Looking for something romantic to do in Melbourne? You’re in the right place.
Melbourne may not rank as high as Paris on the romantic city scale, but there’s plenty to do which will impress a partner, put the zing back in a love relationship or if it’s a first date, woo someone new.
We’ve collected ten of the most romantic things to do in Melbourne which, no matter what your dating budget is, you’ll find are real winners in the love stakes.
1. Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
For a lasting floral memory, which won’t wilt and die after a week, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne. Stroll around the acres of ornate horticulture, sit on a bench by the lake or stretch out on the grass and make daisy chains while you chat. It’s a real laid back outing which will give you some precious one on one time without any interruptions if you leave your phone at home.
Check the weather before you plan a romantic day at the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s best experienced on a bright sunny day. A few attractions you may want to stop by include:
- Guilfoyle’s Volcano
- Melbourne Observatory
- The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden
- National Herbarium of Victoria
Also keep an eye out for unique sculptures scattered around the park as well as the varied plant collection around the Botanical Gardens.
2. Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Garden, Melbourne
Take your date to the Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Garden, part company at the entrance and then spend the rest of the afternoon wandering through the complex labyrinth of head-height hedges in search of love. The aroma of lavender from the nearby fields should have a calming, aromatherapeutic action on your wildly beating heart.
3. Garden Highlights Tour, Melbourne
If you’re looking to impress with some old fashioned romance, try the Garden Highlights Tour. Collect your date in a horse drawn carriage and clip clop around the streets of Melbourne taking in some major sights along the way. You’ll be the envy of everyone as you ride by, day or night, so give the onlookers a little royal wave.
If you prefer some intimacy, this next activity is pretty exclusive and guaranteed to send you sky high in the date ratings chart.
4. Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Hire a private booth on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel for an exclusive dating treat. Sip champagne as you rise higher and higher above the city lights. Don’t look down or you’ll never know if you’re dizzy with infatuation or suffering from altitude sickness.
5. Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne
If you like the idea of seeing the city lights twinkling away beneath you, but don’t want to be spinning around while you do, check out the Eureka Skydeck for some amazing night time vistas of Melbourne. At just over a quarter of a kilometer high, there’s not much to impede the view from the observational deck of the Eureka Tower and the bonus is you’ll be stationary while you share the sights with your date. If you want to take it one step further, without going off the edge, book a table for two in Eureka 89. You’ll be, almost, on cloud nine.
6. Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, Melbourne
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant could be Melbourne’s version of the Orient Express. Dine in full-on nineteen forties decadence as the tramcar traverses the city streets. It might look old worldly, but the food is bang up to date. Even if you’re completely love-struck, you’ll need to find a good appetite to munch your way through the three and five course dinners. Nobody want’s to get left at the tram stop, so book well in advance as this is a popular night out.
7. Beer & Wine Tour In A Classic Convertible
On this classy Beer and Wine Tour of the Yarra Valley, you and your date will be chauffeur driven for the whole day. You’ll ride around one of Melbourne’s most scenic areas in a Chevrolet convertible, roof down of course, stopping off at a couple of very select vineyards for some sampling before having lunch at a brewery. All you need to do is sit in the back, hold hands and feel the wind in your hair.
Here are a couple more ideas to keep you on the right road to love.
| Tour for Two. Private Yarra Valley Wine Tasting.
Drive through the Yarra Valley in a luxury Mercedes stopping for tastings, lunch and an unusual chocolate and wine pairing.
| Yarra Valley Wildlife Express Private Tour.
Show your date your soft side. Take a private tour of the Healesville Sanctuary. Feed the animals then each other at a special Yarra Valley chocolate tasting.
8. Melbourne Seafood Lunch Cruise
Certain seafood, or so it’s said, can have aphrodisiacal properties. So after a date on the Melbourne Seafood Lunch Cruise, be prepared for any outcome. This relaxing three hour sailing down the Yarra river, on a beautifully refurbished ferry boat, is all about the food. Tuck in to the lavish buffet of fresh prawns, crabs, oysters and many more delectable offerings of marine species and wash it all down with quality white wine.
If all the extra zinc intake doesn’t liven up your love life, try this next cruise instead.
9. Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
Take a sedate evening sail on the Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise. Drift past famous city sights, lit up for the night, while you dine on gourmet cuisine which has been freshly prepared on-board. All courses are paired with quality Australian wines. When you’ve finished eating, sip on an after-dinner liqueur as you watch Melbourne go by.
10. Peninsula Hot Springs, Melbourne
Go all out for a Scandinavian-style date at the Peninsula Hot Springs. Stare into each others eyes through clouds of steam in a private outdoor thermal pool or if you’re the indoor type, slip into the serenity of a secluded bathing pavilion. If you’re there on a weekend, you can get a package with spa treatments plus dinner included too.
Have you enjoyed a romantic night out in Melbourne or do you know of somewhere we haven’t mentioned here? We’d love to hear where you went and what you thought of it so, please, post a comment and photo below.