Cheap date ideas in Brisbane

Want to impress your date without breaking the bank? RACQ is here to help.

Dating can be pricey. It’s also not a necessity when it comes to budgeting, so it can often be overlooked. So, to save you from cracking open the piggy bank and potential embarrassment on the date, we’ve found seven fun and romantic ideas that won’t leave your wallet feeling lighter.

Art exhibitions

Add a little culture to your dating life and visit a free art exhibit at GOMA or IMA. The exhibits are often designed to be fun and interactive as opposed to a traditional art gallery experience and often have a list of upcoming events online.

Have a picnic

Take advantage of Brisbane’s gorgeous parks and plan a personalised picnic for your date. Pack homemade or store-bought items, to save some extra money. Just be sure to check the weather forecast for rain prior, or you’ll be scrambling to find another activity. The Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, Roma Street Parklands, Southbank Parklands and Orleigh Park are great picnic spots in Brisbane.

Brisbane Powerhouse

The Brisbane Powerhouse hosts an array of free performances from comedy to markets and art exhibitions. You’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy and since the entertainment was free, you might follow up the event with some drinks and dessert from ‘Bar Alto’ in the Powerhouse.


Gazing up to the stars has always been associated with romance so why not get up close and personal at the Planetarium. Bookings are highly recommended, especially during school holidays.

Putt Putt golf

If you don’t get too competitive, a few rounds of Putt Putt at Holey Moley provides the perfect sort of light, fun activity and leaves ample opportunity to chat and get to know each other.

Blue Room Cinebar

Enjoy a classic movie and dinner in a different way at the Blue Room Cinebar. Your food is brought to you during the movie so you can enjoy your meal together while watching the big screen. It’s a gold class experience without the price tag.

Urban Climb West End

For the adventurous and competitive, a date at an indoor rock climbing centre can be a fun bonding experience at Urban Climb. Be sure to check if your date has a fear of heights first or this one might not go over so well. Here’s a list of where to rock climb in Brisbane.