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Brisbane's most romantic outdoor locations

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published March 18th 2015
Brisbane for lovers
Brisbane's long summer and mild winter makes outdoor romantic assignations the preferred option for lovers. Here are five of the best locations.



Mt Coot-tha

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.

Mt Coot-tha Summit at Night
Mt Coot-tha Summit at Night


The Summit restaurant is also the number one place in Brisbane for Wedding Proposals and, of course, follow up anniversary dinners.

South Bank

Everyone knows South Bank, and it seems everyone who lives in Brisbane, or visits Brisbane, goes there. It is a perfect place for romantic outdoor meetings, where you kick on to other activities.

Couple at South Bank
Couple at South Bank


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
The Rainforest at South Bank is a popular romantic spot


The weekends bring the market, which is great, but shopping can quickly come a distraction for one of you, and an annoyance for the other.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

This is undoubtedly the best view of Brisbane, especially on the top of the cliffs at night. Along with the views, there are also numerous artworks on the top of the cliffs and down by the river.

Night view from the Kangaroo Point cliffs
Night view from the Kangaroo Point cliffs


Despite the popularity of this area, it is still possible to find quiet locations, and there always seems to be parking spots available at the top of the cliffs.

Picnic at Kangaroo Point
Picnic at Kangaroo Point


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.

Sandgate

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
Holidaymakers at Sandgate, ca. 1920-1930.: Attribution - John Oxley Library


There are only a couple of restaurants on the seashore itself, but several quality choices in the township. For the best of both worlds, The Full Moon Hotel provides views of the shore and great food.

Walking on the sandbar at Sandgate
Walking on the sandbar at Sandgate


Wynnum

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.

The Wynnum/Manly seaside walk
The Wynnum/Manly seaside walk


While I prefer Sandgate as location to visit, Wynnum and Manly win on restaurants and markets, with the Manly creative markets every Sunday, and the Wynnum night markets on every second Saturday.

Wynnum foreshore
Wynnum foreshore

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