25 date ideas for under $25


Dating can (and should) be a fun time in your life, but it can also be an expensive time if you’re out to dinner here, drinks there and activities thrown in the middle. 

To take the guesswork out of dating, and to save you a few bucks along the way, I’ve come up with a list of 25 cool date ideas for under $25 per person (if not per couple!).

While my suggestions are skewed to my home town of Brisbane, I’m sure with a little bit of searching you could find similar affordable date ideas in your local city.

Cost Guide (per person): 

$ 0 – $10

$$ $10 – $20

$$$ $20 – $25

Take a cooking class, $

Take a gelato-making class (because anything that involves eating ice-cream is a sure-fire way to win my heart).

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Jump on Brisbane’s free city loop bus, $

Cruise around the city of Spring Hill for free, jumping on and off as you please.

Barefoot bowls, $$

No longer considered a game for the ‘oldies’, barefoot bowls is a great way to relax on a sunny afternoon with no experience necessary.

Movie marathon, $

Close the curtains, grab a blanket and snuggle up on the couch with a new TV series or selection of DVDs.

Go to the beach, $

Make the most of a sunny day and throw on your togs, grab a towel and head to the beach (a great excuse to rub sun cream on each other!).

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Surfers Paradise Festival, $

The two week festival features mostly free activities at Surfers Paradise starting April 3. My pick would be the short film festival, Sipfest (movies on the beach!).

Forage for food trucks, $$

From dumplings and tacos to chicken wings, pizza and cronuts, there’s a feast to be if you let your fingers do the walking on Facebook.

Take a hike, $$

Depending on your level of fitness (and desire to impress), there are plenty of mountains within driving distance of Brisbane where you can flex your calf muscles and get sweaty together!

Visit a farmers’ market, $

Hunt out the best seasonal produce while supporting local businesses.

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Ride a bike, $

Rent CityCycle bikes and ride along the river or through the city. Keep each leg of your ride under 30 minutes and it’s free!

Go on a picnic, $

Pack some food and drink and a picnic blanket and settle down under a tree in the park.

Catch a City Cat, $

Pretend you’re a tourist and jump on and off the City Cats.

Keep it cool at ice-skating, $$

Think snuggling up in the cold and holding hands so you don’t fall over.

Go island hopping, $$

Take a day trip to Coochiemudlo Island in Moreton Bay, which is a 10 minute ferry ride from Victoria Point. And it’s only 5 square kilometers in size so it’s easy to navigate on foot.

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Board games , $

Grab some snacks and unleash your competitive side over board or card games like Scrabble, Uno or Guess Who?

Visit a games arcade, $$

Play air hockey and battle it out on those dance-off machines.

Eat outdoors, $$  

Pick up fish and chips (or any other cheap takeaway) and eat dinner by the river, in a park or just somewhere out of the ordinary.

Go for a walk (or run),$

Throw on your sneakers and sweatband (or thongs and shorts) and wander along the river at sunset.

Rooftop cinema, $

Each Wednesday night, Limes Hotel’s Rooftop Bar shows new and old movies in the open air (or you can nab a seat in one of their plunge pools).

GOMA Up Late, $$$

GOMA Up Late sessions give you a chance to check out exhibitions after hours and then be entertained by a band/musician.

Wine tasting, $

Sirromet Winery isn’t just a pretty spot to spend an afternoon, they also offer Cellar Door wine tastings daily.

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Join an Instameet, $

Grab your phones and join an Instameet. (An Instameet is a pre-determined place and time where a group of Instagrammers or photographers get together for about an hour or so to meet each other and take photos.)

Test your trivia, $

Attend a trivia night which gives you a chance to see how you work together as a team, have a laugh and try to beat everyone else.

Go on a day trip, $$

The Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Darling Downs are all close enough for a day trip so pack some snacks, create an awesome playlist and hit the open road.

Catch a movie at the drive in, $$ 

Give the traditional movies a break and head to your local drive in for a retro night out.

By Brooke Falvey

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