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Valentine’s Day Ideas:

  • Tuesday 11th February 2020

Ah, young love, old love. Whichever love you’re in, show them they’re the anemone to your clownfish with this fun list of romantic things to do in Melbourne. Covering all budgets, these ideas are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Seaside Musings

Switch off your phones (it’s not easy, but it’s worth it), and walk down St Kilda Pier as the sun sets. With expansive views of Port Phillip Bay and the city skyline, the breezy boardwalk is the perfect setting for starry-eyed conversations or a spontaneous slow dance. If you’re lucky, you’ll have an audience of little penguins by the breakwater.

Laugh Together

Get amongst the giggles at a local comedy club. Australians love a good laugh, so expect top-notch weekly pub shows across town. If you’re celebrating love in Autumn, look out for the annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It’s one of the world’s largest comedy festivals! During March and April, there’ll be cabaret, theatre, stand-up and much more ‘round the clock. Check out the official visitors' site for a calendar of events.

Go With the River Flow

Paint the town all colours of the rainbow along the Yarra River. Around the corner, what’s that sound? Follow your nose! Be spontaneous! This vibrant slice of Melbourne brims with good food and drinks alongside street art and performances. If you’re up for a romantic European twist, why not treat you and your beau to a private gondola ride through the dazzling city?

Melbourne’s Most Romantic Park

One word describes Carlton Gardens: exquisite. So exquisite that it’s World Heritage listed! Designed for the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880, here you can weave through flower beds, lakes and mature trees. Sunlight spills through canopies, changing moods throughout the day. There’s a pretty Victorian-era Hochgurtel Fountain, plantings in honour of the Dalai Lama and beautiful Moreton Bay fig trees. This Valentine’s Day – Carlton Gardens is a lovely place for love.

Go on an Exhilarating Ride

For an unusual date night, shut out the rest of the world at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. There’s undeniably something sea-riously romantic about the moody depths of the ocean. Spark a sense of wonder by journeying through illuminating jellyfish tunnels. Embark on an Antarctic voyage to spot penguins waddling all around you. Adrenaline-loving partners in crime? Swim with sharks. Wild experiences like these are sure to get the dinner conversations going.

The Most Spectacular Dining Experience

How about a private dinner for two under the sea at SEA LIFE? As mesmerising creatures of the deep swim by you, enjoy a delicious three-course meal with wine and beer. Included in your booking is an exclusive after-hours self-guided aquarium tour; no crowds, no noise. Spaces fill up quickly around Valentine’s Day, so be sure to make a reservation up to 14 days in advance: functions@melbourneaquarium.com.au. It’ll be one of the most romantic things you’ll ever do.