Quirky Valentine's Day Dates in Melbourne 2016 Do something a little more unique than dinner at the local bistro for Valentine's Day. Melbourne has plenty of quirky options for Valentine's Day 2016, from the stars, to the mountains, to the river.
There are plenty of quirky yet romantic events on in Melbourne for Valentine's Day 2016.
With the day itself fast approaching, you are best advised to book as early as possible for your event of choice.
Valentine's Day Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival & Movie Food trucks are enjoying their time in the spotlight at the moment, with even the most seasoned foodies unable to resist a slider from their favourite food truck. A wholesome date night awaits at the Coburg Drive-In Cinema, which will screen new release flicks by night, after you enjoy a sunset dinner with food truck fare.
Valentine's Day Under the Stars at Scienceworks What could be more romantic than an evening of gasping at the beauty of the universe? The Valentine's Day Under the Stars at Scienceworks event comprises of a presentation of Melbourne's night sky projected on the planetarium dome, as well as a showing of the film Musica. Afterwards, you and your beau can look through the telescopes aimed at the night sky.
Scienceworks is a relatively affordable Valentine's Day outing, with tickets costing $35 each (or $33 concession price).
Valentine's Eve Train at Puffing Billy Pull out all the stops for a romantic evening aboard the historical steam train Puffing Billy.
The Valentine's Eve Train consists of a couples-only ride on Puffing Billy, with a mouth-watering three course dinner served in Puffing Billy's dining carriage. You will enjoy the sights of the surrounding trees, while listening to the delicate sounds of a live violinist.
The three hour journey does not come cheap, with tickets priced at $112 per person.
Inject some life into your movie date by going to an outdoor cinema.
Screenings on the evening of Saturday 13 February include Romeo and Juliet at the Rooftop Cinema, $25.50 per person/$21.40 concession;
Dirty Dancing at Stringybark Cinema, $16 per person/$12 concession; and Deadpool at Cameo Outdoor Cinema, $18.50 per person/$13.50 concession. There are less outdoor cinema events on Valentine's Day itself, but there is a screening of Casablanca at the Popup Cinema at Akoonah Park for $20 per person.
A film and a glittering skyline make for a breathtaking way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Image: Rooftop Cinema Facebook page.
Dinner at the Melbourne Aquarium
Experience a romantic evening under the sea, with a sumptuous dinner served at the Melbourne Aquarium. Taking place on the evening of Valentine's Day itself, you will enjoy your four-course dinner among beautiful underwater creatures.
A day out at the Aquarium is always a pricey venture, and never more so on Valentine's Day. Tickets to dine in the Fish Bowl, an incredible function space surrounded by 360 degrees of fish tank, are $199 per person. Standard tickets in the Antarctic, Seahorse Pier or Coral Atoll sections are $149 per person. Booking ahead is essential.
Perhaps do not order the fish. Image: Melbourne Aquarium.
Fly to the Antarctic
Have a spare few thousand dollars? What could be more romantic than spending the day in a plane above Antarctica?
On the 14th of February, Antarctica Flights are running a day tour to see the world's loneliest continent from above. Flights depart from and return to Melbourne, and prices start from $1,199 per person for economy tickets.
A day trip to Antarctica is possibly the most extravagant way to spend your Valentine's Day. Image: Antarctica Flights.