3 November 2011
A Dating Guide to Brisbane
Looking for great dates ideas in Brisbane? Read on and be inspired by what Brisbane has to offer.
With a thriving cultural scene and rich heritage, Brisbane is abuzz with an array of restaurants and activities, creating the perfect setting for love and romance. As the cosmopolitan capital and also the most populous city in Queensland, Brisbane has no shortage of single men and women, making it a great place to meet people.
Dating in Brisbane couldn’t be easier with its growing music scene, stunning national parks, selection of theatres and galleries and even river kayaking for the outdoor enthusiasts. The city has everything covered, no matter what your dating style.
Take a day trip
For those who want to leave the city, within two hours of Brisbane is Moreton Bay – an aquatic playground with an expanse of stunning blue waters and exciting marine life – where you can take a day trip or spend a few days. Stay at a beachside resort or get up close and personal at a cosy, boutique B&B. The pace at Moreton Bay is whatever you make it; you can throw yourself into adventure sports such as surfing, quad biking and sailing, or if adventure isn’t quite your style you can unwind with a spot of fishing, feeding the dolphins, or even a picnic at the beach. If you’re the type who thrives on heritage, take a trip out to the Moreton Island lighthouse where the entry is free and the view is spectacular. Impress your date with a bit of trivia – the Moreton Bay lighthouse was the first lighthouse built in Queensland!
Staying close to the city
Not everyone has the time to escape the city, but with the huge selection of dating hot spots that Brisbane offers, you don’t need to. If you and your date want to take in the architecture, you can head to downtown Brisbane where you’ll find sandstone cathedrals nuzzled in amongst steel and glass skyscrapers in a unique combination of old meets new. Turn the speed up on your date by abseiling at Kangaroo Valley, where you can indulge in a coffee at the Cliff’s Cafe after taking on the challenge of the cliff face.
For that perfect meal, head straight into the heart of Brisbane. Eagle Street Pier, Queen Street Mall and South Bank are popular inner-city precincts that are brimming with restaurants and unbeatable views. The cuisine is inventive and imaginative; you’ll find café’s, wine bars, brasseries, noodle bars and even all-day breakfast cafes in case you like your bacon and eggs in the evening. Due to the sub-tropical climate, the dining is typically al fresco, creating an easy going and relaxed atmosphere – the perfect setting to ease those dating nerves. The eateries offer plenty of variety, a fusion of modern and classic thinking, using unique fresh produce and influenced by the cosmopolitan mix of European and Asian cultures in the city. One thing is for sure, Moreton Bay bugs are a must.
Take a walk on the wild side and trade buildings for bush land in one of Brisbane’s beautiful reserves or national parks. With 1,820 parks and reserves – and counting! – there is no shortage of green space in Brisbane. Get to know your date on an inner city escape to the Botanic Gardens, or picnic in 17 hectares of lush gardens and lawn at The Parklands at South Bank. Afterwards you can walk to the South Bank shops and indulge in Brisbane’s dynamic fashion scene or head back across the river and discover Brisbane’s up-and-coming fashion designers at the Elizabeth Arcade.
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