The Romantic’s Guide to Date Nights in Melbourne

Do you suffer from a romance impairment? Need fresh ideas on how to “woo your boo”? Melbourne is one of Australia’s love capitals, bursting with date night ideas that are sure to snap you a second and even third date for sure! So for future planning on how to show that special someone a good time, we’ve got a few ideas to let your inner Romeo or Juliet loose on the city of Melbourne.

First date: the way to the heart is chocolate!

Allison Nelsons Chocolate Bar
Allison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar

Ask any true romantic the way to a person’s heart and hands down the word chocolate is sure to come up. Chocolate is the perfect luxury, sweet and indulgent food that’s a little bit naughty and utterly romantic. Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar in Emporium, Melbourne is the Australia’s first prestige chocolate store opened by the award winning chef from New York. Take your date for an indulgent hot chocolate experience here and you’ll be in for a treat.


Second date: pick an activity out of your comfort zone!

If you’re at the second date stage, you’ll want to plan a casual and fun activity that is a little quirky and something that pushes you both out of your comfort zones. Throw on a pair of skates and hit up the ice rink to unleash your wild side. The Oakleigh Ice Skating Centre is located just 40 mins from the CBD and is a great weekend date idea. Even if you spend the whole afternoon falling on your behind, you’ll sure have a lot of laughs and a good time!

Oakleigh Ice Skating Rink
Take your sweetie onto the ice.


Any date: show them your romantic side

All dates are an opportunity to show your partner how much you care by turning up the romance. Shout your loved one to fancy feast of mini sandwhiches, scones and endless pots of hot tea and coffee at an elegant afternoon high tea session. Catch up and re-connect over yummy treats. Located just 30 mins out of the city, Ashton Manor is a short drive for a scrumptious afternoon tea date.

High Tea at Ashton Manor Diamond Creek
Sweet treats at Ashton Manor

Special occasion: take time out to relax

Taking time to relax is an important ingredient in a happy life. We all know Melbournians love a drive down the coast and the Mornington Peninsula is the perfect spot for a special occasion. Take your partner to the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs for a mineral spa session to unwind or a relaxing horseback ride through the area. Pair with a few glasses from the local wineries and you’ve got your relaxing day all wrapped up.

Peninsula Hot Springs
The Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs are the best place to relax.

Anniversary idea: getaway on a mini vacation

Looking for something that’s not your average date plans. For those special occasions and anniversaries where dinner and a movie just wont make the cut, we’ve got just the plan. Anniversaries are the perfect excuse for a local getaway. Take a drive out the gorgeous Murray River and treat yourself to a romantic cruise on an old world Murray River Paddlesteamer! A touch of elegance, romance and a soothing atmosphere paddling downstream is just the right combination for a memorable occasion.

Murray River Paddlesteamers
Murray River Paddlesteamers

So don’t just settle for another Saturday night at home on the couch! Get your swag on and take that lucky someone on a date with a special edge! There’s something for every budget and every type of date night.

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