Are you looking for romantic things to do in Melbourne for a special occasion?

Australia’s second biggest city could be your next honeymoon destination.

With picturesque gardens, a beautiful skyline and amazing nightlife, there’s no better way to have romance-filled holiday.

Melbourne offers everything from romantic dinner cruises to intimate jazz clubs and old world theatres.

We’ve picked out 21 romantic activities to give yourself the most romantic trip of a lifetime!

1. Hot Air Balloon Flight

High on the list and guaranteed to impress any partner, is a hot air balloon flight over Melbourne.

Departing early in the morning, go on a gracious flight over Melbourne.

You’ll enjoy incredible scenery of the CBD and afar as you float above landmarks such as the MCG, Eureka Skydeck 88 and Yarra River. 

We recommend Liberty Balloon Flights since they take extra safety precautions to ensure the absolute best experience for everyone.

If you opt for a scrumptious breakfast after the flight, you’ll be taken to the 35th floor at Sofitel Hotel overlooking Melbourne CBD.

This is undoubtedly one of the best options for special occasions. It could be an anniversary, first date, or even a surprise marriage proposal.

Watch the incredible sunrise on the horizon holding your loved one.

It’s a once in a lifetime experience flying over one of the most scenic cities in Australia.

  • Pickup Time: 5am
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure Point: 25 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

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2. Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

Romance fills the air at the picturesque Yarra River.

Lined with barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties, the Yarra River is definitely the social heart of the city.

Board one of the river crafts at Southgate or Princes Walk and spend a cruisy night watching Melbourne pass by.

The Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise is one of the most popular in the city.

On this cruise, you’ll depart from Southbank Promenade and enjoy some of the city’s most stunning views, plus a sumptuous four course meal.

Take in beautiful views of the Melbourne skyline and see some of the city’s famous sites.

Enjoy a romantic dinner, plus a glass of wine, beer and spirits.

  • Departure Time: 7:30pm
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Departure Point: Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

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3. Melbourne Star Observation Wheel 

Witness Melbourne’s gorgeous skyline from the sky itself.

The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is the Southern Hemisphere’s only giant Ferris wheel offering 360 degree panoramic views of the city.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the lovely scenery with one of the Melbourne Star’s unique romantic packages.

Get a glass of sparkling wine 120 meters above the city streets with the Observation Wheel’s “Sparkling Flights” package.

Or, enjoy a cozy cup of hot mulled wine as a wintery treat with the Observation Wheel’s “Mulled Wine Flights” package.

For the ultimate experience, you can book a private cabin on the Ferris wheel for the ultimate romantic evening.

If you’re thinking about getting engaged, The Observation Wheel can even host your wedding proposal.

  • Opening Hours: September to April 11am-9:30pm; May to August 33am-6:30pm
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Address: The District Docklands, 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands VIC 3008

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4. Romantic Horse and Carriage Tour

Want to feel like a royal couple for a day?

Hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage as you pass Melbourne’s main attractions and city scenery.

Classic Carriage Hire will take you through King Domain Gardens and witness the famous Shrine of Remembrance memorial.

Then, enjoy another green oasis in the Queen Victoria Gardens and see some of Melbourne’s most eclectic statues.

The carriage also crosses over the Princes Bridge, which offers an amazing view of the Yarra River, perfect for a romantic date.

  • Opening Hours: Thursday to Monday 1pm to 9pm
  • Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Departure point: Federation Square opposite Flinders Street Station

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5. Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

This trip is perfect for animal-loving couples, and its especially romantic if you go on a night tour.

At Melbourne’s award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary, you can explore an ark of interesting animals after dark.

The world-famous lantern-lit night tours offer an intimate look at many of Australia’s native wildlife from just a few feet away.

Discover the mysteries and habitats of active night birds and endangered nocturnal animals like quolls, pademelons and bettongs.

Feed animals like kangaroos and koalas in a peaceful bush setting.

  • Opening Hours: Weekdays 10am-4pm; Weekends 9:30am-4pm
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Address: 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale VIC 3912

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6. Peninsula Hot Spring Spa

Looking for a serene retreat away from the big city?

Good news!

A relaxation haven lies just 90-minutes from Melbourne.

The Peninsula Hot Springs Spa provides an idyllic scenery and spa services to help you rejuvenate.

Couples can enjoy the spa’s romance packages.

This includes amenities like indoor or outdoor private mineral baths, relaxing massages and geothermal bathing.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 5am-11pm
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Address: 140 Springs Ln, Fingal VIC 3939

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7. Luna Park

Rides aren’t just for kids!

Couples can have a blast at Luna Park, right beside Melbourne’s Port Shore Bay.

Here, lovely strolls and fun-filled thrills go hand in hand.

There are over 15 rides to enjoy in the park.

So, hop on the carousel or even take a ride on the Scenic Railway roller coaster, if you dare.

See wonderful views of Melbourne from the top thrilling rides.

You can enjoy a snow cone while taking a romantic stroll outdoors.

Check out Luna Park’s event calendar to discover cool concerts and festivals hosted in the park for some more relaxed fun.

  • Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Address: 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182

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8. Theatre, Shows & Musicals

Melbourne’s vibrant theatre scene offers cutting-edge performances, hit musicals and even late-night cabaret shows.

It’s a no-brainer that many call it the unofficial culture capital of Australia.

Many major shows like Wicked, Mary PoppinsJersey Boys and King Kong, open in Melbourne.

Plus, its older, majestic theatres are must-see spots whether you like musicals or not.

Phenomenal theatre architecture definitely runs rampant throughout the city.

Melbourne’s Art Centre, for example, not only has awesome shows, but also a futuristic appearance built to be stunning.

Its 162 metre glowing blue spire, similar to the one of the Eiffel Tower.

It shines bright among the city streets and welcomes theatre-goers far and wide.

Be sure to go see a show here!

  • Duration: 1-4 hours

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9. Ghost Tours

If you love Halloween or are a fan of the supernatural, why not book a spooky ghost tour right in the heart of Melbourne.

Places like a haunted bookshop, a chilling prison and an eerie insane asylum, truly make it one of Australia’s “ghostliest” cities.

There’s a rumor that the city has been a haven for spirits since its founding age.

During this era, Melbourne was rife with crime and had infamous outlaws.

People allege that the ghosts of these criminals still stalk the city today,

Of course, some of Melbourne’s haunted sites can be quite scary, but also loads of fun.

If you dare, take your partner on a spooky date!

Scary stories will surely have all couples warming up to each other.

You can also read our recommendations in the Scariest Ghost Tours In Melbourne.

  • Duration: 1-4 hours
  • Prices: from $16 AUD

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10. Eureka Skydeck 88

Get a birds-eye view of Melbourne at the top of the city’s Eureka Tower.

Its a whopping 300 metres above the ground on the 88th floor making it the perfect date for thrill-seekers.

Located on the southern banks of the Yarra River, you’ll have 360-degree views of notable Melbourne sites.

This includes places like Port Phillip Bay, Dockland, the CBD sports precinct and much more.

If you’re brave enough, take part in the skydeck’s Edge Experience.

You’ll not only have reflection-free views, but also an amazing vantage point from a glass cube that extends 3 metres out from the deck.

It may seem scary at first, but seeing this side of Melbourne is totally worth it.

At night, indulge a sumptuous romantic dinner at the Eureka Skydeck 89 restaurant. 

Bookings are required in advance to enjoy their 5 to 7 course menus.

  • Opening Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 4pm-9pm; Friday 4pm-10pm; Saturday & Sunday 12pm-10pm
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Address: 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006

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11. Melbourne Sunset Kayak Tour

This kayak tour gives you some of the best views of Melbourne during some of its best sunsets.

You’ll start your journey in Victoria Harbour where you’ll dine on the water.

Eat yummy fish n’ chips to keep you satisfied during the 2.5 hour long journey.

Then, paddle right into the heart of Melbourne along the Yarra River.

You’ll have a chance to see the dramatic fire-ball display at Melbourne’s Crown Casino, plus a beautiful sunset too.

  • Departure time: 4:45pm
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Departure Point: 912 Collins St, Docklands VIC 3008, Australia

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12. Overnight at the Zoo

There are two zoos in Melbourne that allow overnight guests.

But, the Melbourne Zoo definitely takes the cake.

Its Roar n Snore Overnight Camp lets guests wine, dine and sleep in its historic elephant exhibit.

You’ll even take a night tour where you can hear, smell and observe nocturnal animals in their natural elements.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
  • Duration: 3-4 during the day or overnight
  • Address: Elliott Ave, Parkville VIC 3052

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Or you can visit Werribee Open Range Zoo’s Slumber Safari.

The zoo offers luxury tents with a fully hosted experience.

Included is are animal encounters, drinks at sunset, a night walk and roasting marshmallows over a campfire.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
  • Duration: 3-4 during the day or overnight
  • Address: K Rd, Werribee South VIC 3030

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Alternatively, you can still have a fun experience on day visits.


13. Melbourne Crown Casino

Spend a luxurious date night at the biggest casino in Australia.

The dazzling, sophisticated setting of the Melbourne Crown Casino rivals some of the best around the world.

Even if you’re not into gambling, you can still partake in a lavish, romantic experience at the Crown’s resort.

Its packed with a glamorous hotel and spa, restaurants and fun events like concerts and live theatre.

Most of all, don’t forget to check out the casino’s spectacular gas brigades fire show, where you’ll see the world’s largest fireballs soar into the sky.

This start on the hour Monday to Friday from 9pm til midnight.

On weekends, it starts from 8pm.

We’d highly recommend a stay overnight to experience all the facilities and entertainment.

  • Guest Rating: 9.1
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, 3006 Melbourne, Australia

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14. Queen Victoria Market

Take a romantic walk through the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere.

Queen Victoria Market, offers everything from fresh produce to savory smells and delicious pastries scattered throughout its bustling stalls.

Want to stroll through the market under the stars?

Queen Victoria’s night market increases the hub’s lively atmosphere from November to April.

During this time, you can enjoy live music, delicious food stalls and even late-night shopping.

Buy a bottle of wine and some fresh food for a romantic dinner at home.

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 6am-3pm; Saturday 6am-4pm; Sunday 9am-4pm
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Address: Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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15. Holey Moley

On a romantic date to Holey Moley Golf Club, get ready to show off your putting skills.

The club’s mini-golf course offers over 2 levels and 27 crazy pop-culture holes to bring on the competition between couples.

Plus, you can even indulge in a cocktail or two at the course’s Caddyshack bar, or belt out some tunes in a karaoke room.

There’s one thing that you won’t be able to deny after a visit: that Holey Moley is surely a whole lot of fun.

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 4pm-11pm; Friday 2pm-1am; Saturday 11am-1am; Sunday 11am-11pm
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Address: 590 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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16. Penguin Parade

You won’t be the only cutie on a date to Phillip Island.

Come see the penguin parade on a natural gem not too far from the city!

Each night at sunset, these cute little penguins emerge from the waters and waddle to their homes in nearby sand dunes.

This is one of the most popular attractions in Australia just two hours from Melbourne.

So, experience it the right way with a tour of Phillip Island.

You’ll love the romantic sunset on the island.

  • Opening Hours: Visitor center opens 4pm. Penguins arrive sunset daily.
  • Duration: Whole day trip
  • Prices: Tours from $96 AUD
  • Address: 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, Victoria 3922

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17. Jazz Clubs

Melbourne is filled with upbeat jazz clubs to get you moving and grooving.

Find a great selection of live music every week.

From intimate lane way venues, to crowded jazz festivals there are plenty of toe-tapping spots in the city.

Some feature bebop, big band, fusion jazz and even sultry soloists.

Check out Paris Cat Jazz Club for live music and yummy tapas.

Or the Uptown Jazz Cafe, a venue that lines up well-known jazz performers, invokes an intimate atmosphere and has a delicious Japanese menu.

  • Best Time to Visit: from 5:30pm
  • Duration: 3-4 hours

18. Bowling

If you love bowling, come on down to Melbourne to make your next strike.

The city is teeming with lots of alleys that have their own unique flair and are perfect for a retro-themed date night.

Bowl in style at Kingpin Crown, where pins decorate the ceiling and 12 public neon-lit lanes thrive.

Or, head to Strike QV, a retro alley where you can bowl, drink, jam to Rn’B music and even play laser tag with the person you love.

Cross your fingers for a lucky strike and bowl away.

  • Best Time to Visit: from 5:30pm
  • Duration: 2-3 hours

19. Karaoke

Sing your heart out at one of Melbourne’s hip karaoke bars.

Whether you want to belt tunes out in front of a crowd or chill out as a couple, there’ll be songs for everyone.

Get the mic in your hand and let loose at one of these amazing hot spots.

Check out KBOX Karaoke to sing old school and chart-topping hits under gleaming disco bars.

Or head to PartyWorld Karaoke, a popular spot with 44 rooms and delectable Asian cuisine.

A karaoke date is a great way to have fun and even bring on some friendly competition.

Don’t be afraid to sing your heart out!

  • Best Time to Visit: from 5:30pm
  • Duration: 2-4 hours

20. Deserts Tasting

Who doesn’t love desert?

In Melbourne, you’ll be spoilt for choices as the city has some the most authentic and best tasting chocolates, ice creams and pastries in Australia.

You can join a tour to explore some of the secret allies that only locals know about.

Your guide will show you where to find the best Belgium chocolate, coffees and desert bars.

There are also some great wine tours that include chocolate tasting.

  • Duration: 3-10 hours
  • Prices: from $100 AUD

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21. ArtVo Immersive Gallery Experience

The Melbourne ArtVo Immersive Gallery is truly one of a kind.

The gallery’s  impressive detail transports you into unique fantasy worlds where optical illusions and dream-like 3D environments come alive.

With 100 reality-defying 3D artworks, couples can wander this museum for hours.

Pretend you’re a mermaid in the aquatic adventure exhibit or get lost in an enchanted garden.

Whatever you choose to visit, let your imagination flow to get the best experience.

There are also two exhibits dedicated to Australia called Aussie Pride and Australiana.

You can immerse yourself into the country’s culture even more during your visit to Melbourne.

This is one of the best romantic ideas to take plenty of photos.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10am-6pm
  • Duration: 1-3 hours
  • Address: Shop NCF, 07 Level/1 26 Star Cres, Docklands VIC 3008

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