Melbourne ranks high on my list of potential vacation destinations for me and my partner. There is a sense of country charm in Australia's second-largest city.
From relaxing in a cafe tucked away in a laneway to discovering outlandish street art, Melbourne is teeming with seemingly infinite opportunities for romantic interaction.
Because it was the first place Jeff and I vacationed without our kids, this city will always hold a special place in my heart. Three times since then, we have visited that spot again.
Despite Melbourne's rich history, picturesque rivers, and inland landscapes, the majority of the city's romantic activities revolve around food or drink. This is due to the fact that Melbourne is an exciting destination.
The following are some great date ideas in Melbourne that can be used at any stage of a relationship.
Fun Things To Do In Melbourne For Couples
Below are some great ice-breakers like bars and activities to do on a first date to break the ice and make things more comfortable for both of you. As an added bonus, we compiled a list of the most romantic activities you can share with your current significant other.
These outings are excellent options for romantic getaways in Melbourne. You should pick the one that appeals to you the most and pursue it.
Brunching + Coffee
A couple visiting Melbourne would be remiss if they didn't partake in the city's signature brunch and coffee. Brunch and coffee are two of Melbourne's defining characteristics. Both the coffee and breakfasts in Melbourne are frequently ranked among the best in Australia, if not the world.
Enjoy The Melbourne Coffee Culture
Melbourne has a thriving coffee culture that you must experience.
Melbourne's unique laneway system is one of the city's defining features.
Melbourne has developed a whole coffee culture alongside its alleyways, whereas other cities use them for things like garbage collection, parking cars, or engaging in illegal activity.
Cafes line the laneways and serve breakfast and lunch as well as other snacks and drinks.
Spoil Yourself On A Chocolate Tour
Only chocolate can compete with coffee as a quality beverage (although, first thing in the morning, Coffee will win out).
The Chocolate Wonderland Walking Tour is one of the more enjoyable excursions available in Melbourne; it lasts for 2.5 hours, features 10 chocolate tastings, and culminates in a delicious afternoon tea.
Become Mesmerized At Hopetoun, An Old-world Tea Room
We were attempting to pass the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade when I was lured inside by the sight of a display cabinet full of delicious-looking cakes.
Since no one wanted to wake up from such a pleasant dream, the words were barely audible as they were whispered.
The tea rooms were originally built in the late 1800s for the Victorian Ladies Work Association, and their most striking feature is a Victorian-era mirror.
Treat Yourself To A Traditional Wedgewood High Tea
The sophisticated Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood is your best bet for a traditional high tea experience.
Upon entering, we were offered a glass of Yarra Valley sparkling wine to ease the day's tensions before being shown an extensive tea menu.
When we were looking for the perfect cup of tea, the tea sommelier pointed us in the right direction. Her unique Wedgwood ceramic broach represented her expertise, which she gained through completing an intensive 8-hour training course.
Our tasty savoury and sweet treats were served on traditional cake plates with three tiers. The Langham rose pattern on the Wedgwood china added a touch of class and sophistication.
Have Dessert In St. Kilda
Visit St. Kilda, where you can hop from one cake shop to the next, each offering a different selection of delectable desserts.
When the sun goes down, you can walk over to the pier where hundreds of penguins used to spend the night sleeping and indulge in whatever vices strike your fancy.
We've also heard that the nightlife in St. Kilda is "wild" and exciting.
Yarra River 4 Course Dinner Cruise (Spirit Of Melbourne)
Although it may not be the best choice for a first date or a new beau, couples in Melbourne who are looking for a classic date night should definitely check out the city's many wineries.
The large red "Spirit of Melbourne" boat, which you may have seen moored in Southbank during the day, transforms into a luxurious date night cruise for doting couples come nightfall.
Take Them For A Romantic Picnic In The Park!
Get a blanket, some wine, and some snacks, and head down to the Royal Botanical Gardens for the perfect picnic in the park.
One of the best ways to impress a special someone is to take them on a date to one of the world's largest botanical gardens, where the two of you can stroll around smelling the flowers and looking for the perfect picnic spot before setting up a real picnic in the grass. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, be sure to check the weather report before setting out.
Alternatively, Melbourne Picnic Packages can provide a romantic, catered picnic of the highest quality.
Wonderful little company will arrange everything for you in Princes Park in Carlton, from grazing platters to blankets to games. There is no better way to astonish that one special person in your life.
Go To An Outdoor Cinema
During the warmer months in Melbourne, an outdoor cinema is a great option for those looking for romantic things to do with their significant other.
There is a wide selection of outdoor cinemas in Melbourne, so you can enjoy a film under the clear night sky.
The Moonlight Cinema is located within the Melbourne Botanic Gardens. There will be food trucks and giant bean bag chairs for rent in addition to the big screen.
Rooftop Cinema is a rooftop movie theatre in Melbourne's Central Business District that offers moviegoers breathtaking views of the city skyline at an affordable price.
The Barefoot Cinema has three locations in the Mornington Peninsula area: the Rippeon Lea Estate location, Arthur's Seat, and Portsea.
Check For Fun Groupon Deals
Trying to find a cheap way to have some fun but don't want to break the bank doing it?! Consider Groupon.
You need to be prepared for the possibility that it won't be as high-quality as, say, the fancy dinner cruise that was outlined earlier.
Some eateries, venues, and other businesses may still be getting their feet wet and ironing out the kinks, but rest assured that it will be reasonably priced and exciting!
I highly recommend the following deals on the Melbourne Groupon:
Indulgent Massages for Two
Two-Person Dinner (typically including many options for three courses or more casual dining)
Fun Stuff to Do (like Water Parks, Laser Tag, and Garden Mazes)
If at all possible, see a magic show.
Check Out A Magic Show
Local magician Luke Hocking regularly stuns audiences in a five-star performance room at the Melbourne CBD Marriott Hotel, which is conveniently located just off Exhibition Street every Friday night.
The full eighty minutes of the intimate magic show will be an unforgettable romantic experience, and you will have a great time doing it.
If you're looking for a unique date idea in Melbourne, I can't think of a better option than going to see an artist perform impossible feats in a less mainstream art form.
Be Haunted At The Old Melbourne Gaol (Jail)
Depending on who you ask, "romance" can have a wide range of distinct meanings. However, the Old Melbourne Gaol could be the place for you if you enjoy the thrill of competition.
Only the spirits of the 135 people who were executed there between 1842 and 1929 remain in this fascinating location.
Bushranger Ned Kelly and serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming are two of Australia's most infamous historical figures.
If a tour of a haunted prison is on your bucket list, you should know that Pentridge Prison is where the pros recommend going.
Located about 8 kilometres north of the Old Melbourne Gaol, you'll find the prison in question. Earlier this year, it played host to Australia's most recent execution. It first opened in 1850 and served as the primary prison until 1997.
There were 44 people killed and buried on the property, and their ghosts will make you shiver and clutch your travel companion tight.
Romantic Dinner At Dainty Sichuan Hot Pot
Dainty Sichuan Hot Pot's genuine and original experience transported us back to our time in China's Sichuan province. Many people had gathered for the evening meal.
Dirty Dumplings In Chinatown
One of the most exciting and enjoyable activities that couples can do in Melbourne is to go to Chinatown and get some hot food.
Small, genuine dumpling shops are affectionately known as "dirty dumplings" by locals, who have learned to trust their reliability over time. This is due to the fact that the health and safety standards are sometimes questioned, but the dumplings are widely regarded as delicious.
If you're hungry for lunch or dinner, you can choose from any of the dozens of tiny dumpling houses that line Little Bourke Street.
You won't spend more than $20–$30 per person even if you eat until you need a food comma to describe how full you are. This is a ridiculously high cost to pay in the middle of a city!
The dumpling houses are BYO as well, so if you want to impress your date with a classic Melbourne dinner idea, be sure to grab a bottle of wine on the way.
If you and your significant other are in search of a thrilling new adventure, you should know that Melbourne offers one of only two city skydives in the entire world.
As the world's closest dropzone to a city, Skydive St. Kilda provides breathtaking views of the ocean and the city below.
St. Kilda is the starting point for the city skydive, and before you go, you should check the weather to make sure there won't be too much wind. It will take them about an hour to pick you up and drive you to the airport. You'll get on the plane once you get there, and then you'll skydive!
Romantic Helicopter Ride
As long as we're talking about aerial travel, you might be interested to know that Melbourne offers more than ten different kinds of helicopter rides.
The city's Central Business District can be seen from the air on one of the scenic heli tours, and some Great Ocean Road excursions involve a flight over the Twelve Apostles or are delivered to the site by helicopter (epic).
In all honesty, we think that a helicopter tour of Melbourne is one of the most romantic things a couple can do in Melbourne; it would make a great backdrop for an engagement proposal, for instance. It's not cheap, but it's absolutely luxurious.
Rent A Cabin In The Dandenongs
The Dandenong Ranges are one of the most breathtaking natural attractions in the Melbourne area. It's only about a 45-minute drive from Melbourne to the mountain ranges, but once you enter the twisting and forested roads, you might as well be in a different country.
Up here, you can find some truly remarkable vacation rentals that would be perfect for a romantic 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
An exciting daytime date idea in Melbourne is to visit one of the city's many indoor rock climbing walls, which are truly world-class.
If you're in Melbourne, rock climbing is an activity you simply must try if you're up for an exciting physical challenge and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Go rock climbing at Hardrock Climbing, conveniently located in the heart of the Central Business District, if you and your significant other are looking for an exciting, out-of-the-ordinary date idea. Alternatively, you can check out what Brunswick, Northcote, Knox, and other areas have to offer in terms of rock climbing deals on Groupon.
Get 360 Degree Views At The Eureka Skydeck
To us, there is nothing more romantic than gazing out over a breathtaking landscape with the love of your life, and if the highest viewing platform in not only Australia but also the entire Southern Hemisphere (no kidding) doesn't do the trick, we don't know what would.
Although some may consider it too touristy, the view from the Eureka Skydeck is truly unparalleled.
The best time to visit is just before sunset, when you can take in a bird's-eye view of the city while it is still bright out and then watch as the lights turn on one by one as night falls.
Standard drinks such as beer, wine, coffee, and soft drinks are available at the top of the building. If, on the other hand, you're in need of actual glasses, head on over to the bar section of this article and have a look at Bar Lui.
Punting On The Lake
Going punting on the lake is a great idea if you and your significant other are looking for a more romantic activity to enjoy while in Melbourne.
Inside the Royal Botanic Gardens, you can take a punt boat ride around the lakes while being led by a guide in period dress.
The boats can be found in the heart of the Botanic Gardens, right next to a bustling cafe. The scenery is stunning, and the adventure is something that can only be had in Melbourne.
Spend some time in the gardens learning about the various ecosystems while enjoying the shade of a classic parasol (this makes for the perfect photo opportunity). You could combine this with an afternoon city tour of Melbourne if you're in town for a visit.
Despite its popularity, many locals have never been on the Melbourne Star, so visitors really should experience it at least once.
It's a one-of-a-kind sight due to the fact that it's the only observation wheel in the southern hemisphere. In conclusion, if you and your significant other are in Melbourne for a good time, you should ride the Melbourne Star and look down on the city from above.
Starting your ride just before sunset is ideal, and stopping at a nice restaurant in Docklands either before or after is a great way to break up the experience.
Then, on a date, treat your companion to a night at the Melbourne Star and a bottle of bubbly.
Catch Some Live Music Together
Every night of the week, the city's neighbourhoods of Fitzroy, Collingwood, and Brunswick, all located in the northern part of the city, host venues where live music is performed.
Taking home a bottle (or several) of wine to share later is a great way to continue the fun after a night out wine tasting, making it a perfect date idea.
You can either take a trip to a wine region, or join a wine tasting tour in the heart of the city. The Melbourne Progressive Degustation Walk is one option, and it includes wine and food tastings accompanied by waiters from local restaurants.
Ballarat, the Mornington Peninsula, and the Yarra Valley, the most well-known of Melbourne's many wine regions, are all within a day's drive. The Pyrenees are even closer.
Fun Melbourne Bars For Couples And Dates
A bar needs to be special in some way for it to be included in the list of romantic things to do in Melbourne for couples.
So, I've compiled a list of some of the best and most intriguing bars in the area, all of which would make for fantastic, non-boring date options.
Holey Moley Mini Golf Bar
In addition to the Central Business District's hilarious indoor mini-golf course known as Holey Moley, there is a new one at the Crown Casino in Southbank.
Get yourself enrolled in a course, borrow a golf club and some balls, and then have a few drinks at the local watering hole (there is, of course, a spot for you to put your drink at the beginning of each hole).
Making fun of each other's golfing abilities while working on your own is a great icebreaker and a hilariously entertaining experience, regardless of how well you know each other. An evening like this is exactly what you need to relax and have fun. As well, Holy Moley's has locations all over Australia.
Bartronica and Pixel Alley, two video game bars in the city, are fun places to spend an evening. There is a Bartronica in the middle of town.
Bartronica has a variety of classic and modern video games, such as pinball, Pac-Man, shooting games, and driving games, and you can even reserve a small curtained game room if you want to play in privacy.
These are great bars for couples because they offer a fun alternative to just sitting and chatting while drinking.
They are also great night ideas for a first date because playing the game can eliminate any awkwardness or conversation lulls.
Get your competitive juices flowing with a round of shooting or racing, or compare your skills with a round of Super Mario World or any of the other silly arcade games.
The Lui Bar
If you are looking for something a little more refined, head to the highest rooftop bar in the city, perched atop the Rialto Towers.
If you're not into going to the Eureka Skydeck, then head up here for a cocktail and an incredible view of Melbourne instead.
They also have delicious snacks and a number of events happening all through the year. You won't forget your experience at this bar any time soon!
UNIQUE DATE IDEAS
Sip And Paint
If you're looking for an original date night idea in Melbourne that doesn't skimp on the wine, Cork and Canvas South Melbourne is the place to go.
Your date night out will include all of the art supplies you need to have a wonderful time together. Just bring a date, some drinks, and some snacks.
You don't need any prior knowledge or skill with painting to join in. This hilarious date idea revolves around sharing belly laughs with one another.
Cork and Canvas is situated in Melbourne's south.
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
Discover Melbourne on rollerblades with the Bayside Blades every Wednesday night.
One of the most enjoyable ways to meet new people in Melbourne is to rent a rollerblade and cruise around the city. No one's bones should break as you cruise through the city on your skateboard.
The tour will steer clear of any areas that might be hazardous to your health.
Address: 2/487 Highett Road, Highett VIC 3190
Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm
Play A Game In Virtual Reality
Having a date in VR at Zero Latency is sure to be an exciting and memorable experience.
You and your date will take part in a VR experience where you can move around freely and play various games together, such as Zombie Survival and Killer Robots. Getting lost in it is much simpler than you might imagine.
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
It is a fun first date activity to help break the ice and get a little silly because the facility has 3000 square metres of interconnected indoor trampolines, battle beams, dodgeball, and a cliff jump among other activities.
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
There appears to be an infinite number of potential romantic encounters in Melbourne. Melbourne is best known for two things: its coffee culture and its brunch culture. The Chocolate Wonderland Walking Tour lasts for two and a half hours and includes 10 samples of chocolate. Hopetoun is an old-school tea house that will captivate your senses. If you want to experience high tea the way it was meant to be, your best bet is the Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood.
Sweet treats of all kinds can be found in St. Kilda's many cake shops. A cruise on the large red "Spirit of Melbourne" becomes a romantic evening out. Visit one of the largest botanical gardens in the world as a date idea. Melbourne's Groupon has some great deals, so why not go out and have some fun? Melbourne is the perfect
destination if you're looking for a date that's a little bit different.
If you're looking for a place to get a rush from a little friendly rivalry, the Old Melbourne Gaol might be perfect for you. Little Bourke Street is lined with hundreds of tiny dumpling houses, all worth a visit if you're feeling peckish. Skydive St. Kilda in Melbourne, Australia, is the closest dropzone to a city in the world. An engagement proposal over Melbourne from a helicopter would be spectacular. The city of Melbourne is home to some spectacular vacation rentals that would be ideal for a couple's weekend away.
If you want a thrilling physical challenge, rock climbing is something you must try. As one of Melbourne's most stunning natural landmarks, the Dandenong Ranges are a must-see for any visitor. If you're looking for a good time in Melbourne, a ride on the Melbourne Star is a must. Live music can be heard every night of the week in Fitzroy, Collingwood, and Brunswick. Get out into the city and join a wine tasting tour.
Dates in Melbourne are always a good time. Spend an exciting night at one of these exciting bars. Indoor mini-golf and video games are both fun options for a first date. At the very top of the Rialto Towers sits Melbourne's highest rooftop bar, the Eureka Skydeck. For a truly unique Melbourne date idea, head to Cork and Canvas in South Melbourne.
The shop sells everything you need to have a great time making art with your friends. Join the Bayside Blades every Wednesday to skate around Melbourne. Virtual Reality in Melbourne Causes No Lag! The trampoline park is 3,000 square feet, and it features a cliff jump, a battle beam, a dodgeball court, and a variety of other trampoline games. Strike Melbourne Central's ten-pin bowling alley is the perfect venue for a traditional date night out.
- The majority of Melbourne's romantic activities centre around food or drink, despite the city's rich history, picturesque rivers, and inland landscapes.
- If you want to experience high tea the traditional way, your best bet is the elegant Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood.
- Go Outside and Watch a Film
- When the weather is nice in Melbourne, couples can enjoy a movie under the stars at one of the city's many outdoor cinemas.
- Take Groupon, for instance.
- Visit the Old Gaol to Discover Melbourne's Spooky Past (Jail)
- To various people, the word "romance" may refer to various different concepts.
- Pentridge Prison should be at the top of your list if visiting a haunted prison is something you've always wanted to do.
- This prison can be found about 8 kilometres north of the Old Melbourne Gaol.
- As one of Melbourne's most stunning natural landmarks, the Dandenong Ranges are a must-see for any visitor.
- Get out there and scale a cliff face immediately.
- Visiting one of Melbourne's many world-class indoor rock climbing walls is a fun and exciting daytime date idea.
- Punt boat rides around the gardens' lakes, led by guides in period garb, are available within the Royal Botanic Gardens.
- Overall, if you and your loved one are looking for a memorable experience in Melbourne, a trip on the Melbourne Star is a must.
- Then, take your date to the Melbourne Star for the night and pop the cork on a bottle of champagne.
- If you're looking for romantic things to do in Melbourne with your special someone, you'll want to visit a bar that stands out from the crowd.
- The Holey Moley Bar has mini golf, so go play a round there.
- Pixelated Alley and the Bartronica Neighborhood
- A night out at Bartronica or Pixel Alley, two local video game bars, is a blast.
- Renting rollerblades and gliding through the streets of Melbourne is a great way to get to know the locals and make new friends.
- Become a part of a VR Game.
- A Virtual Reality (VR) date with Zero Latency would be an amazing and unforgettable adventure.
- If you're looking for a classic date night activity in the middle of Melbourne, ten-pin bowling at Strike Melbourne Central is a great option.
FAQs About Melbourne
- A picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne. ...
- Hike the 1000 steps walking trail. ...
- Go horse riding in Daylesford. ...
- Learn to surf. ...
- Turn into a big ball of brie at Milk the Cow. ...
- See a movie at one of Melbourne's old-school cinemas.
- Explore Hatley Park and Castle.
- Discover beautiful flower gardens.
- Rent a double kayak.
- Ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
- See Victoria from the air.
- Unwind with a spa treatment.
- Enjoy a scenic hike up Mount Tolmie Park.
- Go on a wine tour in the Saanich Peninsula.
- Plan and carry out a scavenger hunt or treasure hunt for your partner.
- Go tubing, kayaking, or canoeing together.
- Go fruit picking together.
- Enjoy a candlelight dinner together at your home or apartment. ...
- Go for a bike ride together.
- Go bowling together. ...
- Attend a local festival together.
Curl up on the couch or in bed and read a book together. Read out loud or read together quietly. Start your own private book club for the two of you. Discuss the books you're reading over coffee or your favorite meal.
Melbourne is such a fun city to live in as a single person. It's one of the most creative cities in the world, with its street art, local fashion, galleries, coffee culture, live performances, and free and paid events of every kind.