Dating Without Breaking the Bank

When it comes to the world of dating, things can get expensive. If you're out regularly and hitting up the typical dating scenarios like going for meals and drinks, the cost can soon rack up. We've put together a list of great date options that you can enjoy without breaking the bank.

Cheap date ideas

Go for a picnic: Make the most of our beautiful Australian weather and get some fresh air in the great outdoors. With so many parks and beaches to enjoy, pack up a picnic and head out for an economical date option. Top spots include the Botanical Gardens in Sydney, Brisbane Corso Reserve Park in Queensland and Melbourne's Alexandra Gardens. Take an esky and some nibbles such as crisps and sandwiches as well as a bat and ball for some fun competition and activity.

Find a free concert: Gig tickets can usually be pretty pricey, but a bit of research online will uncover a great selection of free music events across Australia. No matter what your music preference, sites like Event Brite will show you free music events in cities such as Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

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Cinema under the stars: Nothing says romance like snuggling up under the night sky to take in a movie. There are venues located in lots of different places such as Luna Park in Sydney and the Rainforest Green in Brisbane. Showing new releases as well as cult classics; get your popcorn, lay back and enjoy the show.

Free art exhibitions: Websites like The Weekend Edition are packed full of details about upcoming free events in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Step up your culture game and take your date to a free art exhibition for a dose of sophistication at no cost.

Take a scenic route: Our country offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, and it's at our fingertips to explore. From the Blue Mountains National Park in NSW to the famous white sand Cable Beach in WA, soak up the beauty with your date at one of these incredible sites.

Stroll the local markets: There's a variety of markets in every state across Australia for you browse. From the famous Sydney Fish Markets through to the weekly Camberwell Sunday Market selling vintage clothing in Melbourne, exploring the markets can be a fun date idea. If you're a foodie, check out your local farmer's market for fresh produce and delicious treats.

Get onto Groupon: If you're wanting to treat your other half but don't have lots of cash, have a browse on Groupon to find quirky and unique experiences to enjoy with your date at significantly reduced prices. Test your compatibility and see if you can work together to break out of an escape room. Laugh until you cry at a local comedy club. Book in a series of dates and sign up to a salsa class together. There are plenty of options and fun to be had.
Dating doesn't have to cost the earth. You can get creative and have a great time together without busting your budget.

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