While dinner and drinks might still be your go-to date night, it’s nice to know there are options for when it’s time to spice things up. With so many things to see and do around Melbourne, you’re actually quite spoilt for choice when it comes to date ideas. It’s true that you can’t always plan for everything but impressing your date with something unique and fun is a great place to start. We’ve picked some of the best date ideas covering day and night activities, lavish spending and options that are as cheap as chips. Whatever you’re into, here’s a diverse list of date ideas in Melbourne catering for all walks of life:
Fun Date Ideas
1. Glow Golf
If your date is down for a great game of mini gold then GlowGolf Docklands is the perfect dating idea. Putt your way through Aussie icons and special holes lit by UV lighting for night time glow in the dark golf.
Address: Level 1/Shop 35 Star Cres, District Docklands Shopping Centre VIC 3008
Phone: +61 3 9642 5442
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-7pm
2. Get Creative at a Sip and Paint
For a creative date night out in Melbourne that doesn’t skimp on the wine, check out Cork & Canvas – the very first paint and sip studio. All art materials are provided. All you have to do is bring a date and some drinks and nibbles. No previous painting skills are required. It’s all for a laugh.
Address: 206 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Phone: +61 499 007 234
Hours: Mon 2pm-9pm, Tue 2pm-9pm, Wed-Thu 2pm-9:30pm, Fri 2pm-10pm, Sat 6pm-10pm, Sun 2pm-5pm
3. Escape Room
Escape Room Melbourne or ERM is the first escape room in the city. You’ll get 70 minutes in the original live puzzle room of your choice for you and a partner or larger group if you prefer to unravel the mystery and hopefully escape.
Address: 12-18 Yarra Street, South Melbourne VIC 3025
Phone: +61 455 661 777
Hours: Mon-Thu 3:30pm-10pm, Fri 12pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm
4. Rock Climbing
Whether you’re a seasoned climber or an absolute beginner, you and your date could get up to some sweaty fun with your clothes on rock climbing at Hardrock Melbourne. It’s one of the more active date ideas in Melbourne so consider your fitness level and that of your date.
Address: 4/8 Franklin Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9631 5300
Hours: Weekdays 12pm-10pm, Weekends 11am-7pm
Price: $30 AUD per adult
5. Rollerblade around Melbourne
Explore Melbourne on a Wednesday night while rollerblading with Bayside Blades. This retro-revival date is a fun way to break the ice with a new friend and hopefully everyone’s bones stay intact as you glide around the city. For your safety, the tour sticks to relatively smooth surfaces.
Address: 2/487 Highett Road, Highett VIC 3190
Phone: +61 3 9555 7988
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
6. Play a game in Virtual Reality
Try a virtual reality date at Zero Latency, where the adrenaline is flowing and a memorable date is on the books. You’ll experience a free-roam virtual reality experience where you can play alongside your date in games such as Zombie Survival, killer Robots and more. It’s far more immersive than you think.
Address: 22-32 Steel Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051
Games: Sol Raiders, Zombie Survivor, Singularity, Outbreak Origins, Engineerium, Mission Maybee
Hours: Tues 5pm-10pm, Wed-Thur 5pm-11pm, Fri 2:30pm-12am, Sat 9am-12am, Sun 9am-11pm
Price: $88 AUD
7. Get silly at Bounce Inc.
Bounce Inc is where free spirits can let go. With about 3000 square meters of interconnected indoor trampolines, battle beams, dodgeball, a cliff jump and more, it’s a fun first date to help break the ice and get a little silly.
Address: Hangar 4, 236 Wirraway Road, Essendon Fields VIC 3041
Phone: +61 1300 000 540
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm Sun 9am-7pm
Price: Mon-Fri $15.20 AUD (online only), Weekends & Hols $19.70 AUD (online only)
8. Classic Ten Pin Bowling
Ten Pin Bowling at Strike Melbourne central is a perfect classic date night in the heart of Melbourne. Plus it’s got the added benefit of having a fully equipped kitchen when you get the munchies and a complete cocktail bar so you can knock a few back.
Address: Shop 305, Level 3/211 LaTrobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 1300 787 453
Price: starts at $21/game per person
9. Seek thrills at Trees Adventure Park
You and your date could be soaring through the treetops of the Dandenongs with flying foxes, tight ropes and tunnels at Trees Adventure Park. It’s the ultimate fun dating idea in Melbourne for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies.
Address: Old Monbuik Road, Belgrave VIC 3160
Phone: +61 3 9752 5354
Hours: 2.5-hour session (including training)
10. Axe Throwing
This will be a date they’ll never forget. Bring your date along to Maniax Date Night Axe Throwing session. Learn how to throw then compete in a tournament against one another. When else will you have the opportunity to throw an axe without fear of onlookers calling the cops?
Address: 19-21 Russell Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Phone: +61 1300 986 480
Price: Date Night $110 AUD per booking
11. Visit an arcade
For that 90’s arcade nostalgia, check out Archie Brother Cirque Electriq. They’ve got bowling, 67 arcade and ticket games, an XD Theatre, Dodgems and more. Not only that, there’s a full-service cocktail bar and gourmet kitchen to complete your date.
Address: The District, 440/440 Docklands Dr, Docklands VIC 3008
Phone: +61 1300 888 386
Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-11pm
12. Go Wild at Zoo Twilights
If you or your date are animal lovers, prepare to go wild at Zoo Twilights, the summer concert series against wildlife extinction. This season includes performances from the legendary Icehouse, The Cat Empire, Meg Mac and more still to be announced. As always, proceeds raised from sales go towards helping endangered species.
Address: Elliot Avenue, Parkville VIC 3052
Phone: +61 1300 GET TIX or +61 1300 966 784
Hours: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm
13. Immersive Cinema – Underground Cinema
At Underground Cinema, you become a part of the story. You find out the theme of the movie and arrive dressed up at the location. Actors then perform scenes from the movie and will have you guessing right till the end. Enjoy your night with a side of fava beans and a nice chianti…
Address: Secret Location, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: [email protected]
Worlds: Budapest Hotel, Classics, Hotel, Delirium, Kingdom, Gattaca, Silence of the Lambs, etc.
14. Cool down at Icebar Melbourne
Cool things down at the coolest place in town, Icebar Melbourne. The only one in Australia and a great novelty bar to see how long you can withstand the cold. Open every day till late and on Wednesdays, there’s buy one get on free cocktails.
Address: The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9077 9716
Hours: Wed-Mon 11am-10pm, Tue 9am-5pm
15. Take a Cheese Making workshop
Try your hand at cheese making with Craft & Co and take home a little edible memory of your date. Create your own mozzarella using traditional Italian recipes from Naples and learn how to make your own cheese at home. A craft beer or wine is included, plus a cheese plate and pizza. Just another tasty date idea in Melbourne.
Address: 390 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Phone: +61 3 9417 4755
Hours: Wed-Thu 12pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-6pm
Date Night Ideas
16. Drinking history tour
With more bars per capita than any city in the world, Melbourne has a lot of history. Take a Drink History Tour. Discover Melbourne’s hidden laneway bars and fascinating history or check out the trendy restaurants and hip bars of Fitzroy.
Address: The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 402 242 982
Hours: Thu & Sat 6pm-9pm, Fri 9am-10pm, Sun 4:30am-7:30am & 3:30pm-7:30pm
Price: starts at $49 AUD
17. See a show at Melbourne Theatre Company
Take in a show at the Melbourne Theatre Company for the perfect date night in Melbourne. As one of the largest theatre companies in the world and up to 12 plays annually, a night at the theatre is a great alternative to catching a movie at the cinema.
Address: 252 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006
Phone: +61 3 8688 0800
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Price: starts at $38 AUD
18. Karaoke at Ichi Ni Nana
Impress your date with your singing skills with a karaoke session at Ichi Ni Nana. This Izakaya now boasts a type of karaoke where you and your date can belt out your favourite tunes while enjoying a little drink and some snacks – so all of the good stuff in one place.
Address: 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Phone: +61 3 9417 4127
Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm & 5pm-late, Sat-Sun 12pm-late
19. Burgers And Beers At Rooftop
Take you date seven stories up on Curtin Houses’ rooftop bar for some burgers and beers with a beautiful view of the CBD skyline. There’s even a rooftop cinema during the summer for some outdoor cinema viewing fun. Weather pending.
Address: 252 Swanson Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9654 5394
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-2am, Sat-Sun 10am-5am
20. Old Melbourne Gaol Night Tours
You don’t have to wait until Halloween for a spooky date night. With an Old Melbourne Gaol Night Tour, you and a special friend get locked up in the city watch house, hunt for ghosts, or let the hangman guide you through the Gaol’s disturbing history.
Address: 377 Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9656 9804
Price: $28 AUD
21. Take a night stroll through Queen Victoria Night Market
Why not take your date to the Queen Victoria Night Markets. There’s always something new and exciting to see. So check the calendar via the link below, find some sights, sounds and tastes and get amongst the locals without spending a lot of cash.
Address: Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9320 5822
Hours: Wednesdays 5pm-10pm
22. Gaze at the Stars at Melbourne Planetarium
Recline under the stars of the Melbourne Planetarium’s simulated night sky and learn the wonders of the stars for a romantic date in Melbourne. They’re more advanced than what you recall from school trips and offer a uniquely immersive environment.
Address: 2 Booker Street, Spotswood VIC 3015
Phone: +61 131102
Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-4:30pm
Price: starts at $20 AUD
23. Tap your feet to the smooth sounds of Jazz
Take your date to Bird’s Basement for some swingin’ live jazz music. The first-class jazz venue offers up international and homegrown music talent to delight your ears and have you clicking your fingers and shuffling your feet.
Address: 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 1300 225 299
Hours: Wed-Sun 6pm-10:30pm
Price: starts at $29 AUD
24. Bingo and Karaoke at Tokyo Tina
Switch things up with a little bingo and brunch at Tokyo Tina’s Bingo Academy. Get a bottomless boozy brunch plus bingo every Saturday from 1 until 3 pm or belt out some tunes at the private karaoke rooms.
Address: 66a Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181
Phone: +61 3 9525 2774
Hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am
Daytime Date Ideas
25. Have a Picnic at the Royal Botanical Gardens
Possibly one of the best spots for a picnic in Melbourne is the Royal Botanical Garden. Take your date to the woodland picnic area for some relaxation and sun in the fantastic bushland. It’s the perfect casual date Melbourne has to offer. So long as you pack a decent lunch.
Address: Birdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141
Phone: +61 3 9252 2429 or +61 3 9252 2300
26. Go for a walk along the Tan Track
Affectionately known as the TAN, the track was constructed in the early 1900’s as a horse-riding track but is now a lovely spot for a jog or stroll. Take your date for a leisurely wander and get to know one another while being surrounded by the botanical gardens.
Address: Birdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141
Distance: 3.827km track
27. Get Close to some Furry Farm Animals
Get out of the city and cosy up to some furry farm animals at Collingwood Farm. It’s always good to get away from the CBD for a bit and de-stress by playing with some sweet little farm animals that are sure to melt your date’s heart. It’s true that Collingwood Farm is targeted at kids, but who wouldn’t love getting up close to cute animals on a date?
Address: 18 Heliers Streets, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Phone: +61 3 9417 5806
Hours: Farm 9:15am-4:45pm, Farm Cafe 9am-4pm
28. Grape Stomping at Noisy Ritual
A haven for food, music and booze lovers, Noisy Ritual will give you that truly unique date night. Make your own wine from grape to glass and even do a little bit of grape stomping along the way. The wine stomping is only available via membership (Feb – April of each year) but otherwise they’re open as a bar from Thurs, Friday, Sundays if you wanted to pop in for some wine, cheese or a tasting flight!
Address: 249 Lygon Street, Brunswick East VIC 3057
Phone: +61 3 8394 2772
Hours: Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat (sometimes), Sun 1pm-7pm
29. Play Volleyball at St. Kilda Beach
Jump into summer the right way with a date on the beach playing Volleyball. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Republica throws beach volleyball events that include pizza at the end of the night and a free Corona. It’s the perfect date idea in Melbourne for active couples and you don’t even need to find players to fill the team. Unless you want to.
Address: 1a-1d, 10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda Sea Baths VIC 3182
Phone: +61 3 8598 9055
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 9am-10pm
30. Take a Bike Ride along the Yarra River
Why not take your date on a leisurely bike ride around the Yarra River? Freddy’s Bike Tours follows the water and stops by Abbotsford Convent, Dights Falls and Studley Park Boathouse for a touch of natural beauty…and a water break.
Address: 20 Rebecca Walk, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 490 553 673
Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30am-6pm
Price: bike rentals start at $25 AUD, tours start at $65 AUD
31. Hit the driving range
Hit a few balls at the Albert Park Driving Range for a sporty date during the weekend. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a complete novice, Albert Park will take care of you and your date because it’s all about having fun.
Address: Aughtie Dr, Albert Park VIC 3206
Phone: +61 3 9696 4653
Hours: Mon 10am-10pm, Tue-Fri 7am-10pm, Sat-Sun 7am-9pm
Romantic Date Ideas
32. Catch A Drive-In Movie
For cinema viewing done a little differently, take your date to a movie at Dromana Drive In. The quintessential dating go-to when you’re not sure what to do but the comfort and seclusion of your own car outweighs sitting in a cinema full of strangers.
Address: 133 Nepean Highway, Dromana VIC 3936
Phone: +61 3 5987 2492
Hours: Mon-Thu 8pm-12pm, Fri-Sun 8pm-12pm
33. Life drawing class
Try a life drawing class at The Butterfly Club on Tuesdays. The wickedly fun drawing classes have a burlesque theme and you can continue your date by enjoying a show and a drink after your sketching session.
Address: Carson Place, Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9663 8107
Hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-1am
Price: $20 AUD
34. Get to know them with Dumplings For Dating.
The perfect “getting to know you” dating idea in Melbourne is at the Oriental Teahouse with their Dumplings for Dating board game. The four-stage board game is question-based and includes a three-course meal and tasty cocktails tailored to the game.
Address: 455 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141
Phone: +61 3 98260168
Hours: Everyday except Saturday and Sunday lunch
Price: AUD$60pp for the game session
35. A Chocoholic’s Dream Date
This is one for the chocoholics who just can’t help themselves. Take a Chocolate Walking Tour for the ultimate chocolate expedition through Melbourne’s secret lanes and arcades and discover Melbourne treasured chocolatiers. The perfect date idea in Melbourne for a little bit of sweet romance.
Address: Meets outside The Block Arcade on Elizabeth Street, Block Court, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 1300 915 566
Hours: Sat & Sun at 3pm (3 hours)
Price: AUD$99 per person
36. Go out for Dessert at Om Nom Dessert bar at the Adelphi Hotel
Check out the world’s first dessert hotel with your date located at the iconic Adelphi Hotel. It’s the perfect place for sweet tooth’s to taste the luxury desserts from Om Nom. Grab a cocktail and try some of the delicate and delectable desserts on offer.
Address: 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 8080 8827
Hours: Wed-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-11:30pm, Sun 12pm-10pm
37. Float your way to a peaceful state of mind
For some real rest and relaxation, visit the Beyond Rest Floatation Tanks. The tanks look like pods and block out all sound, sight and distractions, allowing you to get into a healing state of mind. There may not be much communication with your date during the session, but you’re both guaranteed to feel renewed for whatever comes next.
Address: 26 Regent Street, Prahran VIC 3181
Phone: +61 3 9521 4963
Hours: Mon-Thu 8am-9pm, Fri-Sun 8am-11pm
Price: AUD$79 60-min float, AUD$119 120-min float
38. Take your date Ice Skating
Skate around with your date at O’Brien Icehouse. Dress snug and hit the ice then after you’ve worked up an appetite from all the skating, head to the café for some warm drinks and snacks.
Address: 105 Pearl River Road, Docklands VIC 3008
Phone: +61 1300 756 699
Hours: Sun-Tue & Thu 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm
Price: starts at AUD$22
39. Punting on the Lake
Punting On The Lake offers a serene cruise with your love around the islands of beautiful Ornamental Lake in the scenic Royal Botanic Gardens. Take in the views of some of the finest gardens while the professional punter gives you a bit of a history lesson.
Address: Corner Alexandra Avenue & Anderson Street, South Yarra VIC 3004
Phone: +61 481 455 410
Hours: September-May 10:30am-5pm
Price: starts at AUD $75 for 2 adults per 30-min private boat tour
40. Go for a drink at Public House, Richmond
If all else fails, a drink at the pub is the tried and tested back-up plan. Just a stone’s throw from the CBD, Public House in Richmond has everything you need: cocktails, a rooftop terrace, outdoor bar, tapas and share plates plus boutique wine and beer.
Address: 433-435 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Phone: +61 3 9421 0187
Hours: Fri 4pm-2am, Sat midday-2am
41. Join the Party at Secret Foodies
Join a Secret Foodies dinner party for a culinary adventure. Buy tickets for a themed dinner party and you’ll be given a secret location via SMS. Meet new people, taste amazing unique foods and discover new places around the city.
Address: Secret Location, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 422 667 488
42. Get Pampered at Miss Fox
Miss Fox Day Spa is spread over three floors and 8 luxury treatment rooms, and offers up one of the best and most luxurious couples day spa packages Melbourne has available. Get a couples spa treatment and relax and unwind.
Address: Lvl 1-3 285 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9028 0350
Hours: Tue-Thu 10am-7pm, Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-5pm
43. Artistic cocktails
Grau Projekt in Clifton Hills is a concept by Melbourne artist Matt Box and it basically consists of creating cocktails that reflects the artist’s work. Purchase a ticket and take your date for the open bar and a walkthrough tour of the exhibition.
Address: Level ½-12 Alexandra Parade, Clifton Hills VIC 3068
Phone: +61 434 999 278
Hours: Wed-Sat 1pm-6pm
Cheap Date Ideas
44. Take a Salsa Dancing Lesson
The Salsa Foundation offers a fun dating idea in Melbourne with its easy and accessible salsa dancing lessons. The best news of all? The beginner’s salsa class is 100% free!
Address: 600 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 400 933 285
Hours: Mon-Thu 6pm-10pm, Sun 3pm-6pm
45. Art Gallery
Take your date for a bit of art gazing at the National Gallery of Victoria. There’s a huge selection of exhibitions both from home and abroad over two separate buildings, the NGV International on St Kilda Road and the NGV Australia in Federation Square.
NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3000
NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 8620 2222
Hours: Daily 10am-5pm
Price: general entry is free
46. Play some board games
Do something simple and fun with your date like playing board games at Queen of Spades Bar in Fitzroy. Sip on some local craft beers, ciders and wines while playing some classic board games like scrabble, chess, boggle, Candyland, cards against humanity and way more.
Address: 189 Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Phone: +61 3 9042 5777
Hours: Tue-Thu & Sun 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
47. Pot Painting at Glaze It Studio
Paint some pots at Glaze It Studio for a quirky dating idea in Melbourne. The light-filled studio offers a creative and fun experience decorating ceramics and expressing your artistic side. Staff will guide you through the process and you’ll have a little keepsake to take home.
Address: 328a Glen Eira Road, Elsternwick VIC 3185
Phone: +61 433 723 433
48. Pizza in the Park
Small Print Pizza offers free deliveries to Victoria Gardens dog park, all you have to do is order, grab a rug and head to the park across the street. The guys at Small Print Pizza will then deliver you tasty hot meal while you and your date relax and soak up the sun.
Address: 388 High Street, Windsor VIC 3181
Phone: +61 3 9533 8402
Hours: Mon 5pm-9pm, Tue-Thu & Sat 4pm-9:30pm, Fri 4pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-9pm
49. Walk along St Kilda beach
Our final date idea for Melbourne is classic. Take a walk along St Kilda Beach and esplanade for a great casual afternoon in the sun. The long esplanade is perfect for a stroll with so many rest stops and cafes to choose from along the way. Stop at the pier and take in the ocean views, turn around and do it all over on the return trip.
Address: St Kilda Beach, VIC 3182
What should I do on a first date in Melbourne?
First dates are for getting to know each other. Do something that will make you both a bit vulnerable like skydiving. You’ll be more likely to rely on and open up to each other.
What to do when you're bored in Melbourne?
Try something new that you’ve never done before like taking an art class, eating a cuisine you’ve never tried, learning a new hobby or skill.
What are some fun date ideas?
Skydiving, sailing, dance classes, axe throwing, trampolining, bowling, mini golf, ice skating.
Where do you take dates?
Take them somewhere special, that’s somewhere new for both of you. Take them to a band you’ve been wanting to see, or to a unique restaurant you’ve been wanting to try.