Are you heading to Melbourne for a romantic getaway? You are? Great! When it comes to romantic things to do for couples, you are literally spoiled for choice.
Melbourne is the perfect place to enjoy everything from old-world theaters and intimate jazz clubs to dinner cruises and picnics in the park.
Day and night, this vibrant city is literally bursting at the seams with things to do. Whether you are looking to reconnect with your partner, pop that special question, or simply enjoy some ‘us time’, Australia’s second largest city won’t disappoint.
Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport offers comfy accommodation with easy access into the city. Go from hotel to honeymoon in less than 30 minutes. When it comes to convenient and comfortable Melbourne Airport accommodation, our rooms will guarantee you get cosy from the moment that you land.
To help you make the most of your romantic time away, here are some fun things to do in Melbourne for couples.
Visit Overnewton Castle
Australia does have castles too! What better way to get rid of jet lag, than a stress-free visit to one of the most beautiful buildings in the city? Overnewton Castle, with its five-acre gardens and exceptional tea, is an all-time favourite among locals and visitors alike.
The castle-home was built by Scotsman William Taylor in 1849 and is actually a miniature of a much larger Scottish castle. Overnewton Castle screams luxury and makes for quite the unique wedding venue.
It doesn’t get any more romantic than that. For a few dollars per person, you can take a tour of the picturesque house and enjoy high tea in the old-fashioned—yet lavish—reception hall.
Have a Picnic
If you’re looking for a pleasant suburban park near the airport, then you should definitely check out Cliff Harvey Lagoon Reserve. This little gem comes with excellent facilities, including several barbecues, tables, covered areas, and plenty of lawn space for romantic picnics.
The best of it all? It’s only about 5 minutes from Melbourne Airport. It’s the perfect destination if you’re looking for a quick escape from the city. The majestic elm trees offer enough shade to keep you nice and cool during hot weather.
Ride the Melbourne Star
Becoming an increasingly popular place to pop that big question, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel elevates you toward the stars and above the city skyline.
As you slowly ascend to the top of the southern hemisphere’s only giant ferris wheel, you can take in spectacular 360-degree views Melbourne City.
To up the ante and take romance to new heights, why not book a private ‘sparkling flights ride.’This gives you sole access to one of the private cabins where you will be served a glass of sparkling wine when you reach the peak of your journey.
Taking you up to 120 meters above the city, watching the world go by from your own private bubble is a beautiful way to spend the evening. For those of you who are thinking about proposing in Melbourne, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel staff will help you plan the perfect proposal.
Romantic Carriage Ride
What could be more romantic than taking a melbourne horse-drawn carriage ride through the city streets at night. There is something truly special about a carriage ride, giving your romantic evening a fairytale touch.
Make your way over the yarra river on the Princes Bridge. Cuddle up and get cosy as you slowly pass King Domain Gardens. Then soak up the early evening ambience of Queen Victoria Gardens, one of Melbourne’s finest green spaces.
Treat your loved one to a truly special ride that takes them through the heart of the city and all of its iconic locations. When it comes to a memorable romantic date in Melbourne, this will be one you will both remember for years to come.
Soar Above the City
If you want to head even higher than the Melbourne Star, the Eureka SkyDeck is the place to go. Make your way up to the 88th floor of the Southern hemisphere’s highest viewing deck for some spectacular 360 degree panoramic views.
If you are feeling brave, sign up for the edge experience. Extending 3 metres from the main SkyDeck view point, this glass cube offers reflection free views and a terrifying yet exciting view of the city 300 metres below.
Once you have had your fill of taking in the sights of Melbourne City from floor 88. Make your way up to floor 89 for a romantic dinner with a view. Take your pick between a 5 or 7 course meal and enjoy a dinner with views to die for. If you do want to have dinner at the Eureka SkyDeck Restaurant, you will need to book in advance.
Queen Victoria Market
Not only is the open-air Queen Victoria Market the largest in the southern hemisphere, it is also the perfect place for a romantic stroll in the evening.
From May to November the Winter Night Market comes to Melbourne, which is ideal for enjoying some delicious street food, stocking up on a few goodies, and enjoying the lively evening atmosphere.
The cooler evening temperatures make Queen Victoria Market a great choice for snuggling up together in one of the many restaurants and bars lining the area.
Live music further adds to the romantic atmosphere, while local produce including wine and cheese is perfect for taking back to your hotel room for a late night in-room date.
The Melbourne Winter Night Market takes place every Wednesday from 5pm till 10pm. If you want to be guaranteed a table, you can book one in advance. Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of this bustling area.
Sip on deliciously warm spiced mulled wine. Enjoy quirky entertainment. And take advantage of the heat from the nearby roaring fires. Romantic perfection!
Go Horse Riding
The Woodlands Trail Riding centre is only a 10-minute ride from Melbourne Airport. If you enjoy amazing views and love kangaroos, then you wouldn’t want to miss this.
Whether you’re an experienced rider or riding for the first time, attentive instructors will help you build up your riding confidence in no time! The amazing 360 views from the city to the Yarra Valley are bound to leave you breathless.
After your ride, you can enjoy a romantic walk or picnic in the area, go bird-watching or spy on the local kangaroos.
A Few Bonus Activities to Enjoy Together
There are so many romantic things to do in Melbourne that we are throwing in a few bonus activities for you to enjoy. The above are definitely things to add to your to-do list. The following will probably also make their way into your romantic itinerary.
- Dinner cruise on the Spirit of Melbourne. Departing from Southbank promenade, enjoy a delicious romantic dinner on the Yarra River as you pass through the heart of Melbourne City.
- Try your luck at Crown Casino. From fire shows to restaurants. And of course, more gaming tables than you can shake a stick at. Who knows? You might even win big.
- Jazz up your night with some soulful music at Paris Cat Jazz Club. Dig into some delicious tapas and enjoy talented musicians with an evening filled with soul, romance, and relaxation.
- Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens for a romantic picnic next to the stately fountains. Early evening is the perfect time for a lakeside walk while breathing in the sweet smell of a botanical treasure chest.
Make the most of your time in with these fun things to do in Melbourne for couples. Reaching the city from Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport is quick and easy. At the end of the day, you can retreat from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne City and enjoy getting cosy in beautifully furnished and comfortable rooms.
Book your stay today and start planning the most romantic getaway of your lives in Melbourne.