night, take hold of your loved one and discover a world unseen in the cities.

This unique experience is only available at our Mt Mulligan lodge. Additionally, you can opt for a private stargazing tour when you book the romantic XOXO holiday package. This also includes four nights’ accommodation, French champagne and strawberries, all meals and other incredible outback experiences. Become mesmerized and taken somewhere you’ve likely never been before.

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