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20 Best Brisbane Date Ideas

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
Lover of all things interesting and new
Published May 19th 2016
Ideas and suggestions for fun, interesting &romantic date
Are your wondering where to take your date this weekend? Maybe it is a first date, or you are looking for somewhere new and interesting to go with your partner. There is no reason to be bored as there are plenty of great fun date ideas for couples of all ages.



Here are 20 ideas for some fun and interesting dates. For each idea I have included some of my favourite places to go, but they are really only suggestions. If you have some great date ideas why not include them in the comments.

1. Cafe

The simplest and often the best date is simply to go to a cafe. It is relaxed, casual, and you have coffee, often alcoholic drinks and it is fine to order a light snack or a big meal. Now the perfect cafe of course will match your dates personality, but three that come to mind for me are the Kuta Cafe on Mt Coot-tha (the food is not that good, but the coffee and ice cream are great), the Queensland Art Gallery Cafe (okay food but an amazing secret garden setting) and the Brew in the city, because it is where all the young cool people hang out (seriously last time I was there, we were the only people over 30 in the place).

Brew is a great place for a date for young trendy couples
Brew is a great place for a date for young trendy couples


2. Restaurant

A restaurant is kind of a boring date. The trick is to find some new and interesting food, or at least take your date to enjoy something that they have never tried. Some of my favourites are Korean restaurants, especially those on Elizabeth street like Madtongsan, African food from places like Yeshi Buna and Made in Africa, and some of the more interesting Chinese food such as the New Shanghai in the city.

For an interesting date try a new cuisine, like African food
For an interesting date try a new cuisine, like African food


3. Parks

Going to a park is one of the best cheap dates. Brisbane has many parks, from the small and cute to the large and spectacular. The most romantic is of course the Roma Street Parklands, which has twisting paths, bridges, fountains, a waterfall, flower gardens and a lake. This is closely followed by The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha which also has paths the twist through a vast array of exotic plants, cross streams, pass through a Japanese garden and, best off all, take you up to a viewing platform with views of the city.

Couple at the Roma Street Parklands
Couple at the Roma Street Parklands


4. The beach or coast

Brisbane has lots of coast and there are a few decent places to go. The best place for a swim is Suttons Beach at Redcliffe. Closer to home, the Wynnum/Manly and Sandgate areas are great places by the sea. You can even wade in the water at both of these areas, but they are not great places to swim. My favourite spot has to Wellington Point. There is a little beach where you can swim at high tide and an Island that you can walk to on an exposed sandbar at low tide.

Couple walking on the beach on the Redcliffe Peninsular
Couple walking on the beach on the Redcliffe Peninsular


5. Bars

Heading to a bar can be a fun date. There is a wide choiceof pubs and bars in Brisbane, from quiet places for a relaxing drink to bars filled with both music and crowds. A great bar is the Jade Buddha at Eagle Street Pier. Arrive early and it has a quiet relaxed pub atmosphere, but as the night progresses it becomes the place to party. Let's not forget Elixir, one of Fortitude's many bars, but this is an upmarket place on the roof. For a smaller bar in the Valley with a pub atmosphere there is Taps, with self service beer taps right at your table.

Taps bar in Fortitude Valley
Taps bar in Fortitude Valley


6. Art Galleries

For something a little more sophisticated you might consider heading to an Art Gallery. The Cultural Precinct at South Bank has 2 art galleries with regular as well as visiting exhibitions. There is also exhibition rooms at the State Library of Queensland which also host art from time to time. There are 2 gallery shops, 1 shop at the Library and one at the Museum. You can finish off the experience at one of 5 cafes, including the upmarket cafe at GoMA, the friendly and relaxed Library Cafe, the family friendly Collectors Cafe at the museum, the cafe in a sculptor garden at the Queensland Art Gallery and there is a little known cafe at The Edge. There are plenty of other galleries to visit around Brisbane, including the Richard Randall Studio at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, the Petrie Terrace Gallery which hosts exhibitions of Queensland artists as well as galleries at QUT Garden Point and the University of Queensland.

University of Queensland Art Museum
University of Queensland Art Museum


7. Museums

While art galleries are more of a pretentious date, museums can seem like a nerdy option. But nerdy and geeky things are now cool, so museums can be the perfect nerdy date (Yah for nerds getting to go on dates.) Obviously there is the Queensland Museum, which is great if the date involves bringing kids along. this museum tends to host the spectacular touring exhibition. Perhaps the most interesting can be the Museum of Brisbane. Along with regular exhibits, this museum also has new exhibitions all the time. Don't forget to pop up the clock tower for stunning views of Brisbane.

Along with the Museum of Brisbane, City Hall is also an interesting place
Along with the Museum of Brisbane, City Hall is also an interesting place


8. Views

Views and lookouts are kind of boring dates. Still they are nice places to sit with someone and talk. The two best lookouts in the city are Mt Coot-tha and Mt Gravatt. If you don't mind driving out of town a little then Jollys Lookout in Mt Nebo is one of the closest. My recommendation is bring a picnic or at least a few snacks to enjoy with the view.

The Mt Coot-tha summit is a popular destination for couples
The Mt Coot-tha summit is a popular destination for couples


9. Dancing

Real men know how to dance, or are at least not afraid to make mistakes learning. There are lots of options for dancing in Brisbane. Look for free dance classes that are part of the Active Parks program run by the Brisbane City Council or look for bars that do Salsa. Most spend 30 minutes to an hour on introductory dance classes following by dancing until late. For something different why not try attending a bush dance. There is one every month in Morningside.

Salsa Dancing on Friday night at Brisbane Square
Salsa Dancing on Friday night at Brisbane Square


10. Walks

One of the best ways to spend time on a date is walking and maybe holding hands. Parks are good for this and I have already mentioned them. There are lots of other places for a walk. Brisbane river is clearly one of the best places to walk, especially along Kangaroo Point on the Art and the River Public Art Trail. For people who want a longer walk, you can try walking from the City to New Farm and maybe even beyond that to Teneriffe. You can also walk around the city where there are plenty of places to visit as well.

Brisbane Riverwalk is a great date for active couples
Brisbane Riverwalk is a great date for active couples


11. Action and adventure

Not all dates involve sitting around staring in each other's eyes. If you like a little action or adventure in your life and your romance there are quite a few options. Go Karting can be a fun day out. One of the most popular is Sideways Go Karting in Eagle Farm which is open until 10 pm and has an all weather track. Other activities include kayaking or canoeing. Yes you can kayak Brisbane River but there other places as well. Moreton Bay Boat Hire near Manly hires out Kayaks. You can paddle Tingalpa Creek or head across to Wellington Point and King Island.

Kayaking at Wellington Point
Kayaking at Wellington Point


12. Live Music

Live music can include a very broad range of music. From Friday night you will find pub bands doing covers in most bars around Brisbane. The Triffid at West End is Brisbane's best venue for original live bands. If you want something a little different try Lefty's Music Hall. For Jazz lovers the Jazz Club in Kangaroo point is the place to go. Also look out for the increasingly popular Sunday live music sessions at pubs near you. One of the best examples of this is the Normanby Hotel which is often backed on Sunday afternoons.

Live concert at Suncorp Plaza in South Bank
Live concert at Suncorp Plaza in South Bank


13. Events

Now for a quick plug for Weekend Notes. The easiest way to think of where to take your date on the weekend is to see what is on by looking at Weekend Notes. Brisbane has regular free or cheap events. There are of course festivals, concerts and more. All covered by Weekend Notes.

Teneriffe Festival is one of many great evens every year in Brisbane
Teneriffe Festival is one of many great evens every year in Brisbane


14. Fun & Games

You can tell a lot about people by playing games with them. Are they gracious winners or sore losers, do they follow the rules or do they cheat. The obvious place to play games is the Giant Games that are usually held on the last Thursday of each month in King George Square in the city. They also hold events in other locations around Brisbane at different times. There are also cafes and pubs which have games such as the Go Lounge in Greenslopes.

Giant Chinese Checkers in King George Square
Giant Chinese Checkers in King George Square


15. River cruises

Jumping on a river cruise is a great date. Cruises range from short morning cruises from South Bank to lunch, dinner and dancing cruises. The River Tour Cafe is one of the cheapest options and they have cruises that leave from South Bank every weekend. The Kookaburra Queens provide the best romantic and entertaining cruise experiences that usually include good food, music and city views. Obviously the night cruises are the most romantic, but they also have high tea and lunch cruises as well.

The Kookaburra Queens are a great place for a romantic day or night on the river
The Kookaburra Queens are a great place for a romantic day or night on the river


16. Scenic Drives

A good scenic drive means heading off somewhere with lots of little stops. You can go far afield and head to places like Maleny or drive the Killarney-Boonah Road, or you can find places closer to Brisbane such as Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious. Even Mt Coot-tha has several destinations on the drive around the ring road, with stops at the summit, the old Gold Mine, Simpsons Falls, JC Slaughter Falls Picnic Area and the Aboriginal Art Trail. You can finish your drive by heading to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha. On the South Side of Brisbane you can do trips that include places like Daisy Hill Conservation Park, the Chung Tian Buddhist Temple, Underwood Park and more.

The scenic road to Killarney
The scenic road to Killarney


17. Markets

Markets can be either the best or the worst date. Personally I think "Hey at least I can pick up some fruit and vegetables at a good price" so it is never a total loss. But when the weather is perfect and there are lots of little interesting stallsto shop at, then it is great to wander around any market. Of course if you choose a market in the right location, such as ones by the sea, it can be a relaxing day out. It is also fun to try and share lots of different foods from various food stalls.

Food, entertainment and shopping in a beautiful setting at the Eagle Farm Markets
Food, entertainment and shopping in a beautiful setting at the Eagle Farm Markets


18. Movies

A move is a fairly boring date idea. Mostly it is what you do when you don't have any other ideas. However there are some movie experiences that make a film perfect for a date. One option is movies in the park and the other are drive-ins. Currently in Brisbane there are 3 drive-in movie theatres. They are The Tivoli in Ipswich, Yatala Drive-in in Stapylton and now there is a drive-in at the Eat Street Markets in Hamilton. You use your car's FM radio to tune into the movie's sound and sit back in your car and cuddle. Drive-ins are great dates for young people looking to do something different and for older people who want to revive something from their youth.

Photo courtesy of Eat Street Markets
Photo courtesy of Eat Street Markets


19. Sport.

As an active person, a great date for me is something active. Tennis is probably my favourite couples sport. It can be an interesting double date as well, as long as you, or your partner, are not too competitive. The courts at the University of Queensland are excellent and there is a great cafe right next to the courts. I should also mention mini-golf as a fun game for groups of friends or couples. Cycling can be great as well, especially if you are using of Brisbane's many cycleways with the plan to end up somewhere beautiful or where there is a cafe.

St Lucy's Cafe at the UQ Tennis Courts
St Lucy's Cafe at the UQ Tennis Courts


20. Karaoke

You know what is really fun, singing karaoke. I don't mean those terrible karaoke bars with drunken people doing their version of New York, New York to the annoyance of the crowd. No we are talking about Karaoke Rooms, where you can get together with your date or even some friends and belt out your version of New York, New York to the annoyance of your date. Karaoke rooms can be small couples rooms or large rooms for a group. There is a wide selection of songs and they also serve drinks and often food as well. Karaoke is great date idea. There are several in Brisbane with most being in the city or Fortitude Valley.

Photo courtesy of Derek Gavey @ Flickr)Photo courtesy of Derek Gavey @ Flickr
Photo courtesy of Derek Gavey @ Flickr
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