As Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne is the perfect city for a romantic two-night getaway. Couples can experience a loved-up weekend in this fascinating city, using this awesome Melbourne itinerary to help them navigate their stay.
Tap into that holiday vibe as soon as you two check into your accommodation at Wyndham Hotel Melbourne. Enjoy a sleep-in at your cosy hotel, then literally stop to smell the roses at the Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll be surrounded by mesmerising natural beauty spanning more than 38 hectares with over 10,000 different species of plants, with a range of fun activities and tours to enjoy.
Aim to reach the Gardens by 11 a.m. so you can attend High Tea at The Terrace, where you can toast champagne and enjoy platters of food while overlooking the fragrant flora.
Once high tea concludes at 12.30 p.m., hop onto a punt and cruise Ornamental Lake – time for a cute cuddle? After your aquatic tour, cross the road to the National Gallery of Victoria and enjoy several hours perusing the artworks. Make sure to take a photo of the world’s largest stained-glass ceiling. Enjoy dinner at a riverside al fresco restaurant, and watch the sun set over the city. Next, try your luck at Crown Casino; resist the urge to try and win back your money by returning to the heated rooftop pool in your Wyndham hotel. You’ll see the city lights glimmering like a thousand fireflies below you. Comme c’est romantique!
Within an hour’s drive of Melbourne is the picturesque Mornington Peninsula, home to undulating green hills lined with grape vines and pristine sandy shores. Drive over here after you’ve eaten brekky, and head straight to Peninsula Hot Springs for the ultimate spa experience in geothermal mineral pools.
Highlights here include an underground sauna, a hammam (Turkish steam bath), a cave pool and a stunning hilltop pool built into the cliff that gazes out over the peninsula. For maximum stress relief, partake in the reflexology walk. You’re provided with fluffy bathrobes as you wade through ankle-deep stream pools, lit with spotlights. It’s a soothing experience designed to lull you into a happy place as you meander hand-in-hand.
Bevvie lovers, rejoice! Toast your post-spa bliss at any one of the world-class vineyards in the area. There are over 50 cellar doors in Mornington Peninsula for you to try – the region’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are especially excellent. Tuck into some scrumptious cuisine at lunchtime to complement your wine tasting.
After lunch, you can stop along the coastline to get sand between your toes and take in the spectacular sights of the sea. Depending on how late you want to get back to Melbourne, you can book a horseback tour of the beaches at sunset – few things in life are more romantic than riding down Mornington Peninsula beaches on a horse with the love of your life beside you. If you’d like to avoid a twilight or evening drive, simply return straight after soaking up some sun on the beach.
Enjoy a chilled dinner date after your luxe day by dining at Melbourne’s renowned food trucks. Try Gumbo Kitchen for New-Orleans-style treats, the White Guy Cooks Thai for Asian delicacies and Soul Kitchen Woodfired Pizza Truck for mouthwatering pizzas at St Kilda Road.
Once you’re full, wander back to Wyndham Hotel Melbourne to sleep before blowing Melbourne a kiss goodbye and heading home!