5 great spring date ideas


Spring has sprung in Australia, which means it’s time to say goodbye to boots and wool jumpers and hello to sandals and short sleeves. And while cosy dates by the pub fireplace may be ending, the milder weather and longer days mean you can take your dating to the outdoors. We’ve got five unique spring dates to help you embrace the new season.

#1 Take to the water

First dates generally include ‘safe’ options like meeting for coffee or drinks. For something more exciting and that’s sure spark conversation, take advantage of the warmer weather by going for a paddle on the water. Many beaches and national parks across Australia hire out rowboats, canoes and kayak, allowing you and your date to explore the local waterways. Round out your outdoorsy date with a picnic or lunch at a local café, and you’ve got the perfect day! Just make sure you check the weather and that your date isn’t scared of water…

#2 Get moving

Come out hibernation and get moving with your date by suggesting a park stroll, beach walk, or if you’re feeling up to it, a bushwalk in a national park. After your physical exertion, head to the local pub for a drink in the beer garden. And don’t forget: if you’re arranging the date, make sure you’ve got the route mapped out and give your date the heads up on appropriate footwear and clothing.

#3 Get spooked out

What better way to get to know someone than get scared with them? A true bonding experience! Ghost walks happen all over the country, all year round, but become a bit more accessible in the warmer months. Scare yourselves silly and then share a giggle about it later over nibbles and drinks at a local small bar. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, it’ll certainly give you something to talk about.

#4 Go (food) shopping

No longer exclusive to wealthy urbanites with nothing better to spend their money on organic purple kale, these days Farmers’ Markets can be found all over Australia, selling delicious, fresh, local products at reasonable prices.

If you’re at the stage where it’s appropriate to invite your date to your home for lunch or dinner, get your date involved by shopping for ingredients at the local market (and maybe trying some tasty samples too). Or, if you’re not quite ready for something as serious, you can always get to know each other over coffee and a bacon and egg roll.

#5 Go back to school

When you’re an adult, there are few experiences more interesting than learning a new skill. After all, most of us stop learning when we leave school or university and rarely go back. Spring is a great time to learn something new, as we emerge from the gloom of winter and have the drive to try new things.

There are lots of different things you can learn together, and that don’t require a long term commitment. How about a pasta-making class or a wine tasting session? Or maybe try out trampolining or flying trapeze together?

When it comes down to it, it doesn’t really matter what you do together, it’s all about the experience. Whether it’s needlepoint or skydiving!

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This article originally appeared on eHarmony Dating Advice.

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