Melbourne lays claim to being the cultural capital of Australia, but it also delivers in the romance department; not only for interstate visitors on a romantic getaway, but also for Victorians and born-and-bred Melburnians in search of the best date ideas.
Here are 7 picks for some of the most romantic things to do in Melbourne.
Picnic In Carlton Gardens
This World Heritage-listed beauty surrounds the Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum in Carlton, just a stone’s throw from the CBD. The Carlton Gardens are one of the city’s most popular picnic destinations. Pick up some takeaway treats from one of the delis, trattorias or cafes on nearby Lygon or Brunswick Streets and then mosey over to the Gardens to find a grassy patch to lay out a rug or blanket.
See A Show at Melbourne Recital Centre
Seeing a performance at Melbourne Recital Centre is one of Melbourne’s most romantic spots and makes for an unique date idea. The Recital Centre is located in Southbank and is one of the city’s premier destination for acoustic music. Check out the online performance calendar to plan your date night around headliners, and you can even arrange to join one of the guided tours. An early dinner or late night supper at one of Southbank’s restaurants completes this romance night out.
Stroll St. Kilda Pier
With panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay, the St. Kilda Pier is a pretty place for a dusk stroll with your partner. The St. Kilda beach foreshore is a lively stretch – often frequented by street performers and musicians – and wandering along the boardwalk should be added in your route. There are a number of beachfront bars and restaurants for those keen on a sundowner, or you could find a table at one of the diners along nearby Acland Street.
Walk Along The Yarra River
The Yarra River winds through a number of Melbourne suburbs, from leafy neighbourhoods to the heart of the CBD. There are a handful of trails and walkways that follow the river, and there are a myriad of options to stop for a picnic, a chat or to soak up some sunshine. Once you near closer to the CBD, there are some great riverfront restaurants and bars should you need a bite to eat – look to the eateries just beneath Federation Square or along Southbank. Those that want to see the Yarra from a different vantage point can even hire sea kayaks or canoes to paddle up and down the river.
Catch A Movie At The Rooftop Cinema
Located atop Curtin House is Rooftop Cinema, a favourite CBD go-to that packs out with movie-goers keen to catch new releases and cult classics backdropped by a scene of skyscrapers and city lights. The Cinema happens every night from 8pm between Tuesday and Sunday during summer and is attached to Rooftop Bar. An evening at Rooftop Cinema is a beloved Melbourne date night, no matter if you head straight to your deckchair upon arrival or if you opt to grab a bite before or after at any of Curtin House’s diners – burgers at Rooftop Bar, spicy Thai flavours from Cookie on Level 1, or empanadas, tacos and quesadillas from the Mexican menu at Mesa Verde.
Explore Melbourne’s Laneways
Melbourne is world renowned for its lanes and alleyways, and exploring this network in the CBD makes an exciting and rewarding date idea. Head out early in the morning to have the laneways to yourself and finish your stroll with breakfast at the likes of Cumulus Inc, Holy Crumpets or Hardware Societe. Another option is to plan your route in the direction of Queen Victoria Market (open Tuesday to Sunday) and grab a bag of famous hot jam doughnuts for your morning repast.
Visit Mount Dandenong
Mount Dandenong is a bit more than an hours’ drive from Melbourne – an easy day trip if you want a date away from the city. Head up to the viewing area at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong to get your bearings and admire the sweeping panoramas, or stay closer to ground level and meander the English-style gardens. See the sculptures at William Ricketts Sanctuary, and have a picnic on the grounds of Doongalla Homestead.
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