Looking for Brisbane dating ideas? 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
2. Get Funny
Well not in a sleazy way! But do check out the Brisbane Comedy Festival that runs 22 Feb, 2019 – 24 Mar, 2019.
The Festival is guaranteed to make you ROFL, crack up, LOL, chuckle, snigger, chortle, guffaw, heehaw and cachinnate your night away. So come and experience some comedy gold in the form of stand up, improv and sketch comedy and make up your own mind about who will be the next big thing. You have more than 70 national and international comedians to choose from. Talk about being spoiled for choice!
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
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. Cool off on a hot day
Brisbane summer is hot, so what better than escaping the heat at one of the many picturesque waterfalls and lakes around Brisbane? Don’t forget your togs (or bathers or swimmers, or whatever you like to call them).
Here’s a list of waterfalls and lakes reasonably near Brisbane:
- Enoggera Reservoir, Brisbane – Closer to home you’ll find Enoggera Reservoir, where recreational activities keep families occupied. Enjoy a swim, bring or hire a kayak from Walkabout Creek Adventures for some peaceful paddling, or cast a line if you’re feeling lucky.
- Lake Samsonvale, Moreton Bay Region – Lake Samsonvale in the Moreton Bay Region has a dedicated water sports association that promotes all water sports, with sailing the most popular.
- Lake Somerset, Somerset – If water sports are more your thing, take a drive out to Lake Somerset for a day of kayaking, water skiing, jet skiing, boating, swimming and even sailing. Permits are not required for boating but are required for fishing.
- Lake Wivenhoe, Somerset – Wivenhoe Dam – Logan’s Inlet is the main recreational facility at Lake Wivenhoe. Suitable for swimming, boating and camping, it’s also the go-to area for day visitors who are chasing a relaxing day out complete with a picnic.
- Lake Kurwongbah, Moreton Bay Region – Located north of Brisbane, Lake Kurwongbah is a popular recreational spot for fishing, kayaking, rowing and water skiing. Please note that there is no dedicated swimming area.
- Lake Manchester, Brisbane – Pack a picnic then take a stroll along the grassy shore of Lake Manchester in D’Aguilar National Park. Although swimming is not allowed in the lake, you can canoe or kayak.
- Lake Dyer, Lockyer Valley – Head west from Laidley and you’ll find Lake Dyer, a popular recreational spot for fishing, boating and paddling. Pack a picnic and let the kids have fun on the playground.
- Lake Atkinson, Lockyer Valley – With two privately-owned camp grounds near Lake Atkinson, it’s the perfect weekend getaway spot for boaties, water-skiers and fishermen. It’s also a short drive to Lake Wivenhoe where there are walking trails, and playgrounds for littlies.
- Brown Lake and Blue Lake, North Stradbroke Island – Step back from the sandy beaches of North Stradbroke Island and you’ll be surprised by the freshwater lake system that includes Brown Lake and Blue Lake. Brown Lake is pure, yet is tinged brown by the native paperbarks and teatrees that line the banks and organic matter on its bed. It’s a great spot for outdoor activities like bird-watching and photography, or for a picnic. Blue Lake is part of the Naree Budjong Djara National Park which offers protection to the lake, a culturally significant area to the Quandamooka people. Walk the 5.2km return trail to the lake through wallum woodlands, flowering heath and stunted eucalypts.
- Stony Creek, Moreton Bay Region – Stoney Creek, Bellthorpe – It is the perfect place for a picnic. Enjoy an unspoilt landscape with rainforest, small waterfalls, creek cascades and a rock pool. Waters are shallow, so for your safety, jumping and diving into the creek is not recommended.
- Rocky Hole, Moreton Bay Region – Rocky Hole at D’Aguilar National Park – The 90-minute drive from Brisbane to Mount Mee will lead you through the townships of Samford and Dayboro. Rocky Hole is a popular spot during the summer and features a rock pool surrounded by eucalypt forest. Access is via an unsealed, formed gravel road.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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List of watering holes courtesy of Visit Brisbane.