Romantic Things To Do In Melbourne: Top 10 Memorable Date Ideas

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You have met the love of your life and want to spend time with her on an unforgettable date in Melbourne to celebrate your affection for one another. With the help of this list of ten memorable date ideas, you’ll be able to impress her in beautiful Melbourne city.

1. Take a private wine tasting tour of the Yarra Valley

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More than just a tour company, this group consists of local tour guides who are passionate about their humble city and more than ready to open up your senses to their culture and customs. Your food and wine experience will be incomparable as this tour features some of the best wineries in the Yarra Valley and even includes private barrel tastings. You both can clink your wine glasses to toast to a long lasting relationship.

Yarra Valley Private Tours

Website: Yarra Valley Private Tours

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2. Enjoy a lazy afternoon with a romantic Venetian gondola experience or have fun with a self-drive boat hire

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There is no better way to experience Melbourne than with a self-drive boat hire from Melbourne Boat Hire. You can take a leisurely ride along the city’s Yarra River on one of their two signature vessels, the Harvey A and Eliza J. You don’t need a boat license to drive it and it can carry up to 12 passengers. Keep the romance alive and spicy on a unique Venetian style gondola with one of the company’s package tours, such as the one-hour Champagne Cruise at 250 AUD (193 USD), which includes a complimentary bottle of quality french champagne and a red rose, or spoil her with the one-hour Romance Package at 285 AUD (220 USD) which includes a cruise, a bottle of quality sparkling wine, gift wrapped chocolates and a bouquet of red roses. Immerse yourselves in either one of these wonderful cruising experiences, while taking in the glorious sunset view.

Melbourne Boat Hire

Website: Melbourne Boat Hire

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3. Appreciate art in the Heide Museum of Modern Art

Inge King, 'Rings of Saturn' , Heide Museum of Modern Art, Heidelberg, Victoria, 8 Feb. 2009
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This state-owned public museum and gallery museum boasts three exhibition spaces and 15 hectares (37 acres) of gardens filled with stunning sculptures. After a tour around the museum, stop for some coffee and share some pastries at Café Vue at Heide which is located in the sculpture plaza, opposite the main entrance of the museum. Their lunch-time menu features items made from seasonal produce grown in their kitchen garden.

Heide Museum of Modern Art

Website: Heide Museum of Modern Art

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4. Tune into your inner melody with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - dusk - by Alpha
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The Melbourne-based orchestra consists of 100 permanent musicians and is the oldest professional orchestra in Melbourne. 2017 events and performances include MSO Plays Tchaikovsky in March 2017, a Pixar in Concert in April 2017, MSO Plays Kat-Chernin in September 2017, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in November 2017.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Website: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

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5. Watch a romantic open air film at the Shadow Electric or one of Melbourne's other great cinemas

Astor Theatre Melbourne
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The Shadow Electric is the only cinema in the world to be set inside a convent and offers a range of blockbuster new releases, independent arthouse screenings, documentaries, Australian films and cult classics.

The Sun Theatre originally opened in 1938 and started out as a single screen, 1050 seat cinema. The cinema is complete with a sun neon sign, a landmark for Yarraville and it is now an eight-screen cinema with eight more boutique screening rooms.

The Astor Theatre stands at the corner of Chapel Street and Dandenong Road and it has a long and renowned history. Since its opening in 1936, it’s one of the world’s few remaining single screen, repertory cinemas.

Shadow Electric

Website: Shadow Electric

Sun Theatre

Website: Sun Theatre

The Astor Theatre

Website: The Astor Theatre

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6. Enjoy the view with lunch or dinner at the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant or the Point in Albert Park

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
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The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is the first travelling tramcar restaurant in the world which operates from a converted fleet of three vintage W class trams. It began serving people on November 2nd, 1982 which was, coincidentally, Melbourne Cup Day. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant departs from and returns to Tram Stop 125, Normanby Road, near the corner of Clarendon Street, South Melbourne. As the glossy, burgundy restaurant on wheels cruises the city streets of Melbourne, three times a day, you both can enjoy their notable menu and quality Australian wine.

At The Point in Albert Park, you can go for the dry-aged steak and stay for the dazzling view. Although it may be slightly on the pricey side, there’s no reason not to splurge as you will definitely get what you pay for, as you dig into their impressive bovine cuts and wash them down with glasses of wine.

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Website: The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

The Point, Albert Park

Website: The Point / Hidden Jade

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7. Enjoy a beautiful sunrise at the Shrine of Remembrance or sunset at the Rooftop Bar.

Shrine of Rememberance (11884180023)
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The Shrine of Remembrance, located in Kings Domain on St Kilda Road, is Victoria’s war memorial and iconic landmark. It was built between 1927 and 1934 to commemorate the lives lost in the Great War of 1914-1918 and is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in war. The sunrise views at the shrine have wowed thousands who visit during ANZAC Day and will provide a truly poignant experience.

In the evening, climb the flights of stairs to the Rooftop Bar on Swanston Street and you both will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the city, amidst the setting of the glowing sun.

Shrine of Remembrance

Website: Shrine of Remembrance

Rooftop Bar, Swanston Street

Website: Rooftop Bar

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8. Share a kiss at Carlton Gardens

Carlton Gardens fountain
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There is nothing sweeter than sharing a kiss with your partner, in a scene similar to a romantic movie, with a fountain as a backdrop. The Carlton Gardens is listed as a World Heritage Site and is located on the northeastern edge of the Central Business District in the suburb of Carlton. The garden features three important ornate fountains: the Exhibition Fountain, the French Fountain, and the Westgarth Drinking Fountain.

The Carlton Gardens

Website: Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

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9. Create your own bespoke perfume at Fleurage Perfume Atelier

Bottle Perfume Roses
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Customize your own scent or create a perfume gift with a range of rare fragrances at this lovely store. Prep your nostrils, as their store experts run workshops and events to assist you in tailoring your own special fragrance. You may also purchase limited edition or couture perfumes as personalised gifts for your partner or loved ones from 50 AUD (39 USD).

Fleurage Perfume Atelier

Website: Fleurage Perfume Atelier

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10. Pop the question with some jewellry from Canturi Jewels

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Canturi Jewels is an exclusive jewellery brand, renowned for its ingeniously contemporary designs of exceptional timeless quality, by founder-designer Stefano Canturi. Their pieces are only available in four locations worldwide: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and New York. Their elite Canturi Bridal Collection range reflects the confident, inspirational and unique spirit of the modern bride. She will definitely give a solid “yes”, as you get down on one knee, with these iconic jewels in your hand.

Canturi Jewels

Website: Canturi Jewels

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Take a romantic trip "Down Under" for a date or anniversary celebration.

Melbourne night view
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It is not easy to find your soulmate or that special someone with whom you have compatible chemistry. Be it a month-sary or anniversary, these date ideas will do wonders to help to kickstart and strengthen the bond between you both. For starters, a customized perfume or a Venetian gondola cruise experience will definitely create fireworks, as well as create a memorable experience for you two to share for years to come.

Love is in the air~

It is not easy to find a significant other and be compatible with one another. These date ideas will do wonders to help to kick-start and strengthen the bond between you both. For starters, a customized perfume or Venetian gondola cruise experience will add sparks into the romance as well as create a memorably exciting date for you and her.

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Cheryl is a banker by profession, writer by passion, foodie / jet-setter by obsession. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur city in Malaysia, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English...Read more

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