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Melbourne, with its old world charm, is ideal for romantic activities. So below you will find White Hat's suggestions for

50 Romantic Things to do in Melbourne

OK, the list runs to well over 50, but it's pretty hard to stop once you get started.

Breakfast at Footscray

Romantic breakfast in Footscray

For a leisurely row on the river, you can hire a rowboat from one of the two boatsheds in Studley Park.

There are also numbers of fine dining establishments around Melbourne that can produce an intimate romantic atmosphere and maybe a log fire. For a truly Melbourne romantic experience there is the Colonial Tramcar Restauant.

And if you are able to get out of town, there are many options which can be found on our pages about country Victoria. Dinner in a restaurant at a winery, an overnight stay in the Dandenongs, a romantic weekend at Queenscliffe can all be recommended.

And the next morning you can always turn up for breakfast at 6am at the Vic Market in your dinner suit and party frock. You are likely to find a few similar couples doing the same.



Sunset over St Kilda Beach


Watch the sun set over St Kilda Beach - Sit on the sand, the grass or a bench. You can wander along the beach and out onto the pier and have a glass of wine at the pier kiosk (once it is rebuilt) . There are also several restaurants and cafes on the beachfront at St Kilda which can provide a great view of the sunset.

Concert at Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne


Enjoy champagne and a romantic picnic under the stars while listening to a concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. During summer there are numbers of classical concerts as well as ballet and opera at Melbourne's iconic open air venue - and many of them are free. For a listing see The White Hat Guide to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Lygon Street Carlton (Melbourne, Australia)



If you prefer a bit more hustle and bustle, you can be in the thick of the action dining on the footpath in Lygon Street. You can find more information on Melbourne's Italian precinct at The White Hat Guide to Lygon Street.

Garden at Dame Elisabeth Murdosch's Cruden Farm



Wander through a private garden - Most weekends in Melbourne you will find that some family has thrown open to the public their lovingly tended private garden for some good cause or other. You can find a listing of current private garden openings at The White Hat Guide to Private Gardens in Melbourne.

Go cycling. Melbourne is relatively flat and if you don't have your own bicycles you can always hire them. A particularly romantic ride is from the city to Williamstown and back which involves a punt crossing across the Yarra River underneath West Gate Bridge. You may want to hire a tandem (click on link to right) but White Hat suggests that if you feel your back view is not your most attractive angle that you quickly claim the rear seat. You can find more information at The White Hat Guide to Cycling in Melbourne.
Visit a night market. On many days in Melbourne there are atmospheric night markets. During summer there is usually a night market at the Queen Victoria Market on a Wednesday, ones at Northcote Town Hall and St Kilda Beach on a Thursday and one at the Abbotsford Convent on a Friday. You can wander around hand in hand checking out the merchandise, possibly enjoy a meal on the grass and listen to a band - all with no price of admissions. You can find a comprehensive listing at The White Hat Guide to Twilight & Night Markets in Melbourne.
Afternoon Tea at The Windsor
For as long as most people can remember, afternoon tea at The Hotel Windsor has been a Melbourne institution. A full leisurely afternoon tea served in the luxurious surrounds of Melbourne's of Melbourne grand old historic hotel really calls for a lady to wear a hat and gloves. If you don't have a hat and gloves and the gentleman doesn't have a cane then White Hat urges you to at least carry yourself with a dignified air.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne


If the weather is fine, a picnic in one of the many parks and gardens with a bottle of champagne is hard to match. The Botanic Gardens in particular evokes the atmosphere of a Jane Austin novel. Keep in mind, however, that Melbourne's weather may require a Plan B.

Go sailing. Towards the end of this list you will find details for trying out sailing for free. Obviously you need to dress appropriately. However if you feel that you look at your best in a wet t-shirt then White Hat suggests you contrive an occasion to fall overboard. For those who prefer the romantic experience of sailing without all that sweaty physical exertion we have listed some options below which you may wish to check out.
Visit one of Melbourne's Hidden Gems. Most weeks in our White Hat Melbourne Newsletter we mention a hidden gem and many of these are romantic in nature.
Ride a tram - You can ride the City Circle Tram for free, but once you've done a complete circuit you probably don't want to go around a second time. On the other hand you could choose a particular tram and ride it to the end of the route and back. On the weekends, if you buy the right ticket, this will cost you next to nothing. and for visitors it can be a good way to get a flavour of Melbourne suburban living. You could for instance try the route 109 which runs through Collins Street in the city. If you are on a tight budget you could break your journey at either Victoria Street Richmond or the Box Hill terminus and enjoy a cheap warming Asian meal. If you have a little more to spend you could enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants overlooking the bay at the Station Pier terminus.

© Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant


Have a meal on the tramcar restaurant - Enjoy a leisurely meal in a heated tramcar restaurant while looking through the windows at the poor mugs out there walking around in the rain. Be warned that the wine (included in the price) keeps on coming so you're sure to feel nice and warm when you return to base.
Take a romantic evening stroll along the Paris end of Collins Street then into the Treasury Gardens. You can find some background information on this area in Part 2 of our podcast of August 2008.
Take the ferry to Willy. Williamstown (or Willy as the locals call it) still has a village atmosphere and the boat trip across the bay helps put you in a romantic mood. There are numbers of cafes, restaurants and pubs along the waterfront for a romantic meal. More details at The White Hat Guide to Williamstown.
Spend a lazy afternoon in the sun at a rooftop bar such as the one on top of Curtin House.
Lie on the grass at an outdoor cinema. Popular outdoor movies in Melbourne include the Moonlight Cinema at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Cruise Ship Crystal Stmphony visiting Melbourne

The Cruise Ship Crystal Symphony visiting Melbourne.


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Medieval Festival

Two days of Medieval entertainment including fireworks, jousting, archery, sword fighting, dancing, parades and market stalls and Medieval crafts.

October 2012 ?

Kryal Castle Ballarat -

Enquiries: (03) 5334 7388
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Gypsy Jazz on the Village Green

Come and jam to the music of Django Reinhart, or just have a listen. If you would like to come along and jam, contact Misja on carbowalker@optusnet.com.au

From 1pm, Sundays

CERES Community Environment Park -

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Kelvin Jazz & Supper Club

Melbourne's finest jazz singers and musicians including Julie O'Hara, Emma Franz, Hetty Kate, Rebecca Barnard, Wilbur Wilde, Paul Williamson, and more, together with the inspirational Michael Jordan Trio with Steve Sedergreen on piano, perform every Friday night at the Kelvin Club.

from 9.30pm, every Friday

The Kelvin Club, 6 Melbourne Place, Melbourne -

Guests $10 Enquiries: (03) 9654 5711
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Open House Melbourne

An annual event where many of Melbourne's heritage buildings are thrown open to the public. You can find details at Open House Melbourne.

26th & 27th July 2014

Various buildings in central and inner Melbourne -

Free entry at most venues
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Banongill Open Garden

This magnificent historic garden, partly designed by William Guilfoyle, features a vast lawn sweeping down to Mount Emu Creek with its famous display of millions of daffodils naturalised along the banks. Thousands more daffodils, Spanish hyacinths, bluebells, iris and jonquils bloom in bluestone terraces.

Other highlights are spring blossom, carpets of hellebores, beautiful mature trees, magnificent wisteria walk, and a rose garden framed by clipped hornbeams.

Lunches and teas will be available, or you are welcome to bring a picnic.

There will be talks on the history of the garden at 11am and 2pm each day, and historical tours of the shearing shed at noon and 3pm each day.

10am-4.30pm, 6th & 7th September 2014

Banongill Rd, Skipton -

$12 per head, no charge for children under 18
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Australia Day Races

The popular annual horse racing event.

26 January 2014

Hanging Rock -

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Government House Open Day

As part of Australia Day, citizens and visitors are invited to visit Government House, inspect many rooms not normally open to the public and enjoy a picnic on the lawns. Music and entertainment throughout the day.

Our rating - 5 Hats

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10am to 3pm, 26th January 2014

Government House -

Free entry Enquiries: (03) 9655 4211
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Fairfield Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series

White Hat always looks forward to the free Sunday world music concerts at the Fairfield Amphitheatre during February. We suggest you get together with family and friends, bring a blanket or cushion and your own food creations suited to a lazy Sunday afternoon.

5pm to 7.30pm, Sundays in February 2013

Fairfield Amphitheatre, Fairfield Park, Heidelberg Road, Fairfield -

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Moomba Fireworks

The annual Moomba Fireworks running over three nights.

9.30pm, 7th to 9th March 2015

Yarra River near Federation Square -

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Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture

For the entire month of may, Toorak Village businesses will display contemporary sculptures in their windows and bolted to the pavements along Toorak Road. Take your time surveying the sculptures as well as the shops. Please enjoy 'a decade of sculpture' and take advantage of the warm hospitality of the traders in the village. Catalogues are available from any of the shops in the village and all sculptures are for sale. Toorak Village is between Wallace Ave and Grange Rd, just east of Williams Rd. Simply catch the no 8 tram from Federation Square, along Toorak Road to stop no 35.

1st to 31st May 2015 (tbc)

Toorak Village -

Enquiries: 0419 005 052
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Rooftop Cinema - Curtin House

Relax in a deckchair on the rooftop of a city building, Curtin House, and take in a movie in atmospheric surroundings. Tickets range from $20 ($18 conc) to $30 plus booking fee


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Movies in the Vineyard

Outdoor Movies in one of the Yarra Valley's major Vineyards.

Gates Open 6pm, movies Begin at dusk 8:45pm (approx). Rochford is a fully catered & licensed venue. No BYO alcohol, softdrink or food permitted. The Café and Bar is open on Movie nights from 6pm until 8:45pm. Please bring a deck chair or picnic rug, as there is no allocated seating. Bean Bags and Deck Chairs are available for hire on the night. Full information and online bookings at Rochford Wines

Rochford Wines, 878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream

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Eureka Skydeck + 'The Edge' - Adult
Eureka Skydeck
& 'The Edge' - Adult


Rippon Lea Renaissance Dancers

Classes in East Kew on most Wednesday evenings during the year. Newcomers welcome. Advanced dancers are invited to join costumed performing team. Phone (03) 9699 8417 for brochure. Information at Early Arts Guild of Victoria

Romantic Lingerie for men and women

See also Christmas Lights in Melbourne.


You can find a comprehensive guide to markets around Australia at The White Hat Guide to Markets in Australia.