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Whether you're coupled up or testing someone's waters, take them on one of these escapades and refuel somewhere awesome afterwards

Underground Cinema

Secret film screenings in undisclosed locations = a great adventure. Could there be anything more thrilling than dressing up (previous dress codes include ‘foreign’, ‘to run’, ‘hillbilly’), grabbing your partner’s hand and trekking through the night to a mysterious location? Check Underground Cinema for times, locations and hints.


No, we’re not suggesting you pin your partner in a Duddly Death Drop – not on a first date, anyway – we’re advising you to take them to see Melbourne City Wrestling pound each other professionally, providing you with opportunities to squeal and clutch your date. Danger’s a great aphrodisiac.

Coburg Drive-In Cinema

Some might say Coburg is not the most romantic first-date destination, but where else can you find a drive-in theatre that’s been there since the ’60s with an authentic American-style diner, and the ability to order popcorn and burgers to your car via text-message? Coburg.

Watch planes fly overhead

Pull up in this secluded parking bay, slip an arm around your date (preferably a familiar date, or the pepper spray may be whipped out) and start emitting cuddle chemicals as the low-flying planes provide oohs and ahhs. Just near the intersection of Sunbury & Oaklands Rds, Tullamarine.


Like a lowbrow sculpture park, except all the sculptures are made of mountains of toilet paper or novelty-sized tubs of hummus. Run through the aisles hand-in-hand like it’s Narnia. (NB: One of you needs to be a member, which costs $60 via the website.) Docklands.

Ride a tram to the end of the line

Not a great choice for a first date, as there’s a possibility your companion might think you’re one oyster short of a Kilpatrick (or cheap), but a good option if you’re positive your partner’s a good sport. One tip: nothing kills romance like the 86. $4.00 for a two-hour Metcard.

Comedy at the Local Taphouse

This cosy East St Kilda haunt has a wide array of delicious regional ales and ciders, and beer-food matchings, which is good if the gig is more Sinbad than Seinfeld. Keep your glass full, and remember to sit at the back! St Kilda East.

Rock Climbing

A test of character, a measure of dexterity and strength, and the opportunity for a full rear assessment. Time to harness up! Hardrock, 501 Swanston St, Melbourne. Melbourne.

Boating/picnic combo

This is how romance should be – a rowboat, dappled light on the water and a few geese waddling around. Picnics are tried-and-tested first date formula. Wear your finest non-white attire and bring a wheel of your favourite cheese. That’ll do. Daily 9am-5pm. $36/hour for two plus $20 deposit. Kew.

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Updated on 25 Mar 2014.

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