Gold Coast is one of the most famous destinations in Australia when it comes to great beaches and wild nightlife. However, it’s also a super romantic spot perfect for relaxing honeymoons spiced up with some fun, excitement and adventure. Gold Coast is also very gay-friendly, like most of Australia, so there’s no better place to spend your honeymoon. If you’re interested in a fun itinerary and many cool things to do with your new spouse, here are some LGBTQ Gold Coast honeymoon tips to keep in mind:
Honeymooners, unlike other travelers, often stay in their rooms to get some alone time with their new spouses, so make sure that you spare no expense on your accommodation. Luckily, Gold Coast has plenty of gay-friendly accommodation options. Hilton Surfers Paradise is probably the best option for those with deeper pockets. It’s an upscale resort and hotel with unparalleled luxury (pools, restaurants, cinemas, etc.), all while being located near bars, clubs and eateries. And the rooms will make you want to stay in all the time! If you want to spend your hotel time sunbathing and sipping cocktails, Vibe Hotel is a great option for gay honeymooners with its poolside bar and cafe, an outdoor riverside pool, and a trendy cocktail lounge.
Relax at the Main Beach
When you decide to leave your room, skip the hedonistic nightlife scene of Surfers Paradise and choose a more relaxing Main Beach. This location will allow you to get familiar with the ocean (don’t forget your swimwear when packing for your honeymoon), swim at the beach, take a bike ride along Federation Walk or watch surfers shred those impressive breaks. If you think you can do it better, book a couple’s surf classes and check your balance in the water. It’s a fun adventure that you’ll definitely brag to everyone about (unless you two are really bad at surfing, then shhhhh…).
Rent a boat
Listen, your honeymoon is a special occasion that deserves some special expenses. If you want to enjoy complete freedom, privacy and adventure, find a good boat hire in Gold Coast and experience its many canals and beaching from the best seats in the house. For a few hours, you’ll feel like two movie stars enjoying all the glitz and glamour of your rich lifestyle!
Dance, dance, dance
Gold Coast does parties like no other place in Australia. For some dancing and mingling with other gay couples, visit The Chameleon, the city’s only gay bar for now. This spot offers top drinks and bites you can enjoy while watching drag performances, playing trivia and drag bingo, or dancing to live music. There’s also The Pink Flamingo with a great cabaret club scene where you can join a twerking competition and bring home the title of the best booty-shaker. Also, The Avenue host Thursday drag extravaganzas with DJs spinning all the best bangers.
Have a romantic dinner
As a married couple, you probably don’t feel like partying every day. For a relaxing night out, choose a local restaurant and have a romantic dinner. For some Japanese food, visit Kiyomi and enjoy not just some amazing food, but also a very private atmosphere. With dimly lit seating, dark furnishings and warm wood details, your dinner will definitely put you in the mood for romance. Nineteen at the Star is another spot where people come to celebrate their special moments. Their seafood, paired with a glittering view of Gold Coast from 19 stories up will definitely mark your honeymoon. Use the time to fuel up and catch up with the events of the wedding.
Experience adrenaline in Broadbeach
Gold Coast can treat you to world-class shopping and dining, but also plenty of fun and games like indoor skydiving or disco mazes. If you and your spouse are two big kids at heart, take a drive to Coomera and enjoy a day at one of the GC theme parks. Those really looking to take amazing photos and experience an adrenaline rush can climb up the iconic Q1 building in Surfers Paradise and enjoy breathtaking views of the sunrise or sunset.
Gold Coast is an amazing destination for all gay honeymooners. No matter if you want to enjoy quiet relaxation or wild activities, there’s something for every member of our beautiful LGBTQ family and every gay married couple.
Peter Minkoff is a gay travel and lifestyle writer. Besides writing, he worked as a travel journalist for many publications in Australia and the UK. Follow Peter on Facebook and Twitter for more tips.
Peter Minkoff ist ein schwuler Reise- und Lifestyle-Autor. Er arbeitete als Reisejournalist für viele Publikationen in Australien und Großbritannien. Folge Peter auf Facebook und Twitter für weitere Tipps.