Need ideas for Valentine’s Day in Brisbane and the Gold Coast? It’s a time to celebrate love, and what place could be better?! With a perfect natural backdrop, warm weather, vibrant cities, and plenty of events on offer, you’ll fall in love with the city as you spend time with your loved ones.
Get the girls together for a “galentines”, organise a group of friends, or enjoy an outing as a couple. Whatever you like, Brisbane and the Gold Coast offer you opportunities to make your Valentine’s Day celebrations memorable.
Here are some of our top ideas for Valentine’s Day in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Kayak and Snorkel
Kayak out around the Gold Coast’s Broadwater and near the Wave Break Island on a two hour adventure, and then get in the water to snorkel with incredible native wildlife with the beautiful Gold Coast skyline as your backdrop. More information here.
Cruise offshore for a romantic chance to feel the wind in your hair. No need to head to Venice when you can enjoy a romantic gondola cruise down the Gold Coast’s own canals! Champagne Sailing Cruises offer lunch, sunset, or dinner cruises as you bask in the beauty of the Coast. For something special, Sea World Cruises are offering a special Valentine’s Day event to remember, with champagne, seafood, and live entertainment.
Get Star Gazing
Spoil your Valentine with a night gazing at the stars. Gather a few treats together and head out to watch the sunset, and stay for the stars. Here are some stargazing spots to check out around Brisbane.
Hit the Trail for your Valentine’s Day in Brisbane
Jump in the car or join a tour and visit the stunning Scenic Rim. Just an hours drive from Brisbane, you can find rainforests, waterfalls, wildlife, and more romance than you’ll know what to do with. Some special spots to discover are the Lamington National Park – check out the Morans Fall trek, a 1.5 hour walk.
Brisbane Jet Ski Safari Tour
See Brisbane in an adrenaline-packed new way to remember this Valentine’s Day. Your jet skis will leave from Kangaroo Point, so you can enjoy the 2.5 hour guided tour along the Brisbane River – even get out into Moreton Bay!
Private Boat Picnic
This Valentine’s Day, grab a GoBoat! Get a picnic together and then get out onto the water. You’ll be piloting your own boat across the river, but no boat license required.
Kayak, Wine, and Food
Riverlife are famous for their adventure experiences that embrace Brisbane’s stunning skyline and natural resources. Join a 90 minute twilight cruise down the river on a kayak, seeing some of Brisbane’s iconic views. Then finish at the riverside marquee with drinks and a grazing board.
Make your day memorable with the most thrilling activity possible – sky diving! There are companies all over Brisbane and the Gold Coast that can help you see the cities from a completely different point of view. If you’d like to get up high but don’t fancy the drop, Adrenaline also offers a range of hot air ballooning experiences as well as helicopter flights and sky diving options.
If you would rather relax on a blanket than sit at a table, you can still go gourmet! There are many different take-away picnic basket options in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Try local suppliers such as Gold Coast Pop-Up Picnics, Blue Ginger Picnics or Platters and Blooms.
This Valentines, head to Cali Beach for an outdoor cinema with some truly delicious food. With two movies screening and two food packages available, make the night right for you and your loved one.
Wet Deck Float in Movie
It’s a romantic movie date – but with a major difference. The WET Deck at W Brisbane are hosting 3 nights of a float-in movie. Relax in the pool on an inflatable lounge, enjoy a cocktail, and snack from the grazing platter as you watch one of the latest blockbusters.
Movie under the Stars
For an option that’s friendlier on your wallet and even more relaxed, visit the free Movie Date Night at Victoria Park under the stars as a pre-Valentines treat. Bring the kids, some mozzie repellent, a blanket and a picnic.
Roma Street Parklands Movie
With some of the world’s best loved romance movies screening under the stars in the beautiful Roma Street Parklands, it’s the perfect idea for a date to remember. There are movies screening until Feb 19 so take a look at the line up.
Champagne and Oysters
Board a boat and sail to Moreton Island in luxury on the River to Bay tour. You’ll board from the Northshore Hamilton Ferry wharf and cruise the harbour as you sample oysters, champagne, and the perfect Moreton Bay setting. There’s also a Valentine’s Day discount code if you’d like to try a different tour.
Soak Bath House
For an irresistibly indulgent experience, head to the Soak Bath House in West End or the Gold Coast and choose the pamper package of your choice.
Arts and Culture
Go to a Gallery
Wandering the art exhibitions and enjoying each other’s company is a perfect way to spend your Valentine’s Day in Brisbane. Head to GOMA in Brisbane, or why not try one of the galleries dotted around the Gold Coast such as the Dust Temple at Currumbin and the HOTA Gallery. Or take your friends along to a Galentine’s Art Night at The Craft Parlour, celebrating friendship and creativity.
With an extravagant show in one of Brisbane’s most visually striking venues, the Big Band Cabaret Dinner & Show offers food, drink, and a feast for the senses.
Visit the BrisAsia Festival
The BrisAsia Festival 2023 celebrates the best of Asian culture in Brisbane. Held in multiple locations until the 19th of February, you’ll find music, dance, food and fun with a captivating dash of culture.
GOMA invites you to spend a special night of art and love during their exclusive “Love is in the Air” night, just for couples. You’ll find city views, fine art, and a truly special night to remember.
Paint ‘n Sip
BYO food and drinks, and unlock your inner artist together at the Paint ‘N’ Sip night held at the Myer Centre for a special way to remember your Valentine’s Day in Brisbane.
Everyone loves to settle down to a beautiful picnic in New Farm – but with the Mystery Picnic, you’ll have to find it first! Work together to solve riddles and clues using your smartphone to find your picnic basket, and then settle down to enjoy your reward!
Meet the Animals
If your loved one is also a lover of animals, Brisbane and the Gold Coast have so many opportunities for a special encounter. You could head to Dreamworld for a special time feeding the tigers, join a koala high tea at Currumbin, or meet a marine creature at Sea World.
Take a hot air balloon to experience Valentine’s Day in Brisbane or the Gold Coast in the most romantic way possible. There are a few companies offering tours, but why not view the scenic Gold Coast coastline with Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast.
New Farm Confectionary’s Chocolate Workshop
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate, so step it up a few levels and learn from the expert chocolatiers with New Farm Confectionary. Create your own chocolates and truffles, along with a glass of bubbly and some incredible education.
Get to know your drink as you craft your perfect bottle of gin, learn the history and complexity of crafting gin, and gain as many tips and tricks as you can – while sipping cocktails and snacking. It’s back to school with a twist!
Wine Blending Workshop
Take the date night bottle of wine to new heights, with the City Winery Wine Blending Workshop. You’ll learn the art of blending wines and how to achieve your ideal taste and texture profile – and then take home a bottle of your perfect custom match!
Relaxed Dining on the Gold Coast
If you are getting a group together or prefer a casual dining experience on the Gold Coast there are plenty of options. Try Miss Mee at Nobby Beach, Mexicali at Nobby Beach, or the Hideaway Kitchen and Bar at Broadbeach.
Citrique at JW Marriot Gold Coast
Indulge in a traditional French dining experience with a five-course degustation menu that focuses on seafood and sensory delight.
With champagne on arrival and an incredible range of delicious food to choose from, the Lover’s Feast at the QT Gold Coast will be a meal to remember.
Picnic with Alpacas
Valentine’s Day is usually enjoyed between two, but you won’t mind these gate crashers! Head to the O’Reilly’s Vineyard and receive a gourmet picnic hamper for two adults, a bottle of wine, an ice cream – and two alpacas! Wander with your pets and feed them (and yourselves) as you enjoy your day in the magnificent surrounds.
Nineteen At The Star
Located on the beautiful Broadbeach, you’ll indulge in a four-course feast as you take in the view and focus on the food.
Really turn up the style with a sultry, romantic atmosphere and some truly delicious food at Mozza Mozza in Southport. For just $75 per person, you’ll get a three course meal and a cocktail on arrival.
The InterContinental’s The Fireplace
Savour the smoky flavours at one of the most sought-after foodie destinations on the Gold Coast. Tuck in to a three course menu specially designed to celebrate love and the love of food.
Salt Meats Cheese
You’ve got two main choices at this Surfers Paradise food destination. Dine in, with a sumptuous three course menu celebrating the best of Italian cuisine. Or grab a grazing platter to go, and set up a picnic with some true style.
High Tea at Chapter & Verse
Experience some true style with a classy, romantic high tea that comes with a glass of bubbly. You’ll sample sweet and savoury delights that are worth leaving work early.
High Tea Tower at QT Gold Coast
Head to one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic buildings for a high tea tower that provides layers of luscious treats. Located at the Fixx Café in the QT tower.
Craft beer, fine dining, and an awesome atmosphere – head to BOB’s for their signature beverages and a special Valentine’s package.
Famous for its modern Japanese cuisine that pushes the boundaries of fine dining, Kiyomi is offering a special menu this Valentine’s Day in Brisbane that will delight your other half.
An exquisite range of dishes with a chef that really knows how to inspire! Head to Miss Moneypenny’s for a special menu to celebrate the day.
Who doesn’t love gyoza?! Harajuku Gyoza on Broadbeach have a banquet special for you to celebrate love with some delicious Japanese food.
Always sophisticated and stylish, the Roosevelt Lounge is perfect for a romantic retreat with sultry music and an old-world vibe.
Five delicious courses featuring seafood, meat, dessert, and a cocktail – what could be better?! Head to Sofia’s for a true feast.
Experience true fine dining and select from a range of impressive gourmet options, including quail, lobster, and more! Little Truffle have a menu prepared that is sure to delight.
Take to the clouds as you experience a five-course degustation with one of the best views in Australia. SkyPoint have drinks, dinner, and sultry entertainment to spoil your loved one.
Crafty’s Sports Bar
Celebrate love and all things Mexican as you choose from the specials menu or one of the tried-and-true from the fixed options at Crafty’s.
The Treasury gathers some truly exquisite options all in one place. Head to The Lab for a decadent high tea, dine in style at the Black Hide, or sip cocktails and nibble delicacies by the river at Will & Flow.
Indulge in dinner and unbeatable views as you dine with the twinkling skyline or the infinity pool as your backdrop. The Lina Rooftop have a four-course set menu with some classy inclusions.
Lennon’s Restaurant & Bar
Lennon’s celebrates love with live jazz and good food, in sultry surrounds. Enjoy the three-course menu in the heart of Brisbane City.
The heart of the Amazon jungle in the heart of Brisbane! Escape to the wild and indulge your senses at Soko Rooftop with the Peruvian and Japanese inspired menu.
Dive into the Mediterranean feast offered by the Opa Bar + Mezze. You’ll be treated to the best of Greek food and a beautiful place to enjoy it in.
Spice your Valentine’s Day with a little bit of mystery at Massimo. The Venice Carnival and Valentine’s combine with a Venetian-style mask on arrival and a decadent menu.
C’est Bon Restaurant
Transport yourself to the City of Love at C’est Bon Restaurant – four courses of French-inspired cuisine, paired with fabulous wine and BYO great company.
Head to the restaurant that everyone’s talking about. Babylon boasts three levels of incredible architecture and a special Mediterranean-inspired menu.
Local produce, local wine, and a four course feast? The City Winery focuses on good food and wine in the gorgeous micro winery.
Parisian and perfect, treat yourselves to the five-course food experience at Hervé’s for a memorable Valentine’s Day in Brisbane.
Seafood is the main focus at Tillerman’s, with the city views and seven-course banquets providing the backdrop to the emphasis on exquisite, fresh food.
Three Blue Ducks
Gaze at the twinkling lights over the Brisbane River as you tuck into a three-course feast at the Three Blue Ducks.
Getting Around on your Valentine’s Day in Brisbane
Whether you’re travelling to Brisbane or returning home, you can count on our reliable service to travel between the Brisbane Airport and the city or the Gold Coast, and then on to your final destination! And for a limited time, it’s more affordable than ever. Check out our Return for Free* offer here.
With Airtrain, you will arrive quickly and comfortably from the airport to Brisbane City in 20 minutes. You can disembark at your chosen city station – Airtrain runs express from the Brisbane Airport, but stops at Fortitude Valley, Central, Roma Street, and South Brisbane stations.
Once you have arrived, you can use a smart card for travel, or you can purchase a paper ticket. Visitors should check out the go seeQ card, which allows you unlimited travel for 3 or 5 consecutive days on buses, trains, ferries, and trams. It also includes 2 Airtrain journeys to/from the Brisbane Airport. The go explore smartcard allows you travel in the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast for up to 8 days, but you don’t have to use them consecutively.
You can easily get around with a go card – just touch on at your station of departure and touch off when you arrive at your destination. The go card is accepted on all Translink transport throughout Greater Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
To purchase your smartcards or to find out more, head to the nearest Airtrain counter. You’ll be able to purchase tickets for travel, attractions, and events around South East Queensland.
Valentines Day in Brisbane and the Gold Coast
Celebrate love in style with two truly beautiful cities that will capture your heart. There are locations and events for everyone, making it easy to have the date night of your dreams.
Airtrain is here to help connect you with loved ones in Brisbane. Whether you’re finishing your journey or need to make the plane on time, we’ll transport you to where you need to go. Have a happy Valentine’s Day in Brisbane and the Gold Coast!