Mt Coot-tha is a popular romantic destination for both young and old. With views of Brisbane and two dining options on the summit, Mt Coot-tha is the perfect place for a romantic meal, whether it be fine dining at the Summit Restaurant, a snack at the cafe, or a picnic on the grass.
South Bank's large number of quality restaurants makes this the ideal romantic destination. However, it is great to think beyond restaurants. There are often events on, and going for a romantic walk through the area often means you will stumble upon a concert, dance lessons, or some other unexpected delight.
The Rainforest at South Bank is a popular romantic spot
There is,unfortunately, only the one cafe at the top of the cliffs, but there are plenty of places to barbecue on the cliff tops, and picnic down by the river. You can also easily jump on a ferry and cross the river to Eagle Street Pier for some of the best restaurants in Brisbane.
For those that find the seaside romantic, Brisbane's lack of quality beaches is a challenge. I personally feel that Sandgate is the best coastal location in Brisbane. The village feel of Sandgate provides a charming backdrop to a sea shore, which you can walk along for hours.
Holidaymakers at Sandgate, ca. 1920-1930.: Attribution - John Oxley Library
My friends from the south side of Brisbane would not forgive me if I put Sandgate, but ignore Wynnum. Once again, you have a great seaside walk, with several nice restaurants in Wynnum, and more down at Manly.