As cliché as it sounds, love is definitely in the air in the days leading up to Valentine's Day as Cupid's arrow finds its mark on young and old couples alike. Even the most practical person sometimes find it difficult not to succumb to the temptation (or is it pressure)? to prove their infinite love to their better half. If you are a romantic at heart, you are probably searching for ideas to make this day special for your loved one. Instead of purchasing the usual material items, indulge in unique experiences and make wonderful memories you will always think about in years to come.
If you or your partner find the normal movie and dinner date boring, why not make the effort to treat your loved one to something different? If you are really anti-valentine's day, you can treat your other half to these special activities on other occasions as well – birthdays, proposals, anniversaries, romantic dates and many more.
And no, special activities do not need to be saved for long periods away, interstate or overseas holidays. If you, like so many time-poor residents in Perth are short on vacation time and annual leave, rest assured that these activities can be enjoyed in one day or over the weekend right here in Perth.
Horse drawn carriages bring forward images of a time long ago, as well as childhood stories – a time when Cinderella was whisked off the ball by her fairy godmother in a pumpkin carriage. Channel the romantic Elizabethan era and the days where long white gloves, corsets, fans and swooning were fashionable by bringing your date on a carriage ride (costume optional).
Swan Valley Wagon Tours run Valley Tours, operating morning and afternoon half day tours Wednesday through Sunday in the Swan Valley. Instead of an aimless stroll down the street, your carriage stops at wineries for tasting so you can sample regional treats.
The morning tour visits the oldest operating church in Western Australia whereas the afternoon tour visits the Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery. Both tours stop at the Oggies Ice Creamery for delicious ice-cream and gelato made on the premises. Tours cost $85 per adult. If cost is not a problem, a private tour is available in their Victorian carriage which includes wine tasting and a private picnic on the banks of the Swan River. Visit www.swanvalleywa.com for more information.
Fremantle Prison Tunnel Tour
Visiting a prison does not traditionally constitute a romantic date. However, with the popularity of young adult dystopian movies such as Divergent and Hunger Games, there is a certain romantic vibe when you and your loved one travel into a dark tunnel together, towards the unknown.
Rest assured that unlike the movies your life is not in danger with hardhats, overalls, boots and headlamps provided. You will however, lock onto a ladder system and descend 20 metres into the depths below. You will be trekking through a dark labyrinth and then traverse through the dark tunnels by boat. Tours run for 2 and a half hours and depart daily between 9am and 3.25pm. Tickets cost $60 per adult. Visit www.fremantleprison.com.au for more information.
I remember watching movies growing up of couples going on outdoor cinema dates and thought it was incredibly romantic when they got up to do an impromptu dance along with the soothing music playing in the background.
You will have that chance to relive that moment at the Moonlight Cinema when you watch the classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany's on Valentine's Day on the lawn of Kings Park and Botanic Garden. You won't need a huge budget for this activity with tickets costing $17 per adult. Up the ante and bring a picnic to enjoy. Food and beverage is also available for purchase. If you have a higher budget, indulge in a Gold Grass ticket and relax on your own Bean Bed in a premium viewing location on the lawn.
For more information, visit www.moonlight.com.au
This date is a bit out of the box but rest assured, star gazing is not just for astronomy fans. Experiencing the amazing night sky and the warm, open breeze through a wide range of telescopes can be quite romantic, especially if you both have an interest in the constellation. Volunteers will take you on a grand tour of the Southern Hemisphere's sky with a wide range of targets including Nebulas, planets, dying stars, and enormous star clusters.
You can also browse their museum and historical instruments, meteorite exhibit, astrophotographs & artwork, and admire the beauty of the Atlas Coelestis, the first Star Atlas ever printed in 1729 from the work of John Flamsteed, the First Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory in Great Britain. Tickets costs $38 per adult. For more information, visit www.perthobservatory.wa.gov.au