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Date Ideas Brisbane: 55 Romantic Things to do in Brisbane from a Local

Date Ideas Brisbane: 55 Romantic Things to do in Brisbane from a Local

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Whether you are a tourist or a local looking for new and romantic things to do for couples in Brisbane, you’ll be sure to find something to tickle your pickle in this epic list! 55 of the best date ideas in Brisvegas right here {as written from a local}

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Romantic Things to do in Brisbane for Couples

Sunset paddle along the Brisbane River – When you think of romance, a sunset and city lights might make the top of your list, and why wouldn’t they? Paddle on the Brisbane River with your partner as the day turns to dusk and the city lights up. Watch a beautiful Brisbane sunset from the river and continue paddling as the city lights leave a reflection on the river and creates the perfect twilight glow. If you don’t have a kayak, you can rent one and do the twilight kayak tour at RiverLife Brisbane.

The Westin Brisbane Swim up Bar – Need to cool off with your date? Make a “table” reservation at the Nautilus Pool Bar at The Westin. The swim up bar offers a full bar and food service so you can stay in the water while sipping on something sweet. As if relaxing in the pool with city views isn’t romantic enough, you can always plan ahead and get a room to keep the party for two going after your poolside dinner. The Westin also hosts regular pool parties, so if you’re wanting something a little more exciting than a relaxing pool date, consider booking a reservation during the Pool Party.

Haunted Brisbane Tour – Walking the streets of Brisbane at night is romantic, but add a little bit of spice, and you have a Haunted Brisbane Tour through the city. This 1.5 hour walking tour through Ghost Tours Australia, is sure to add some excitement to your night. Hear stories from Brisbane’s past that will have you grabbing your partner’s hand for comfort, while taking in the breathtaking views of the city.

Merthyr Bowls Club barefoot bowls – For those with a competitive side, barefoot bowls at the Merthyr Bowls Club will hit the spot. No membership necessary and 2-hour sessions are only $10. If you want to up the romance, you can take in breathtaking views at the riverfront while having a nice meal at the Merthyr Bowls Club.

Broncos game at Suncorp Stadium – There’s nothing quite like a good rugby game. Cheer on the Broncos with your partner at your side, at Suncorp Stadium. Enjoy the excitement of the game and the energy of the crowd and don’t forget the concessions.

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Story Bridge Climb Date

First and Second Date Ideas

Day trip to Moreton Island – Spend a day (or more) at Moreton Island. Be as adventurous or relaxed as you want. Relax and watch the waves crash on the beach as you enjoy a meal at one of the many eateries. Take a tour of the sandy island and explore the hottest attractions through Australian Sunset Tours. Or take it upon yourself to find your own adventures for you and your partner. Feed the wild dolphins, snorkel or dive the ship wrecks right off the island, or learn about the local wildlife at the Moreton Bay Marine Park, then end the adventurous or relaxing day watching the sunset together on the sandy beach.

Definitely one of the best weekend getaways from Brisbane.

Picnic by the Brisbane river – There is beauty to be found all along the Brisbane river, such as Kangaroo Point Cliffs or New Farm Park. Pack a picnic and surprise your partner with a date spent relaxing with amazing views, good food, and great company, basking in the romance of the moment and the scenery.

Jan Powers Farmers Markets – Spend the day at the Jan Powers Farmers Markets exploring products from local vendors. If you want to kick up the excitement and romance, pick up random ingredients and use them to make dinner together later, or make up a fun scavenger hunt to see if you can find everything on your list at the markets. There are three different locations, Powerhouse, Mitchelton, and Manly. But wake up early because they’re open from 6am to 12 noon. Each market does have different days of operation, with Powerhouse being open every Saturday, Mitchelton being open the first Sunday of each month, and Manly being open the first and third and Saturday of every month.

Cenote Casa bathhouse – If you need a day of complete relaxation or want things to get steamy between you and your partner, the Cenote Casa Bathhouse is where you need to be. They offer several options from DIY facemasks to complete solitude with their private bathhouse session. This bathhouse offers a magnesium plunge pool, steam room infused with essential oils, hot rock sauna, hydrotherapy heated spa, outdoor shower, and multiple lounge areas.

Brisbane Distillery – Book a reservation at the Brisbane Distillery and enjoy tasting their gin, rhum, and vodka, and try out their special cocktails. If you’re wanting to gain a little more knowledge, book a reservation for their Gin school so you can make and bottle your very own gin.

Go strawberry picking at McMartins Strawberry Farm (seven days a week May to October) – Strawberries are a whole love language of their own. Enjoy picking the sweetest strawberries, and make sure to stop for a treat in the café. The date doesn’t have to end when you’re done picking, go home and make desert with your fresh picked strawberries.

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Third Date Ideas

Story Bridge Adventure Climb – Get brave with a climb to the top of Story Bridge. Choose the night tour and look over the city lights and the Brisbane river as the moon and stars shine down. Make sure you add on an individual photo of you and your date, because this is a first date you’re going to want to capture in a photo.

Ride the Wheel of Brisbane – Nothing says romantic first date like the Wheel of Brisbane. Get a 360 view of the city, with a short stop at the very top so you can take it all in. Whether you choose to go during the day, watch the sunset from the Wheel, or see the glow from the city lights, you and your date are sure to enjoy the ride.

Go for a bike ride along the Brisbane River – Grab a bike from the city bike racks and get your heart pumping with a bike ride along the Brisbane River. With several paths to choose from, you can find something perfect and at yours and your date’s pace.

Sciencentre – Live like a kid again at the reimagined sciencecentre, now called SparkLab. With tons of hands on activities, you and your date can work together and learn together. There is also a science bar where experiments take place daily at 11am 1pm and 3pm.

Lone Pine Sanctuary – Get up close and personal with some of Australian’s wildlife at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Take a slow and relaxing walk around the sanctuary engaging with the animals and exhibits. Stop for a bite to eat at the café then hand feed a kangaroo, and meet a koala.

Holey Moley Golf Club – In any relationship, a date night to Holey Moley Golf Club is a must, so why not make it your first date? After you’re done putting, grab a drink from the bar and sing some karaoke, and when you start to get hungry, grab a bite to eat.

Netherworld Old School Arcarde – An old-fashioned game night is a great way to get to know your date. Netherworld Old School Arcade features an arcade with old school games, pinball machines, old school game consoles such as the Nintendo 64 and the original playstation, as well as a huge variety of board games. They also have a bar with house made alcoholic sodas and a diner to feed your appetite.

Third Date Ideas

Iceworld skating date – Take your date ice skating at one of the two Iceworld Olympic Ice Rink locations, because holding hands while skating around on the ice is the epitome of romance. And if that isn’t heating things up enough for you, grab a hot chocolate or coffee at the café.

XXXX Brewery Tour – If you’re up for an educational walk, visit the XXXX Brewery for a tour. The tour takes about 90 minutes and includes beer tasting, an experience you and your date won’t forget. Recent COVID restrictions have altered things a bit and their website mentions contacting them directly to find out how they are handling reservations and tours.

Explore West End – Walk, or bike, around the West End. Visit the shops, explore the markets, and grab a bite to eat. Talk about the street art, as you cruise around, then stop at a book store, or grab a coffee.

Go golfing at Victoria Park – Play golf, or go to the driving range to practice, either way, a relaxing day golfing at Victoria Park is a great way to spend a first date. During November and December Victoria Park also offers Christmas Putt Putt, which is sure to put you and your date in the Christmas Spirit.

Take a day trip to Noosa – If you’re looking for a way to spend a whole day out, Noosa is the ideal location. Located on the coast with an abundance to do, you can choose to get adventurous or just relax. Visit the zoo, plan to swim with humpback whales, go on a cruise, hang out on the beach, or explore the Noosa National Park. If you feel like heading the other way, Burleigh on the Gold Coast is also a nice option for a day trip.

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The Burleigh Pavillion one of the best places to eat in the Gold Coast

Cheap & Free Date Ideas

Have a picnic at the Botanic Gardens – The Brisbane Botanic Gardens is the perfect place for a romantic picnic with your partner. Visit the 56-hectare Gardens at Mt Coot-tha, or the 17-hectare City Botanic Gardens, or the 15-hectare Sherwood Arboretum. With trails and beautiful views, it’s the perfect peaceful scenery for a great date.

Watch the sunrise at Mt Coot-tha – When most people think of romantic dates, they probably think of sunsets and nighttime, but watching the sunrise at Mt Coot-tha is something everyone should see. Bring a breakfast picnic and watch as the sun rises over the city.

Strike Bowling in Wintergarden – Visit Strike Bowling in Wintergarden for some bowling, laser tag, or one of their escape rooms. You can also rent a private karaoke room if you want to attempt to serenade your partner.

Ride the CityCat – Jump on the CityCat Ferry and take a ride down the Brisbane River. If you’re feeling adventurous, try selecting your destination at random and find something to do at the drop off point.

Ride the city on a e-scooter – Walking around the city is always a nice way to spend a day or evening but riding around the city on one of Brisbane’s electric scooters is an exciting way to get around quickly. Find an e-scooter and fly through the city streets, stopping to take in the views and explore the local shops.

Day trip to Bribie Island – Visit Bribie Island and spend the day on the beach or exploring the Bribie Island Recreation Area. You can also visit the Seaside Museum, the Butterfly House, and stop at some of the shops and restaurants.

Have a picnic at Newfarm park – Sometimes the simplest of dates can be the most memorable. New Farm Park is one of the most popular places in Brisbane, and for good reason, it is beautiful. Marvel at the beauty as you walk along the trails, then pause under one of the large trees for a picnic. Simple and unforgettable.

Play a game of pool at Fat Louie’s – A little bit of competition is always a great addition to a date night. Visit Fat Louie’s to play a game of pool, and if you want to make it really interesting, place a fun bet with your date.

Bushwalk at Brisbane Forest Park – Just West of Brisbane is the Brisbane Forest Park, now called D’Aguilar National Park. Get in touch with nature and your partner and go bushwalking, exploring the natural beauty of the forest and pack a swimsuit so you can cool off in the reservoir.

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Golden Beach on Bribie Island

Date Night Ideas

Eat Street Markets – Did your date say they didn’t know what they wanted to eat? Well the solution is taking them to Eat Streets, where there are over 70 food stalls. While COVID restrictions have currently shut the market down, you can follow their facebook page to know exactly when they plan on reopening.

Yatala Drive-In Theatre – Watch a movie on the big screen, in the privacy of your own vehicle at the Yatala Drive-In Theatre. A traditional movie is a nice date, but a drive-in movie allows you get a little more personal with your date. Don’t forget to grab concessions from the American traditional 50’s style diner.

The Sit-Down Comedy Club – They say laughter is the best medicine, so take your date to the Sit-Down Comedy Club to fill a prescription for laughter and good food. There are several club locations and shows to choose from so you can go time and again with a different experience each time.

Planetarium – Take a trip to the Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-Tha and visit the planetarium. Learn fascinating facts in the display zone, then go to a show in the Cosmic Skydome, you can also learn about stargazing so you can take the date into the night.

Powerhouse Comedy Club – More than just a comedy club, the Brisbane Power house is home to many different shows and experiences. Don’t just settle for dinner and show, reserve a backstage tour where you will learn the history of the Powerhouse from it’s start in the 1920’s to now.

Visit one of the nightclubs in fortitude valley – Fortitude Valley is a prime location for night life. With several night clubs to choose from, there is sure to be something that is just your style. From retro disco to swimming pools, you will find yourself wanting to visit more than one club.

Go glamping at Moreton Island – Why let date night end on the same day it starts when you can make it last all night and tomorrow morning too? Glamping at Moreton Island is more than regular camping. Spend the day exploring Moreton Island and spend the night relaxing in a Glamping tent, complete with a real bed and beautiful views.

Brisbane River Dining Cruise – Spend the day or evening on the river with one of the several cruise companies that tour the Brisbane River. If you are wanting to make it extra special, consider booking tickets for the cruise’s special events, such as the Christmas Party cruises or New Year’s Eve cruises.

Watch the trots Saturday night at Albion Park – Visit Albion Park to watch harness races, and if you’re feeling lucky, place a wager.

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South Bank Date Brisbane

Streets Beach in South Bank – If you want to head to the beach without leaving the city, this gem is the perfect location. Lay on the sandy beach, or soak in the refreshing water while having a beautiful view of the city.

Nepalese Pagoda South Bank – If you’re looking for a unique piece of non-aussie centric history, the Nepalese Pagoda is perfect. This contribution to the World Expo 88 from Nepal is an amazing piece of architecture, history and beauty. Get up close to see and appreciate the magnitude of the size and detail.

South Bank Cinemas – If you need a relaxing date, a movie at the South Bank Cinemas might be the perfect plan. Home of the largest cinema screen in downtown Brisbane, Cineplex is a great place to catch a movie.

See a show at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) – With shows in a variety of genres, it will be easy to find something for both you and your date. Buy tickets to the show, and have a meal while you’re at the QPAC to make the night memorable.

South Bank Markets – Perfect for an evening out, the South Bank Collective Markets boasts a wide range of goods. The Collective markets are open every Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday, allowing you to find a time that is right for you and your date.

Gallery of Modern Art – Visit the breathtaking Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, view intriguing pieces of art in permanent and temporary exhibits. If you’re feeling the urge to engage on a physical level, check out the Children’s Art Centre while you’re there.

Date Restaurants, Cafes Bars

The Pancake Manor – With pancake flavors such as Black Forrest Cherry, Chocolate Jewels, and Jaffa Orange, picking just one will be difficult. But they aren’t just serving sweet breakfast pancakes, their variety of savory lunch and dinner crepes elevates this pancake house to The Pancake Manor.

George’s Paragon – George’s Paragon is a seafood find dining experience, and if you go for lunch for early dinner, you can get half price meals. There is something for everyone at George’s from pasta lovers to seafood fanatics.

Blackbird Bar and Grill – Boasting a 180 degree view of the Brisbane River, Blackbird Bar and Grill is one of the finest dining establishments in Brisbane. The atmosphere is sophisticated and alluring, with a menu that uses locally, and ethically sourced ingredients for their greatest recipes.

Julius Pizzeria – This upscale Italian restaurant offers authentic Italian dishes and pizza. Each dish is made with premium ingredients. Make sure you save room for dessert because the bold flavours don’t end with the main dishes.

Have a unicorn latte at Piggyback Café – If you’re looking for a bold and fun dining experience, Piggy Back Café offers rainbow coffees, a unicorn latte, and colourful plates of food. Each plate and drink is a true work of art.

Howard Smith Wharves – With a rich history in Brisbane, HSW is a great place to explore. The massive site has four bars, five restaurants, and a gelato shop.

Deer Duck Bistro – From the atmosphere to the menu, this unique fine dining experience is not like anything else in Brisbane. You can order A la carte or you can choose one of their degustation menus that allows you try several dishes. If you want to elevate your experience you can add paired wines to your order.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar – This upscale river front restaurant is elegant and unique. Experience breathtaking views as you indulge in the exquisite food at this one of a kind restaurant.

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Another good option is the Brisbane Jazz Club

Casual Dining

Mr Edwards Ale House –  Local eatery, designed as an English gastropub, Mt Edwards Ale House is perfect for a more casual night out.  Offering classic pub fare with a twist of modern sophistication, the sharing style meal offering are priced fairly and paired well with beer from the best local breweries.  Grab a drink and head outside to the terrace overlooking some of the city’s most famous historical sites.

Verve Restaurant and Cider House- Like a scene from Cheers, when you walk into this New York style basement bar you will forget that you are in Australia.  Known for the occasional visit from a world-renowned rock stars, the privacy and intimacy of Verve will amaze you.  Classic steakhouse offerings with good cold drinks.

Red Hook – American style alleyway bar offering classic street food, cold beer, and fantastic wines any time of day or night.  From burgers to tacos and everything American in between enjoy a meal while listening to the best bands from around Australia.

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