Awesome date ideas that don’t involve dinner or a movie

by Brittany Wheeler

Are you looking for unique date ideas that don’t involve the stock standard and predictable dinner and a movie? Whether you’re looking to impress a new flame or rekindle the romance in a long term relationship, we’ve pulled together 13 date ideas that are both fun and won’t break the bank. From romantic activities to outdoor adventure, there’s options to suit all personalities and interests.

Holey Moley Golf Club Melbourne
Multiple locations: Holey Moley Mini Golf with Cocktails and Pizza

Kick off your date with a tasty cocktail on arrival before putting your stuff around 9 pop culture-themed holes. When you’ve worked up an appetite, take a break to share a mouth-watering stone-baked pizza.

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Paint and sip class at XXXX Brewery
QLD: Paint and Sip Class at XXXX Brewery

Surprise the creative in your life with a fun and relaxed paint and sip class at Brisbane’s iconic XXXX Brewery. Load up your paint palette and follow along as your tutor takes you step by step through the featured artwork. A glass of wine or schooner of beer is included.

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Perth zoo orangutangs
WA: Perth Zoo Entry and Scenic Cruise

Embark on a romantic cruise along the beautiful Swan River and soak in the sights between Perth and Fremantle. Afterwards, jump on a ferry and venture to Perth Zoo for a fun-filled day discovering native and exotic animals.

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The Break Room Melbourne
VIC: ‘Anger Release’ Break Room Experience

Blow off some steam together by smashing a crate full of crockery each! With a baseball bat in hand, you will have a blast breaking everything that gets in your way. It’s sure to get your heart pumping and will relieve any built up tension.

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Tweed Valley picnic
NSW: Tweed Valley Picnic

Enjoy a romantic afternoon picnic surrounded by lush rainforest and picturesque farmland in the Tweed Valley. The team at Mavis’s Kitchen will spoil you with a hamper filled with fresh local produce including cheese, charcuterie and cake. A picnic rug, chopping board and litre of still or sparkling water is included.

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Couple in escape room
Multiple locations: Escape Room Experience

In this thrilling 50 minute escape room experience, you will work together to find hidden objects, solve riddles and crack the clues before time runs out!

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Magic show at Melbourne Marriott Hotel
VIC: Evening Magic Show at Marriott Melbourne

If you’re looking for an evening full of fun and excitement, look no further than Luke Hocking’s award-winning magic show. He will have you sitting on the edge of your seat in anticipations as he shocks you with acts of magic, illusion and mind reading.

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Women at bowling alley
Multiple locations: Bowling with Pizza and Cocktails

Relive your childhood and experience a dose of nostalgia as you let loose on the lanes over two games. A cocktail on arrival and pizza will help fuel the competitive fun.

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Tiny Bear Gin Distillery tasting paddle and gin tasting
VIC: Gin Distillery Tour with Tasting Paddle and Cheese

If your date or significant other is a lover of gin, this experience is sure to win you some brownie points! At Tiny Bear Distillery, you’ll embark on a short tour of the grounds, learning how their glorious gin in made. Afterwards, kick back with a cheese board and tasting paddle that includes tonic and botanicals so you can play around with flavours.

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Forward abseiling in the You Yangs
VIC: Forward Abseiling at The You Yangs

This forward abseiling session in the You Yangs is perfect for adventure enthusiasts or those looking to conquer their fear of heights. Soak in stunning vistas of flora and mountains as you run face first down steep cliffs. You will feel your bond strengthen as you share words of support.

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Perth high tea cruise
WA: Perth High Tea Cruise

Indulge your partner’s sweet tooth with a decadent high tea cruise along the Swan River. Nibble on sweet and savoury treats, laugh with each other and swoon over the gorgeous foreshore views.

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Open vehicle safari at Werribee Zoo
VIC: Sunset Zoo Safari with African Dining and Performances

Prepare yourself for an unimaginable night out with some of the world’s most iconic animals. At Werribee Open Range Zoo, you will embark on an exciting sunset safari before feasting on an African-inspired banquet that is capped off with an immersive cultural performance.

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Sunset kayaking tour
SA: Sunset Kayaking Tour with Picnic

Watch the sun rise and sky dance with changing colours as you explore the Coorong National Park by kayak. A scrumptious picnic of local cheeses, seasonal fruit and beverages is included, which is enjoyed at a vantage point along the way.

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Canyoning in the Blue Mountains

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Glamping tent in Jervis Bay

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Twin Waters Resort, Sunshine Coast

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