15 Best Romantic Things To Do In Brisbane, Australia - Updated 2024

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Brisbane may not be the Venice or the Paris of the south, but the unique charms that this river city has makes it the undisputed romance capital of Australia. The nature-filled streets, the bright blue skies, the meandering rivers, and the beautiful sceneries all work harmoniously to create the kind of ambiance two lovebirds will enjoy while they stroll the streets. For accommodations in Brisbane, you really can never go wrong with Airbnb vacation rentals. If you are planning a trip here with your better half, scroll down for ideas on the best romantic things to do in Brisbane, Australia, which will help you create amazing memories of your trip together.

1. Conquer and kayak Brisbane River (from USD 50.0)

With Brisbane being one of the busiest cities in all of Australia, sometimes it gets difficult finding peace in the town. If you’re itching to go for a quiet activity but don’t want to leave the comforts of Brisbane, book this kayaking tour in Kangaroo Point. The 90-minute excursion brings you to another side of Brisbane that you won’t get to see otherwise. While the city naturally is beautiful under the sun, we highly recommend that you join the tour at night where you’ll get to paddle illuminated kayaks, with the not-so-distant twinkling skyline in sight.

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Brisbane Kayak Tour

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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2. Scenic Brisbane tour from up above (from USD 153.0)

Brisbane is one of the most beautiful places in Queensland. If you’re looking for a new way to surprise your loved one, why not sign up for this private helicopter tour of the city? If sightseeing is what you’re after, there’s no argument that this is the best way to do it. Aside from the aerial views of the skyscrapers, you’ll get to glide over the mountains of Coot-Tha and Gravatt, as well as the calm Brisbane River. Don’t miss out on this intimate and creative way of seeing Brisbane.

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Brisbane Private Scenic Helicopter Tour

Duration: 45 minutes

28 reviews

3. Paint and sip in the Valley (from USD 13.0)

If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at painting, your Brisbane trip may be your chance to do so. What better way to do it than with your loved one, right? Book this Paint and Sip Airbnb Experience hosted by Wesley. Beginners need not worry, this no-muss-no-fuss experience welcomes all skill levels, allowing first-timers to appreciate the intricacies of painting and manifesting their imagination into existence. Of course, this fun experience becomes more memorable because you get to take home your masterpiece!

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Paint and Sip Valley Emporium

Duration: 2.5 hours

14 reviews

4. Tour an animal farm (from USD 17.0)

Those who have a soft spot for all animals will surely find this Airbnb Experience delightful. Hosted by Lindsay, this fun experience will take you to Trevena Glen Farm where you’ll witness the daily workings of running a farm and meet the cute creatures yourself. There are alpacas, donkeys, horses, sheep, guinea pigs, and many more waiting to see you. If you want to be more hands-on during your tour, make sure that you let your host know. You may get to assist in feeding the animals and moving them to their night yard.

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Farm Animal Experience

Duration: 1 hour

6 reviews

5. Explore the street markets at Hamilton Wharf

Portside Wharf at Hamilton
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Hamilton Wharf is a popular destination for food enthusiasts from all over the world. The place is always a beehive of activities on Friday and Saturday nights, and it is another great location to consider if you are looking for a romantic place in Brisbane. You will find a variety of cuisines, various unique handicrafts, and a plethora of great gems begging to be discovered. Whether it is sampling the hot foods from stall to stall or getting lost in search of souvenirs among the busy stalls, a visit to this place will be a real treat to any couple.

Hamilton Wharf

Address: 39 Hercules St, Hamilton QLD 4007, Australia

Website: Hamilton Wharf

Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)

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6. Enjoy breathtaking views from Story Bridge (from USD 93.0)

Looking for unforgettable romantic experiences in Brisbane? If you want to enjoy the best panoramic views of the city, then no other place will give you the best views of the city than Story Bridge. This is a popular destination for lovers and adrenaline junkies, and you will not find a more romantic way to enjoy the beautiful city backdrop and an extensive view of the Brisbane River during sunset. Watch the rays pierce through the skyscrapers before the sun sinks into the water.

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Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb

Duration: 2 hours

370 reviews

7. Go on a romantic picnic at Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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Posted by Mt Coot-tha Lookout on Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Brisbane’s Mount Coot-tha Lookout is one of the most scenic places you will find here. For a long time, it has been a favorite picnic spot for couples visiting the city. The sweeping views of Brisbane that you get from this location are well worth the trip. Just before evening, you will see the most magical sunset. If you happen to come to Brisbane in spring or summer, visit this place at around 5 pm to 6 pm to experience its real charm.

Mount Coot-tha Lookout

Address: 1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Dr, Mount Coot-Tha QLD 4066, Australia

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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8. Enjoy a romantic stroll through Brisbane City Botanic Garden

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens lawn
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Many lovers enjoy going for romantic walks in natural settings. If you are looking for romantic ideas in Brisbane, Brisbane Botanical Garden is one of the best choices out there. It is a relatively quiet spot with beautiful sculptures and ornamental ponds that add to the peace and serenity of the place, perfect for lovers who want to enjoy some time alone. After a stroll, the next destination should be a romantic lunch or dinner in a great restaurant in Brisbane.

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens

Address: 147 Alice St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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9. Go on a leisurely stroll at South Bank Parklands

The Brisbane sign in South Bank Parklands
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South Bank Parklands happens to be one of the most preferred recreational precincts in Brisbane. It is located on the southern banks of Brisbane River, and the setting makes it ideal for couples who want to go on a slow and romantic stroll. Enjoy the beautiful views and the gentle sounds of the flowing river, the fresh air and the calm environment created by the lush parklands. Additionally, it has a variety of top-class eateries with stunning river views, where lovers can always enjoy a drink or a bite to eat after their stroll.

South Bank Parklands

Address: Stanley St Plaza, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

Opening hours: 5am - 12am (daily)

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10. Appreciate the city’s most scenic night views at New Farm River Walk

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One of the best things to do in Brisbane for couples is walking along New Farm River Walk. It is another destination not to be missed by anyone. It is mainly a water highway reserved for cyclists and pedestrians. The stretch covers Brisbane River through New Farm, all the way to Brisbane CBD through Howard Smith Wharves. The unique thing about this stretch is that it has some of the most scenic views of Brisbane. A great time to visit is in the evening so that you can see the city lights and the lights along the bridge come to life, leading to breathtaking views of the city at night.

New Farm River Walk

Address: Merthyr Road, New Farm to the Brisbane City Centre, Brisbane, Queensland 4005, Australia

Opening hours: 24 hours (dailyl)

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11. Enjoy a sky-high picnic on Wheel of Brisbane

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Wheel of Brisbane is an unmistakable landmark on the South Bank skyline and it is also a common destination for couples or visitors who are not scared of heights. The rides are not only romantic, but the promise of breathtaking views of the city down below makes it a popular bucket-list item. After making prior arrangements, it is possible to enjoy a sky-high picnic at Wheel of Brisbane, where you can share a drink and a bite for a relatively longer duration.

Wheel of Brisbane

Address: Russel Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

Website: Wheel of Brisbane

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 10am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 11pm

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12. Pay a visit to Manly Harbour Village

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Manly Harbour Village is often described as the place where Brisbane meets the bay. It is a charming seaside precinct known for its lively atmosphere and a humongous range of entertainment, shopping, and dining options. It is the kind of place couples visit when they have nothing in particular in mind. Whether it is enjoying scoops of ice cream, dining in fine restaurants, or checking out unique items at the crafts markets, there is no way you will be idle on your visit here.

Manly Harbour Village

Address: 4/222 Stratton Terrace, Manly QLD 4179, Australia

Website: Manly Harbour Village

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5pm; Sat: 8am - 1pm (closed on Sun)

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13. Enjoy high tea together in Brisbane (from USD 74.0)

Not known to many people, Brisbane has a couple of high tea opportunities, which is a great way to have a nice afternoon out. Very few experiences will beat the feeling of enjoying a refreshing cup of tea with a tray of finger sandwiches inside a beautiful location while you marvel at the view. With this tour, you can take the experience up a notch by enjoying the tea with your better half while you float on a traditional paddle wheeler down the famous Brisbane River.

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Brisbane River High Tea Cruise

Duration: 2 hours

6 reviews

14. Savor a nice dinner while cruising down Brisbane River (from USD 78.0)

A dinner for two while cruising down Brisbane River will always be a welcome idea for everyone coming to Brisbane. Whether it is for a special occasion or just something you would love to try out, this is an experience no one should miss when visiting this vibrant city. There are several cruises for lunch and dinner, where couples get pampered by a fine selection of food and drinks while they enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the city aboard a wooden paddle steamer.

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Brisbane River Dinner Cruise

Duration: 3 hours

10 reviews

15. Level up your date with indoor skydiving (from USD 55.0)

For our adventurous couples out there, when you find yourselves in this part of Australia, an exciting experience awaits you at iFLY Brisbane. If you’ve always wanted to try skydiving but aren’t ready for the great outdoors just yet, this experience is just as good as you can imagine. Take your partner with you and sign up for this indoor skydiving adventure, where you get to free-fall without the pressure of doing it from a plane, with everyone waiting for you to finally take the plunge!

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iFLY Brisbane - Indoor Skydiving Kickstart 2 flights

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

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Create romantic memories in Brisbane

Brisbane has a certain charm that delights the hearts and souls of every couple - you just need to know what to do when you visit. Consider our list of the best romantic things to do in Brisbane so that you can create romantic memories during your trip.

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