Due to plenitude of opportunities it presents, the stylish and arty Melbourne is high on the bucket list of every tourist visiting Australia. Besides the obvious and famed scope of activities and attractions, Melbourne manages to surprise all kinds of visitors by pulling out unique experiences out of its hat year on year. While it remains renowned as the sporting and cultural capital of Australia, there’s a lot that couples seeking romance will find appealing about Melbourne.
Here’s our list of top five things that a romance-seeker can do in Melbourne for everlasting memories from the place:
Get a Bird Eye’s View of Melbourne from the Eureka Skydeck
Only a few experiences in Melbourne will match the exhilaration of watching the stunning city from the height of 285 metres. Part of the 297.3 metre tall Eureka Tower, the Eureka Skydeck rests on the 88th floor of the tower and remains open to the public between 10am-10pm every day. Among the highlights of your visit will be thirty viewfinders through which you can have a glimpse at the popular landmarks of the city as well as The Edge, a glass cube suspended around 300 metres above the ground. Hold your breath as the day turns into the night and the city and its many skyscrapers are illuminated, making for a moment that will be etched in your memory forever.
Take to Two Wheels with Your Partner
Discover the marvellous Melbourne at your own pace by pedalling around the city with your partner. There are numerous bicycling trails that go around some of the most popular tourist attractions in Melbourne. You can take the Capital City Trail that will take you past the scenic Yarra River and through the Victorian Arts Centre as well as Melbourne Park. If you like the idea of going distance on your bicycle with your partner by your side, you can peddle along the Bayside Cycling Trail. The other popular picturesque trails in Melbourne that will let you explore the length and breadth of city’s stunning offerings include St Kilda Beach to Half Moon Bay trail, Lilydale to Warburton rail trail as well as Merri Creek Trail.
Spend a day at the Royal Botanic Gardens
While seeking tranquillity in Melbourne, couples often find themselves drawn towards the Royal Botanic Gardens that span over 35 hectares in Melbourne and Cranbourne. Boasting over 8500 different species of plants, these gardens provide lush and green respite from the busy lanes of the city. Featuring artfully landscaped gardens, freshwater lakes, winding trails and a serene atmosphere, the Royal Botanic Gardens are perfect for spending some leisurely hours in each other’s company, sipping champagne and watching the sunset over the beautiful skies of Melbourne.
Take a Gondola Ride on the Yarra River
You don’t have to wait for Venice to realise your dream of taking a romantic gondola ride in the company of the one you love. Glide past the popular Melbourne attractions including the Exhibition Centre, Aquarium, Flinders Street Station, Southbank and Crown Casino, Federation Square as well as Alexandra Gardens as your gondola makes its way through the Yarra River. The gondolas in Melbourne are tastefully decorated with velvety interiors and offer the guests facilities like bubbling champagne on board and plush cushions and rugs.
Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Soaring high in the passion of your love? Why not aim for actual heights to add a little thrill and adventure to your landscape of love? The hot air balloon ride over the Melbourne city is one of the most unique encounters for most couples visiting the coastal capital of the Australian state of Victoria. Take the sunrise ride and be treated to mind-blowing views of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Shrine of Remembrance, the Albert Park Formula 1 racetrack and the Yarra River from several feet high in the sky. Couples looking for privacy can also book their own private rides and revel in some moments of absolute joy in each other’s company. With most rides being accompanied by a champagne breakfast at one of the famous 5-star hotels in the city, can there be a better way to start your morning in Melbourne?