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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.|
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.||
|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.|
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
- Saturday 1st February 2014 - Prince Avalanche
- Sunday 2nd February 2014 - The Never Ending Story
- \Tuesday 4th February 2014 - Computer Chess
- Wednesday 5th February 2014 - Silver Linings Playbook
- Thursday 6th February 2014 - American Hustle
- Saturday 8th February 2014 - The Hunger Games
- Sunday 9th February 2014 - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- Tuesday 11th February 2014 - All the Real Girls
- Wednesday 12th February 2014 - Breakfast at Tiffany's
- Thursday 13th February 2014 - William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
- Saturday 15th February 2014 - August: Osage County
- Sunday 16th February 2014 - Amelie
- Tuesday 18th February 2014 - Spring Breakers
- Wednesday 19th February 2014 - Gravity
- Thursday 20th February 2014 - Casablanca
- Saturday 22nd February 2014 - The Fifth Element
- Sunday 23rd February 2014 - Zoolander
- Tuesday 25th February 2014 - Room 237
- Wednesday 26th February 2014 - The To Do List
- Saturday 1st March 2014 - The Wolf of Wall Street
- Sunday 2nd March 2014 - Julie & Julia
- Tuesday 4th March 2014 - The Spectacular Now
- Wednesday 5th March 2014 - The Big Lebowski
- Thursday 6th March 2014 - Inside Llewyn Davis
- Saturday 8th March 2014 - Donnie Darko
- Mon 10th March 2014 - Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
- Tuesday 11th March 2014 - Surprise Screening
- Wednesday 12th March 2014 - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
- Thursday 13th March 2014 - The Italian Job
- Saturday 15th March 2014 - Rush
- Sunday 16th March 2014 - Jurassic Park
- Tuesday 18th March 2014 - Don Jon
- Wednesday 19th March 2014 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Thursday 20th March 2014 - Muscle Shoals
- Saturday 22nd March 2014 - White Men Can't Jump
- Sunday 23rd March 2014 - Akira
- Tuesday 25th March 2014 - The Comedy
- Wednesday 26th March 2014 - Surprise Screening
- Thursday 27th March 2014 - Surprise Screening
- Saturday 29th March 2014 - Ghostbusters
- Sunday 30th March 2014 - Surprise Screening
- Tuesday 1st April 2014 - Her
- Wednesday 2nd April 2014 - Dallas Buyers Club
- Thursday 3rd April 2014 - Labyrinth
- Saturday 5th April 2014 - Closing Night Surprise
Movies in the Vineyard
Outdoor Movies in one of the Yarra Valley's major Vineyards.
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 - Saturday, 11th January 2014 - [TBA] 95mins
- About Time - Saturday 18th January 2014 - [M] 123 mins
- Philomena - Sunday 26th January 2014 - [PG] 98 mins
- August Osage Country - Saturday 1st February 2014 - [MA] 130mins
- Breakfast at Tiffanys - Friday 14th February 2014 - [PG] 115 Mins
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
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
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