One of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia, with attractions like The Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne draws millions of tourists each year. Beyond these popular tourist destinations, the city has much to offer dating couples with varied tastes.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere new to jazz up your regular date nights or seeking to impress a new lady or lad, Melbourne, with its throbbing nightlife and endless artistic energy, is the perfect place to concoct a heady brew of romance.
The PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport team has hunted down some of the city’s best events and places. Revel in these fun things to do in Melbourne for couples to get in the mood for love and adventure.
Time to bid those dull dates goodbye with these top romantic things to do in Melbourne!
Rock the socks off your significant other with Melbourne Music Week (MMW), which might just be the reason why Melbourne is also known as the “live music capital.” Now into its eighth year, MMW is a 9-day rock music festival that celebrates the best of Melbourne’s creative music industry.
MMW has developed a knack for transforming spaces in the city into unique live music venues. Each year, the team appoints a different space as its hub; in 2016, the festival literally “broke the silence” at the State Library of Victoria. This year, the hub will be situated at a suitably historic and hauntingly gothic venue – St Paul’s Cathedral.
Watch out for Miscellanea, which will see a multi-label music party take over all three levels of the Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday, 19 November. Featuring headliners such as HTRK, Underground Lovers, Tyrannamen, Loose Tooth, and Taipan Tiger Girls, you can bob to syncopated rhythms coming from the live DJ sets in the Council Chambers and get lost in the complex tones of grand organ performances in the Main Hall.
MMW’s impressive line-ups promise to excite your senses, and bring your emotions to new highs. How’s that for an unforgettable first date?
MMW runs from 17 to 25 November 2017 at various venues. Get tickets here.
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|Pop-up Globe Event Dates
||21 September to 12 November 2017
||The Shakespeare Gardens, (beside Sidney Myer Music Bowl) Linlithgow Ave, Melbourne VIC 3000
|| +61 3 1300 136 166 (Arts Centre Melbourne)
If you believe that “the course of true love never did run smooth,” Pop-up Globe is the right scene for you.
This audacious project originally began as a one-off play in Auckland to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. Everyone was surprised when it took the New Zealand city by storm, ushering in over 100,000 viewers.
Modeled after the second Globe theatre – the theatre Shakespeare himself built after the first one burned to the ground – Pop-up Globe is making its international debut in Melbourne this year.
Apart from the four original productions, comedy As You Like It, rom-com Much Ado About Nothing, thriller Othello, and epic battle Henry V, you will be treated to a specially commissioned new show, Around the Globe in 60 Minutes!. This theatrical production promises to “thrust audiences into the maelstrom of history” surrounding the second Globe Theatre. Get tickets here.
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There is nothing like nature to engage you and your beloved’s senses of wonder and awe. As William Blake famously wrote, “To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.”
A spot of such eternity can be experienced at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Walking around this 38-hectare expanse of beautiful sculptured greens, undulating hills, and tranquil lakes, you may momentarily forget that you’re still within Melbourne city limits.
The Gardens offers various workshops and tours throughout the year. One such tour is the Aboriginal Heritage Walk (daily except Saturdays, at 11:00am) where you’ll get to experience a traditional smoking ceremony and learn about the uses of plants as both food and medicine. Who knows? While learning together, you may also discover something new about each other.
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You may think that cricket and romance don’t make sweet bedfellows, but there are lessons on love to be drawn from the sport; this quote by renowned former Aussie cricketer Steve Waugh is but one such gem: “The minute you hesitate you are in trouble.”
The Ashes is a biennial cricket series played between England and Australia. The series is named after the trophy, which is a small terracotta urn said to contain the burnt balls from a game played in 1882 at The Oval. Imagine how much heat that game must’ve generated as you stroll around the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)'s luscious grounds.
England won the 2015 series and is the current holder of the “Ashes,” though the trophy itself is never physically awarded to either side, but is stored for safe-keeping in the MCC Cricket Museum at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
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Fancy a surprise arranged by a group of food connoisseurs who will text you the secret location only 2 hours prior to the event? Say “hello” (and possibly “thank you”) to Secret Foodies.
You could end up dining on a rooftop somewhere in the city, or a dark graffiti-adorned laneway, or a heritage-listed barn – wherever it is, you’ll have loads of fun meeting fellow foodies. What’s more, you and your date would be surrounded by sensorially pleasing food, free flow of wine, and uninterrupted conversation.
Sign up to receive information on upcoming Secret Foodies events here.
If you don’t believe in keeping secrets in your relationship, no worries mate, we got ya. There’s still Lune Croissanterie. This artisan croissant bakery offers an intimate sampling experience, scientifically named “The Lune Lab.”
Here, perched on a bar seat, you can witness and savour a three-course pastry flight. Piping hot out of the oven, these divine confections are served by the founders, the Reid siblings, themselves.
While we can't be entirely sure that such a croissant degustation is the first of its kind, it certainly is the “hottest ticket in town,” according to Sprudge. (Tickets are also sold out for the rest of 2017.)
So, ditch the oysters. Perhaps croissants with their twisting soft dough curls, buttery taste, and petite ends, can also be quite the aphrodisiac.
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