Melbourne is one of my favourite cities for a romantic getaway. Australia’s second-largest city has a small-town charm.
From relaxing in a laneway cafe to discovering outrageous street art, there are seemingly endless fun things to do in Melbourne for couples.
It’s a city that holds a special place in my heart as years ago, it became the first place Jeff and I travelled to without our kids. Since then, we have been back three more times.
Melbourne is a city to explore, filled with exciting history, beautiful rivers and inland landscapes, and we have to admit that an overwhelming proportion of our fun things to do in Melbourne for couples revolve around food or drink.
These Melbourne date ideas can be used no matter how far along in your relationship you are.
Fun Things To Do In Melbourne For Couples
We’ve included a few fantastic ice-breakers (bars and activities that will lessen any awkwardness on a first date) and also some highly romantic things to do with an established beau.
No matter what, these are all fun things to do in Melbourne for couples––go ahead and pick which one fits your bill the best!
Brunching + Coffee
Brunch and Coffee are two things that are quintessentially Melbourne, so any couple coming through the area would be silly not to indulge in this part of the Melburnian culture. Melbourne is known to have the best Coffee and breakfast in Australia, if not the world!
Enjoy The Melbourne Coffee Culture
Laneways are one of the things that make Melbourne unique.
Where other cities use alleyways for rubbish collection, car parking, or nefarious activities, Melbourne has built an entire coffee culture along with them.
Tables line the laneways, and cafes offer Coffee, tea, snacks and meals, often breakfast and lunch.
Spoil Yourself On A Chocolate Tour
The only thing better than Coffee is chocolate (although, first thing in the morning, Coffee will win out).
One of the more fun tours in Melbourne is the 2.5-hour Chocolate Wonderland Walking tour that teaches chocolate tasting techniques, samples ten chocolates, and concludes with an indulgent afternoon tea.
Become Mesmerized At Hopetoun, An Old-world Tea Room
The allure of a display cabinet filled with decadent cakes pulled me in as we attempted to pass the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade.
Whispering out of fear of waking from this sweet dream, it was barely audible.
The room’s most striking feature is an original mirror from the late 1800s when the tea rooms were first set up for the Victorian Ladies Work Association.
Treat Yourself To A Traditional Wedgewood High Tea
If it’s a more traditional high tea you desire, there is none better than the elegant Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood.
Welcomed with a glass of sparkling Yarra Valley wine, the day’s stress melted away even before we were offered an extensive tea menu.
The tea sommelier guided us to find the perfect tea, a skill acquired from completing an 8-hour Wedgwood training course and marked by a special Wedgwood ceramic broach that she wore.
Our delicious savoury and sweet treats were served on traditional three-tiered cake plates. The Wedgwood china featuring the Langham rose added a touch of sophistication.
Of course, Langham successfully accommodated our dietary requirements.
Have Dessert In St. Kilda
Head to St. Kilda, where you can find one cake shop after the next, each will tempt you with a wide variety of sweets.
You can indulge all you want, and just after the sunset, you can head to the pier where hundreds of penguins used to sleep for the night.
We’ve also heard St. Kilda is a “wild” and fun place to go at night.
Yarra River 4 Course Dinner Cruise (Spirit Of Melbourne)
This probably isn’t the best idea for a first date or new beau, but it’s a glorious Melbourne activity for couples who are looking for a good old fashioned date night.
You may have seen the big red “Spirit of Melbourne” boat docked up in Southbank during the day, but come night time; this old gal takes starry-eyed couples out on an indulgent date night.
Take Them For A Romantic Picnic In The Park!
Grab a blanket, some wine, and some snacks and head down to the Royal Botanical Gardens for the perfect picnic in the park.
Any significant other will be impressed when you whisk them away to one of the most extensive botanical gardens in the world, walk around smelling flowers until you find the perfect sitting spot, and then set up a bonafide picnic in the grass. Just make sure to check the weather first!
OR, if you’d like a catered and good romantic picnic experience, Melbourne Picnic Packages has you covered.
This fantastic little company sets everything up for you in Princes Park in Carlton – the grazing platters, blanket, and even games! It’s truly the perfect way to surprise that special someone.
Go To An Outdoor Cinema
If you’re looking for fun things to do in Melbourne for couples in the summer, it’s perfect timing for an outdoor cinema.
Melbourne has multiple different outdoor cinemas that you can pick between for a movie under the night sky.
The Moonlight Cinema is actually in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens. There’s a massive screen with food vendors and giant bean bags to rent.
Rooftop Cinema is on a CBD rooftop and boasts tons of space to enjoy watching the screen in front of one of Melbourne’s great city skylines for a reasonable price.
Barefoot Cinema has an address at Rippeon Lea Estate (closest to the city) and one in Arthur’s Seat and Portsea in Mornington.
Check For Fun Groupon Deals
On a budget and keen for a bit of an adventure at a lower price than usual?! Check Groupon!
You have to be a bit open-minded to the fact that it may not be on par with, say, the fancy dinner cruise above.
Some restaurants/venues etc., may just be starting and finding their bearings, but no matter what, it will be cheap and an adventure!
Some of my favourite things to get on Melbourne Groupon:
- Couples Massages
- Dinner for Two (usually many 3+ course or more casual options)
- Other Activities (laser tag, water parks, garden mazes, and more!)
Check Out A Magic Show
Yep, there’s an entertaining regular magic show in the CBD.
Local magician Luke Hocking lights up a 5-star performance room in the Melbourne CBD Marriott Hotel off Exhibition Street each Friday evening.
You’ll enjoy a fantastic 80-minute intimate magic show and a uniquely romantic experience.
What better for a bit of a different Melbourne date night idea than seeing some impossible tricks from a more rare form of art?
Be Haunted At The Old Melbourne Gaol (Jail)
Everyone has a different definition of romance. However, if a goal is your idea of fun, then the Old Melbourne Gaol might be just the perfect choice.
It’s a fascinating place occupied now only by the ghosts of the 135 people who hung there between 1842 and 1929.
Some of the most notorious include bushranger Ned Kelly and serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming.
If a gaol ghost tour is more your speed, we have heard that Pentridge Prison is the place to go.
Home to the last man executed in Australia, the prison is about 8 km north of the Old Melbourne Gaol. Opened in 1850, it took over as the central prison in 1929, finally closing in 1997.
Here the ghosts of 44 bodies buried onsite will have you shaking in fear and cuddled in your partner’s arms.
Romantic Dinner At Dainty Sichuan Hot Pot
Instant flashback to our time in China’s Sichuan province, Dainty Sichuan Hot Pot offers a genuine and unique experience. It was crowded at dinner.
If You’re Still Hungry, Check Out These Great Dinner Options
- KoiKoi Izakaya Japanese Restaurant in the Northcote neighbourhood.
- Black Waffle (also in Northcote) for gluten-free, vegan, and classic waffles, ice cream and other desserts.
- Fatto Bar and Cantina in Southbank for Italian food.
- Stokehouse in St. Kilda Beach for great views and seafood.
- Pontoon St Kilda for a beachside bar and eatery.
Dirty Dumplings In Chinatown
One of the most fun things to do in Melbourne for couples is visiting Chinatown and getting some hot food!
Locals know the tiny and authentic little dumpling houses as “dirty dumplings” because the health and safety may at times seem slightly suspect, but it’s more of a loving term because you grow to know they’re trustworthy.
Take a stroll down Little Bourke Street for lunch or dinner, and pop into one of the dozens of tiny dumpling houses that line the street.
If you eat enough to be food-comma-worthy full, it will still rarely cost you more than $20-$30 each. What a price – even in the city!
Don’t forget the dumpling houses are also BYO – grab some wine beforehand for a classic Melbourne dinner date idea.
Calling all adventure couples out there: Melbourne has one of only TWO city skydives in the WORLD.
Skydive St Kilda has the closest dropzone to a city in the world, which means AMAZING views of both the beaches and the CBD.
The city skydive meets in St Kilda – you have to make sure the weather is not too windy before you leave. They will drive you about an hour to the airport, where you will board the plane and then jump!
Romantic Helicopter Ride
While we are on the subject of flying through the air, did you know that there are over ten different kinds of Melbourne helicopter rides?
In addition, there are a few scenic heli trips over the CBD and a few Great Ocean Road tours that involve either a helicopter ride over the Twelve Apostles or flying you there in one (epic).
We honestly think a Melbourne helicopter tour might be one of the very most romantic things to do in Melbourne for couples like, if you want to propose or something. It isn’t cheap, but it’s bougie as hell!
Rent A Cabin In The Dandenongs
The Dandenong Ranges is a gorgeous getaway from Melbourne. The mountain ranges are only about 45 minutes from Melbourne, but you’ll feel like you just entered an entirely different country when you enter the winding and forested roads.
There are some great rentals up here that would be awesome for a couples’ getaway (the feature image for this post was taken up there).
Here are some of our faves:
- Top floor 1-bedroom with a 180 degree view hot tub (view of the mountains + city)
- Linden Cottage Rainforest Getaway (secluded rainforest views)
- Luxurious Romantic Private Villa (Garden Views)
- View more options on Airbnb
Go Rock Climbing
Melbourne has some awesome indoor rock climbing walls, which would be super fun for an adventurous daytime Melbourne date idea.
Rock climbing is a different experience and an athletic challenge you wouldn’t want to miss in Melbourne – make sure you trust your partner to hold the rope!
If you and your significant other want something a bit different and daring, Hardrock Climbing is right in the CBD, or there are often multiple rock climbing deals on Groupon in Brunswick, Northcote, Knox, and more.
Get 360 Degree Views At The Eureka Skydeck
There’s nothing more magical than gazing out over a beautiful view with your partner and if the highest viewing platform in not only Australia but the whole Southern Hemisphere (no kidding) doesn’t accomplish that sense of magic, We are pretty sure nothing else would.
Although it can be considered on the more touristy side of things, you truly can’t beat the view from the Eureka Skydeck.
The best time to go is just before sunset, so you can see the whole city in the light, see the evening from above, and then the lights slowly turn on.
You can grab basic drinks up at the top like beer, wine, coffee as soft drinks. But if you want real glasses, check-up in the bar section of this article at Bar Lui.
Punting On The Lake
If you’re looking for a bit more of a romantic thing to do in Melbourne for couples, think about going Punting on the Lake.
Inside the Royal Botanic Gardens, you can take a punt boat ride all around the lakes with a traditionally dressed guide.
You can find the boats in the middle of the Botanic gardens, next to the bustling cafe. The views are colourful and wonderful, and it’s a unique Melbourne experience.
You can hold an old fashioned parasol if it’s hot (the perfect photo op) and learn all about the ecosystems in the gardens. If you’re visiting, consider doing this with an afternoon Melbourne tour as well.
The Melbourne Star is an attraction that even many locals haven’t been on, and it’s worth doing once.
After all, it’s the only observation wheel in the southern hemisphere! So for a fun Melbourne outing for couples, take a ride on the Melbourne Star and soar above the Melbourne skyline.
We recommend teeing up your ride for sunset – you can also check out a nice restaurant in Docklands before or after.
Then, on a date, make sure to get the Melbourne Star ticket that includes a drink of bubbly!
Catch Some Live Music Together
Melbourne is known as one of the live music capitals of the world, so making the most of this would be perfect for a Melbourne date night.
No matter which day of the week, you can find a venue with live music – more highly concentrated up on the north side in Fitzroy, Collingwood, or Brunswick.
Wine tasting is an excellent activity for couples – then you can take a bottle (or a few) home with you to continue the fun!
You can do a wine/food tasting tour right in the city with a Melbourne Progressive Degustation Walk (tasting wine and food with restaurant wine waiters), or you can go exploring a wine region.
Melbourne has multiple wine regions, including the Pyrenees (which aren’t too far from Ballarat), the Mornington Peninsula, and perhaps the most popular – the Yarra Valley.
Fun Melbourne Bars For Couples And Dates
To be on the list of fun things to do in Melbourne for couples, a bar has to have something special about it – an ordinary bar won’t do.
So below, we have included a few excellent and unique bars that would fit the bill for a fantastic date idea without being boring.
Holey Moley Mini Golf Bar
Holey Moley is a hilarious indoor mini-golf course spanning two floors of the CBD (and there’s a new one in the city at the Crown Casino in Southbank too).
Sign up for a course, grab a golf club, and some balls, then grab a drink from the bar (there’s a place to put your beverage at the beginning of each hole, of course).
It’s the perfect fun evening whether you don’t know each other well or not (making fun of each other’s golf skills/ boosting your skills is both a great ice breaker and a hilarious bonding experience). They have Holy Moley’s all over Australia, too!
Bartronica (in the city) and Pixel Alley (Fitzroy) are entertaining video game bars.
Pixel Alley has more old fashioned games, while Bartronica has both older games (pinball, Pac man, shooting games, driving games) and newer/game console games (from Nintendo 64 onwards) with the possibility to reserve a little curtained game room.
These are fun bars to go to as a couple because they have the element of playing games and drinks.
They are a great night idea for a new date, too, as playing the game can remove any awkwardness or conversation lulls.
Enjoy playing a shooting/driving game against each other or judge each other’s skills at Super Mario World or other silly arcade games.
The Lui Bar
If you want a bit more of a sophisticated experience, visit the highest rooftop bar in the city at the top of the Rialto Towers.
If the Eureka Skydeck isn’t your thing, head up to this snazzy joint and grab a cocktail to enjoy with an AMAZING view of Melbourne.
Not only that, but they have delicious snack food and different events throughout the year. This bar is sure to impress!
UNIQUE DATE IDEAS
Sip And Paint
For a creative date night idea in Melbourne that doesn’t skimp on the wine, check out Cork and Canvas South Melbourne, the city’s very first paint and sip studio.
To make your date night run smooth, all art materials are provided. And all you have to do is bring a date and some drinks and nibbles.
No previous painting skills are required. This fun date idea is all about laughing.
Cork and Canvas South Melbourne
Address: 206 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm
Phone: 0499 007 234
Rollerblade Around Melbourne
Explore Melbourne on a Wednesday night while rollerblading with Bayside Blades.
As one of the best fun date ideas in Melbourne, you’ll bring a touch of retro-revival to break the ice with a new friend, and hopefully, everyone’s bones stay intact as you glide around the city.
For your safety, the tour sticks to relatively smooth surfaces.
Address: 2/487 Highett Road, Highett VIC 3190
Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm
Play A Game In Virtual Reality
Try a virtual reality date at Zero Latency, where the adrenaline is flowing, and a memorable date is on the books.
You’ll experience a free-roam virtual reality experience where you can play alongside your date in games such as Zombie Survival, Killer Robots and more. It’s far more immersive than you think.
Zero Latency Vr Melbourne
Address: 22-32 Steel Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051
Games: Sol Raiders, Zombie Survivor, Singularity, Outbreak Origins, Engineerium, Mission Maybee
Hours: Tues-Thurs 5-11pm, Fri 2:30pm-12am, Sat 9am-12am, Sun 9am-11pm
Get Silly At Trampoline Park
Bounce Inc is where free spirits can let go with a fun first date idea that’s sure to bounce you into anyone’s good books.
With 3000 square meters of interconnected indoor trampolines, battle beams, dodgeball, a cliff jump and more, it’s a fun first date to help break the ice and get a little silly.
Bouncing Glen Iris
Address: 2 Weir St, Glen Iris VIC 3146
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-7pm
Price: Adults $20 (2-hours)
Classic Ten Pin Bowling
Ten Pin Bowling at Strike Melbourne central is a perfect classic date night idea in the heart of Melbourne.
Plus, it’s got the added benefit of having a fully equipped kitchen when you get the munchies and a complete cocktail bar so you can knock a few backs.
Address: Shop 305, Level 3/211 LaTrobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 1300 787 453
Price: starts at $21/game per person