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Have you survived isolation and still want to spend quality time with your significant other? Congrats!

To celebrate, why not try one of these date ideas over the coming weekends?

Dinner and a (drive-in) movie
Dinner and a movie is a classic date night set-up, but with cinemas either closed or open to small numbers for the foreseeable future, you’ll need to get creative. Why not book dinner at a local restaurant then hit up a drive-in movie? There are a few great ones around, and there’s nothing more romantic than huddling up in the back of your car watching a classic flick.

  • For Brisbanites, check out the new Park-In Pictures at Hendra! They offer food, drinks and snacks delivered (safely) to your car, but if you’re keen to satisfy your cravings before hand, enjoy nibbles and a drink at Fitz and Pott’s, book dinner at Gusto da Gianni at Portside or head a little further afield for a meal at The Golden Pig.
  • For Gold Coasters, you can’t go past the Yatala Drive-In. This iconic location is beloved by Brisbanites and Gold Coasters alike, sitting smack bang in the middle of both cities. Those driving up from the Goldy may want to stop in at Coomera, Helensvale, Pimpama or even Sanctuary Cove for a bite, though you can grab an assortment of classic cinema snacks at the drive-in, too.

Brunch and bike (or hike!)
If you’re one of those couples who loves to work out together, then a morning spent brunching and biking (or maybe even hiking?) is right up your alley. We recommend getting up early(ish) for a big bike ride along the water or hike in the hinterland, then finding a cosy cafe to refuel.

  • For Brisbanites, you can’t go past the New Farm boardwalk. It’s dotted with great cafes – like Kin & Co., Sourced Grocer and the new Mica Brasserie at Breakfast Creek – and promises a stunning view of Bulimba and even the Story Bridge if you cycle or walk far enough. Alternatively, you could pound the pavement on the other side of the river beneath the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, hit the trails at Mt Coot-tha or enjoy the sea breeze strolling between Wynnum and Manly (check out Scissors Paper Rock cafe at Capalaba while you’re there!).
  • For Gold Coasters, you’re blessed with a multitude of hinterland hikes and bike trails to choose from – we’ve listed our favourite Scenic Rim locations here, and our top three favourite Gold Coast hikes right here. For breakfast or brunch, we recommend checking out Crew after hiking the Burleigh Headland, the Plantation House Cafe at Tallebudgera after checking out Springbrook National Park, or one of the many cafes in central Tamborine Mountain after tackling one of the many local trails.

Sundowners and a (virtual) show
We’re missing seeing live music and performances, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy all of the fun of a night out at the theatre – from the pre-event drinks, to the show itself. Thanks to websites like Stay at Home Fest and Live From Home, it’s easy to find out which artists, performers and even chefs will be doing live streams showcasing their talents, including cooking demonstrations, mini concerts and plays. Why not hit a groovy rooftop bar for sundowners, then head home to watch a virtual show from the comfort of your couch?

  • For Brisbanites, check out the northside’s new Amalfi-inspired rooftop bar, Tetto. This Everton Park gem injects some much needed colour into the area, dishing up delicious cocktails, bar snacks and Instagram-worthy interiors to match. In the city centre, check out Eleven Rooftop Bar or the new Fiume Bar at the Fantauzzo Hotel, directly below the Story Bridge.
  • For Gold Coasters, when it comes to drinks and a view, it’s hard to pass up the Burleigh Pavillion – especially while crowds are limited, provided you book. Further south, the Currumbin Vikings Surf Club occupies prime real estate literally on the beach, promising panoramic views to Surfers Paradise in the north. Finally, for a fancier experience, Nineteen at The Star tops the list for panoramic views over Broadbeach and beyond.
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