It’s usually left off any list of the world’s most romantic cities but if you know the right places to look, Melbourne and its outer suburbs can really set the mood. From charming gardens to beach views, to cultural icons or the Yarra River, Melbourne is full of spots perfect for your next date night.
Here are our picks for some of the most romantic things to do in Melbourne:
1. Visit Carlton Gardens
This World Heritage listed beauty surrounds the Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum in Carlton, just a stones throw from the CBD. Whether it’s a first date or simply an escape from the kids, this enchanting spot is sure to impress.
2. See a show at Melbourne Recital Centre
While it certainly attracts a slightly older crowd, the Melbourne Recital Centre is undoubtedly one of Melbourne’s most romantic spots and can prove the perfect setting for a memorable night out.
3. Walk along St. Kilda Pier
With panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay, this is a perfect place to go for a stroll with your partner. While it’s a date spot to suit any occasion, this boardwalk is particularly magical on a clear day.
4. Stroll around the Yarra River
If you head to the Yarra River on a Friday or Saturday night, you’ll find the bank packed with lovers taking an after dinner stroll or looking for a bar to take a nightcap.
If you’re looking for that extra romantic touch, Venice on the Yarra allows couples to float along the water in gondolas in one of Melbourne’s most extravagant and romantic ways to pass time.
5. Catch a movie at the Rooftop Cinema
Atop Curtin House, the Rooftop Bar packs out with people dining and wining among a backdrop of the city’s finest views.
Summer is perhaps when the bar most comes alive, hosting a Rooftop Cinema every Tuesday to Sunday from 8pm. There’s no better way to spend an evening in Melbourne, whether it’s date night or a special occasion with a loved one.
6. Explore Melbourne Laneways
This is one for the morning people – Melbourne is renowned for its delightful laneways and fantastic choice of brunch spots. Although you can do some research, it’s sometimes just as much fun to get lost and see which cafe you end up at first.
7. Visit Mount Dandenong
Whether you’re looking for a night of class, wining and dining, or simply a stroll through a garden with spectacular views, this is a haven for romantics less than an hour away from the Melbourne CBD.
There’s an fine dining restaurant on the premises, suitably named SkyHigh, if you’re celebrating a special occasion or are looking for an excuse to wear your fanciest threads.
Amid lush towering forest and overlooking the stunning Port Phillip Bay, views don’t get much better than this. The grounds have been extensively refurbished with charming gardens and a pebbled creek which runs through the tranquil setting. With views that are magical whether it’s day or night, this stunning venue is sure to create a spark regardless of the occasion.
Melbourne also has a range of beautiful hotels and charming bed and breakfasts, if you’re travelling to Melbourne for a romantic getaway. If you’re hoping for romance, you won’t need to look far in Melbourne for a lovely cafe or restaurant. Make the most of Melbourne’s world-class wining and dining culture, and make your next couples retreat in the city of Melbourne.