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Robert Irwin treats his new girlfriend Rorie Buckey to a romantic date

Robert Irwin’s new romance with Heath Ledger’s niece Rorie Buckey is going swimmingly. 

The son of Steve Irwin, 19, was spotted on a romantic date with his new ladylove, 18,  at fine dining restaurant Hellenika in Brisbane Monday night. 

Photos show the coupled looking absolutely smitten as they cosied up sitting side-by-side at an outdoor table. 

Robert Irwin, 19, (left) and new girlfriend Rorie Buckey, 18, (right) were spotted on a romantic date at at fine dining restaurant Hellenika in Brisbane Monday night

Wildlife Warrior Robert swapped his trademark khaki uniform for a navy button-up shirt and chunky wrist watch. 

University student Rorie meanwhile sported a black backless top with lacy cap sleeves. 

The couple gazed lovingly into each other’s eyes as they chatted over dinner.  

Wildlife Warrior Robert swapped his trademark khaki uniform for a navy button-up shirt and chunky wrist watch

Wildlife Warrior Robert swapped his trademark khaki uniform for a navy button-up shirt and chunky wrist watch

University student Rorie meanwhile sported a black backless top with lacy cap sleeves

University student Rorie meanwhile sported a black backless top with lacy cap sleeves

Sitting at a nearby table was Queensland-based KIIS producer Cass Catsoulis, who decided to snap a few photos. 

Speaking on KIIS 97.3’s Summer Brekkie with Zach & Dom on Tuesday morning, Ms Catsoulis said she was ‘wild’ to see Robert in the romantic setting. 

‘There was a little leg touch,’ she revealed when quizzed about Robert and Rorie’s body language during the date. 

Robert (left) was first spotted cuddling up to Rorie (right) during a romantic beachside date in Queensland on November 18 - and sparks were flying

Pictured is Rorie Buckey

 Robert (left) was first spotted cuddling up to Rorie (right) during a romantic beachside date in Queensland on November 18 – and sparks were flying

‘[Rorie] really dressed up nicely. She was wearing a little black top, backless… this was the first time I’ve ever seen Robert Irwin in navy. So he dressed up,’ she continued. 

Robert was first spotted cuddling up to Rorie during a romantic beachside date in Queensland on November 18 – and sparks were flying.

Photos published by New Idea magazine show the young couple enjoying a sunset stroll, both unable to wipe the smiles from their faces. 

After grabbing burgers and fries from a local Grill¿d restaurant, the pair eventually found a path of grass and sat down, prompting Robert to throw his arms around the blonde and give her a big bear hug

After grabbing burgers and fries from a local Grill’d restaurant, the pair eventually found a path of grass and sat down, prompting Robert to throw his arms around the blonde and give her a big bear hug

After grabbing burgers and fries from a local Grill’d restaurant, the pair eventually found a path of grass and sat down, prompting Robert to throw his arms around the blonde and give her a big bear hug.

Perth-based Rorie is the daughter Heath Ledger’s sister Kate, who owns a design and media productions company, and Nathan Buckey, a floor coverings store owner.

Rorie is believed to be studying a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at Curtin University.

Perth-based Rorie is the daughter Heath Ledger's sister Kate, who owns a design and media productions company, and Nathan Buckey, a floor coverings store owner. Rorie (left) is pictured with her identical twin sister Scarlett

Perth-based Rorie is the daughter Heath Ledger’s sister Kate, who owns a design and media productions company, and Nathan Buckey, a floor coverings store owner. Rorie (left) is pictured with her identical twin sister Scarlett  

Rorie also has an identical twin sister named Scarlett.

Robert and Rorie have plenty in common – both grew up in the public eye after suffering the devastating loss of a family member.

Heath was at the top of his Hollywood career when he was found dead in January 2008 following an accidental prescription drug overdose.

Heath (pictured) was at the top of his Hollywood career when he was found dead in January 2008 following an accidental prescription drug overdose

Heath (pictured) was at the top of his Hollywood career when he was found dead in January 2008 following an accidental prescription drug overdose 

Kate (centre) has since vowed to keep The Dark Knight star's legacy alive by creating the Heath Ledger Scholarship for promising young Australian actors. Kate is pictured with Rorie and Scarlett  in 2018

Kate (centre) has since vowed to keep The Dark Knight star’s legacy alive by creating the Heath Ledger Scholarship for promising young Australian actors. Kate is pictured with Rorie and Scarlett  in 2018

Kate has since vowed to keep The Dark Knight star’s legacy alive by creating the Heath Ledger Scholarship for promising young Australian actors. 

Like Rorie, Robert is all too familiar with loss.

His father Steve, known to the world as the ‘Crocodile Hunter’, died aged 44, on September 4, 2006, after being pierced in the chest by a stingray. 

Steve is survived by his wife Terri, daughter Bindi and son Robert – who was just three years old when his father passed away. 

Like Heath’s sister, Robert and the Irwin family have vowed to keep Steve’s memory alive through their conservationist work at Australia Zoo. 

Robert's father Steve, known to the world as the 'Crocodile Hunter', died aged 44, on September 4, 2006, after being pierced in the chest by a stingray. Robert is pictured with Steve in 2006

Robert’s father Steve, known to the world as the ‘Crocodile Hunter’, died aged 44, on September 4, 2006, after being pierced in the chest by a stingray. Robert is pictured with Steve in 2006 

Steve is survived by his wife Terri (left) daughter Bindi (centre) and son Robert (right) - who was just three years old when his father passed away

Steve is survived by his wife Terri (left) daughter Bindi (centre) and son Robert (right) – who was just three years old when his father passed away 

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