Romantic date ideas in Brisbane

Brisbane might not be the Paris of the south, but the river city has pockets of romance hidden in every corner – you just have to look. Stop to notice the organic way the river wraps around our city, the bright blue sky, leafy and sometimes floral streets, and appreciate the city’s positive outlook.

Now that you’re back in touch with your emotions, you've unfortunately spent all your time dawdling and date night is approaching fast. Stuck for ideas of what to do or where to go? Here is a guide to romantic date ideas in Brisbane.

Dinner date

First up, let’s start with a classic – a nice dinner for two out. Brisbane is bursting at the brim with new restaurants, old favourites and world-class cuisine. Book a table at one of the most romantic restaurants in Brisbane.

Spring, Brisbane

Get active

Need to feel like you’ve earned your food? Take your date to Riverlife at the bottom of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs for the Saturday night Paddle & Barbecue. Hit the river for 90 minutes in a kayak before returning to dry land to feast on an Aussie-style barbecue complete with potato salad, lamingtons and beer. Alternatively, Riverlife hosts Paddle & Prawns on Friday night or you can push your loved one over the edge by abseiling. It's best to book ahead for Riverlife.

The Story Bridge Adventure Climb is another action-packed activity that is sure to book out. Super keen on your date? You can propose on the climb.

Out for a drink

Call us old-fashioned, but we believe in the art of conversation. Getting to know someone can be tough in overcrowded and loud venues, but luckily Brisbane is filled with plenty of more romantic ones. We've done the hard work and compiled a list of six bars where you'll actually be able to talk to your date. 

Live music at Mr & Mrs G

Looking to have fun with your date? Lots of bars in Brisbane have board games available to play – pair them with a cocktail at Escobar, Padre or Junk Bar.

Picnic in the park

What's easy on the wallet, thoughtful and unique? A romantic picnic for two. All you need is a selection of delicious food, essential picnic-ware and, of course, the perfect location. We’ve put together this go-to list for creating the perfect picnic in Brisbane.

Adventure time

Dinner and movie sound too cliché? Do something different and turn your date into an adventure. Imagine watching the sun rise from a hot air balloon with your special someone, or taking a scenic helicopter ride over the Brisbane CBD. Brisbane’s regions are filled with fun that’ll get your heart racing and leave butterflies in your stomach – in no part due to your special date!

Hot air balloon gets fired up

Learn something new

Can’t decide who will cook? Want to brush up on your kitchen skills? Keen to learn a new dish? Why not take your other half on a culinary adventure. Bring out his or her competitive side at a cooking class: if you’re the better the cook – you win, if not then you’ve made it clear who should cook next date night (what a win-win)! The Golden Pig and James St Cooking School hold classes in the city.

Staycation

A staycation is the new vacation and the perfect excuse to be on holiday in your own city. Brisbane has had a number of cool hotels throw open their doors in the past 12 months, and there is no need to miss out on the sleepover fun. Enjoy the convenience and advanced hotel technology at Next Hotel, with its entrance off the Queen Street Mall. Check into the super cool, graffiti-covered Tryp Hotel in Fortitude Valley. Or stay the weekend at the five-star Gambaro Hotel on Caxton St.

Next Hotel

Cheap and cheerful

Keep date night low-key with burgers and bowling. The top floor of Wintergarden is home to Strike Bowling and Grill’d (or there is Pappa Rich and Hanaichi). Bring out your competitive side and show your date that you’re a humble winner, or not a sore loser. If bowling isn't your thing, try ice-skating at one of Brisbane's two rinks (Acacia Ridge and Boondall).

Make new friends

Furry friends, that is. Take your date to Australia Zoo for a cute day or ooh-ing and ahh-ing at creatures big and small, or rediscover our native animals at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (kangaroo selfies mandatory). Discover plenty more wildlife parks around Brisbane here, we guarantee there is one you haven't been to.

Couple pat kangaroos atone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Get cultured

Stay cool (in the air-con) and get a spot of culture at Brisbane's many museums and art galleries. Your first port of call should be QAGOMA – home to changing world-class art exhibitions. If you and your date are more interested in museums, be surprised by the Museum of Brisbane or Queensland Museum. Been to the Sciencentre lately? Bring out the kid inside! 

Weekend away

Where to begin? With so much within an hour’s drive of Brisbane city, it is easy to slip away for a weekend to truly relax. Take your pick from these farm stays that are full of character, go glamping or try these romantic stays and discover a new part of the Greater Brisbane region. 

Branell Homestead

Movie night

Now heading to the pictures needn’t be boring. Treat yourself at Rosalie’s Blue Room Cinebar where you can sit back in plush chairs and order food and drink during the flick, head to Palace Barracks or Palace Centro for an arthouse flick (nothing says romance like a French rom-com), or visit the historic Balmoral Cineplex, where you can wander downtown Oxford St, Bulimba for dinner beforehand. 

Find nature

Marvel at the wonders of the universe by taking your date stargazing at The Planetarium, or get back to basics in Brisbane's wild regions. Chase lakes and waterfalls, trek one of our national parks, or explore nearby Moreton Island.

To market

Take your date to one of Brisbane's many farmers' markets for a weekly fresh-food shop and a cheap breakfast under the trees. Our favourites are the Saturday Jan Power Farmers' Markets at the Brisbane Powerhouse, and the Davies Park Market at West End. 

More of a night owl than an early riser? Check out the Boundary Street Markets on a Friday or Saturday night in West End – an eclectic jumble of shops, exotic food stalls and live music come together for the perfect casual date night.

DIY

Feel like you've done it all before? Design your own date by picking an inner-city suburb and visiting only places you haven't been before. Try a bar hop through West End or Fortitude Valley, stopping for one drink at each venue. Or how about a roving three-course meal in Brisbane City – start with an entree at one place, eat your main at another and finish with dessert at your third stop. Need inspiration for a starting point? Check out our articles about the latest dining and nightlife openings in Brisbane.

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