Although winter in Brisbane wasn’t as icy as say, Hobart, or even Melbourne, aren’t we just glad that winter is officially over? Yes, bring on the dresses, shorts, and thongs! Now that we can go back to the sunny vibe we are so used to, it’s time to get out there and do some fun stuff. For those in the dating scene or looking to start a relationship, we’ve rounded up some wonderful date ideas in Brisbane. Do you have any suggestions on a nice restaurant or bar that’s perfect for a date? Please let us know in the comments.
Because why not? Ride the elevator to the 11th floor and step out into a marble foyer. You’ve arrived at Eleven – a sophisticated bar and restaurant in the sky with uninterrupted views of Fortitude Valley and Brisbane City. This is a place to dress up for, so take note – collared shirts and leather shoes are a must. And while you’re at it, spritz some perfume/cologne on and you are ready to dazzle your date.
Where: Eleven Rooftop Bar, Fortitude Valley
This year, the celebrated Italian Teatro all Scala Ballet Company will perform for the first time in Australia, and only in Brisbane, for the QPAC International Series. Bringing their 110-strong company (including more than 75 dancers) to QPAC’s Lyric Theatre, La Scala Ballet will perform two iconic productions, both much-loved and stunning works of the classical repertoire – Rudolf Nureyev’s festive Don Quixote, and the haunting Giselle.
What and when: QPAC International Series – La Scala Ballet | 7 – 18 November
If you’re looking for something towards the end of the year, Queensland Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker is definitely worth your time. With the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky and lavish sets and costumes, Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker is a must-see Christmas treat. It’serfect to end another great year before ushering the New Years.
What and when: Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker | 14 – 22 December
3. Indulge on a wine tour
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Escape the city for a day and jump on board The Vino Bus! It’s a wine tasting experience where you get to explore the fantastic boutique wineries Tamborine Mountain and The Scenic Rim has to offer. The Vino Bus operates all week and will pick you up from your front door or holiday accommodation. The tours include a delicious two course lunch and snacks and water on the bus. Sorted!
What and where: The Vino Bus +61456998466 (Also does pick up around Gold Coast area).
4. Dress up as your favourite character at Comicon
If you and your date share the passion, why not dress up at Comicon? Celebrate the worlds of television, film, fantasy, comic books, sci-fi, anime, cartoons, books, gaming, toys and collectibles at Supanova! It’s a great way to de-stress and show your fun side. The event is for all ages and we really mean it. From the young to young-at-heart, Supanova really is a fun event to be enjoyed by all.
What and when: Supernova Pop Culture Expo | 9 – 11 November
Grab a blanket, picnic basket and enjoy an afternoon of food and music.
You’ll find food trucks and live music at the free Gigs & Picnics in the City event in City Botanic Gardens. Think mellow jazz sounds, modern reggae & dub vibes, gypsy swing and more, against a beautiful backdrop of the City Botanic Gardens!
What and when: Gigs & Picnics in the City | 22 Sep, 2018 – 24 Nov, 2018City Botanic Gardens (access via main entry on Cnr Alice & Albert St).
6. Unwind and indulge at a couple’s spa
Stephanies® Mountain Spa
There’s nothing like a good massage with a beautiful scenery. Located at Clear Mountain Lodge, Stephanies® Mountain Spa is a scenic 35-minute journey from Brisbane CBD. Specialising in couples treatments, the spa offers a well-rounded and unique menu of therapies, including blissful half and full day spa packages. We love the Wellbeing package for Two ($425 per couple). It includes two 30 minute Hot Stone Massages, a $20 spa credit, a $25 Lakeview Restaurant Food credit and a Cheeseboard for two in the Lodge bar with a glass of house wine. But that’s not all… the package also includes overnight accommodation including a full buffet breakfast. Talk about being spoilt!
What: 1300 DAY SPA or 3298 6622 or email email@example.com.
7. Explore the great outdoors
If you think you and your love interest would enjoy nature and breaking a sweat, why not go on a walking trail? Forget driving for hours; Mt Coot-tha is right here in Brisbane. It is Brisbane’s largest natural area and an icon forming a backdrop for the city. There is more than 1600 hectares of open eucalypt forest and rainforest gullies and creek lines offering a variety of walking tracks. It’s a great opportunity for you to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city and indulge in some quiet time getting to know your date.
What: Mount Coot-tha Hiking Trail
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