Nibble On High Tea
Brisbane has a handful of gorgeous high tea offerings, catering to any occasion that calls for a slightly fancier affair than usual. From a cup of tea while gazing across waterfront views, to enjoying a few ribbon sandwiches in a beautiful heritage building, sometimes there’s nothing nicer than being pampered. Some of the best high teas in Brisbane include Passionfruit Velvet, Room With Roses, Belle Epoque and Spicers Balfour.
Glamp At Moreton Island
Moreton Island is a great spot for a romantic escape, no matter if you’re seeking an adventurous hike or a picnic on a scenic stretch of golden sands. For a spot of wildlife watching, Moreton Island is home to dolphins, turtles, dugongs and more. The isle is also the third-largest sand island in the world. Glamping in luxury safari tents can take your romantic beach escape up a level, and some stays also provide activity equipment for you to use for the duration of your stay.
Explore Eat Street Markets
A staple destination for foodies, Eat Street is held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights along Hamilton Wharf. Inspired by Asian style hawker markets, Eat Street is a melting pot of international cuisines, locally made handicrafts and live music sets. Make sure you arrive with your appetite in tow and pick up fare including calamari, dumplings, bao, and South American barbecue. Sweet-tooths can get their sugar fix with doughnuts, gelato, and soft serve cones.
Tackle The Story Bridge Climb
If you’re looking to impress with panoramic views of the Brisbane skyline, book to do the Story Bridge Climb at twilight. The summit of the bridge is an unsurprisingly popular spot to pop the question, but even if an engagement isn’t on your mind there are still beautiful views to admire. Cast your gaze out over the stunning city backdrop and Brisbane River as the sun sets and then head out for a romantic dinner or waterfront stroll once you make it back down to ground.
Picnic at Coot-tha Lookout
One of Brisbane’s most scenic spots, Brisbane’s Coot-tha lookout has long been a favourite picnic perch for couples. Renowned for its sweeping views and often idyllic sunsets, this spot is particularly popular on a warm spring or summer nights. Pack a hamper with a bottle of bubbly, some glasses and nibbles, and settle in as the sun goes down.
Dine at South Bank
South Bank is one of Brisbane’s most vibrant dining precincts, with deliciously diverse cuisines served at diners and restaurants helmed by some of Queensland’s most acclaimed chefs. Those with a penchant for fine dining should book ahead to experience Signature or Aquitaine Brasserie. Or take your tastebuds on a world tour with Caribbean flavours from Barbossa, Creole-inspired dishes at Bourbon Street, Mucho Mexicano for modern Mexican cuisine, or traditional Japanese at San Kai Japanese.
Stroll The City Botanical Gardens
The riverside City Botanical Gardens are one of Brisbane’s green spaces. Some of the draws of the Gardens include a Bamboo Grove, Weeping Fig Avenue, and ornamental ponds and sculptures. There are a number of grassy picnic areas with tables and seats, or you could stretch out your blanket or rug on a patch of lawn. Those who want to learn more about the Gardens can download the route map for a self-guided walk.
Dine and Cruise
For dinner with a difference, take your dining to Brisbane River on an evening cruise. These excursions usually last about two hours and may include welcome drinks, canapes, onboard entertainment, and delicious buffet fare. Cruises will take your past a variety of sights, such as the Botanic Gardens, the Wheel of Brisbane, and Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
Cheers At Brisbane’s Local Watering-Holes
Head to Loft West End for a New York-style village bar with a relaxed vibe and open deck, or make for Cloudland for a four-level open-air bar and restaurant great for dancing and drinking. Riverbar & Kitchen is the place to go if you’re after spectacular harbour views. Other top drinking dens in Brisbane include The Matriarch, Brooklyn Standard, Savile Row, At Sixes and Sevens, and Mr Percival.
Settle In At Yatala Drive-In
Channel nostalgic romance vibes at the drive-in. Double features and cheap tickets are available throughout the week, and you can buy tickets your tickets upon arrival. The Yatala Drive-In is open seven nights a week and has three massive screens. There is a 1950s style American diner on site, so this old-school date idea can be made even more on theme by grabbing a hotdog or burger for dinner.