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Awesome Date Ideas and Hot Hotels

Awesome Date Ideas and Hot Hotels

What are your plans this Friday night? Whether you want to impress someone new or surprise your long-time flame, make a lasting impression with these four unusual date ideas. We guarantee you’ll have plenty to talk about!

Date Night for the Dramatic

Dracula’s Queensland, Gold Coast, Queensland: Come with an open mind to this spine-tingling cabaret; it’s a ton of laughs and gives you the chance to leap into the protective arms of your date. If there’s one thing you don’t have to be frightened of, it’s any chance of an awkward pause in conversation during the two-hour show. Vampire waiters serve up a three-course dinner, featuring a ‘Silence of the Lambs’ main and ‘Death by Chocolate’ dessert, before the risky (and risqué) cabaret begins. 


Romantic Hotels Nearby:

Q1 Resort and Spa: The excitement continues at Australia’s tallest residential tower, located just 10 minutes’ drive north of Dracula’s. Wow your date with a stay in one of the resort’s luxe apartments, complete with romantic spa baths. Those who dare can participate in the Skypoint Climb to the top of the 270 metre building, for spectacular views of the beach. If indulgence is the order of the day, book in for a couple’s massage at the resort’s relaxing spa.

Pacific Views: A further 10 minutes’ north on the cosmopolitan Main Beach brings you to Pacific Views Resort. As the name suggests, these apartments offer up spectacular views of the white sand and big blue beyond. Wake up in your king-sized bed with the sound of the waves breaking on the shore, head out for a swim in the ocean,  relax beside one of the resort’s two pools or enjoy a game of tennis with your special someone.

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Date Night for Foodies

GPO Cheese and Wine Room, Sydney, NSW: Can you ever really have too much cheese? Find out for yourself at this romantic enclave tucked into the beautiful GPO building at Martin Place. The basement of the old General Post Office has been converted into a temple for cheese worshippers with a decidedly European ambience. An impressive menu with more than 80 speciality cheeses changes with the seasons. Impress your date by ordering the house favourite – a silky, smooth and oh so lovely truffle cheese fondue. The wine list is no less impressive with 250 wines to choose from. This is one gastronomic venture your date (and palette) will thank you for.

Romantic Hotels Nearby:

Swissôtel Sydney: After the dairy splurge, you’ll need a comfortable room to roll into. Luckily the king beds at this five-star hotel are only a 500-metre walk away from the GPO Cheese and Wine Room. A pillow and bedding menu ensures a good night sleep. Want to continue the indulgence the next day? Ask for the ‘Chocolate Menu’ at the Crossroads Bar where you can enjoy trips to the chocolate fountain between tastes of seven different chocolate desserts.

Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney: Just around the corner from the GPO Cheese and Wine Room, the opulent Radisson Blu awaits within a heritage-listed sandstone facade. Enjoy a night cap at Fax Bar, tucked into the colourful lobby, before retiring to the recently renovated  rooms (they’re stunning). Stay in a Deluxe Room to take in the city sights from the floor-to-ceiling windows and play out a modern day romance on your Juliet balcony.

Date Night for Music Lovers

The Blues Train, Queenscliff, Victoria: Imagine telling your grandkids that you met your ‘soulmate’ aboard the Blues Train. Each carriage of locomotive contains a different musical ensemble, guaranteed to get your date’s toes tapping and heart pounding. You’ll be treated to a roast dinner at the historic Queenscliff Station, just 30-minutes drive from Geelong, before you board. The rhythmic train makes four stops where you can disembark to replenish your drinks, mingle with other passengers and change carriages for the next act. Due to a maximum capacity of just 200 people per ride, make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

Romantic Hotels Nearby:

Point Lonsdale Guesthouse: With weary feet, disembark the Blues Train and make a beeline for the iconic Point Lonsdale Guesthouse, just a 10-minute drive away. This charming family-run guesthouse was built in 1884 and features a wraparound balcony along with a good dose of nostalgia and fresh sea air. After working up an appetite with all that dancing last night, you and your date can replenish energy stores with a hearty buffet breakfast.

Athelstane House: This charming guesthouse is only one block away from the Blues Train departure point of Queenscliff Station. You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to relaxing at Athelstane House, with an expansive veranda, terrace and garden all perfect for deep and meaningful discussions. True romantics will love the front room’s open fireplace. Complimentary breakfast, tea and coffee are on offer to all guests and eight of the ten rooms have spa baths.

Date Night for Vegetarians

Lentil as Anything, Sydney: For the ultimate altruistic date, go Lentil as Anything in Sydney’s trendy Newtown district. Amid the fancy fare and sky-high prices of Sydney’s foodie scene, this down-to-earth establishment offers a free feel-good factor with every vegetarian meal. The deal is simple, pay what you can afford and what you think the experience deserves. No one likes a stingy date, so don’t skimp too much when it comes to picking up the bill. After all, what singles this date venue out as special is the idea that you’ll be subsidising those less fortunate.

Romantic Hotels Nearby:

57 Hotel: After dinner and drinks, catch a cab or jump on the train from Newtown to Central, both will take about 15 minutes. 57 Hotel is only a 2-minute walk away from Sydney Central Station. With room names like ‘Mini Disco Double’ and ‘Dancing Queen’, couples who want to experience Sydney’s vibrant nightlife in the heart of Newtown and Surry Hills will know they’re in the right place. Make sure you request one of the rooms with a view of Sydney’s famous skyline. All rooms come with a mood music playlist and a rain shower.

Shakespeare Hotel: Just around the corner from 57 Hotel is a piece of Sydney history, dating back to the 19th century. The Victorian-era Shakespeare Hotel is one of the last authentic hotel pubs in the area, complete with gilt bed frames and baroque wallpaper. Head downstairs for a night cap with the locals as a wonderful end to a truly unique date.

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