Romantic Ideas in and around Melbourne

Zios Restaurant

Valentine’s Day dining at Zio’s Restaurant

Hang on; Valentine’s Day is this Friday!?  For those not romantically inclined, this popular day for celebrating love can seem to creep up way too soon after Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  With limited time to sort something out or for those who need ideas for next time, here are some suggestions on what to do together on Valentine’s Day in Australia’s city of love: Melbourne.

Melbourne is bursting at the seams with new food and drink hangouts amongst old favourites.  Enjoy afternoon cocktails at Naked in the Sky; the rooftop bar is very popular due to its massive range of infused vodkas and fancy cocktails, trendy atmosphere and spectacular unspoilt views of the city.  Afterwards there are plenty of eateries along Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, for something not too fancy but still absolutely delicious, try the oriental delights at Rice Queen. However, Valentine’s Day is a day to spoil your loved one somewhere small, intimate, quiet, special and has exceptional food and wine.  You then can’t go past Zio’s Restaurant in East Melbourne, set in a small terraced building; Zio’s has a range of food to cater for all tastes in the perfect setting for a romantic dinner, if it’s cold there’s even a few wooden fireplaces.  There’s no better way to spoil the one you love than to get them Zio’s famous chocolate soufflé for dessert, it’s heavenly.

Valentine’s Day luckily falls on a Friday, so why not spread the romance over the rest of the weekend!  If the weather is nice, Melbourne is scattered with many parks and gardens to explore. The Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, around an hour out of the city is a huge park showcasing Australia’s large variety of beautiful native plants; the park is perfect as a lunch spot and a walk.  Your traditionally romantic English-style gardens such as the Fitzroy Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens provide stunning settings for picnics, there are plenty of paths to walk around and the lush green grass is perfect to lie on for a bit of relaxation.

Melbourne is only a few hours’ drive to the rolling green pastures of the Yarra Valley, an area synonymous with romance.  A day in the Yarra Valley region can easily be done by car and at your own pace.  To impress your loved one on Valentine’s Day you can’t go past tasting fine wines at the Dominique Portet cellar door set in a romantic French style building. The Yarra Valley Dairy cannot be missed for their award winning marinated fetta, perhaps take a cheese platter and sit out on their deck taking in the serene views of the valley.  A few hours can also easily be spent at Hedgend Maze, hidden down a dirt track; this delightful hedge maze is great fun. You are given a list of clues and you need to match the clues with various objects you find in the maze to be able to solve the mystery.  There’s also mini golf, Frisbee golf or relax in the beautifully manicured gardens with an ice cream.

5 of Victoria’s Most Famous Features

A trip to Victoria will provide an extensive and diverse range of sites and features to visit. Victoria is renowned for its sporting culture, together with its dedication to fashion, culture, amazing cuisine and fine wine.

So, what are the best of Victoria’s famous features that should be included on your must see list?

1:  Melbourne city

Melbourne is an enchanting and interesting city. In order to make the most of your time in Melbourne, why not take a Melbourne tour that will introduce you to iconic features, such as: the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Federation Square and the Royal Botanic Gardens?

A Melbourne day trip provides a fantastic springboard from which to explore the city and the perfect opportunity to relax and learn from a knowledgeable tour guide. Local knowledge is important when visiting Melbourne as some of the most intriguing and beautiful places are sometimes obscurely tucked away and are certainly not ‘common knowledge’.

2:  The Great Ocean Road

Victoria is famous for the Great Ocean Road, a stretch of road that takes in some of the most stunning coastline, national parks, enchanting towns and unspoilt areas that you will experience anywhere in the world.

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3 Must See Spots When Visiting Victoria

Victoria is a truly incredible and beautiful part of Australia. Visitors are attracted to Victoria for many reasons, including the variety it offers and the opportunity to enjoy world-class experiences.

While you are likely to have identified many desirable and important things that you would like to see while in Victoria, we have narrowed the list down to the three ultimate highlights. If you see nothing else, be sure not to miss the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island and the city of Melbourne.

1:  Great Ocean Road

Victoria’s Great Ocean Road takes in some of the most spectacularly beautiful and breathtaking scenery that you will see anywhere in the world. With stunning beaches, picturesque and charming towns and pristine national parks, the Great Ocean Road area is characterised by diversity and settings that provide some of the most wonderful photographs and memories.

The perfect way to see and experience the area is to take a Great Ocean Road tour. With the benefit of the commentary and guidance of an experienced and informed tour leader, you will be taken to some of the area’s most significant, special and beautiful spots. The commentary of a skilled guide will also enlighten you to some of the history of the area and provide you with recommendations of things to do and places to eat when you have time away from the tour.

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6 Reasons to Visit the Great Ocean Road

When you consider the spectacular scenery, opportunities for activity and enjoyment and incredible natural features, there are very few reasons not to undertake a Great Ocean Road tour. The Great Ocean Road is a uniquely Australian holiday destination and is unrivalled in all that it offers travellers.

Victoria is one of the most popular Australian states to visit and while Melbourne tours will always be a great place to start your trip the Great Ocean Road is a great next stop – at any time of the year. Here we take a look at six of the very best reasons to visit this most beautiful part of Australia:

1:  Amazing scenic routes

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