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
A trip to Mt Coot-tha will keep you busy all day long with the free shuttle service making it easy to hop from the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha to Mt Coot-tha Lookout, and back to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium for a stargazing show.
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.
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 discussions.
Of course, keeping it simple with a bike around town on a CityCycle (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 originally published in January 2020 and was updated and re-published in December 2020.