A wonderful way to experience panoramic views of the Gold Coast hinterland is from the air. Hot Air (+61 7 5667 7566) offers way-up-high flights, with stunning views of the verdant native rainforest and surrounds. You’ll take in sights of Mount Tamborine, Lamington National Park and the Gold Coast towers in the distance, landing 30 minutes later at O’Reilly’s Vineyard Grand Homestead for hot breakfast and Champagne.

If a hot-air balloon doesn’t float your boat then what about a seaplane? Cloud 9 Seaplanes (+61 408 186 554) offer airborne excursions that take in skyscrapers, beaches, waterways and hinterland. Options range from 6-minute joyflights to full-day trips to nearby South Stradbroke Island, where you can enjoy a few hours of relaxation and romance over a seafood lunch.

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