Budget-friendly Brisbane date ideas

From first dates to soulmates, solo dates to budding bromances - the pressure to celebrate date night in just the right way can leave the best of us stumped. But celebrating love doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg with these cringe-free ideas for things to see and do as you fall in love around Brisbane.

Take in the local art trails

Does art have a place in your lover's heart? Surprise them with a night stroll along our public art trails. Set out in the early evening for a 2.4-kilometre walk along the Art and the River Public Art Trail. Pack a picnic so you can detour to the top of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and take in one of Brisbane's most romantic views of the city skyline as you refuel. Bonus points if you time your walk to coincide with the sunset!

Alternatively, take a leisurely jaunt through Brisbane's laneways, making time to spot the curious and imaginative street art in our Outdoor Gallery. Let light boxes and original banner artworks in laneways and city streets spark colourful conversations as you meander through laneways and their bars and restaurants from Fish Lane in South Brisbane to Howard Smith Wharves.

Explore Brisbane's blooming gardens

If your mate loves all things floral, skip the bouquet and take them right to the source with a guided walk through either the City Botanic Gardens or Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.

A trip to Mt Coot-tha will keep you busy all day long with the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-thaMt Coot-tha Lookout, and Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.

Switch speeds and slow it down with a romantic walk through the City Botanic Gardens where you can be enchanted by soft bud-lighting in the trees. Earn extra brownie points for bringing a picnic with a gourmet basket of delights!

Love on the Brisbane River

Treat the king or queen of your heart to a river cruise on the double-decker CityCat as you enjoy a date travelling up or down the river.

Let the glittering city lights play a supporting role in your romantic night out. Start at South Bank Parklands for drinks and entrees, jump back on board and lean in for a cosy cuddle as you cruise beneath the Story Bridge, bound for New Farm Park for mains, and leave dessert for a trip to Bulimba or Eat Street Northshore. Bellisimo!

Best views in Brisbane

The simplest gestures make the longest lasting memories. What better way to share this special day than with your loved one watching the sunrise over Brisbane? Make your way with a fresh coffee and croissant (or acai bowl) to the Mt Coot-tha Lookout, or to lesser-known lookouts at Wilson Outlook Reserve, New Farm or Mount Gravatt Outlook, Mt Gravatt to soak up the colours as the city awakes. For a front-row view, try Moora Park and Shorncliffe Pier, before strolling hand-in-hand along Lovers Walk towards Sandgate.

Or if you're a pair of night owls, start your romantic evening with dusk-coloured views and a sunset picnic at Highgate Hill Park, or get lost in love in the vine maze at Everton Park's Teralba Park.

For lovers of exercise and fitness

If you and your date are fitness fanatics, start your date with an exercise-induced endorphin rush at one of Council's 150 parks with outdoor exercise equipment. Cheer each other on as your take on Warrior Park, our ninja warrior-inspired fitness challenge circuit in St Lucia.

Take your love to the next level with a hike through Mt Coot-tha Forest - our city's largest natural area. View the track map to choose from short and sweet tracks, or longer hikes perfect for a deep and meaningful discussion.

Of course, keeping it simple with a cycle or scoot around town on an e-bike or e-scooter (or on your own bikes), will let you explore at a casual pace and find new places together.

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This article was updated in July 2021.

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Last updated: 16 August 2021
Topics: things to do