A Valentine's Day floral arrangement is seen at the Safeway store in Wheaton, Maryland February 13, 2015. Reuters/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES)

The best things in life are free, as one song goes, and the same can be said about Valentine’s Day. There’s nothing wrong with splurging on lavish gifts or a five-course dinner at a posh restaurant, but sometimes, not spending money is a priceless treat in itself.

Australia offers limitless places that are ideal dating spots for practical couples who don't wish to break the bank. Here are some local spots that can serve as a dreamy rendezvous for the most romantic time of the year.

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Camp Cove (Sydney)
Since sea, sand and sun can be romantic, couples can head to one of Sydney’s most intimate beaches. Camp Cove, which is just a short walk from Watsons Bay ferry wharf, features scenic views that create a perfect backdrop for a dreamy date. Located on the harbour side of South Head, this beach boasts of wave-free and calm waters which can serve as a relaxing respite away from the Valentine’s Day bustle.

Camp Cove Beach in Sydney CreativeCommons/David Iliff

Lancelin (Perth)
Adventure-seekers can bask in some action at the coastal town of Lancelin in Perth. In addition to its pristine beaches, the popular spot is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Snokellers and divers can explore sheltered fishing spots, reefs and wrecks for a fun-filled date. Competitive couples can even challenge each other in sand boarding or four-wheel driving, as they take take advantage of the area’s sprawling sand dunes.

Melbourne markets
Forget commercial shops and malls which are more likely teeming with dating twosomes. Taking window shopping to a new level, couples can head to markets in Melbourne. The city is dotted with good places that offer a wide assortment of fresh local produce, handmade crafts and even secondhand items. Perusing stall after stall for all sorts of goodies can be fun itself, but free food samples to taste are even better. Some markets to check out include the Queen Victoria Market, Camberwell Market, Rose Street Artists Market and Collingwood Children’s Farm.

Ipswich's Top of Town (Brisbane)
Another haven for window shopping and many other activities is Top of Town. This precinct can give any couple a dose of culture, entertainment, as well as eclectic finds. For a truly thrifty experience, couples can just walk along the two-block stretch along Brisbane Street and appreciate some of Ipswich’s oldest and most beautiful heritage buildings.

Queen Victoria Market CreativeCommons/Stefano

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