Famous as the Australian cultural capital, Melbourne can be dynamic, cosmopolitan, fun, and serene.
Its inner city…
…is considered to be the closest Down Under equivalent to European architecture, and some of it is even reminiscent of Parisian neighborhoods.
So, there is actually no better place to be with your chosen one, than the Paris of Australia.
If you are wondering where to go and what to do in the capital of culture, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Here are a few ideas that will keep the spark alive and turn your day in Melbourne for an unforgettable couple experience.
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Watch the stars
Spending the evening watching the stars might sound like a romantic movie cliché, but there is nothing cliché about Melbourne Planetarium where you can observe the cosmic presentation on the 16-meter domed ceiling.
The enchanting audio and video display are followed by a live presentation of the night sky and it allows you to enjoy the starry sky any time of the day.
Explore modern art
It would be a shame to go to Melbourne (both single and as a couple) without seeing some of the city’s finest pieces of street art.
The city is known for its colorful urban laneways.
Also, going to such parts of the city will open a whole new world of tiny cafes, bars, and restaurants where you can get to know the café culture of Melbourne.
Spend the day in the Royal Botanic Garden
Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Garden is a true inner-city getaway that is famous around the globe.
You can explore it in the traditional way by walking around and observing hundreds of different plants, or you can take your date to another level by preparing a picnic in this oasis or renting a boat and gliding on the Ornamental Lake.
Drive along The Great Ocean Road
Being in Melbourne and not taking The Great Ocean Road drive would be like going to Italy and not meandering along The Amalfi Road.
The Great Ocean Road stretches for 664 kilometers along Western Victoria’s coastline and it offers some of the most amazing sceneries you can see.
The best thing about it is that there is so much more to it than just driving.
You can stop at any scenic lookout, take a lunch break at a peaceful town nearby or take a refreshing dip in the ocean.
Sip the taste of Italy
With more than 600 wineries, Victoria ranks first for the number of wine-producers among Australian wine regions, but since most of them are small wineries, it comes in third in overall wine production, which is a good thing for you.
This gives you the chance to explore local manufacturers, such as the charming Olivigna winery, which will make you feel like you went straight to the Italian countryside with authentic Mediterranean food, Limoncello, and Grappa wine.
A cinema like no other
If you and your partner are movie-buffs, there is no better way to spend your evening in Melbourne than by visiting the Underground cinema.
What’s the trick?
Well, this date needs to be booked and you will not know where you will go and which movie you will see until the last minute.
Sometimes, the location can be a forgotten ballroom, while other times you may end up in an abandoned warehouse.
This is a fully immersive cinema experience which challenges your perception and shakes up the traditional form of storytelling.
Make fluffy friends at Phillip Island
Can you imagine something more romantic than watching the cute penguins waddle along the beach in the evening?
Neither can us.
On this wildlife sanctuary, you can also see koalas, dingoes, kangaroos, and platypuses.
Besides the adorable wildlife, Phillip Island, which is only 140 kilometers away from Melbourne is packed with enclosed swimming beaches and natural beauty in its purest form.
Hop on The City Circle Tram
If you have ever watched Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise (1995), you must have loved the scene where the main characters take the famous Vienna red tram talk about their lives and slowly falling in love on the back of the tram.
Recreate this romance in the Melbourne’s City Circle Tram that goes all around the city’s downtown, and get to know the landmarks like the Old Treasury Building, the Parliament House, and the Princess Theatre.
See the city from above
With the surface of 9.990 km² Melbourne is an enormous city which is very difficult to see in one or even couple of days.
Solve this problem instantly by visiting the Eureka Skydeck, the tallest viewing platform in a building in the Southern Hemisphere.
There is even a glass cube that extends out from the building where you can stand on the floor and look 300 meters to the ground below – not for the fainthearted.
And we have only scratched the surface here.
Melbourne is so vibrant, and sometimes mystique that you can find thousands of different things to do with your significant other in the artsy Melbourne, and the best of them is to explore it.
Get lost in it if you have time; we’re sure you’ll like what you find.