Melbourne is considered both the culture capital of Australia and its sporting capital. Home to some of Australia’s quirkiest eateries, best coffee, craziest footy fans and most unpredictable weather, Melbourne is an outstanding place to call home. However, despite the city’s 2011 ranking as the world’s most liveable city and its thriving bar and cafe scene, dating in Melbourne can be just as difficult as anywhere else.
It can be hard to know where to begin looking for love in a big city like Melbourne, and coupled with our hectic lives, starting a relationship can sometimes seem daunting. That’s why it’s good to find a place to start the search. If you’re a little tired of the bar scene and set-ups with friends of friends, let us help you find great matches to connect with and put the fun back into dating.
Whether you’re looking for a kindred spirit to take to AFL games or to soak up the city’s cultural offerings with, at eHarmony we can help match you with like-minded singles in your area. Maybe even someone you catch the tram with or pass on the street every day.
We know that, even in a city as diverse and large as Melbourne, dating can be a bit of a struggle at times. Between work and friends it can be hard to find the time to meet someone. And even if you do, it’s not always easy to meet compatible singles at a pub or nightclub, or outside your circle of friends. However, with online dating Melbourne singles can find each other more easily.
At eHarmony we help connect you with compatible Melbourne singles, which can make the process of meeting someone so much more enjoyable. We find like-minded singles so you can be sure you’ll be compatible. Free to review matches are pre-screened and delivered to your inbox, so there’s no need to spend time searching through endless profiles, and you’re only meeting singles you have a better chance of connecting with.
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eHarmony is a dating website with a different approach. It all starts with you. Our Relationship Questionnaire helps us get to know you first so we can find matches who are right for you.
Our Compatibility Matching System™ will then connect you with local singles who match you on key dimensions such as character, passion, intellect and sense of humour. In other words, we understand that being compatible with someone goes much deeper than what your interests are, like whether you both enjoy theatre or support Collingwood (although for some, of course, that’s an essential consideration). We match you on the things that really matter when it comes to dating and finding a great relationship.
When you meet someone dating at eHarmony, Melbourne has many options available for every kind of date. Here are a few of the best ones:
Comedy date: Everyone loves to laugh. Melbourne plays host to the world’s greatest comedians every April and has a thriving comedy scene all year round. For something with a personal touch, try an improv group – they’ll make up their show based on your suggestions.
Coffee date: Melburnians are great at coffee, and anyone who has been dating in Melbourne long enough will have heard the most complicated coffee orders. Whether you find a cafe in a tiny CBD laneway, in trendy Fitzroy or further afield, you’ll be assured that quality is of the utmost priority, and that the barista matches even the highest expectations.
Aussie Rules date: What better way of getting to know your date than a night experiencing the highs and lows of the game together? You can celebrate a win or commiserate each other in defeat – of course, anyone who met on a Melbourne dating site will make sure they’re on the same side first.
Zoo date: For a slightly offbeat choice, try the beautiful parklands of Melbourne Zoo. A short tram ride from town will take you miles away. And don’t forget the Healesville Sanctuary or Werribee Open Range Zoo if they’re closer to home.
Music date: There’s a band on every corner in Melbourne, and you can hardly move for buskers on Bourke St Mall. The most famous pub for live music is of course the Espy in St Kilda, but you might find the next big thing somewhere unexpected, like your local.
Bar-hopping date: Inner-city Melbourne has some of the most unique bars in Australia. For an opulent experience try the Gin Palace, or for something grungy Section 8 is housed in a shipping container. If you’re really getting on well and want to keep talking all night, try 1806, which serves food till the wee hours and provides the history of every cocktail it serves.
Barefoot bowls: This gentle (and cost-effective) way of spending an afternoon can be enjoyed by members of all age groups. Try the Fitzroy Victoria Bowls Club, a Melbourne institution. After your game you can always unwind further over a cold one at recession-busting prices.
Museum date: Try one of Melbourne’s brilliant art galleries or museums. ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) is great for exhibitions on visual culture, while the Museum of Melbourne provides a more traditional museum experience. The State Library of Victoria Staring holds exhibitions, events and screenings – and staring up at the glass-domed ceiling is one of the most romantic things to do in town.
Out-of-town date: When the time comes for hitting the road, Melbourne is well placed for day trips. It’s a bit of a trek down towards Mornington Peninsula, but the Enchanted Maze Garden is incredibly romantic. For a less manicured experience try a bushwalk in the Dandenongs.
Pauline & Damien
Hoppers Crossing, VIC
Matched by eHarmony – January 2009
After connecting on eHarmony, Damien and Pauline began dating in February 2009 and from there they began what Pauline refers to as 'the beginning of the most amazing journey'.
The pair moved their families in together shortly after meeting and six months later Damien proposed just outside of Apollo Bay, Victoria. They were married on New Year's Eve 2009. Pauline says, "For me eHarmony was the best way of finding compatibility. When we met there was an amazing, deep sense of knowing that this was the person we had been waiting our whole lives to find. We are so thankful that we both trusted our instincts and decided to investigate the possibility of meeting someone through the truly unique and, we believe, far more realistic methods that eHarmony offers".