20 quirky and romantic Ipswich date ideas

Whether it's your first date or your 50th there's plenty of ways to spice it up with these date ideas...
17 Jan 2022
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

You can dial up the romance, or experience an adrenaline rush with these date ideas… Great for Valentines Day, anniversaries or just to spice things up a bit… 

Boho styled picnics

The Soul Nook Collective pod picnics

If you’re after something special and romantic then a hanging pod picnic at The Soul Nook Collective will tick all the boxes.

Indulge in a packed and styled picnic with your love.

And if something more down to earth is your thing, you can book picnics in bell tents or just under a tree with a couple of chairs!

Sunset walk at The Llama Farm

The Llama Farm guided walk

You can book guided llama walks in the afternoon at The Llama Farm.  Depending on the time of year you might just start to catch the sun setting as the walks start at 3.30pm and go for about two hours.

On your walk you’ll get to take one of the farm’s friendly llamas for a walk on the property which has the Brisbane River running through it.

If Llamas aren’t your thing, you can also book a time to visit the farm animals at the Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm and grab a coffee from the on-site cafe.  Or take a stroll through the Ipswich Nature Centre and visit the nearby Queens Park Cafe.

*Note both The Llama Farm and Haisgea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm are closed for the month of February, but gift vouchers are available to purchase if you want to gift for Valentine’s Day…

Escape room and dinner package

Seraphim Escape

For the ultimate date night book a Seraphim Escape Rooms Brewery and Escape package.

Enjoy a delicious 4 Hearts Share Board (combo of wings, tacos, slider, bao buns, onion rings, jalapeno bites), plus a glass of wine, schooner of beer, or soft drink of your choice!

​Once your stomach is full, it’s time to get a shot of adrenalin at Seraphim Escape Rooms Ipswich, as you work together as a team to find clues, solve puzzles, unlock locks, and try to escape before your time runs out!

​With three great games to choose from, get your heart racing for an experience you’ll never forget, and a date night like no other.

Hot air balloon flight

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights

Floating tranquilly above the ground while watching the sunrise will give your date a romantic day to remember.  The Floating Images Hot Air Balloon experience is finished with a beautiful breakfast at Fourthchild Cafe.

Sip ‘n’ Dip class

Couple making kokedama at Sip 'n' Dip

A class where you can both express your creative sides, have dinner and a tipple to two is on offer thanks to Sip ‘n’ Dip classes, which run all throughout the south east.

There’s a range of classes on offer from resin, paint, kokedama and more.

Heli-tour

Pterodactyl Helicopters

Book a luxurious helicopter tour to local wineries, breweries or to Spicers Hidden Vale for lunch!

There’s also heli-picnic tours in secluded spots on the banks of the Brisbane River and heli-MTB at Hidden Vale Adventure Park!

Picnic in the olive grove

Watercress Creek Olives and Limes

Spend a day outdoors at the Watercress Creek Olive and Limes Farm. Wander in the orchard and book a picnic pack full of cheese and olives and wine!

Round of golf

Brookwater Golf

You can tee off for a round of golf at the award-winning public golf course Brookwater Golf and Country Club.  Then finish the day with lunch or dinner at the popular BLVD restaurant on site.

Antiquing

Scotland Yard Antiques

There’s a number of antiques shops around Ipswich including the Ipswich Antique Centre and Vintage Advantage in the CBD or you could take a drive to the country town of Marburg and pop into Scotland Yard Antiques and The Black Museum both in Marburg’s main street.

Visit Spicers Hidden Vale

Spicers Hidden Vale

Arguably the most romantic date night would be a night at Spicers Hidden Vale in the Ipswich town of Grandchester with dinner at the hatted Homage restaurant.

Take full advantage of the resort pool, enjoy a market garden tour and cheese tasting in the cellar, or just relax and enjoy the view!

There’s a few other places to stay in the region that speak romance, cute B&Bs including Cumquat House or the historic Woodlands of Marburg would also hit the romance mark…But there’s also Quest Ipswich and Oaks Ipswich Aspire Suites in the heart of the Ipswich CBD for a getaway.

For more places to stay visit our accommodation page.

Wander the markets

Iced tea at the Ipswich Markets

There’s plenty of markets on offer year round including the Sunday Ipswich Showplace Markets.

And there’s new Twilight Markets in the heart of the CBD.

In Springfield you’ll find the monthly market at Robelle Domain and along Main St, in Ripley there’s a monthly evening market.

For more markets see this story.

Spend a few hours at Hardcore Blasters

Hardcore Blasters, Ipswich

If you love adrenalin and paintball, then you’ll love Hardcore Blasters.

Book in for a challenge with a live action search and destroy mission, definitely a date to remember!

V8 Race Experience

V8 Race Experience

Does your date love fast cars?  If so a V8 Race Experience for two would be the ultimate adventure!

Take laps as a professional driver guides you through the turns or book for hot laps only as a passenger!

Watch a blockbuster or romantic movie

Limelight Cinema Ipswich

There’s a reason dinner and a movie has worked so well for date night… Either grab a bite at Ruby Chews Burgers and Shakes (voted Ipswich’s best burgers) or book in for the lounge experience at Limelight Cinemas and have a delish dinner brought to you during the movie!

Or for something a little different try a night at the Tivoli Drive-In!

Couples massage

Ipswich Massage and Herbal Spa

Probably not the right move for a first date, but if you’ve been with your partner for a little while, a couples massage will dial up the romance and luxury.

Add on a herbal spa for the ultimate spa day experience!

Take a ride on a heritage train

QPSR-3

Train and history lovers will enjoy taking a trip down memory lane in restored heritage carriages pulled by either a historic steam or diesel engine train.

The Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway only runs on certain days, be sure to book ahead.

Degustation at The Cottage Restaurant

Cottage Restaurant Ipswich

Known for their romantic and quality dishes, The Cottage Restaurant, offers a five or seven course degustation menu that you can pair with wines.

Enjoy the gourmet food, gorgeous wine and great company.

For more romantic dining options around Ipswich, see this story.

Ghost tour

Ipswich Cemetery Ghost Tour

A quirky date idea is to book in for a ghost tour.  Tours run at the Ipswich Cemetery, in the CBD and at the Goodna Cemetery and unveil the haunting histories of the town.

Pet and feed the camels

Summer Land Camels

A day out at Summer Land Camels with a farm tour or just a stop to the cafe for breakfast or lunch would make for a nice date idea, but if you really want to impress book in for the Sunrise Camel Ride and Breakfast where you can ride around the stunning property and finish with a scrumptious breakfast.

There’s also Sunset Cocktails with the Camels if that’s more your style.

Hiking

hiking

If you like to stay fit and active a sunrise or sunset hike to some of the region’s most popular peaks with a few snacks and some bubbles for when you get to the top makes for a great date idea.

You could try the White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate and stop at the Main Ridge lookout, or if you’re an advanced climber try Flinders Peak.

*Note: Due to the cultural significance of White Rock we respectfully discourage climbing and traversing onto the rock itself.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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