Tired of the classic evening drink and dinner combo? U.S. too. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new things to do, scouring the city for non-boring Melbourne activities – ones that are guaranteed to take your next date way beyond the beers made before. at pub.
Whether you’re taking someone on a second date or making your 100th with your partner, we’ve got some awesome (and, yes, cute) ideas for dates this week, no matter how much money you have. spend. Just think of us as your cultural wingman. You’re welcome.
WALKING HAND IN HAND THROUGH A BRILLIANT ARTISTIC INSTALLATION
Romantic mood lighting is one thing, but how about an entire park filled with colorful illuminated works of art to stroll through after the sun goes down? That’s the situation that awaits you and your date at Werribee’s Wyndham Park starting this week, when the grounds are transformed into a bright open-air gallery for Lit at Wyndham Park.
From February 25 to March 6, the free immersive installation promises the ultimate outdoor nighttime rendezvous for art lovers. Among his varied works, you’ll encounter a trail of larger-than-life animals nestled among the trees, and even a chorus line of towering dog sculptures that sing to passers-by. Want to make it a night? Pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawns or dine at one of the many restaurants nearby.
LESS THAN $20
KEEP IT SWEET AND GO STRAIGHT TO DESSERT
For foodies and ice cream lovers, a visit to Piccolina is never impressive. But right now, the ice cream masters have upped the ante by hosting a guest chef series that’s guaranteed to impress even more than usual. The gelateria has teamed up with eight star chefs from Melbourne, who will take turns over eight weeks to each develop three innovative flavors of gelato.
Head to any Piccolina store for a dessert date between now and April 12, and you’ll have the chance to sample inventive scoops from Peter Gunn (Ides), Thi Lee (Anchovy), Hugh Allen (Vue de World) and Rosheen Kaul (Etta). Get ready to enjoy grilled jasmine rice ice cream with banana and rum jam, red wine lees sorbet and even a cantaloupe and green ant creation.
LESS THAN $50
WEAR WHEELS FOR A WORRY-FREE TOUR ALONG THE BEACH
Why stroll, when you can ride? This summer, show off some moves and give your date a retro-inspired serotonin boost, courtesy of Rolla Bae. The crew’s distinctive vintage caravan is open again at St Kilda Beach, offering roller skate hire and a healthy dose of outdoor fun every Saturday and Sunday.
You and your boo can rent a pair of roller skates, inline skates, or a skateboard, starting at $25 each per hour. Also available to rent are protective gear and fanny packs to complete the look, as well as portable speakers to record your skating adventures. The team will even share their wisdom as you lace up, offering training on the basics and plenty of helpful skate tips to see you cruise the distance in style – and with minimal embarrassing stacks.
LESS THAN $150
ROLL UP PICNIC MAT FOR SOME SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
If your date leaves you a little nervous and at a loss for words, let Shakespeare himself lend you some witty prose. From Friday 25 February to Saturday 12 March, Shakespeare Australia’s new production, A summer mechanic’s dream.
The show is a comedy spin-off of Shakespeare’s famous play Dream of a summer night, which spotlights some of its most memorable characters; the crew of the theatrical trades known as “the Mechanics”. There’s laughs, there’s classic old Bard lines, and it’s all on the lawn under the stars. You can pack an evening picnic or take advantage of the pop-up bar and kiosk.
A GREAT CUT
FLY TO DAYLESFORD FOR HOT SPRINGS, HIKES AND HAPPY TIMES
If you’ve reached the point in your relationship where a weekend getaway awaits, then pack your bags for a romantic getaway in the lush surroundings of Daylesford. Just over 90 minutes northwest of Melbourne, the region has a lot to offer: exceptional culinary experiences, stunning natural sites, idyllic hiking trails, superb accommodation options and, of course, these famous hot Springs.
We recently rounded up our top regional picks to create the ultimate Daylesford weekend guide – read it and start planning an unforgettable couples retreat.
Top image: Hepburn Bathhouse, near Daylesford
Posted on February 23, 2022 by