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By Concrete Playground
April 06, 2021
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By Concrete Playground
April 06, 2021
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Tired of the classic movie and dinner date night combo? Us too. That's why we're always on the hunt for new things to do, scouring the city for not-boring Brisbane activities — ones that are guaranteed to take your next date way beyond done-before beers at the pub. Whether you're taking someone on a second date or doing your 100th with your significant other, we've got some killer (and, yes, cute) ideas for dates to go on this week, no matter how much money you've got to spend. Just think of us as your cultural wingman. You're welcome.

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FREE

CRAWL OUT OF YOUR LIVING ROOM CAVE AND INTO THESE AWE-INSPIRING ONES

Offering a hearty dose of Mother Nature's magic, there's something pretty special about a good cave, rocky and majestic as they are. After all, what better antidote to that hectic city life, than a visit to an impressive natural rock formation?

Without trekking too far out of Brisbane, you'll find a handful of captivating grottos to light you and your other half's adventurous spark — from glow worm caves, to underground marvels, to huge limestone beauties filled with stalactites. Not sure where to start? We've rounded up five caves worth the visit.

And yes, when it comes to unique date ideas, descending into a cave isn't the type of thing you get to do every week.

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UNDER $50

PUTT YOUR WAY PAST ICE CREAMS AND LOLLIPOPS

For the past two Christmases, the Victoria Park Putt Putt Course has given itself a festive revamp. 'Tis the season to tap, tap, tap your way past reindeer, obviously. In 2021, however, the venue is celebrating another occasion for the first time — and although Easter is now over, you and your special someone can still hit a few balls around a candy-themed course.

Until Sunday, April 18, the site is hosting a mini golf Candyland setup. So, you'll be putting around greens with names like 'Fairy Floss Fairway', 'Easter Eggstravaganza', 'Sugar Hit' and 'Bunny's Burrow'. Yes, expect rabbits to feature heavily — plus giant ice creams, Easter eggs, lollipops and other sweet treats.

Bookings are essential, with the course open from 6am–10pm daily. Fancy a few holes before work? Want to add some fun to your lunch break? Need something to look forward to come quitting time? They're all options.

It's a family-friendly affair, so you'll likely have plenty of company. Tickets cost $22 per adult.

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UNDER $100

EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH A CREATIVE SCHNITTY LINEUP

It's the German culinary classic that's become a true blue Aussie pub favourite — and now the humble schnitzel is getting its very own ten-week celebration courtesy of The Bavarian. Folks, say hello to Schnitty Fest.

Running until Wednesday, June 9, the event sees the German beer hall chain's many outposts (Brisbane's include Eagle Street Pier, Chermside and The Barracks) paying homage to this beloved dish with an exclusive menu of ten different schnitzel creations.

On offer right through the festival, it's a truly diverse lineup, featuring everything from a Mexican-inspired schnitty topped with corn chips, salsa and spicy beef ($26), to a crumbed mushroom parma served with cabbage slaw and fries ($24). The Nashville variation takes a trip through southern USA by way of some southern fried chook, potato gems and a chipotle aioli ($26), while the aptly named Oktoberfest ($26) comes teamed with sautéed potatoes, mustard and wurstsalat (sausage salad). And the pork-based Schweineschnitzel ($26) will send all the traditionalists to bread-crumbed heaven.

What's more, as a special hump day treat, you and your favourite person can take your pick from the full range of schnitzels for $10 every Wednesday.

And, as always, The Bavarian is pouring a slew of both Aussie and German beers to wash down your schnitty feast in style.

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PAIR ALL OF THE ROSÉ WITH PLENTY OF CHEESE

When Welcome to Bowen Hills was first announced, the new permanent food truck hub promised to drive a truckload of deliciousness into Brisbane's food scene — not only courtesy of its regular meals-on-wheels lineup, but via its special events as well. It's safe to say that the space has delivered over the past few years. Case in point: its returning rosé and cheese festival.

Pink vino lovers and gooey dairy fiends — and couples who like both — prepare to head just north of the CBD from 12pm on Saturday, April 10 for a whole day dedicated to quite the culinary pairing. You'll drink the tipple in question. You'll eat oh-so-much cheese. It's simple, really.

The wine list will feature drops from Australia, New Zealand, France and Italy, so you won't go thirsty — and sparkling rosé and frosé will both be on offer.

Food-wise, prepare for another feast of cheesy goodness. Fingers crossed that flaming cheese wheels, raclette burgers and deep-fried camembert all make a return, ready to be washed down with pink-hued tipples.

This year, you'll need to buy a $15 ticket to attend, but that price includes your first glass. On the day, you can also book in for masterclasses, which'll cost $20 for the vino session, $17 for the cheese class and $30 for both.

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ONE BIG BLOWOUT

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CHECK OUT A FEEL-GOOD BROADWAY HIT

Already an enormous success on Broadway, in London's West End and in Melbourne, Tony and Olivier award-winning musical Come From Away is touring its remarkable true tale around Australia's east coast. Based on real post-September 11 events, the acclaimed production has made its way to Brisbane for the first time — to QPAC's Lyric Theatre until Sunday, May 2, in fact.

If you and your special someone aren't familiar with the musical's plot or the actual events that inspired it, it's quite the exceptional story. In the week after the September 11 attacks in 2001, 38 planes were unexpectedly ordered to land in the small Canadian town of Gander, in the province of Newfoundland. Part of Operation Yellow Ribbon — which diverted civilian air traffic to Canada en masse following the attacks — the move saw around 7000 air travellers grounded in the tiny spot, almost doubling its population. Usually, the town is home to just under 12,000 residents.

To create Come From Away, writers and composers Irene Sankoff and David Hein spent hundreds of hours interviewing thousands of locals and passengers, using their experiences to drive the narrative — and, in many cases, using their real names in the show as well. The result is a musical not just about people coming from away (the term that Newfoundlanders use to refer to folks not born on the island), but coming together, all at a time when tensions were running high worldwide.

Since being workshopped in 2012, having a run in Ontario in 2013, then officially premiering in San Diego in 2015, Come From Away has become a global smash hit. After opening on Broadway in 2017, it was still running before the theatre district closed due to COVID-19. The musical wowed crowds in the West End, too — and, when it first opened in Melbourne in July 2019, it became the Comedy Theatre's most successful musical in the venue's 91-year history.

Along the way, the show has picked up a Tony Award for best direction of a musical, six other nominations, and four Olivier Awards out of nine nominations.

Published on April 06, 2021 by Concrete Playground

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