Palette High Tea
The round-up: the best spots for high tea on the Gold Coast
The round-up: the best spots for high tea on the Gold Coast
The round-up: the best spots for high tea on the Gold Coast
The round-up: the best spots for high tea on the Gold Coast
The round-up: the best spots for high tea on the Gold Coast
The round-up: the best spots for high tea on the Gold Coast

The round-up: the best spots for high tea on the Gold Coast

From dainty sandwiches to glorious fluffy scones, savoury delights and petite sweets, high tea really is a divine way to graze, sip and catch up with friends. No longer is high tea just a go-to baby shower celebration, it’s a delicious, fun and unique daytime dining experience – and you need to put it back on your radar. From traditional sweet-and-savoury spreads to boundary-pushing towers of culinary magic, we’ve found the best spots for high tea on the Gold Coast.

Palette Restaurant, Surfers Paradise: If you fancy your high tea with a side of showstopping art, Palette Restaurant at HOTA is the perfect perch. Every Sunday, the restaurant invites you to experience the art of culinary delights with a lavish high tea spread complete with mulled-wine fruit scones, native berry jam and double cream alongside Davidson plum danishes, salivation-worthy sandwiches and sweet treats. Enjoy with a Tavalon Tea ($60 per person), or step it up a notch with a glass of Veuve Clicquot ($75 per person).

Palazzo Versace, Main Beach: For a truly sophisticated outing, Palazzo Versace’s series of high tea experiences will have you covered. Head straight to the top tier with the Royal Couture High Tea, which is served progressively alongside Ruinart champagne. Relax and graze on savouries like roast beef and celeriac remoulade finger sandwiches and sweets like elderflower cheesecake and pumpkin-spiced latte panna cotta, before indulging in the Ars Italica Oscietra caviar, served with blinis and condiments. You’ll even go home with your own handcrafted chocolate … which, let’s be honest, probably won’t make it home.

The Village Heritage B&B, Mudgeeraba: Surround yourself in the ambiance of a stunning 112-year-old Queenslander and take high tea in the Heritage dining room or on the balcony with majestic views to the hinterland. The treats and made onsite and The Village’s offering is a little different in that it’s served across two courses. The first course is all savoury, think hot minis and bite-sized sandwiches. Then, it’s time for the sweets – mini cakes and slices, fluffy chocolate mousse, pannacotta and, of course, freshly made scones with jam and cream. Pair this with bottomless tea and a barista coffee served and you have yourself the fundamentals for a fantastic afternoon. The high tea is available from Thursday to Sunday from 11.00 until 1.00 pm and from 1:30–3:00 pm. Bookings are essential.

High Teat Gold Coast - Teavine House

Teavine House, Tallebudgera: This enchanted venue is nestled in the leafy Tallebudgera Valley, offering a unique European-inspired traditional high tea. Served with a worldly collection of fine china, the glorious Teavine House high teas feature an elegant menu of petite savouries, sweet delights, dainty sandwiches and signature mini scones with house-made strawberry preserve and fresh cream. What a dream.

Tea & Niceties, Mount Tamborine: Kissed with natural light and surrounded by lush greenery, Tea & Niceties is the ideal spot for high tea away from the hustle and bustle. Perched atop Mount Tamborine, the venue features a vintage-inspired tea room amid enchanting gardens. Sit back and soak up the charm of yesteryear with an elegant high tea menu with everything from scones with lemon curd to sandwiches, tartlets, macarons, savouries and more. There’s also a gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan Wellbeing High Tea, which you can enjoy with a glass of vegan sparkling wine. Get a glimpse of the goods here.

BonAppéTea, Mudgeeraba: Three-tier delights await at this exquisite French-inspired teahouse. Nestled in the foothills of Mudgeeraba, BonAppéTea has set the standard high for its edible offering. There’s a range of different experiences to choose from including a breakfast high tea, which includes a selection of morning morsels including scones with jam and cream, pretty pastries, fresh fruits and homemade savoury bites for $40 per person, a Luxe High Tea for $50, or go all out with the Deluxe package for $60. Those with little humans in their life will also be pleased to know there’s a Junior High Tea for $25, which could make for a cute little afternoon date. Hot tip, you can get your high tea to-go with the Picnic package and enjoy at your favourite park or roll out a blanket on the beach.

High Teat Gold Coast - QT Gold Coast

QT Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise: QT is known for putting an eclectic and quirky spin on just about everything it does, and its high tea experiences are no different. There’s QT High Tea at Fixx Cafe, which offers a fun, nostalgic and totally delicious spin on traditional high tea with everything from mini brioche poppers to QT hand-crafted chocolate treats, served alongside tea, coffee, champagne or spritz cocktails. There’s even a dedicated gents experience at Stingray Lounge called Man Tea, where the fellas can snack on bug rolls and chocolate-filled cigars while sipping whisky by the nip.

The Fireplace at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Sanctuary Cove: Sure, tea is great and all but if you can’t resist a coffee, you’ll appreciate the High Coffee experience at The Fireplace – it’s the perfect way to indulge and curb your caffeine cravings. The culinary team whips up a fanciful spread of gourmet finger sandwiches with some seriously mouth-watering fillings including caviar, smoked salmon and crème fraiche as well as Peking duck with hoisin and lime mayonnaise. The sweets include pistachio and roasted coconut choux pastry and almond sable with milk-chocolate ganache and macadamia nuts. If you’re really keen to elevate your experience, take a peek at the High Coffee menu of cocktails and mocktails. Book here.

Green Days, Bundall: This hidden pavilion has a lush garden setting creating a tranquil atmosphere for a relaxed high tea with friends. You’ll be delighted with a menu of gourmet savouries and sweets like wagyu and thyme sausage rolls, goat’s curd tartlets, dark-chocolate and beetroot brownies, mini eclairs and more. You can even request the private library upon booking for a more exclusive affair.

High Teat Gold Coast Marriott

Chapter & Verse at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Surfers Paradise: Here you’ll find a modern twist on classic high tea. The breezy lounge bar serves an tiered arrangement of bites like smoked-salmon bagels and Mount Tamborine goats cheese-filled cones with pistachio, as well as sweet morsels like apricot-chocolate terrine and freshly baked scones.

Image credit: HOTA, Home of The Arts

The Stumble Guide is our comprehensive Gold Coast dining guide with more than 870 places to eat, drink, shop and play.


Sign up for our weekly enews & receive more articles like this: