The best date ideas in Melbourne

A date night in Melbourne is the perfect way to kick-start the romance for any couple. Whether it’s a first date or you’ve been married for years, a night out on the town is always a good idea. There are plenty of best date ideas in Melbourne for couples.

While many people will think solely of low lighting and soft music we have tried to incorporate plenty of activities in Melbourne for everyone. Some of the date night ideas in Melbourne in this post will not be for your taste but there are plenty of people out there that will find these ideas suit them to a tee!

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Best date night ideas in Melbourne

Melbourne is one of the most liveable cities in the world and also one of the most romantic. It has so much to offer – theatre, music, food and wine. Whether you’re a first-timer or a regular visitor to Melbourne there are plenty of date night ideas for couples that you can choose from.

Date night in Melbourne – Cocktails at Skydeck Bar 88

Head up to the top of Eureka Skydeck, the highest observation deck in Australia, and have some drinks and cocktails at Sky Bar 88. Take in the stunning views of the Melbourne CBD and beyond from the sky as you sip on a signature Bar 88 Cocktail.

Going on a date like this will create a lasting memory and impression. Romantic date night restaurants in Melbourne like Skydeck Bar 88 make lasting memories. Book cocktails in the sky date night.

Melbourne Axe throwing

Axe throwing is growing in popularity all around the way as a fun way to spend a few hours. Book a session where you will get expert coaching and a private lane with your choice of music as you learn to throw two types of axes at designated targets. A bit of friendly competition and fun is a great date night idea for Melbourne. Book your axe-throwing Melbourne date night

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Activities for couples in Melbourne – coffee lovers walking tour

Melbourne residents love their coffee more than nearly any other city.

a coffee shop in Melbourne
A coffee tour is a good first-date idea in Melbourne

Melbourne is a city that rejected Starbucks and was home to the first McDonald’s McCafe anywhere in the world. On this amazing date activity, you will visit 4 top cafés and savour the taste of 4 different styles of coffee crafted by expert baristas. Book your coffee experience for date night.

Self Guided haunted walking tour of Melbourne

Something a little different, a little scary and a real outside-the-box unique date night idea for Melbourne. Explore the dark history of Melbourne with an online app that will lead you through haunted streets, eerie hidden laneways and iconic landmarks of Melbourne, where you will discover the city’s dark secrets. Book your date night fright night tour

Puffing Billy

It sounds like it is for kids, but Puffing Billy is a great date idea near Melbourne.

puffing billy
Best date ideas in Melbourne

Head out to Belgrave in the Dandenong Ranges and board the train. Spend the time on Puffing Billy on a relaxing date, chatting and enjoying the fantastic nature as you glide past on this historic steam train.

You can get off and, at the end of the line, have a coffee and something to eat before returning to Belgrave. We even have a great list of what to pack for a picnic when visiting Puffing Billy. Book your date on Puffing Billy

Stand-up paddle boarding on Port Phillip Bay

If you’re looking for an exciting date idea in Melbourne, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) might be the thing. SUP is a relatively new sport that involves standing on a large, surfboard-like paddleboard and using a long paddle to move through the water.

This is a unique experience, and you will certainly get points for an original date idea in Melbourne. Book your paddle boarding date in Melbourne

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Artvo Gallery – date night ideas for couples

A cute date night idea in Melbourne is Artvo Gallery.

Melbourne Artvo
Date night ideas in Melbourne for couples

This immersive 3D/4D gallery has over 80 art pieces. You place yourself in for cute pictures with your date, take your time walking through the 9 themed areas of Artvo and have a fun date night in Melbourne. Book your Artvo tickets today.

Fun date ideas Melbourne – Tandem bike tour of St Kilda

Try a self-guided tandem bicycle tour for two. You and your date will spend a half-day ride along one of three recognised trails, including the beachside adventure, Yarra River or the City trail!

You will get a helmet, a bottle of water and an audio guide to point out interesting places and details about the area. Book your tandem bike tour today.

Drinks at the Ice bar

Melbourne certainly brings cold weather, but not enough for snow and ice. No worries at all as you can get rugged up in snow gear and step into the Arctic-themed IceBar. This unique venue features large ice sculptures, furniture made of ice and cool decor for you to enjoy a cocktail or two. Grab your date and snuggle up with a cocktail and entry to the IceBar.

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Melbourne City Dumpling Walking Tour

Dumplings: yes, dumplings are yummy and highly popular with Melbournians for lunches, dinners and snacks. On this food tour date, you will visit 4 delicious venues in the CBD on foot.

At some of Melbourne’s most authentic dumpling restaurants, you will try a collection of the best dumplings in the city. Book your date with some of the best dumplings in town.

Visit the NGV

Visiting the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne is a great place to take someone special for a date. It offers diverse art and cultural experiences and opportunities and allows the perfect opportunity for meaningful conversations and a romantic atmosphere, all in a convenient location with nearby attractions and dining options. The NGV in Melbourne art gallery is close to the city centre.

Day-time date ideas in Melbourne – Learn to surf

Urban Surf in Melbourne provides the ultimate location to learn to surf in Melbourne. This wave park provides perfect, ocean-like waves in an authentic, safe and controlled environment that is ideal for beginners.

You will have an expert coach in the water to teach you the basic skills, safety techniques and basic surf etiquette. Learning to surf is one of the fun things for couples to do in Melbourne. Book a surf lesson for your next date in Melbourne.

Moonlight City sightseeing kayak experience in Melbourne

A Moonlight kayak tour is a little bit exciting, scary and thrilling all at the same time for a Melbourne date night.

Melbourne moonlight kayak
Good date ideas in Melbourne at night

The tour includes an on-the-water dining experience of fish and chips at sunset. After dinner, you will tour under the Bolte Bridge, past South Bank and under the Princes Bridge.

Such a stunning and romantic way to see Melbourne before finishing up on the boat ramp across the river from Federation Square. Book a moonlight kayak tour for an unforgettable night.

Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanical Garden is perfect for romantic rendezvous. Couples can have a memorable date in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Garden with activities like picnicking on picturesque lawns and taking romantic walks amidst diverse plant collections.

One of the best things to do at the Royal Botanic Gardens is to take a scenic cruise in an old-style wooden punt. A professional punter will take you on a serene cruise around the islands of the picturesque Ornamental Lake. Sounds like a relaxing date idea.

Explore Chinatown – Melbourne date ideas

The facts about China are that their people have migrated all over the world, with Chinatown areas popping up in Major cities worldwide.

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Going on a date in Melbourne in Chinatown

You’ll find many Chinese restaurants offering delicious and authentic dishes catering to every taste bud. From dim sum to dumplings and everything, Chinatown is a food lover’s paradise!

Besides the culinary delights, Chinatown boasts colourful decorations, traditional architecture, and unique shops. It’s a fantastic place to stroll around, soak in the lively atmosphere, and explore various cultural treasures.

Escape Room

For those new to Escape Rooms, this is a quick run down. An escape room, also known as an escape game, is a physical adventure game in which players solve puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategies to complete the objectives.

Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room or multiple rooms with a time limit where you and your date must work together to solve the puzzle. Why not give this a go on your next date night?

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Cute date ideas in Melbourne – Bottomless brunch on the river

The bottomless brunch is a fantastic new trend that has spread to Melbourne. You get a set time to enjoy yourself on the Yarra River while you get free-flow beers, wine and mimosas, and a variety of foods.

See the sights of Melbourne pass by while enjoying a few drinks, some food and the company of your date in an intimate but relaxing setting. Book your bottomless brunch on the Yarra.

There are so many great things to do in Melbourne on a date that we have not mentioned, such as going to the Queen Victoria night market, exploring the Melbourne Museum, maybe some golf at Albert Park driving range or even mini golf, ten pin bowling and arcade games.

You could get bonus points for originality for thinking of doing things like a life drawing class, virtual reality experiences or pampering your date at Miss Fox day spa.

We hope this article has given you some of the best date ideas in Melbourne. You will find things to do in Melbourne tonight if you want to go out on a date.

Melbourne dating can be fun or romantic, adventurous or relaxed. a date in Melbourne is for couples both young and old. The best date ideas in Melbourne are just a thought away.

We hope this article from us here at Explore Victoria has inspired you to embark on your adventure in Victoria, Australia, from popular caravan parks and pristine beaches to drives along the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy weekends away on the Mornington Peninsula and discover the cosmopolitan charm of Melbourne, Victoria, with a range of experiences for every traveller who wants to visit Victoria.

Whether you’re drawn to the rugged beauty of the Grampians, the cultural richness of Ballarat, or the autumn colours of Bright and Northern Victoria, there’s no shortage of hidden gems waiting to be discovered in Victoria.

Even if you love exploring Gippsland or driving the Great Alpine Road, Victoria has something special for you, and there is so much more for you to discover. If you are looking for more incredible and best places to visit in Melbourne or more travel in Victoria destinations, Explore Victoria has some more articles below for you to check out. Expand your horizons and get out and about in Victoria, Australia, for an unforgettable experience. 

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