Romantic date ideas for couples in Melbourne

Hot air balloon with Melbourne silhouette

Jenna Meade

Posted March 29, 2021

In the mood for romance during your Melbourne rendezvous? It’s a date.

With salsa dance classes, moonlight kayak cruises and peaceful punt rides through the Royal Botanic Gardens on the itinerary, Melbourne is perfectly primed to make yours a romantic break to remember. Here are nine date-night ideas ready to spoil your significant other. And, if you’re an RACV member, you’ll score special offers and discounts at local attractions when you book direct through RACV Attractions and Ticketing. 

Eight unforgettable date ideas in Melbourne

Fly high with Global Ballooning

Set your love swooning by sunrise with a hot air balloon flight over the city. Pack your camera along with your sense of adventure, because you’ll be front row to Melbourne's most famous highlights as the sun peeks out from the horizon. Gaze down at the MCG, Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanic Gardens, St Paul's Cathedral and Rod Laver Arena as you glide over the CBD and surrounding suburbs. Not ready to burst the love bubble on landing? Add on a champagne breakfast for two. Best to wear clothes suited to hiking that you don’t mind getting dirty, especially if you’d like to take up the offer of setting up and deflating the balloon. Book now.

Twilight sightsee with Kayak Melbourne

Sure, Melbourne’s streets are nice. But imagine seeing them from the water. At moonlight. Climb aboard a kayak and paddle down Yarra River at sunset for an intimate look at the city. You’ll explore the Victoria Harbour sights before docking at the marina for a delicious on-water dinner. Hello, floating fish and chips. Continue your cruise upstream, winding past Crown Casino and Southbank in time to catch the evening fireball display. Finish your journey passing by the sporting precinct before pulling in at the rowing sheds across the river from Federation Square. First-time kayakers are welcome, but you’ll need an intermediate fitness level to keep up. Book now.

Clinking wine glasses

Bottoms up at Bourke Street Green.


Cosy up in a private Melbourne Star cabin

Say your sweet nothings in secluded luxury with your own private cabin on the Melbourne Star. You’ll see as far as 40 kilometres from as high as 40 storeys up when you take a 30-minute spin in the skies. Your 360-degree views span Melbourne, the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas – and beyond. Peer across the bay to Arthurs Seat, and see if you can spot the You Yangs, Mount Macedon and the Dandenong Ranges while audio commentary points out the landmarks. Grab a snack pre-ride in the new cafe, or order a sparkling wine, beer or cider to take on board. Book now.

Feel the beat with The Salsa Foundation

Keen to step out of your comfort zone? Learn to dance the salsa with your love. Pull your partner in close for the one-hour class in Little Collins Street in the CBD. No prior experience is required, with complete newbies warmly welcomed. Classes start at level zero and advance to an expert level four. If you’re in the city mid-week, beeline to free beginner classes on Wednesday or  Thursday. Be sure to wear comfy shoes, take a water bottle and leave your inhibitions at the door. Visit

Dine in with The BBQ School  

Why settle for one delicious dinner when you can learn to cook for many more date nights to come? Learn new recipes to replicate with a cooking class at The BBQ School. You’ll discover secret tips and skills to perfect the ultimate gourmet barbecue cook up at home. Choose Between meat, seafood or barbecue smoke classes, with menu highlights including Memphis-style smoked pulled pork with mop sauce and cabbage and apple slaw, and barbecue king prawn skewers with toasted coconut and lime. Food and equipment is provided for the three-hour class – as well as a cold drink on arrival. Book now.

Gondolas on a lake

Punting on the Lake. Photo: Visit Victoria


Float on with Punting on the Lake

Sit back while you spoil your significant other to a peaceful wooden punt ride through the Royal Botanic Gardens. Your professional punter will share stories about Melbourne’s history and native wildlife as you glide on the idyllic Ornamental Lake on your 30-minute boat tour. Paper parasols add an extra romantic element to the seasonal sessions, which are available from September to May. Pack a picnic for the ride – there’s a table provided on the punt. And no need to leave your other, four-legged love at home. Dogs are welcome aboard. Book now.

Laugh it off at The Comics Lounge

Share belly laughs without the pressure of a punchline. Sit back and leave the puns to the professionals with a two-and-a-half-hour stand-up comedy show at The Comics Lounge, just a short 10-minute trip from the CBD. You’ll be cracking up in good company, with Joe Rogan and Chris Rock previously gracing the stage, as well as adored Aussie regulars like Carl Barron, Julia Morris, Dave Hughes, Adam Hills and Fiona O’Loughlin. Want to stick around? Add on a two-course meal, and grab a cocktail from the bar. Book now.

Snuggle under the stars at Bourke Street Green

There’s a reason why dinner and drinks is a date night go-to. Enjoy a classic evening at inner-city oasis Bourke Street Green. There’s fresh vibes – and fresh air, with a retractable glass roof opening to the skies above. Menu highlights include the signature cocktail Peachy Keen, with Four Pillars gin, Marionette peach liqueur, lemon juice, peach and thyme shrub; the spicy bean and quinoa burger with paprika aioli; and the salsiccia e funghi pizza with mozzarella, mushroom, pork sausage, garlic and parsley. If you can make it, happy hour is from 4 to 6pm weekdays. Visit