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The Best Outdoor Date Spots In Brisbane

By Cailin Sheppard - 22 Nov 2016

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With blue skies, green trees and cool breezes all day every day in Brisbane, taking your date to sit silently at the movies is swipe-right suicide. We are graced with nigh-on perfect weather 365 days a year in Brisbane, so you'd be mad not to soak up as much of the outdoors as possible with that special someone.

Impress bae with a little outdoors time; here's the best outdoor date spots in Brisbane.

Alfresco Dining

When the warmer weather swoops in, Brisbane cafe and restaurant patio areas come to life. Think riverside romance with Italian and Aperol Spritz' at Bar Alto, your own little garden party for two at Sassafras Canteen, or checking out the city views at Eleven Rooftop Bar. It can only be good times on these kinds of dates!

It's The Climb

Take your relationship to (literal) new heights by spending the morning rock climbing at Kangaroo Point. Riverlife has heaps of activities for the more adventurous dating duo so you can choose anything from kayaking to abseiling. Adrenaline (and helmet hair) makes the heart grow fonder!

Pack A Picnic

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned picnic in the park to spend some quality time with that special someone—plus, it's romantic to boot! Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens and the stunning gardens in Toowong are the perfect spots for you to talk for hours, throw a frisbee and eat your body weight in cheese. It’s just the two of you, your food babies and that leaf-shaped sunburn. 

Soak Up South Bank

If you’ve never been to South Bank on a date, have you ever really been on a date at all? The place is full of perfect date venues and a shed load of alfresco dining options: from casual Greek eateries (sharing your gyros is the ultimate statement of true love), quaint cafes to share a slice of cake at, to seeing a show at QPAC, it’s a date go-to for us Brisbanites. To get the most out of the outdoor areas of South Bank in the afternoon (and no, we don't mean Streets Beach), grab an acai bowl from the acai specialists Kiss The Berry and have a wander through the gardens or along the river. Yes, gelato is an option, but if it’s a bad date and you need to make a run for it, you may need all the energy you can get.

On A Bicycle Made For Two

Get super active and go cruising on one of Brisbane’s CityCycle bikes. Follow the river in search of markets or race each other to breakfast at a cute café in New Farm—you can’t go wrong!

Climb Mountains

Forget the 5-minute drive you were thinking of taking and throw on your walking shoes for one hell of an outdoors date. Let nature guide you and your date up Mt Coot-tha and take a stroll around the beautiful botanic gardens. For extra romance and brownie points, do an early morning climb to catch the sunrise or an evening walk to see the sunset—you won’t regret it. Bushwalking is also a great way to get to know people on those early dates; fight or dlight mode is a telling way to get to know that special someone...

To Market, To Market

Food markets on dates are always a good idea. With so many options, there is no fuss trying to pick something that you both want so it’s happy days for everyone! Brisbane has some epic weekly markets and food trucks in abundance, so you’ll never be short on picks for lunch or dinner. Pack a picnic blanket (and your appetites) for Sunday food truck get-together’s at Downey Park or bring an extra stomach for the fare at Eat Street Markets. Nab a shady spot and chow down!

Mini Golf

We know for a fact* (*basically all rom-coms) that mini golf is a tried and tested, effective date plan. Victoria Park’s open-air course is a favourite amongst the people of Brisbane and makes for a jolly good date in the great outdoors. Putt putt your way through 18 holes and try not to show your date how competitive you really are. Or do. It's your call.

Go Chasing Waterfalls

Although you may not have a top down convertible, rolling down the windows of your car should suffice until you arrive at Cedar Creek after a quick 50-minute drive. Follow the creek upstream and you’ll find a lovely waterfall where you can take a dip in the watering hole and eat those sandwiches and biccies you packed earlier. Scissors, Paper, Rock for who has to drive home and who gets to have a nap! 

Image credit: Arid Zone And Cactus House, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City Council

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