The Most Romantic Spots in Melbourne, Australia

2AGJTNE Queen Victoria Night Market for summer with skyscrapers at background in Melbourne, Australia
2AGJTNE Queen Victoria Night Market for summer with skyscrapers at background in Melbourne, Australia | © Chun Ju Wu / Alamy
Monique La Terra

When you think of the world’s most romantic cities Melbourne doesn’t usually spring to mind; however, between breathtaking vistas, enchanting gardens and amorous experiences you’ll soon come to realise just how lovey-dovey Melbourne can be. From breathtaking vistas that set the stage for heartfelt moments to enchanting gardens that exude tranquility and charm, Melbourne proves that it has a unique flair for kindling the flames of love.

As you wander through Melbourne’s enchanting streets, you’ll be captivated by its romantic allure, discovering amorous experiences that will sweep you off your feet. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll hand-in-hand along the Yarra River, savoring a candlelit dinner amidst the city’s thriving culinary scene, or simply basking in the company of your loved one amid picturesque gardens, Melbourne unveils its lovey-dovey side in the most unexpected and delightful ways.

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SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

Perched on the topmost point of the Dandenong Ranges, SkyHigh offers dazzling views of Melbourne’s skyline, the Mornington Peninsular, Port Phillip Bay and the You Yangs. Less than an hour east of Melbourne, the picturesque lookout includes an award-winning bistro and a function room with floor to ceiling windows. You can also meander through glorious gardens, lose yourself within the SkyHigh Maze or immerse yourself in the scenery on a bushwalk.

Carlton Gardens

On the Edge of the CBD, you’ll find the world heritage listed Carlton Gardens. Designed for the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880, this peaceful botanical oasis encompasses the Melbourne Museum, IMAX Cinema, and the Royal Exhibition Building. Stroll hand in hand through elm-lined avenues, past ornamental lakes and flowerbeds and marvel at the Victorian-era Hochgurtel.

St Kilda Pier

For a breathtaking beachside date visit St Kilda Pier where you can stroll along the breakwater, see Little Penguins at dusk and enjoy panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay as well as Melbourne’s glittering skyline. Utterly peaceful, the St Kilda Pier also features the Victorian Heritage Registered St Kilda Pavilion and Little Blue Restaurant which boasts marvellous views of the water.

Melbourne Star

Love can leave you spinning, and on Melbourne Star, you can take your relationship to new heights – 120 meters to be exact. One of only four giant observation wheels in the world, Melbourne Star provides passengers with unparalleled, 360-degree views of the city as well as Port Phillip Bay, Mount Macedon, and the Dandenong Ranges. The wheel features 21 spacious cabins and one rotation takes 30 minutes.

Rippon Lea House and Gardens

Dating back to 1868, Rippon Lea is one of finest suburban estates in Australia. Situated in Elsternwick, the National Heritage listed property includes 33 opulent rooms as well as a vast 14-acre garden complete with manicured lawns, heritage orchard, rose garden, fernery, lake and more. Open to the public; visitors can wander through the magnificent estate and spend the day picnicking in the gardens, playing croquet and indulging in the tea rooms.

Venice on the Yarra

A world away from Venice, Melbourne’s Yarra River is an unlikely place for a romantic experience; however, one company offers an opportunity to cruise the river by gondola. Venice on the Yarra provides an opportunity to glide along the Yarra past the Southbank and Crown Casino, the Exhibition Centre, Aquarium, Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and Alexandra Gardens. Luxuriously appointed, each gondola seats up to four people and features mellow music and ambient lighting to set the mood.

Laneways

For an alternative outing, roam through the many colourful, cobbled laneways riddled throughout Melbourne. Adorned with a variety of artwork, Hosier Lane, Union Lane, ACDC Lane and Duckboard Lane are some of the most sought-after canvases in the city and will certainly interest artistically curious couples. Many of Melbourne’s laneways also house bars and cafes.

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