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9 Romantic things to do in Melbourne

Looking for romantic things to do with your partner while on holiday in Melbourne? Fancy a day trip to the sea, a classy evening of dinner and drinks or a therapeutic massage for two?

Looking for romantic things to do with your partner while on holiday in Melbourne? Fancy a day trip to the sea, a classy evening of dinner and drinks or a therapeutic massage for two? Then read the following list from start to finish for a bunch of romantic ideas that go straight to the heart.

A Day Trip to Bells Beach

Meet Australia’s most iconic and well-known surfing beach. The world surf league has held a championship event here annually for 50+ years. Approx. 1.5 hours’ drive from Melbourne City you’ll come across the charming town of Torquay. Keep going along the coast another 10 minutes, grab some fresh fish & chips from the charming village of Jan Juc and plot yourself a seat with your lover overlooking the famous Bells Beach and its moody blue sea.

The Great Otway National Park

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Get outta town! The beautiful Otway Ranges certainly qualify as one of the most romantic Victorian destinations. Filled with lush rainforest, waterfalls and ancient plant life, it really is a botanical paradise. Journey to the Otways via the state’s famous Great Ocean Road. This scenic drive allows you to stop into coastal local villages including Lorne, Apollo Bay and Anglesea.

Date Night

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Romantic wine bars, smooth cocktail lounges and elegant clubs are part and parcel of the Melbourne nightlife scene. For sweet pre-dinner drinks, your best bets are the following establishments:

A Couple’s Day Spa Treatment

Unwind from day to day life as you indulge in the ultimate couple's soak and massage at Japanese Bath House Onsen Ma. Enter an environment of relaxing and revitalising energy at Level 1 / 12-18 Meyers Place, CBD. Heavenly!

Dinner for Two

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Seeking somewhere special for an intimate dinner for two? Then Attica restaurant is just for you. An award-winning venue that consistently places in the top 50 restaurants in the world! Head chef Ben Shewry believes that food can have a deeper meaning than just another item to consume, it can be evocative and emotional! This is reflective by way of his delectable menu choices. Tip: Book early, as in now!

The Melbourne Cup

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Yes, that’s right why not book your romantic Melbourne weekend to coincide with the race that stops the nation. The Melbourne Cup race is annually held on the first Tuesday of November and the buzz at the famous Flemington racetrack is truly electric. Spending time with your lover at this ‘bucket list’ spring racing event is a prize-winning experience unto itself.

Picnic in the Park

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Melbourne features many outdoor parks that are ideal for sharing a picnic lunch with your better half. We adore the sprawling Carlton Gardens adjacent to the grand heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and the ever popular Fitzroy Gardens in the East Melbourne district.

Luxury Shopping

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Possibly more popular with the ladies but we don’t discriminate. The upper end of Collins Street in the CBD, just a few blocks from The Crossley, is where the fashion elite come for serious retail therapy. Gucci, Prada, Hermes and all the luxe label big guns rule the top end of town. Hint: Tiffany & Co is here in case your lady is not so subtly chasing an engagement ring.

Sunset Stroll

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Take a tram to St Kilda beach for a sunset drink. Note, the St Kilda Sea Baths on the foreshore is a romantic place to watch the gentle, rippling waves. Just after the sun goes down, stroll around to the breakwater and if you’re fortunate you may meet the bay's favourite families, aka the St Kilda penguins, as they waddle ashore.