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Valentine’s Day: Top 5 Things to Do in Melbourne

Valentine’s Day: Top 5 Romantic Date Ideas

When I say “romantic city”, I bet you think Paris, right? And as much as you’d love to wow your special someone with a Valentine’s dinner at the top of the Eifel Tower, you can be excused if it’s a tad outside the budget. But good news, Melbourne can be just as enchanting on Valentine’s Day.

On February 14 every year, millions of lovers around the World celebrate their connection. Considered the most romantic day on the calendar, couples acknowledge their affection by presenting gifts such as flowers, chocolates and cards, and use symbols like hearts, red roses, doves and winged cupids to express their innermost feelings. For many it is an occasion that inspires them to express their deepest love and even perhaps propose.

The tradition originates with The Feast of Saint Valentine, a Christian ritual to worship Bishop Valentine of Rome who died on February 14, 273AD and was later martyred and sainted. The feast is still an official religious custom of the Anglican and Lutheran Church.

Saint Valentine’s Day became associated with the concept of romantic love during The Middle Ages (the period in European history from 11th to 13th Century). This age is known as a romantic time with great philosophical and artist roots, particularly during the Renaissance of the 12th Century.

More than 8000 years later and this symbolic day evokes a feeling of passion and nostalgia that fills the atmosphere. In one way or another everyone is touched by the love and romance of Valentine’s Day.

Many people would agree that Melbourne is a picturesque city – it is one of the reasons it is consistently voted the most liveable city in the World. On top of its beauty, Melbourne offers an almost endless array of things of do.

For those looking for a unique experience to woo their romantic partner, Melbourne can turn on all the charm of Paris. So we’ve put a list together of our recommendations for Valentine’s.

Valentine’s Day

Top  Things to Do this Valentine’s Day

❤ Hot Air Balloon at Sunrise

As they say, “the early bird catches the worm”, so for early risers a hot air balloon ride can be the most romantic way to welcome the day. Ascending at dawn, Melbourne’s hot air balloons drift across the city skyline or Yarra Valley. After taking in the magical view, ballooners enjoy a sumptuous champagne breakfast.

For bookings and enquiries, contact Global Ballooning

❤ Melbourne’s Star Observation Wheel

Melbourne’s most popular place to propose at sunset offers birds-eye views in all directions. Take in breathtaking views of the cityscape, Port Philip Bay, Macedon and Dandenong Ranges. Located at Dockland’s Waterfront Precinct, Melbourne’s newest attraction delivers a spectacular 30-minute experience in air-conditioned comfort.

Valentine's Day - Melbourne Star

For more information or to book, contact Melbourne Star

❤ Luxury Gondola River Cruise

Who needs the Grand Canal in Venice when you’ve got The Yarra in Melbourne? Think plush velvet seats, soft music and champagne as you cosy up with your Valentine and glide down the river. The cruise offers views of many of City of Melbourne’s main attractions, including Alexander Gardens and iconic Flinders Street Station.

Valentine's Day - Luxury Gondola River Cruise

To enquire or make a booking, contact Venice on the Yarra

❤ Shakespeare Under the Stars

This Valentine’s Day, The Australian Shakespeare Company will entertain theatre-lovers under the stars in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The hilarious montage of the “Best Bits” from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is perfect entertainment for the less lovey dovey and serious. The show has attracted positive reviews from critics and the public alike.


❤ “The Greatest Showman” at Moonlight Cinema

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that becomes a worldwide sensation. Hollywood star Hugh Jackman leads the cast with Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson supporting.



Valentine's Day

To make the occasion extra special, why not book a weekend away at Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders?

To book, call us on 03 9629 4111 or email reservations.melsf@ihg.com.