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Romantic weekend - Melbourne

Destination(s): Melbourne

Melbourne is the perfect playground for love birds looking to soak it up with good food, wine and stunning scenery less than an hour from the CBD. The Prince is an ideal accommodation base to explore Melbourne’s heart, and you won’t mind the price tag once you realize you won’t need to remove your robe to indulge in luxurious dining, drinking and spa treatments. Classic cinema and modern art go hand in hand with eating out and fine wine in Melbourne and a weekend away is more than enough time to reinvigorate your senses with your loved one. read more about Romantic weekend - Melbourne

Circa

Circa

  • 2 Acland Street
  • St Kilda
  • tel:61 3 9536 1122
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3182
TarraWarra Estate (Yarra Valley)

TarraWarra Estate (Yarra Valley)

  • 311 Healsesville-Yarra Glen Road
  • Lilydale
  • tel:+61 3 5962 2600
  • Visit website
  • Yarra Glen, 3775

TarraWarra Estate is the simplest way to enjoy Victoria's Yarra Valley. Complete with a fine dining restaurant, museum of art and of course, an open cellar door, it's the perfect country escape.

Sit hillside in the WineBar café and let the Allen Powell's carefully crafted architecture carve the landcape views for you. Powell won the inaugural Premier's Design Award for his work on the Museum, the architecture growing seamlessly from the landscape. With a menu built to compliment the current vintage, this is no snack bar. Be prepared for a serious culinary experience and remember to book in advance.

The popular Tin Cows wine focus on vibrant fruit and pure varietal character, and are named after the permanent metal cow sculptures in the gardens. An easy hour-long drive from Melbourne, pity the designated driver who can't get stuck into the plonk. But there's plenty of non-alcoholic entertainment next door at the TarraWarra Museum of Art. read more about TarraWarra Estate (Yarra Valley)

Fornaio (Il)

Fornaio (Il)

  • 2 Acland Street
  • St Kilda
  • tel:61 3 9534 2922
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3182
Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market

  • 513 Elizabeth Street
  • Btw. Peel, Victoria, Elizabeth, and Therry sts. on the northern edge of the city center
  • tel:+61 3 9320 5822
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

With no harbour to swoon over, Melbournians pride themselves on cultural pursuits; particularly the kind you can eat. Food is serious business in Melbourne, and the biggest place to shop all things delicious is the Queen Victoria Market. We're talking the usual market chop; hustling hawkers screaming gibberish about a kilo of cherries and fish mongers casting out their catch of the day, but in a city that takes its cuisine with a side of snobbery, it's refreshing (not to mention fun) to see where all the grass roots action takes place.

With endless rows of stalls pushing everything from organic fennel to trashy clip-on koala toys, the vibe is both local and touristy. Young socialites select the perfect harvati for that night's dinner party whilst backpackers flock for a cheap feed from the Bratwurst shop in the Deli Hall.

If you've bought more food than you can carry, skip a couple of aisles over to the Retail Stalls section where clothing and accessories run the show. Tourists delight in Australiana paraphernalia such as sheep skins, moccasins and 'I HEART Melbourne' t-shirts (note: under no circumstances are these to be worn in Melbourne).

Accessible by the any tram heading north from Elizabeth or William Street, and only a short stroll from Melbourne's CBD, the Queen Victoria Market is the perfect place to see real Melbournians savour their favourite past time. Go early to avoid the crowds and take a basket to fill with cheeses, sausage and pastries and savour your spoils in a picnic in the nearby Carlton Gardens. read more about Queen Victoria Market

Prince (The)

Prince (The)

  • 2 ACLAND STREET
  • tel:+61 3 9536 1111
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  • Melbourne, 3182
Moonlight Cinema Melbourne

Moonlight Cinema Melbourne

  • South Yarra and St Kilda
  • tel:(03) 9869 8222
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3141

Snuggle up to your sweetheart, or possibly a possum, for some outdoor cinema at Melbourne's Moonlight Cinemas. If the on-screen action isn't enough to capture your attention, enjoy the skyline views and the lush surrounds of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens.

An eclectic film program showcasing cult classics as well as new releases, the Moonlight Cinema is the perfect place to welcome summer with a picnic spread, some champagne, and a rented beanbag if you're ill prepared for the garden floor seating arrangement.

The sweet rose breeze definitely pushes a romantic element, but the Moonlight Cinema is also frequented by larger groups of friends, enjoying a sunset six-pack and the permission to eat noisily and whisper during films without the glare of someone in a black beret in the next row down.

Only a hop, skip and a jump from Melbourne's CBD, take the No. 8 tram from Flinders Street Station and remember your mosquito repellent. Tickets can be booked in advance or purchase at the gate. read more about Moonlight Cinema Melbourne

The Arts Centre

The Arts Centre

  • 100 St Kilda Road
  • tel:61 0 3 9281 8000
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  • Melbourne, 3004
Melbourne Supper Club Bar (The)

Melbourne Supper Club Bar (The)

  • 161 Spring Street
  • tel:61 3 9654 6300
  • Melbourne, 3000
Mornington Peninsula (The)

Mornington Peninsula (The)

  • 359B Point Nepean Road
  • P O Box 192
  • tel:+61 3 59873078
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3936