Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And if you’re looking to plan something different for you and your date or mates in 2023, then you’ve come to the right place. Brisbane is full of fun and creative date ideas you can go on, and this fact is no different when it comes to planning the most romantic time of the year. We’ve compiled a list of unique V-day plans you can enjoy: some on Valentine’s Day, and some around that time (just in case you’re busy on the 14th).
1. Catch a romantic flick at W Brisbane’s float-in cinema
For 3 nights over Valentine’s, W Brisbane is set to transform the WET Deck into an epic float-in cinema. This means you’ll be able to kick back in an inflatable recliner with your date and enjoy a romantic (and totally unique) night at the movies. On February 12, The Other Woman will play on the big screen, followed by Focus on February 13, and then Valentine’s Day for the main event on February 14.
If you’d like to go all out, you can book a night’s stay at W Brisbane and add romantic extras to your room such as champagne truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries, rose petals, and more.
⌚When: February 12 – 14 @ 6:30pm.
📍 Where: W Brisbane, 81 N Quay, Brisbane City.
2. Attend a Candlelight concert
This February, there are a number of Candlelight concerts being performed at unique locations across the city. Life can get busy and it can be difficult to arrange a plan on Valentine’s Day. Fortunately, you have several other concert dates to choose from. Be enchanted by Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake at St. John’s Cathedral or enjoy an evening in Paradise at A Tribute to Coldplay.
Price: From $29pp.
3. Book a New Farm Mystery Picnic date for 2
Do you think a picnic on Valentine’s Day is too predictable? If you do, a self-guided search for a basket containing a gourmet picnic might just be what you’re looking for. You will have to work as a team to solve the riddles and interactive clues on your smartphone to find your thoughtfully packed picnic basket.
Learn more about this all-inclusive mystery picnic.
📍 Where: New Farm.
4. Tantalise your taste buds with a Valentine’s Dinner at Three Blue Ducks
If food is the way to their heart, look no further than this special dinner date at Three Blue Ducks. Apart from the stunning views over the Brisbane River, you’ll be treated to a three-course feast and a glass of Champagne on arrival. Think scallops in miso butter, venison tataki, steamed baby grouper with sides and a dark chocolate mousse to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Make a reservation for the Valentine’s Dinner at Three Blue Ducks.
⌚When: February 14.
📍 Where: Three Blue Ducks, Level 3/81 N Quay, Brisbane City.
Price: $175pp (plus booking fee).
5. Valentine’s Day special: dinner and a show
Cabaret connotes flair and extravagance. One of the key factors that separates a Cabaret show from other forms of entertainment is the intimacy of the performance. The Big Band Cabaret Dinner and Show for Valentine’s Day includes burlesque acts, a swinging stage performance, and so much more. To celebrate the day of love, they are offering you and your partner the royal treatment with a three-hour drinks package and three-course meal.
⌚When: February 17.
📍 Where: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley.
Price: $119pp (plus booking fee).
6. Treat yourselves to a Tuscan dining experience
Sirromet Winery in Mount Cotton is serving up romance for Valentine’s Day at their beautiful winery. Tuck into an impressive seafood tower, special dessert paired with sparkling Nadine Blanc de Blanc. Gaze into each other’s eyes with the smooth sound of a saxophonist setting the mood at Tuscan Terrace. If you just can’t make Valentine’s Day happen, the winery is also serving an elegant Valentine’s Lunch in Lurleen’s on Sunday 12.
📍 Where: 850-938 Mount Cotton Rd, Mount Cotton.
Price: $250 per couple (Tuscan Dinner) or $155pp (Valentine’s Lunch).
7. Set up a romantic night at home with these decadent Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Hot Tubs from Gelato Messina
Yes, Gelato Messina is mostly known for their drool-worthy gelato. But now, they’re serving up these luxe Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Hot Tubs, baked to perfection. In the tub, you’ll find layers of cream cheese gelato with red velvet cake and fudge, decorated with toasted cake crumbs and piped cream cheese. So why not take Valentine’s Day at home to the next level this year? Nice home-cooked dinner, romantic movies on the couch (with a red velvet delight ), followed by…
8. Let your creativity run romantic at this V-Day Paint ‘N’ Sip Night
Unlock your inner Picasso at this special Paint ‘N’ Sip night on February 14. Starting at 6pm, bring your date or your friends and learn to paint your mate or date’s portrait. You can take the painting home as a memory. It’s also BYO drinks and food on the night, so you can enjoy a cheeky vino whilst getting creative.
⌚When: February 14 at 6pm.
📍Where: Myer Centre, 205/91 Queen Street, Brisbane City.
9. Indulge on a Champagne and Oyster Tour
Take to the sea and journey to Moreton Island for Champagne and fresh oysters. Breathe in the sea air together and keep a lookout for dolphins, turtles, and other marine life along the way. The River to Bay tour promises breathtaking views, the opportunity to learn more about oyster farming, samples of some of the best oysters, glasses of bubbles, and sunset as you cruise back to shore. Season your celebrations this year with the salty sweetness of the sea and book your place on the ultimate Valentine’s Day tour.
📍Where: Leaves from Northshore Hamilton ferry wharf.
Price: $310 (Couple).
10. Live Music Sundays with Mountain Views at Kooroomba
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city on the Sunday before or after Valentine’s Day for an unforgettable experience in the paradisiacal Scenic Rim. Every Sunday between 12pm and 4pm, Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm has live music performed by local musicians. Sit out on the terrace overlooking the mountains, and unwind in a picturesque setting that rivals even the lavender fields of Provence.
⌚When: Every Sunday (12-4pm).
📍Where: Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm, 168 FM. Bells Road, Mount Alford.
11. Relax and rejuvenate at a rooftop bathhouse in West End
Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to give each other the gift of rest. Yes, you can actually choose to forget about energetic activities or long, scenic hikes, and instead choose to pamper yourselves at Soak Bathhouse. Between mineral baths, hot spas, a steam room, and a dry cedar sauna, you will leave this oasis in the sky feeling renewed and ready to plunge back into the everyday. If you’re feeling peckish after, head downstairs to Italian Street Kitchen for some fresh pasta and wood-fired pizza.
⌚When: Open 7 days a week (6:30am – 10:30pm).
📍Where: 111 Boundary St, West End.
12. Stargazing at the brightest spots around Brisbane
Star-crossed lovers and starry-eyes, these luminous balls of gas have been a part of love’s language for centuries. As the sun is setting, drive along one of Brisbane’s most scenic routes and find the perfect place to stare at one of the universe’s most romantic assets. To discover some areas for maximum access to the shining stars, consult our brief stargazing guide for spots near Brisbane.