Taneesha Davis is a writer and editor living on the Mornington Peninsula. Visit girlbossmag.com.au for more.
Published February 3rd 2020
Ditch the usual dinner & drinks with these events
With little time to go before Valentine's Day rolls around, couples are scrambling to plan the perfect date night. Skip the basic dinner date this Valentine's, and enjoy the romantic and sometimes different and unusual events Melbourne has to offer.
There aren't too many things more romantic than packing a picnic and being serenaded by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. But this Valentine's Day, you and your beau can experience exactly that! Best of all, this is a free event, so if you're needing to do a romantic date on a budget, this has your name all over it. Gates will open at 5:30pm and the music will begin at 7:30pm. So pack a picnic, lay down the picnic rug and grab a good spot – this is sure to fill up fast.
Under the sea fan? Or looking for animals below the ground to be entranced by as you enjoy a four-course dinner? Luckily, Sealife Melbourne Aquarium is helping you have the perfect Valentine's Day with three unique settings to choose from. Whether you choose the Oceanarium, Coral Atoll or Antarctic Space to hold your romantic Valentine's Day, it is sure to wow your significant other.
This adults-only special Valentine's Day session of the popular Planetarium nights is the perfect date to sit back with your love and watch the stars (without Melbourne weather interfering.) Learn more about the stars and space with the Starlight show. The show will also be accompanied by a presentation of 'What's In The Sky Tonight', a 'tour' of the night sky as it is on that night. Cost: $25 Per Adult
Take your love back to the 1920's with this flapper-esque murder mystery show on board the Puffing Billy. The iconic train will take a two-hour ride as you are whisked away to a different time, and enjoy a three-course meal amongst it all. Even dress up in your best Flapper inspired get-up for your chance to win best-dressed prizes.
What better way to show you love someone by both taking a trip on the scenic railway? The annual Luna Love at Luna Park is back this Valentine's Day, and this package for couples is perfect for those looking to mix fun and thrills with romance. The package includes 5 hours to get as many rides done as possible, a souvenir photo, fairy floss to share, chocolates and a carnival game token. Cost: $80 per couple
If the flapper era isn't really your thing, maybe you can live out your 70's and 80's romantic dreams with a special Valentine's Day skate at Bayswater Roller City. Put on your skates and enjoy a couples night out, show off your skills (or lack of) and enjoy the tunes that are sure to be accompanied with it.
Cost: $22 per couple
Take your love to the skies in this special Mornington Peninsula Valentine's Day event. The popular local tourist attraction, Arthurs Seat Eagle, will be hosting private flights for couples between 5pm and 7:30pm (so you can catch that sunset!) Couples will receive a private return flight, love heart balloon, a glass of local wine each, chocolates and a souvenir photo to commemorate their date.
Cost: $80 Per Couple
Movies might seem like a bit of a predictable date, but when it's one of our favourite romcoms being played under the stars, it can become anything but dull. Pack a picnic, lay out the rug and relax with this free and lowkey date. Crazy Rich Asians will be playing on the big screen at the pop-up cinema in Docklands. Tickets are free but will be extremely limited, so book ASAP as to not miss out on the perfect movie date for Valentine's Day.
Take your romance to the jungle for this special safari night at Werribee Open Range Zoo. You'll be taken on a safari guide, where you will have the chance to get up close and personal with the Savannah friends, such as rhinos, giraffes, and zebras. Enjoy appetisers, followed by a sit-down intimate dinner. Then move outside as an African performance is put on just for you.
Cost: $109 per adult
If you want to really make a statement, with panoramic views of Melbourne in your own private cabin, Melbourne Star is offering four different Valentine's Day packages, to suit all couples. Packages start with basics such as wine during your flight, to $1000 packages that include your very own caricature to capture your private date.
Cost: Starting from $64 per couple
Melbourne truly has something for everyone this Valentine's Day!