20 awesome date ideas in Melbourne to suit every budget and style

There plenty of amazing places to take that special someone on a romantic day out in Melbourne, whether it’s your first date or 100th! Here are 20 awesome Melbourne date ideas, ranging all the way from free date ideas to treating your other half to the ultimate luxury experience…

 

Cheap date ideas in Melbourne:

The best cheap dates in Melbourne for those looking to impress their other half on a budget.

 

Watch the sunset on the beach

It should be a crime to live in a city with so many beaches close by and not make the most of them every now and again.

Pack a picnic and enjoy with your date on the sand as the sun sets over the ocean, or if you’ve got a few dollars to spare then head to one of the bars on St Kilda Promenade for a cocktail or two.

What’s more romantic than a sunset, right?

Sunset on St Kilda Beach Melbourne

 

On a budget? Check out these free things to do in Melbourne.

 

Catch a drive-in movie

Take your basic cinema date to the next level by heading to one of Melbourne’s drive-in movie theatres.

Village Cinemas Coburg North Drive-in is sure to bring back that classic 60’s nostalgia, with 3 large screens showing new blockbuster releases and a retro-style diner which you can pop inside or have delivered straight to your car.

The drive-in cinema costs just $15 per person ($10 on Mondays) – half the price but double the fun of a regular cinema!

 

Watch free live music at Queen Vic Night Market

Head to Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market on a Wednesday night throughout summer or winter and you’ll find one the venues ever-popular night markets.

Together you can browse the stalls from local traders, grab some street food and a cocktail, and enjoy the live music in the bustling central market hall.

A cheap, cheerful and great fun mid-week date idea!

Live band at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne at Night

 

Luxury date ideas in Melbourne:

If you’re looking to splash the cash a little, these are the places to head for a luxury date in Melbourne…

 

Take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise

As long as neither of you is particularly scared of heights, what could be more romantic than a hot air balloon ride above Melbourne as the sun rises over the city?

Book a sunrise ballon flight here.

Hot air balloon Melbourne at dusk

 

Go on a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride

A romantic date idea straight out of a movie…

Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Melbourne’s central parks and gardens with guided commentary from your driver and a glass of champagne and red rose to ramp up the romance factor.

Book your horse drawn carriage tour here.

Horse and carriage Melbourne

 

Cruise down the Yarra River on a Venetian style gondola

Treat your special someone with an afternoon trip to Venice, or should I say Venice on the Yarra.

Venice on the Yarra is a unique local company who offer luxury gondola cruises down Melbourne’s Yarra River in a Venetian style gondola.

Depending on the package you choose, your private cruise can come complete with a bottle of champagne, gift-wrapped chocolates, gourmet food and a bouquet of red roses.

Book a Venetian gondola ride here.

Or for a slightly cheaper but similar option, opt for punting on the lake at Melbourne’s Royal Botantic Gardens.

 

Head for a night out at Crown Casino Complex

You don’t need to be a gambler to enjoy a sophisticated night out at Crown Casino Complex on the Southbank of the River Yarra.

Instead, head for dinner at one of the complex’s luxury restaurants then continue the evening with a bar crawl around the numerous bars and clubs which are spotted throughout the busy casino.

And if you really want to splash out, have a staycation at one of Crowns three luxury hotels, with their gorgeous rooms, amazing city views and even an infinity pool to enjoy the next morning.

Tray of martinis

 

Foodie date ideas in Melbourne:

Because the way to most people’s heart is through their stomach…

 

Put together a picnic from Queen Victoria Market

One of the best Melbourne date ideas for foodies has to be a DIY picnic from Queen Victoria Market.

Take a stroll around the huge Victorian market, sample tasty goods from local traders and stock up on a selection of fresh fruit, cheeses, meats, bread and wine for a romantic picnic in nearby Flagstaff Gardens. Just remember to bring your own blanket, glasses, plates and cutlery.

Romantic picnic date with cheese and wine

 

Hunt out the best dumplings in Chinatown

You’re always guaranteed a fun foodie night out in Chinatown, especially if you’re a fan of delicious dumplings.

Hunt out the city’s best dumplings, pair with some other tasty Asian dishes and finally end the night at a cool cocktail bar or private karaoke room for some post-dinner fun.

Asian dumplings in Melbourne

 

Boozy date ideas in Melbourne:

The best boozy spots for a date night in Melbourne…

 

Go on a bar crawl of Melbourne’s speakeasies

Going on a bar crawl of Melbourne’s coolest speakeasies is a great way to show off your local knowledge to your date.

See the surprise on their face when you usher them through the back of a takeaway pizza shop to find a cool modern bar with cosy booths, a fruity cocktail menu and live DJ playing chilled out tunes, or you slide open a bookcase to reveal an elegant room full of chandeliers and velvet seats where you can enjoy a glass of wine or two.

Here’s where to find some of Melbourne’s coolest hidden bars.

Cocktail bar Melbourne

 

Play a boozy game of minigolf

Holey Moley is truly a Melbourne date night institution. I mean, are you really a Melbourian if you’ve never taken someone to Holey Moley?

Saying that, there’s a good reason why its so popular; cleverly themed crazy golf, elaborate cocktails, tasty pizza, and all at affordable prices. Making for a fun and relaxed boozy date night.

Minigolf date in Melbourne

 

Get cosy at the Ice Bar

Give your date a reason to cosy up close to you by taking them to a bar where the temperature is kept at a rather chilly -10 °C.

The Ice Bar might be a bit of a novelty attraction but it certainly will add something a little different to your Melbourne bar crawl.

Throw on your giant coat (which are supplied) and enjoy a cocktail from your ice glass while standing at the ice bar or maybe play a game of air hockey on an ice table, all in a room made entirely of, you guessed it, ice!

 

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Active date ideas in Melbourne:

For when you’ve enjoyed one too many foodie date nights and need to burn a few calories…

 

Go on a bike ride together

If you’re a couple who love to get active together, jump on your bikes and head out to explore one of Melbourne’s many stunning cycling routes. Whether you prefer city roads, the ocean breeze or a nature trail, there’s definitely a great ride somewhere in or around the city for you.

Check out the bet bike rides in and around Melbourne.

Two people cycling next to a beach on an active date in Melbourne

 

Take your date rock climbing 

Another great active date activity in Melbourne is rock climbing at one of the city’s several indoor climbing walls.

This is a particularly good option during the winter months when you’re looking for something active to do while avoiding the rain and cold outside.

Here are the best indoor climbing walls in Melbourne.

Indoor rock climbing Melbourne

 

Take a trip to Melbourne Zoo

What’s not romantic about a trip to the zoo?

Spot your favourite animals, take some photos, grab an ice cream and don’t forget to pick up a souvenir from the gift shop on your way out so you’ll have a cute little memory of the date for years to come.

A trip to the zoo allows plenty of time to walk around and get to know each other better but in a more fun and relaxed environment.

Lions at the zoo

 

Intellectual date ideas in Melbourne:

Embrace your inner-nerd and opt for a more intellectual style date…

 

Test your teamwork with an escape room

An escape room can really end one of two ways; with the pair of your screaming at each other over a lack of coordination and communication and never escaping, or with you making a great team, successfully solving all of the puzzles together and escaping with time to spare.

Either way, escape rooms are certainly a fun and interesting date idea and there’s a fair few of them to make your way through in Melbourne.

Book with Adventure Rooms for one of Melbourne’s top real life escape rooms, or for something extra cool book a unique VR escape room experience.

Escape rooms Melbourne

 

Have a robot make you ice cream

Niska Robotic Ice Cream Bar is an amazing little hidden gem in Melbourne’s Federation Square and a great way to surprise your date with something extremely unique.

The ice cream store is entirely run by robots and is the first of its kind in the world. The human-like robots do everything, from taking your order to scooping and serving from their 16 different flavours.

Definitely a one of a kind experience which is sure to impress your date.

Robot serving ice cream in Melbourne

 

Stroll around a museum

If you and your date share mutual interests then a museum is a fun way to spend an afternoon together, from admiring your favourite artworks in the National Gallery of Victoria or geeking out over science at Melbourne’s Scienceworks.

You can also ramp up your museum date a little by heading to Nocturnal at Melbourne Museum, an after-hours adults-only event on the first Friday of every month where you can explore the museum with live music and a bar serving alcoholic drinks.

Hellenic Museum Melbourne

 

Day trip date ideas from Melbourne:

For when you’re ready to take things to the next level and leave the city together for a day…

 

Wine tasting in the Yarra Valley

For wine lovers, take your date wine tasting in the Yarra Valley, the region northeast of Melbourne which is known for having numerous wineries producing high-quality chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wine.

Many of the wineries offer tours of their vineyards and wineries, as well as wine tastings. Just remember to have a designated driver (boring) or book onto a pre-organised wine tour so you can both drink.

As well as wine production, Yarra Valley is also known for its gourmet food production, so you can pair your wine tastings with the likes of cheeses, chocolate and plenty of fresh farm produce.

Wine glasses clinking together

 

A relaxing day at Peninsula Hot Springs

Treat your other half to an ultimate day of relaxation at the Peninsula Hot Springs, award-winning natural hot springs and day spa destination on the Mornington Peninsula, around 1hr30 minutes south of Melbourne CBD.

The hot springs complex is made up of a series of outdoor pools and private baths containing natural thermal mineral waters, set on a hillside so that the higher pools have amazing 360 views over the peninsula. The hot springs also have other features including a cave pool, reflexology walk and Turkish Hamam.

Peninsula Hot Springs Mornington Peninsula Melbourne
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Check out these other great day trips you can take from Melbourne.

 


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