I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published August 12th 2012
Amore, love and lust are all the inspiration for romantic gestures. The idea of romance varies and is quite open to interpretation but generally coincides with that 'butterflies in your stomach feeling' for someone you really care for.
So in my ode to romance here are my top 5 romantic locations in Melbourne…
Taking a stroll down the cobbled streets of Hardware lane instantly transport me to the feel and smells of the cobbled streets of Europe. Hardware lane in the centre of the Melbourne CBD is tucked neatly between Queen Street and Elizabeth Street and crossing Little Bourke street. The area is designated as pedestrians only.
The 19th Century brick and stone warehouse architecture has been maintained beautifully and provides the home for a large variety of eateries with day time diners able to dine amongst a sea of café umbrellas and evening revelers enjoying the sounds of live jazz along with chic modern dining with a multiplicity of cuisines including classic Italian, Greek, Steak and Seafood, Contemporary Modern Australian and French. This intimate setting provides a unique cozy and urban dining experience with a flash of European glamour.
Walking along St Kilda pier you can see the gorgeous blue water stretched out far in front of you and the gorgeous city with twinkling lights at night or glinting silver in the sunshine. Often lined with happy fishers to watch as you pass by and a breeze that can be delightful or just chilly enough to warrant closer contact. I always find the pier a peaceful place.
At the head of St Kilda pier is the Edwardian style St Kilda Pier kiosk providing breakfast and light snacks till 5pm on weekdays and 6pm on weekends. The St Kilda Kiosk itself is a gorgeous spot that has seen many years. In 2003 this significant building burnt down in a fire but the public rallied behind this iconic building to ensure it was restored to its previous glory.
Past the St Kilda kiosk you come to the end of the pier and the breakwater where the penguins are found. Walking along the boardwalk you can spot the little penguins roosting in the rocks as you and your love walk hand in hand.
3. Venice on the Yarra River
Care of Venice on the Yarra
Wandering along the Yarra River at South Bank and by the famous fire displays of Crown is in itself a favourite activity for Romantic Melbournites. Now a new and unique way to see the sights of the Yarra River has arrived – Venice on Yarra River.
Romantic couples can float along the water in gondolas mirrored upon those found in Venice. These gondolas were created and designed in Melbourne and can accommodate four persons with excellent soft plush interior, dreamy velvet seating and warm blankets provided to snuggle under while on your trip and with all weather situations considered for your comfort. If this isn't enough a bottle of champagne is provided for you on the gondola as you can toast to romance as you watch the sparkling crown lights dance off the water. For more information please view Venice on Yarra's website.
Degraves streets cobbled lane in the Melbourne CBD is just opposite Flinders Street station and has long been thought as a dreamy location for a meal, drink or casual coffee. Romantic pairs can sit and enjoy the idealistic Melbourne laneway atmosphere or wander along viewing the artwork made famous by this eclectic location. Umbrellas line the street for outdoor diners who can enjoy the laneways hospitality till late.
Puffing Billy is the 'century-old' steam train that still runs today on its original mountain track based in the dreamy Dandenong mountains. This gorgeous location with its tall trees, ferns and fresh air makes a fantastic location for passionate romantics.
Not just for the little ones – Puffing Billy offers some fantastic romantic ideas for starry-eyed lovers. Jazz. Puffing Billy with its heated carriages allows diners to enjoy their entrees whilst being treated to the beginnings of a Jazz fiesta before a buffet and beverages (as well as local wines) are served at the Nobelius Packing shed.
And if you weren't feeling truly spoilt already, tea, coffee and chocolates will be served to you on your return.