Whether it's witnessing a glorious hinterland sunrise in a hot air balloon or feasting your way through a local's favourite foodie market, Brisbane has everything to offer when it comes to unwinding with your special someone. These top five outings in and around Brisbane will be sure to add some spark to your time away.
The Walrus Club – 543 Coronation Drive, Toowong
Grab a tie or frock and hightail it to The Walrus Club. This 1920s-style speakeasy encourages guests to dress their best, and is the perfect spot to start your night out. The ambiance here with take you back to yesteryear with dim lighting, brick walls, vintage photos, elegant candelabras and finely dressed bar staff. Offering over 300 rare and unique drinks, you can't beat this dapper, underground lair to kick your night into first gear.
Eat Street Markets – 99 Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton
These popular night markets on Brisbane River offer some of the tastiest bites in town. Weave your way through first-class fare from every corner of the globe (think Japanese pizzas, traditional Hungarian and cronuts that will blow your mind), all with live music wafting throughout.
Travel secret: If you and your special someone are still game for more after taking a walk through the Eat Street Markets, head next door to Portside Wharf for a quieter stroll along the water or for dessert at Max Brenner Chocolate Bar.
Yatala Drive-In – 100 Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road, Stapylton
One of the most old-fashioned and romantic things to do in Brisbane is snuggling up to your partner at the city's famous Yatala Drive-In. Jump in your car, or hire one, and head 35 minutes south from the CBD for a cosy night out under the stars. The all-American 1950s diner will be sure to set the mood, complete with Cadillac couches and life-size statues of movie greats.
Chester Street Bakery - 32A Chester Street, Newstead
Pick up some deliciously decadent cakes from local favourite Chester St Bakery... it was voted best place for dessert in 2015! Then take your treats with you for a river walk along the Newstead–New Farm bikeway to New Farm Park – one of the best places in Brisbane to relax under the shade of a tree and watch the river life pass you by.
Hot Air Balloon ride – www.hotair.com.au
If you’re planning to ask the big question, a ride on a hot air balloon is one way to do it. Hot Air takes you out of the city and over the wondrous Gold Coast hinterland, offering the complete package including hotel transfers and champagne breakfast at O'Reilly's Grand Homestead & Boutique Vineyard. Breathe in the fresh air as you take in the picturesque landscape from high in the sky.