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Published October 31st 2011
People often talk about the love of money. But what about when you love somebody but don't have any money? Unfortunately, there are few good sources of advice when you're in this predicament. Despair no more, though – Brisbane's a city where you can impress your date and your inner miser at the same time. Here are five inexpensive ways to say "I love you". Streets Beach
A good relationship is all about authenticity: showing your partner who you really are, without any masks or disguises. There are few better places to reveal yourself than Streets Beach in the South Bank Parklands, an entirely artificial beach near the center of the city. Can't swim? Don't worry – the beach is patrolled by lifeguards six days a week. Or you could just sit on the imported white sand, gazing out at the transplanted palm trees and chlorinated water. The choice is all yours. The City Botanic Gardens
Many romantic things start from unromantic beginnings – including the City Botanic Gardens, originally planted by convicts in 1825 to grow food for the prison colony. Now there's only waving grass and an amazing variety of trees, perfect scenery for a picnic date. While away the time by imagining the depredations the convicts must have endured, perhaps on the bank of one of the many beautiful lily ponds. "Ball-and-chain" jokes, while topical, are probably not appropriate.
Wynnum Pier and Wading Pool
You probably won't be able to fit on it at the same time.
The suburb of Wynnum is just outside Brisbane City, on the shores of Moreton Bay. It's your go-to spot for all things watery – the heritage Wynnum Wading Pool, for instance, complete with retro waterslide, or the Wynnum Pier. Some people think the smell of gutted fish romantic. If you or your date are one of those people, hold hands at the end of the pier and inhale the aromas of the sea while you watch the sunset.
Fortitude Valley is a Brisbane suburb with a long history. It began as a thriving shopping district until the early sixties, when it became known for its illegal gambling houses and many brothels. Since then it's undergone a serious makeover, while remaining a popular entertainment area. You won't be able to buy anything – that would defeat the point of a free date – but the Valley is a great place to people-watch.
Roma Street Parklands
One of the sculptures, a great Freudian conversation starter.
According to tourism brochures, there are so many oases in the middle of the city that it's amazing there's any buildings there at all. Roma Street Parklands, however, is the genuine article: a 16 hectare subtropical garden. Take one of the free guided tours, departing at 10am and 2pm from The Hub, or find a shady fern grove to hold hands and enjoy the bounty of nature.
Know another place to get your romance fix without breaking the bank? Let us know in the comments – we'd love to hear from you.
Kangaroo Point cliffs are another great place for a cheap date. There are some intimate spots tucked away in the new Kangaroo Point Parklands. Pack a picnic or bbq some snags. Watch the sunset, then talk a walk along the floodlit cliffs. Very romantic.
Kangaroo Point cliffs is another great place for a cheap date. There are some intimate spots tucked away in the new Kangaroo Point Parklands. Pack a picnic or bbq some snags. Watch the sunset, then take a walk along the floodlit cliffs. Very romantic.