As a local living in Brisbane, I can tell you, it really is an underrated city - especially when compared to more popular Australian cities travelers choose to visit like Sydney and Melbourne. I really believe that this is because people generally aren't aware that Brisbane offers all of the following gems and so much more:
1. Easy island hopping
1.1 Bribie island (it is connected to Brisbane by a bridge so super easy and quick to get to by car!).
Couples on a budget can enjoy free romantic activities such as relaxing by the beautiful view of the Bongaree Jetty close to sunset, swimming at Red Beach and sharing the view at the Bluey Piva Park lookout. Pack a barbeque lunch to enjoy at the free barbeque facilities by the beaches. For a budget friendly lunch, try the super tasty burgers of Happys Café.
Affordable romantic activities on the island include tandem bike riding, paddle boats and more at Hire Hut & Tours.
1.2 Tangalooma Island Resort located on Moreton Bay and Island region. Day tours can be booked through their website but we recommend staying a bit longer to really enjoy all the unique romantic activities they have on offer such as feeding a wild dolphin together, sand tobogganing, Segway tours and more.
For nature lovers we recommend the Tamborine Mountain Forest Sky Walk, but if you are on a tight budget there are plenty of free options available for romantic and scenic walkways in Brisbane such as the walkways in Kondalilla National Park which we also highly recommend!
Next to the Brisbane river, the walkways have beautiful scenic city views and what I like to call a Brisbane overwater bungalow :P We actually had a romantic picnic set up inside one for us. To have your own romantic picnic set up for you anywhere around Brisbane, contact Stylish Picnics.
2.3 Sandgate Beach is beautiful for enjoying a relaxing afternoon walking next to the beach. There are gazebo's in the area that you can relax in and have a picnic or pick one of the many seafood restaurants in the area.
It's also a great and safe place to set up your inflatable air couches, relax and watch the sun go down and the moon come up!
3. Unique and themed romantic restaurants, cafe's and ice cream parlours
Cliffs Café offers unbeatable views of the Brisbane river and stunning staircase down a rockface leads straight to the loveliest walkways. For the nerdy couple and Star Wars lover, Death Star Canteen has it all!
For a magical ice cream experience, vist Nitrogenie South Bank.
For fine dining and the ultimate romantic experience, visit La Dolce Vita Restaurant (a Paris themed restaurant featuring a mini Eiffel tower) or consider booking a private gondola dining experience at The Big Wheel of Brisbane.
If you are heading out to Gold Coast, visit Pancakes Paradise and feel like you are eating inside a hot air balloon!
There are so many but I'd like to highlight two ultra luxurious and unique accommodations - Ananda Rainforest Spa offers a tree house-like cottage to couples that features a private outdoor Jacuzzi, a sauna and so much more!
Hot on my list is also The Castle on Tamborine for a princess-like experience - sleep over in a castle with a room fit for royalty!