Romantic Things to Do in Melbourne

December 19, 2012 by

Eating & Restaurants, Things To Do, Top Attractions, Travel Tips

Romantic things to do in Melbourne

Romantic things to do in Melbourne

With wide avenues, large parks, sweeping vistas and fine Victorian architecture in the city; and glorious beaches, forested hills and wineries just a short drive away, there are plenty of romantic things to do in Melbourne.

Dining

In the city there are plenty of romantic dining options, from restaurants with a view to a leisurely dinner cruise on water. Our favorite romantic eating spots are:

Colonial tramcar restaurant: See the sights as you dine in an intimate, refurbished colonial tramcar.

• Fine dining with a view: For a real splurge try Melbourne’s most talked about restaurant Vue De Monde at the Rialto Tower. Other great options include No.35; Taxi; Eureka 89; Pure South and World Restaurant and Bar.

Melbourne River Cruise: Leave the city lights behind you and steal an after dinner kiss on the top deck of Melbourne’s cruising restaurant.

Activities

You don’t have to share a meal to be romantic. Some more imaginative options include:

• Rowing a boat down the Yarra River: Hire a two-seater from Studley Park or Fairfield Boathouse and experience a more sedate, greener side of the city.

Sunrise or sunset Melbourne balloon flight: For the ultimate romantic treat book a hot air balloon ride over the city or the green hills and vineyards of the Yarra Valley.

• Picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens: Grab your goodies from Queen Victoria Market and head to the botanical gardens for a bit of smooching by the lake.

In the Country

Escape the city. Melbourne’s countryside is never more than an hour’s drive away and has a wealth of options to choose from.

• Overnighter down the beach: Drive your loved one down the Great Ocean Road and wake to the sounds of crashing waves in the seaside towns of Lorne, Wye River and Apollo Bay.

• Head for the hills: Choose from the Swiss, English and German influenced cottage charm of the Dandenongs; the glorious lavender fields, massages and hot springs in Daylesford; the vineyards and farmers markets of the Yarra Valley; the beaches and vineyards of the Mornington Peninsula or the rugged mountains and open fires in the Grampians? The choice is yours…

- Emma McMahon

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