Welcome to Melbourne: 8 Romantic Honeymoon Holiday Ideas
It is said that the wedding is for the guests, and the honeymoon is for the couple. Newly married couples often treasure this precious ‘alone’ period to recover and rejuvenate from the stresses of the wedding itself.
Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, makes an ideal spot for newlyweds to do just that. Rated second in CNN’s Most Liveable Cities in the World list, Melbourne has an abundance of picturesque sights, delectable cuisines, and vibrant nightlife to fill your honeymoon with memorable experiences.
The Pan Pacific Melbourne team recommends the top fun things to do in Melbourne for couples, both conventional and unconventional, on your honeymoon.
1. Soak in the Melbourne Skyline with a Romantic Dinner Cruise
The Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
Address: Berth 3, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3000
Telephone number: +61 (03) 8610 2600
Operating hours: 7:15pm to 10:30pm (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Romance fills the air at the picturesque Yarra River, lined with skyscrapers while offering a stunning city skyline. There’s no better way to enjoy this view than to hop onboard one of the river cruises while tracing the distinct architectural landmarks of Melbourne at twilight passing by. This is the best way to take gorgeous Melbourne photos.
With a dinner cruise, you get to indulge in a romantic dinner complete with drinks on top of seeing some of Melbourne’s most famous sites. One of the most popular in the city, The Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise departs from Southbank Promenade and brings you and your beloved on a three-hour sumptuous four-course meal while you gaze at the beautiful views surrounding you.
Starting your honeymoon with a romantic cruise like this certainly sets the right tone for the rest of your holiday for two.
Get directions to Southbank Promenade | Book your cruise
2. Take a Romantic Horse and Carriage Tour
A Classic Carriage Hire
Address: Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Telephone number: +61 0425 709 911
Operating hours: 1:00pm to 9:00pm, Thursdays to Mondays
Want to feel what it is like to be a royal couple? Ride in a horse-drawn carriage with your true love, and go on a tour of iconic places in Melbourne. Waving at adoring crowds is entirely optional.
These tours offer you a journey through the city, visiting sites such as the Queen Victoria Gardens, the famous Shrine of Remembrance memorial at the King Domain Gardens, the bustling Federation Square, and other popular Melbourne places of interest.
Specially designed for couples, The Deluxe Romantic Tour with the Classic Carriage comes complete with champagne, flutes and a red rose to surprise (and delight) your beloved.
Wish to capture more Instagrammable Melbourne photos? Steady your selfie finger as the carriage takes you across the Princes Bridge, giving you a great view of the Yarra River— the perfect romantic spot for picture-taking. Just remember not to get so caught up with taking photos that you forget to soak in the sights and enjoy each other’s company!
Commentary is not included in the tours which are designed to be non-intrusive and focused on sightseeing. However, the coachman is more than happy to answer any queries along the tour.
The tour departs from and finishes at Federation Square opposite Flinders Street Station. For an additional charge, you can pick a different location to start or finish.
Get directions to pick-up point at Federation Square | Book Your Romantic Horse Carriage Tour
3. Admire Sweeping Views of Melbourne from Eureka Skydeck 88
Address: Riverside Quay, Southbank Melbourne 3006
Telephone number: +61 (03) 9693 8888
Operating hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm daily (last entry at 9:30pm)
Credit: Leonard Koh/Wikimedia
Enjoy a panoramic view of Melbourne at the top of Eureka Tower. For a breathtakingly illuminated visual encounter of the city, we recommend visiting at night.
At a staggering 285 metres above ground, making it almost the height of the Eiffel Tower (at 300 metres), the tower’s 88th floor is the only place in Melbourne offering a 360-degree view of the city. You can spot various Melbourne attractions at night from up here, such as Federation Square and Flinders Street Station.
Beyond being the highest viewing deck in the Southern Hemisphere, the Eureka Tower also makes the perfect night out for thrill-seeking newlyweds with its Skydeck's Edge Experience. A world first, The Edge is an extension from the tower’s 88th floor, and suspends you in a glass cube. Encased with glass walls, ceiling and floor, you will feel like you are floating on air complete with unblocked views of Melbourne city. How’s that for an unforgettable honeymoon experience?
After that adrenaline-filled activity, finish your night with a romantic dinner at the Eureka Skydeck 89 restaurant. To avoid disappointment, booking in advance is recommended.
Get directions to the Eureka Tower | Make Dinner Reservation at Skydeck 89
Australia is home to some of the most beautiful wine regions in the world and the Yarra Valley ranks among the country’s top ten.
Pamper yourselves with a culinary adventure, washed down with award-winning wines. Book a day trip out of Melbourne to enjoy the rolling hills of nearby Yarra Valley.
Voted by TripAdvisor as the top wine tour operator throughout Australia, Vinetrekker offers a food and wine day tour that lets you explore the best that Yarra Valley offers from fine wine, exquisite gastronomic delights to spectacular scenery. Highlights of your day tour include visits to Coldstream Hills, Medhurst, and Domaine Chandon wineries. Break for lunch at the historic Yering Station and finish the day with a wine and cheese degustation at De Bortoli winery.
Pan Pacific DISCOVERY members can redeem their Black Local Experience award for one Yarra Valley wine day tour with a complimentary bottle of wine inclusive of transportation.
Get directions to Yarra Valley | Redeem Your Local Experience
5. Spend a Starry Night at the Melbourne Zoo
Address: Elliott Avenue, Parkville, Vic. 3052
Telephone number: +61 1300 966 784
Cuddle with your better half and cosy up with the wildlife with a night at the Melbourne Zoo.
Experience a sleepover at the zoo and enjoy an intimate look at the diverse bushland animals of Australia. Thankfully, you will not lie with the lions if you sign up for the zoo’s Roar ‘n’ Snore Overnight Camp. Instead, you get to wine, dine and sleep comfortably at the historic elephant exhibit (sans elephants). Built in the 1940s, the exhibit has been refurbished as a camping facility.
Before you retire for the night, venture on a night tour. As you explore the zoo in the dark, take note of the nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. Then, wake up in the morning to the rousing calls of gibbons and birds before you enjoy breakfast. After that, you can chat with the zookeepers, experience up-close encounters with the animals, or learn what happens behind the scenes.
A night at the Melbourne Zoo is both romantic and educational—highly recommended for wildlife lovers.
Get Directions to the Melbourne Zoo | Book Your Roar ‘n’ Snore Overnight Camp
6. Cruise and Picnic at the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens
The Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens
Address: Birdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
Telephone number: +61 0481 455 410
Operating hours: Summer season: September to May, 10:15am to 5:00pm
Winter season: June to August, 11:00am to 3:30pm
Bask in lush flora and fauna at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. With a stunning collection of over 8,500 plant species around the world and a visitorship of 1.8 million a year, the Gardens is Melbourne’s pride and joy.
Take a more unusual route to admire the Gardens’ gorgeous views with a cruise on the Ornamental Lake, which meanders around the gardens’ small manicured islands. Make yourselves comfortable while the professional punter shares about the gardens’ history and its vast collection of wildlife and plants.
Feeling peckish? The garden serves as the perfect backdrop for an idyllic picnic. During or after your boat tour, enjoy a picnic hamper of light bites and sparkling wine while taking in the kaleidoscope of colours around you.
The Gardens offer different events each month to keep visitors entertained and educated. From guided heritage tours to high teas and photography walks, there is plenty to do here. Do check out their available activities in advance before your visit.
Pan Pacific DISCOVERY members can redeem their Platinum Local Experience award for a picturesque lake tour and complimentary picnic basket for two.
Get directions to the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens | Redeem Your Local Experience
7. Go on a Sunset Kayak Tour
There is something magical about sunsets—the honeyed rays of sunlight radiating over Melbourne city create a spectacular view at this hour. The best way to enjoy this visual feast is to embark on a kayak tour along the Yarra River at dusk.
Viator offers a 2.5-hour sunset kayak tour, led by an experienced and friendly guide. The guide also serves as an information resource, helping to answer any questions you may have on the sights you encounter along the river.
Start your kayak journey at the Victoria Harbour. There, you will board your boat and enjoy on-the-water dining with a fish and chips dinner. Thereafter, you may paddle your way into the heart of Melbourne, surrounded by serene beauty.
Watch the city change from the warm hues of dusk to the cool colours of twilight and night, illuminated by skyscrapers that line the river.
If you plan your time properly, you can even catch the dramatic fireball display at the Crown Casino along the Yarra River. The display occurs every hour on the hour and starts at 9 pm on weekdays and 8 pm on weekends. You will end your tour next to the Princes Bridge in the city centre.
Get directions to Victoria Harbour | Book Your Kayak Tour
8. Visit a Hot Spring Spa
The Peninsula Hot Springs
Address: Springs Lane, Fingal 3939, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
Telephone number: +61 3 5950 8777
Operating hours: 7:00am to 10:00pm daily (Bath House)
9:00am to 9:00pm daily (Bath House Amphitheatre)
8:00am to 9:00pm daily (Spa Dreaming Centre)
Escape the big city with a tranquil retreat to refresh yourselves and spend some quality couple time. Unwind with a day trip to a Hot Springs Spa.
The Peninsula Hot Springs is an award-winning natural hot springs and day spa destination just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Here, there are private baths with natural thermal mineral waters in a serene setting. Select the romance package that includes massages and geothermal bathing for an intimate and rejuvenating experience.
Hungry after your spa? Dine at one of three restaurants offering light and healthy meals to replenish and revitalise your body. Alternatively, you can bring your own food and go on a picnic. There are designated picnic areas dotted around the bathhouses.
Beyond that, you can also take part in the activities the spa offers, such as going on an indigenous cultural walk led by a passionate Aboriginal guide. You will learn about traditional bush tucker and the healing powers of the didgeridoo, a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians. There are also activities such as Warm Water Exercise and Body Clay Ritual which further rejuvenates your body.
Relaxing with your loved one in a romantic private bath in a tranquil setting surrounded by greenery is definitely one of the top honeymoon moments.
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