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15 Unique Date Ideas in Melbourne

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Whether you want to make a memorable first impression, score a second date or simply want to break from the tired dinner and a move routine, then these 15 unique date ideas are sure to impress.

Bounce Inc

The couple that bounces together stays together, right? We think so, and at Glen Iris’s Bounce In you can unleash your inner child as you jump across massive interconnected trampolines. In addition to free-jumping, you can take a leap of faith at the Cliff Jump, dive into the Big Bags and test your agility at the X-Park Adventure Challenge Course.

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Learn to Salsa

Hit the dance floor and let your inner Latino or Latina free as you impress your date at a salsa class. The Salsa Foundation runs free classes every Wednesday and Thursday where even those with two left feet can learn exotic dance moves. Can’t get enough? Sign up for their advanced classes.

The Salsa Foundation 600 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC Australia +61 3 0400 933 285

Underground Cinema

Keep your date intrigued by booking a night of spontaneity to the immersive Underground Cinema. The themed events encourage you to dress up and show up at an undisclosed location to watch a mystery movie which will only be revealed when the film starts rolling. From a warehouse to a forgotten ballroom, you never know where the Underground Cinema will appear.

Melbourne Planetarium

For an out-of-this-world date, visit the Melbourne Planetarium where you can recline under the stars and watch an awe-inspiring cosmic presentation across the 16 meter domed ceiling. Contemplate the mysteries of the universe together as you watch a dazzling audio and visual display followed by a live presentation of the night sky, which is guaranteed to make your affections skyrocket.

Melbourne Planetarium 2 Booker St, Spotswood VIC Australia

Museum Victoria’s Planetarium at Scienceworks, 2000.

Grape Stomping at Noisy Ritual

Melbourne’s first urban winery Noisy Ritual allows visitors the opportunity to make their own wine. Get your hands and feet dirty in a grape-to-glass experience which not only demystifies the process but makes for a memorable and hilarious date. Noisy Ritual also offers wine making workshops and barrel tastings.

Noisy Ritual, 249 Lygon St, Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia, +61 41710 2472

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Icebar Melbourne

Break the ice at Australia’s only ice bar, where you and your date can play giant avalanche Jenga and enjoy a drink in subzero temperatures. Upon arrival, the staff will provide you with snow capes, gloves and snow boots, but if that isn’t keeping you warm, perhaps a snuggle with your crush might.

319 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC, Australia,+61 03 9077 9716

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Chocoholic Tour

For a decadent date, book a spot on Melbourne’s Chocolate Lanes and Arcades Tour. Indulge your sweet tooth on a chocoholic trail through Melbourne with ten chocolate tastings, including a raw cacao tasting. This delicious tour also includes in store offers, morning or afternoon tea as well as a pairing of chocolate and wine.

Chocoholic Tour 306 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC Australia+61 3 9650 0795

Escape Room

Locked in a room and forced to unravel cryptic puzzles, a date at the Escape Room will either make or break your relationship. Discover each other’s strengths and join forces to solve a range of enigmas through lingual, visual, mathematical, spatial, physical and lateral brainteasers within the time limit. There are six locations around Melbourne.

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Rock Climbing

Take your relationship to new heights as you scale the walls at Hardrock Climbing. Built trust as one person climbs while the other belays (holds the rope). There are 28 lead climbing walls overlooking Swanston Street and for $30, you will get entry as well as a harness, shoe hire and unlimited all day climbing. Hardrock also has a centre in Nunawading.

501 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC, Australia +61 03 9631 5300

Punting on the Lake

Enjoy a romantic punt ride through Melbourne’s iconic Royal Botanic Gardens and see the picturesque gardens from a whole new perspective. Sitting side by side, you’ll glide through the shallow waters of the Ornamental Lake, watching for adorable turtles. Tours last 30 minutes and each punt can sit up to eight people.

Birdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC Australia +61 3 9252 2300

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Secret Foodies

A typical date usually includes dinner, but there’s nothing typical about this unique dining experience. Secret Foodies is a surprise culinary event hosted at a mystery location which is only disclosed via text after the tickets have been purchased. If you’re dating a foodie but don’t have any skills in the kitchen, this will be an evening they won’t forget.

Ice Skating

Skate into your next date at the O’Brien Group Arena in Docklands, Australia’s largest ice skating rink. Together, you can learn the basics in a free 15-minute session before circling the rink hand-in-hand gliding over the ice at the world-class facility. Afterward, you can nurse each other’s bruises as you enjoy a warm drink in the on-site café.

O’Brien Group Arena 105 Pearl River Rd, Docklands VIC Australia +61 3 1300 756 699

Old Melbourne Gaol Night Tours

The spine-tingling range of night tours run by the Old Melbourne Gaol includes a Night in the Watch House, the Hangman’s Night Tour and Ghost? What Ghost! Cast in candlelight, these haunting tours are the perfect place to hold tightly onto one another as you listen to frightful stories of the prison and executions, including that of Ned Kelly.

Old Melbourne Gaol 377 Russell St, Melbourne VIC Australia +61 3 8663 7228

Zoo Twilights

Ring tailed lemur with bright orange eyes
Melbourne Zoo is home to over 320 species | © Rachel Price / Alamy Stock Photo
A longstanding summer favourite, Zoo Twilights is a unique picnic and concert experience supporting music against wildlife extinction. Set against a backdrop of growling lions and gleeful birds, Melbourne Zoo hosts 17 concerts over 17 nights with a lineup including local and international acts. Gates open at 5:30pm, allowing you to roam through the zoo before the concert starts.
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Glow Golf

Show off your skills at the smallest and grooviest mini golf course in Australia, featuring 10 holes under UV lighting. Putt through Australia’s iconic attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Outback with glow in the dark clubs and balls. Remember to wear your best fluoro or bright whites for maximum effect.

Glow Golf NW F05 Star Cres, Docklands VIC Australia +61 3 9642 5442

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These recommendations were updated on July 27, 2017 to keep your travel plans fresh.