Feel the love with 30 first date ideas in Brisbane
Feeling smitten but stumped for how to woo your sweetheart? Luckily for you, Brisbanites are spoilt for choice when it comes to date potential. With our vibrant River City as your backdrop, you’re armed with ample ammunition for a memorable first date, for all the right reasons. Find inspiration below with our guide to the 30 best first date ideas in the Queensland capital.
For the foodie
1. Bar hop your way around eclectic West End. The inner-city suburb is a hub of tipple-related activity with specialty cocktails aplenty to be found at The End, Lychee Lounge and Jungle Tiki Bar.
2. With your date in tow, embark on a journey of global flavours at Eat Street Northshore. The weekend-only food market sees 70 vendors serve up heaping plates of nourishment, from the exotic to the comforting.
3. Make your coffee date a multi-stop endeavour, with a visit to one of Brisbane’s bounty of outstanding roasters and baristas. Putting Melbourne’s reputation to shame are the likes of Black Star Coffee in West End, Fonzie Abbott in Albion, Bunker in Milton, and John Mills Himself near Queen Street Mall.
4. Those bonding over beer will find a friend in Brisbane; the city is the national capital of craft breweries. Take your beloved on a date venturing through our best, from Newstead Brewing Co, to Green Beacon and Archive Beer Boutique.
5. A true Queenslander will appreciate the chance to explore the XXXX Brewery. The iconic establishment runs guided tours throughout its historic warehouse near daily.
For the adventure-seeker
6. Set sail (quite literally) for Moreton Island. No first date can be forgettable when it involves sand-tobogganing, feeding wild dolphins and snorkelling the famed Tangalooma Wrecks.
7. Impress your date with the ultimate view atop a Brisbane icon with the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. The two-hour round trip will see you ascend the 80-metre-summit, treated to uninterrupted 360-degree views of the CBD and neighbouring natural wonders.
8. Share a love of the great outdoors? Head straight for Riverlife Adventure Centre. Abseil down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs with your crush by your side, before you glide along the Brisbane River by kayak.
9. Take to the skies with your sweetheart with a hot air balloon ride. The views across the River City and its surrounding natural wonders more than make up for the early start.
For the outdoors enthusiast
10. Pull out your best activewear before you embark on the hike up Mount Coot-tha. Love has plenty of time to flourish during the 20-minute ascent to the top, after which you’ll be gifted a glimpse of stunning views of the Brisbane city skyline and beyond. Dog lovers take note; four-legged friends are welcome.
11. If your crush has a penchant for getting their hands dirty, Bribie Island may well be their nirvana. Spend a day fishing and swimming the pristine island’s waters, taking the time to bid hello to its bevy of flora and fauna.
12. Embrace a chance to don some lycra, and take your date on a two-wheel venture through the capital. Our city has a soft spot for cyclists, meaning a hearty collection of bike-friendly paths weave their way throughout the suburbs.
13. Bid hello to the giants of the deep with a whale watching tour in nearby Moreton Bay.
For the cultured
14. The artistically inclined will swoon at the sight of QAGOMA’s 17,000-strong art collection. With a duo of galleries to choose from, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art provide something for everyone.
15. If your heart belongs to a history buff, head straight for complimentary service Brisbane Greeters. Your date will be enamoured with the free tours conducted by the Brisbane ambassadors, which showcase some of the city’s best-kept secrets.
16. In terms of live performance, there’s little that can’t be seen within the walls of the Brisbane powerhouse. The New Farm institution harbours an overflowing calendar of comedy, cabaret, exhibitions, and more for a creative-type crush.
17. Grab your formal wear and head straight for the racetrack, Doomben or Eagle Farm to be specific. During winter, the duo of famed racing destinations flocked to by fans of the sport from all over the state.
18. Treat your date to a night out at the theatre at QPAC. We celebrate art in all forms in this state; our stages are overrun with an array of performances, from opera to ballet.
19. If the time is right, your date may well coincide with one of the many public events on the Brisbane calendar. Riverfire and Brisbane Festival are two of our most adored.
For the fun-loving
20. Kick off the cuddling at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which is the world’s first and largest sanctuary of its kind.
21. If your special someone likes to be spooked, Brisbane’s Ghost Tours are well worth experiencing. The range of guided experiences are held across the city’s historic graveyards.
22. Brisbane’s live music scene is something worth shouting about. Scrap the mixtape, and woo your date with a live gig at one of the city’s many iconic venues, like The Zoo and Brooklyn Standard.
23. Heat things up in the kitchen with a cooking class. The Sunshine State’s cooking schools are bountiful, with stand-outs The Golden Pig in Newstead, and The Spirit House further afield.
24. Keep the mystery alive with a date wandering Brisbane’s many laneways laden with bars, restaurants and boutiques. Try Fish, Winn, and Burnett Lanes to start.
25. Sports fans will want to catch a game at Suncorp Stadium, before celebrating your win (or loss) at nearby Caxton Street.
For the hopeless romantic
26. Picnics boast ample powers of seduction. Unfurl a blanket in iconic New Farm Park and spend an afternoon nibbling on cheese and Champagne whilst basking in Brisbane’s famed sunshine.
27. Wining and dining is traditionally a winning date recipe. Eagle Street Pier in the CBD is a haven for those fond of the finer things in life; the riverside precinct has long been home to some of Brisbane’s better known fine dining establishments, Cha Cha Cha, and Saké Restaurant & Bar included.
28. If a room with a view is a part of your plan you’d be hard-pressed to go past the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. A barbecue there comes accompanied with one of the best views of Brisbane’s cityscape.
29. Watch the sun sink over the horizon (drink in hand) from under the iconic Story Bridge at the Howard Smith Wharves. Where once a derelict collection of warehouses gathered now stands a collection of Brisbane’s best bars and restaurants, designed with date night in mind.
30. Ferris wheels and romance go hand-in-hand. Take your love to new heights (quite literally) with a ride on South Bank’s Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.