Whether you prefer to go all-out or keep things blissfully simple, there are so many phenomenal experiences to enjoy this Valentine’s Day. Seeking something other than a set menu this February 14? We’ve rounded up a collection of unique Brisbane options to impress that special someone…
For wine-connoisseurs and brew-lovers
Not wanting to stray too far from a gourmet experience? Indulge with one of City Winery’s sensational offerings – the acclaimed Fortitude Valley winery hosts everything from wine-blending workshops to cellar door tastings paired with guided walks and delicious lunches. We’ll raise a glass to that.
If it’s an ice-cold lager that you prefer, book yourselves one of River to Bay’s hop-on-hop-off tours. Operating during the day and at night, this fantastic group will take you cruising along the sparkling Brisbane River over five leisurely hours. Along the way, you’ll stop in at some of the city’s finest breweries for a brew and, if your heart desires, a bite or two. Highlights include Sea Legs Brewing, Black Hops Brewing and BrewDog Dog Tap Brisbane.
For the wildlife-warriors
Brilliant all year round, The Gap’s Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre will always have our hearts. This year, swap the stuffed animals for real cuties and visit the wildlife centre to meet cuddly wombats, sweet-faced kangaroos and cheeky platypuses.
While you’re there, pull up a table at the Walkabout Creek Café or pick up one of their Insta-friendly picnic baskets for an al fresco meal by the nearby Enoggera Reservoir. Also, make a day of it and cool off in the reservoir’s pristine waters or hit the park’s popular walking tracks.
For classic romantics
A timeless film, a glass of something refreshing and a picture-perfect setting – there’s so much to love about Roma Street Parkland’s Moonlight Cinemas. Inviting you to get your fill of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, the outdoor cinema is screening the Valentine’s Day go-to, The Notebook. Be sure to reserve quick; their luxurious Gold Grass and Connoisseur Lounge seats are sure to be snapped up fast.
Fans of classic Hollywood, don’t miss the 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the heritage-listed Elizabeth Picture Theatre. Or, catch a special screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet at Palace Cinemas’ Barracks and James Street locations.
For getting back to nature
Only a 40-minute drive from Brisbane, the Redlands’ Wellington Point is where you will find the utterly dreamy King Island. Island-hopping without the flight? We’re there.
Other than postcard-ready scenery, what makes this idyllic speck of sand a must-visit is the journey. During low tide, a one-kilometre sandbar emerges from the crystalline waters, allowing you to wander over and discover its incredible wildlife. Be sure to check the tides, though, to avoid a Cast Away moment! While you’re exploring the Redlands, top off the day with a fish and chip picnic or a scoop of gelato at sunset.
For a little sparkle and glamour
Looking to really treat yourselves? An experience we can’t recommend highly enough, Cloudland’s Valentine’s Day Big Band Cabaret Dinner & Show celebrates the romance of yesteryear.
Taking place in the Fortitude Valley venue’s newly reimagined Rose Room, the evening will include a delectable three-course dinner and a three-hour drinks package, as well as foot-tapping performances from the talented Brad Leaver and his Swing Central band. Expect time-honoured hits from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Frankie Valli. Adding to it all are sizzling burlesque performances and side-splitting humour from local drag legend Bebe Gunn.
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