When you think of romantic cities, you usually think of Paris or Rome. Well, we have great news. If you want to plan your next romantic escape in Melbourne, we have some ideas. We have researched ideas that are suitable for all budgets. Treat your loved one to a uniquely Melbourne experience, whether that be for a date night, wedding anniversary, Valentine's Day or romantic staycation in the city. Let us help make it a date to remember with this list of romantic things to do in Melbourne. Plus, if you want to propose a unique spot in Melbourne, we have found some great places.
Discover Our Top Romantic Activities In Melbourne
Unique Date Night Melbourne Restaurants And Bars
Vue de Monde
It has been synonymous with Melbourne fine dining for almost 20 years. Their focus is to present an exciting and dynamic experience with the progression of flavours and a sense of curiosity. In 2011 they moved from the Melbourne central business directory to the 55th floor of Melbourne's iconic Rialto building. Their location provides sweeping views of Melbourne's cityscape. We recommend that Vue de Monde is the perfect place to celebrate a romantic wedding anniversary in Melbourne.
State Of Grace
Prepare your taste buds for a vivid assault at the State of Grace. First, take a velvet seat for your lunchtime break, dinner feast or late-night bite. Then, take a bit of a wander to the library and open the secret entrance for a romantic adventure. Down the staircase, you will find Fall from Grace, and that is where the fun begins.
If you are looking for something a little casual and fun, visit Trinket Bar. It is one of Flinders Lane's best pizza and cocktail bars. So take a seat and enjoy a quality pizza with the hero being the best seasonal produce. This would be the perfect place to have a first date in Melbourne, as the food is great and the atmosphere is fun.
Eureka Skydeck Melbourne
If you are looking to see Melbourne's greatest point of view, all you need to do is look up, and you will see the Eureka Skydeck. Situated in the heart of Southbank in the iconic Eureka Tower, the Skydeck stands at a staggering 297 meters above the street of Melbourne. Since it was built in 2006, it has stood out in the Melbourne skyline.
We recommend visiting the Eureka Skydeck at dusk for a truly romantic night Melbourne experience. Enjoy a birds-eye view of the iconic MCG, Port Phillip Bay and Albert Park Lake while admiring the sun going down and Melbourne being lit up in colour.
Did you want to propose to your loved one in a private setting? Well, the Eureka Skydeck team will have you sorted, and it is one of Melbourne's most romantic proposal ideas. For $119, enjoy an exclusive edge ride where you can propose privately. Plus, you will get complimentary photos of the proposal. As we are in the know with romantic ideas in Melbourne, contact the Eureka Skydeck team directly as they can help you with an out of this world proposal.
FAQs About What Can Couples Do In Melbourne
Fun Things To Do With Friends Without Spending Much
- A potluck dinner party. Host a dinner party and ask everyone to bring a dish to share.
- Host a spa day. Give each other manicures.
- Movie marathon.
- Pinterest party!
- Go to the park.
- Have an organization party.
- Hold a yard sale.
- Concerts in the park.
Cute Date Ideas so You Never Get Bored Again
- Try a new restaurant. If you've got the menu just about memorized at your favourite feed bag, check out someplace new.
- Play tourist in your hometown.
- Make a fun new recipe.
- Go on a picnic.
- Take a hike.
- Hit the beach.
- Go skiing.
- Play a board game.
When you think of the world's most romantic cities Melbourne doesn't usually spring to mind; however, between breathtaking vistas, enchanting gardens and amorous experiences you'll soon come to realise just how lovey-dovey Melbourne can be.
See 360-degree views of Melbourne from above on the Melbourne Star. It is the Southern Hemisphere's only giant Ferris wheel (with individual heating and air conditioning!) and can be found in the heart of the Docklands. Want to make it more special? Take the romance up a notch with a Sparkling Flight package. Sip on a refreshing beverage 120 meters from above while admiring the Melbourne city streets. If you are looking to propose (like many have!), The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel can host your wedding proposal! With your private cabin, it would be the ultimate romantic evening.
Romantic Picnic In The Royal Botanical Gardens Or Treasury Gardens
All you need to do is take a hamper and blanket and find a spot to enjoy Melbourne's most beautiful gardens. Our tip – make sure that you get a coffee at one of the little boutique institutions scattered around the garden. We are famous for it. If you want to step the romance up a little, why not take a punting on the lake? When you think of a romantic boat ride, you often think of a cruise around the royal botanic gardens. Let them take you on a romantic, serene cruise around the islands of the picturesque Ornamental Lake in the Royal Botanical Gardens. Then, settle back in an elegant wooden punt while the professional punter tells you about the history and wildlife of the gardens!
Surprise Your Loved One With A Unique Place (To Steal A Kiss!)
Let us help with some unknown romantic Melbourne places that will truly make it memorable! Underneath the beautiful stained glass ceiling of the National Gallery of Victoria. In the cities oldest gateway to the galaxy lies the Melbourne Observatory. The State Library Victoria is one of the most magnificent spaces in Melbourne.
Romantic Hot Air Balloon Over The Yarra Valley
Get up early for a magical balloon ride over Melbourne from the sky and watch Melbourne wake up. Fly high above Melbourne's architectural icons and beautiful parks and lakes and see the Yarra Valley from above. The Yarra Valley is less than an hour from Melbourne and is a great place for a first or second date. The Yarra Valley is recognized as one of the world's premier wine growing regions with over 80 cellar doors. Global Ballooning have shared a sunrise with over 90,000 people in 25 balloons over the years, so they are the perfect people to take you on a romantic adventure.
Take Your Better Half Shopping (And Score Brownie Points!)
There is nothing that a guy or girl loves more than retail therapy in Melbourne since we are the shopping capital of Australia. We have rounded up some of the best places to shop in Melbourne and spoil your loved one:
- Paris End of Collins Street – home to Gucci, Dior and Tiffany and Co plus more.
- Bourke Street Mall – a mix of department stores and fast fashion (Zara and H&M).
- Emporium Melbourne – an upmarket shopping centre located in the heart of Melbourne's vibrant city.
- Melbourne Central – It's a Melbourne shopping centre with a twist of history and modern touches.
Although it may not be in the city, if you have the time, we recommend a trip to
- Chadstone – The Fashion Capital. Australia's largest shopping centre and is a world-renowned fashion and entertainment hub. Chadstone features over 550 stores, designer boutiques and over 30 luxury brands.
Explore Melbourne's Amazing Cultural Scene
Melbourne is famous for its amazing cultural scene and is home to some of the best and most cutting edge arts and culture.
- See a musical – did you know that we are home to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and soon to be home of Moulin Rouge! The Musical?
- Let the Arts Centre Melbourne blow you away with one of their many local and international performances and exhibitions.
- Discover one of the most impressive European, Oceanic and American art collections at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).
- Go for a stroll to Federation Square and discover the world-class art galleries and installations.
Take A Day Trip To The Beautiful And Picturesque Mornington Peninsula
Approximately 90 mins away from Melbourne City, you will find the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Enjoy a romantic day trip by the sea while exploring the regions love affair with wine, fresh produce, seafood and bountiful food. Our must-visit tip is while in the Mornington Peninsula is to visit the Peninsula Hot Springs. The Peninsula Hot Springs is award-winning natural hot springs and day spa destination. Connect on your romantic day trip with a dip in their natural thermal springs waters or surrender your body to complete relaxation with a signature spa treatment.
Book A Melbourne Romantic Escape
If you are visiting Melbourne for a romantic staycation or escape, why not take the romance to the next level with our Melbourne Romantic Escape package?
Our Melbourne Romantic Escape Includes:
Fun Date Ideas
- Glow Golf
- Take your date mini-golfing with a twist. This themed 18 hole course has UV lights that will create a fun-tastic time. Play Glow Golf anytime as it is indoors. A perfect romantic night in Melbourne!
- Escape Room Melbourne
- If puzzles are your thing, try an escape room. There are several different themed rooms with different puzzles to choose from. This would be great for a couple or a double date. But, again, put your thinking caps on.
- Rock Climbing At Hardrock Melbourne
- Adventurous couples can rock climb together at Hardrock. Throughout your session, there are different challenges where you can even challenge each other.
- Rollerblading Wednesday Nights With Bayside Blades
- Bring your date on Wednesday night for rollerblading fun with Bayside Blades. Meet up with the group at the Cow up a tree sculpture before skating through Docklands.
- Visit A Day Spa
- here is a guide to the Best Day Spas in Melbourne
- Bounce Inc.
- For some extra fun, bring your date to Bounce Inc. Bounce your way across trampolines and airbags in a 2-hour super pass. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or more experienced. You will have a blast.
- Ten Pin Bowling At Strike Melbourne
- Try a bowling game or two with your date at Strike. This bowling alley is a unique alley with lane service to eat and play.
- Albert Park Driving Range
- If golf is your thing, bring your date to the Albert Park Driving Range, where you can practice swing. The range is open, rain or shine, as covered bays. You can also practice putting.
- Grau Projekt In Clifton Hills
- Every six weeks, a new artist is showcased by the Grau Projekt. You and your date can view how Matt Bax brings new art together along with artistic drinking. Theme Park date at either Fun Fields, Adventure Park, Fairy Park, or Gumbuya park – If a theme park is where you and your date want to go, there are four parks to choose from, Fun Fields, Adventure Park, Fairy Park, or Gumbuya park. Depending on what type of park you are looking for, whether it's water parks, rides, or fairy tales, you are sure to have had a fun-filled date.
Date Night Or Anniversary Ideas Melbourne
Cork & Canvas
Bring your date as well as your drinks to Corks and Canvas. Paint while you drink is the perfect way to spend your date night.
Be cool and try the Icebar in Melbourne. Have a drink and enjoy the views of hand-carved ice. When you get too cold, step back outside and warm up. Make sure you dress warmly. One of the best romantic things to do in Melbourne in winter is to feel chilly. Take a Drink History Tour– A drink history tour is a great way to have a date night. Learn local history as well as try a variety of drinks. You and your date will have a great time.
Melbourne Theatre Company
Check out a show at the Theatre Company for date night. You can't go wrong no matter what show you choose.
Karaoke At Ichi Ni Nana
Try singing karaoke at Ichi Ni Nana with your date. It doesn't matter if you can sing or not, it is all about the fun. So, grab a drink, grab the mic, and belt out that tune.
Old Melbourne Gaol Night Tours
Are they looking for some creepy fun for your date night? Old Melbourne Gaol Night Tours will give you plenty of creepy fun with their night tours. Learn a little history or maybe even solve a mystery.
Queen Victoria Night Market
If you are looking for a bustling date night, check out the Queen Victoria Night Market. Over 130 stalls of street food, bars, and merchandise of all sorts.
The Melbourne Planetarium recline your seats and watch a projection on a dome above. You will also see the sky as it appears for the current Night. Catch a lightning show while you are at the Planetarium, as well as other fun things to do.
Night Kayak On The Yarra
Experience the Yarra river as well as Melbourne in a kayak and Night. Couples paddle along with a group stopping in the middle of your journey to eat at a marina in your kayak. Easy to dine on a train in the sky -If you are looking for a unique date night, look no further. Easy is located on a rooftop train carriage. Enjoy a burger and some beer while looking at the view of Melbourne 5 stories high.
Romantic Date Ideas
Bird's Basement For Jazz Night
If you love Jazz, spend a romantic night at the Bird's Basement for Jazz night. Doors open at 6 pm, and the band starts at 7:45. Order some good food and a cocktail, then sit back and listen to some good music.
Go back in time when drive-ins were very popular with Dromana Drive-In. Snuggle in and watch one of three movies offered per Night from your car. You can order food right from your car and have it delivered there as well.
Miss Fox Day Spa
Relax with various massages, treatments, rituals, and baths with Miss Fox Day Spa. Couples get their suite and can relax with a mixture of experiences to clean and heal the body and mind.
Go Cheese Making At Craft & Co
For a tasty romantic date, go cheese making at Craft & Co. You will learn how to make mozzarella as well as burrata. They will even teach you how to make cheese at home.
Learn To Salsa Dance At The Salsa Foundation
Going dancing is fun and romantic. Take a class and learn to Salsa dance at the Salsa Foundation. Whether you can dance or have two left feet, beginners' classes are designed to help if you have never danced before.
National Gallery Of Victoria
Art has a way of making you think and analyze each piece. Walkthrough the National Gallery of Victoria with your date and see the many collections on display. One of the best couple things to do in Melbourne.
Spirit Of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
Couples can enjoy a romantic four-course dinner cruise on the Spirit of Melbourne. Cruise on the Yarra River and enjoy the many colours on the water from the city lights. This 3-hour cruise is sure to be an unforgettable night. Go on a romantic horse and carriage ride with Classic Carriage Hire – It can't get any more romantic than a horse and carriage ride. Couples can choose from a variety of tours in the city. So sit back and enjoy the ride as well as the view.
High Tea At Overnewton Castle
Were you looking for a little romantic charm? Drink afternoon High Tea with your date in a castle. Choose your tea and have an elegant time.
Unique Date Ideas
Zero Latency Virtual Reality
Couples can play together in a virtual world at Zero Latency Virtually Reality. There are several games to choose from with up to 8 people to play with. You are free to move around as cables or wires do not hold you, so gear up and start playing.
Maniax Date Night Axe Throwing
Are you axe-ing kidding? Try a special date night with Maniax. You and your date can throw axes at a target. Once you are done throwing, grab a drink. Don't forget to drink and throw responsible.
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq 90’s Arcade
You and your date are sure to have a great time from Bowling, to arcade games, to cocktails. There is something for everyone at the Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq 90's arcade.
Couples can enjoy the zoo and a show with Zoo Twilights. Visit the animals late in the afternoon before the shows. Have a picnic as well while enjoying the shows.
Want to participate in an intimate experience? You and your date should try Immersive Cinema – underground where you become the cast in a recreated live movie.
Bingo And Karaoke At Tokyo Tina
Play bingo at Tokyo Tina's with their Bingo Academy. There are enough food and drinks for two. Or maybe belt out a tune with Tokyo Tina's karaoke.
Life Drawing Class At The Butterfly Club
Warm up with a few sketches before really diving into this extraordinary life drawing at the Butterfly Club. Couples will draw live models. Maybe not the best for a first date!
Beyond Rest Floatation Tanks
Book a float at Beyond Rest and relax your body and mind with your date in separate pods. Meditate with soothing sounds and colours.
Were you looking to get lost for a while on your date? First, get lost in the hedge maze at Ashcombe Maze. Then, after hours of fun, sit down at the Ashcombe Café for some delicious food. Some food and drinks have lavender blends.
Secret Foodies Dinner Party
Were you looking for a unique date night idea? Try a Secret Foodie dinner party. Purchase tickets to reveal the party's location, and the rest is a secret until you arrive.
Cupid's Undie Run
If you the daring couple, join Cupid's Undie Run. Run for the charity of neurofibromatosis. Not only is this a unique date, but you are also helping other people with your donations.
Peninsula Hot Spring Spa
What better way to spend a date than to relax at the Peninsula Hot Spring Spa. Couples can get a massage or soak in relaxing water with natural minerals.
Overnight At The Zoo
Animal lovers take this chance to stay overnight at the Zoo with Roar' n' Snore. This unique date will have you sleeping in a tent in the elephant exhibit. You will be provided with a tent and food for a day at the zoo. One of the most romantic spots in Melbourne for an over-nighter!
Cheap Or Free Date Ideas
Pizza In The Park With Small Print Pizza
With free deliveries, Small Print Pizza will deliver your pizza to the park across the street at the Victoria Gardens dog park. Order your pizza, grab a free picnic rug and a number flag, then enjoy the sights and sounds of the park while you wait for your pizza to be delivered. For under $30.00, you can have a great date.
Walk Along St Kilda Beach
It cost nothing to stroll through the sands and the ebb and flow of the waves on St Kilda beach. This beach is popular for the colony of penguins that burrow in the rocks.
The Arts Centre Sunday Market
Here is a cheap to free date to enjoy. The Arts Centre has more than 80 stalls with various arts, crafts, and food. So you can just browse or perhaps find a treasure to take home.
Glow In The Dark Course In The Docklands
At $16 for adults, Glow Golf is a cheap and exciting way to have a date. Go through the 18-hole course in the dark with UV lights guiding your way. Don't let the fun stop on the course. Have a drink at their local bar Le Bar European. A cool couple experience!
Have A Beach Day In Portsea
Another free fun way to have a date is on the beach. With several beaches to choose from, you can't go wrong. So have a picnic on the beach, search for shells or maybe even dip your toes in the water.
Edible Weeds Tour
Journey through the weeds and gaze at their beauty, pick them, and then pop them in your mouth. That's right edible weeds. Then, at just $25, try a variety of weeds with a guided walking tour.
Whether you want to make a memorable first impression, score a second date or simply break from the tired dinner-and-a-movie routine, these 15 unique date ideas are sure to impress.