8 things to do on Valentine's Day for under $50
VALENTINE'S Day is an expensive time for couples, with the average Aussie forking out $119 on February 14 last year.
A recent finder.com.au Valentine's Day Survey shows that couples who have been together for more than five years, give and receive the most expensive presents, but it sharply declines for those who stay together longer than 10 years.
No matter how long you've been with your partner, we have found the top seven ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Ipswich without spending your life savings doing it.
1. Pack a picnic
THE way to a man's (and, let's face it, a woman's) heart is through their stomach. Get cooking and whip up some portable dishes for you and your partner. Head down to Queen's Park on Finimore Ave in Ipswich and find a grassy spot for a romantic picnic. Temperatures should be back down to the late 20s and with light showers only expected in the morning, a sunset meal in the scenic park will be guaranteed to get you in the good books.
2. Go hiking
WHILE Ipswich has plenty of amazing places to go hiking one of the most scenic has to be White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate. Located on School Rd at Redbank Plains and open from 6am-6pm, the views once you reach the peak are stunning. If you're feeling fit wake your partner up early and start your Valentine's Day with a hike. Aside from getting those endorphins flowing you'll also have a great opportunity to take a stunning photo to remember the day. The best part? It's free!
3. Meet some new friends
WHAT says love more than spending the day looking at all things cute and cuddly? For just a gold coin donation you can spend an hour to two strolling through Ipswich Nature Centre. Meet the cute quolls, the colourful birds and native Australian animals like kangaroos and emus. Once you're done you can take a walk through Ipswich's Nerima Gardens, which will be open from 9am-5.35pm on February 14. This inexpensive activity is also is great if you've got the kids with you on Valentine's Day. The centre, located on Goleby Ave opposite Queens Park, will be open tomorrow from 9.30am-4pm.
4. Get cultured
WANT to show off your cultural side this Valentine's Day? Look no further than Ipswich Art Gallery. View some of the finest pieces from the Ipswich Art Gallery's collection of 19th and early 20th century fine art and folk art, as well as contemporary works reflecting Ipswich's heritage and browse through the modern pieces on display. Open from 10am - 5pm on February 14, there's plenty of time to stop by.
5. Go star gazing
WHY not camp overnight and get back to nature on Valentine's Day. For those lucky enough to have the day off, Hardings Paddock Campground is just 20 minutes from the Ipswich CBD. Surrounded by natural bushland, there are just eight camping sites - suitable also for motorhomes and caravans - available to add to the feeling of seclusion. While there's no power available, there are some essential creature comforts including toilets, camp-shower cubicles, barbecues, tables and, of course, . Camp sites are just $15 each. For more phone 3281 0555.
6. Movie night
HEAD to one of Ipswich's many cinemas to see a movie that your partner would enjoy. For the hopeless romantics, award-winning La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling is showing at Limelight in Riverlink and Cineplex at Redbank Plaza. If you want to spend a bit less, rent out some classic romantic movies like Casablanca, The Notebook or Breakfast at Tiffany's and spend a night in.
7. Go for a country drive
WHY not take in the sunset on Valentie's Day with a drive to Mount French and stop by Logan's Lookout, near Boonah. Just a short drive from Ipswich CBD, this lookout offers stunning views of the Scenic Rim and beyond and is sure to impress. Head towards Mt French Rd, Boonah and take the windy trip up to the top.
8. Go op shopping
WANT to buy your partner a gift but not sure what to get them? Spend the day looking through Ipswich's many quality op shops to find that perfect present without breaking the bank. From St Vinnies in West Ipswich and Rosewood to Lifeline at Yamanto and East Ipswich, there's plenty of pre-loved items and new parts of the city to explore.