Want a romantic weekend in Brisbane? You're in for an absolute treat. We've created an itinerary for 48 hours in this fabulous city, and you'll enjoy every moment.
Start your weekend checking out the river that snakes through Brisbane with a City Cat cruise – it's a perfectly romantic way to see the city in all its glory. Start near Mowbray Park for the best experience, and make sure you grab a good spot on the deck. You'll head under the famous Story Bridge and Goodwill Bridge, getting views of Eagle Street Pier and Kangaroo Point all lit up at night. After winding around the river, hop off at Southbank and explore the numerous cafes and restaurants for a spot of dessert before heading back to your luxury accommodation – sight and taste both satisfied!
Time to check out trendy West End. This inner-city suburb is known for its laid-back vibe and many cafes, making it the ideal place to grab a cup of coffee and a delicious feed. Check out the popular Three Monkeys Cafe or the Gunshop Cafe for a truly memorable and romantic meal. Return to Southbank afterwards to soak up a spot of culture – Southbank's cultural precinct is home to galleries, libraries, museums and theatres, and is the perfect location to spend an hour or two with your sweetheart on a romantic weekend getaway.
After enriching your mind at the galleries and museums, it's time to indulge your soul. Relax in the gorgeous Roma Street Parklands, just moments out of the city centre. You can take a picnic rug and have a romantic picnic with your sweetheart while gazing out at the immaculate gardens and stunning water features (you won't be the only couple doing this!). You'll certainly forget you're in the middle of a bustling city, that's for certain. From there, it's only a short trip to Fortitude Valley or back into the city, where you'll be able to choose from a wide range of scrumptious dinner options for two. Try luxury Spanish cuisine at Ortiga, in the Valley, or an enticing modern Australian meal at Pony, on Eagle Street Pier, to perfectly end your romantic Saturday in Brisbane.
You've seen Brisbane up close, and now it's time to see it all from afar. The Mt Coot-tha lookout is one of Brisbane's most popular locations for tourists and locals alike, offering unrivalled views across the Brisbane CBD out to Moreton Bay. The lookout is home to the Summit Restaurant and Kuta Cafe and Gift Shop, so you can indulge in a spot of lunch while you're there! As you make your way back to your accommodation, stop in Rosalie – this suburb has a quaint village feel, with incredible cuisine and enticing shops. Gelato will hit the spot – try Gelateria Cremona for hand-crafted gelato in a range of uniquely delicious flavours. The perfect end to your short break in Brisbane!
Brisbane might not be as big as Sydney and Melbourne, but that doesn't stop it from being a perfect spot for a romantic getaway with the one you love most.
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