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 Unmissable Highlights

The decision to visit Victoria will always prove to be a good one! This part of Australia is unique and beautiful and very much alive with a range of different events and activities. The great news for travellers is that regardless of the type of experience you wish to have in Victoria, your needs and aspirations can be accommodated.

While there is so much to do and see in Victoria, here we have narrowed the list down to five of the state’s unmissable highlights.

1:  Melbourne

There is no denying that Melbourne is one of the world’s most amazing and appealing cities. With incredible shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, museums and galleries, the city of Melbourne is indeed vibrant and characterised by diversity.

Without question, one of the best ways to see the city is to take an organised Melbourne tour. A Melbourne sightseeing tour will introduce you to some of the city’s most important, distinctive and recognisable features and will provide you with plenty of useful and relevant information about the city and its attributes.

A quality Melbourne day tour will provoke your excitement and interest in this cosmopolitan city and will, in all likelihood, inspire you to explore the city even further.

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How to Make the Most of a Holiday in Victoria

It is not difficult to enjoy a great holiday in Victoria. In fact, because this state offers so many possibilities and features that are conducive to holidays of all types and purposes, precious few visitors to this beautiful state fail to be impressed.

Doing a little research and planning your time in Victoria, before you leave home, can be a great way to ensure that you make the most of the time that you spend in the state that refers to itself as ‘The Place to Be’.

Be sure to see Melbourne:

Melbourne is steeped in culture and has a dynamic and interesting atmosphere. Often renowned as Australia’s most artistic city, it definitely will please those that have a passion for history, cultural pursuits and the arts. Equally though, Melbourne is home to some of Australia’s most significant sporting events, including: the Australian Open, Melbourne Cup and Formula 1 Grand Prix, as well as incredible food, wine and coffee.

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