The top active dates in Melbourne


Indoor climbing

When we think what to do on a date night, most of us think of dinner somewhere nice and maybe a drink in a bar afterwards if things are going well. But how about cranking your life up a notch, and doing something active for a change?

Melbourne is home to several indoor climbing centres, including the highest climbing wall in the southern hemisphere, which is at the Cliffhanger Climbing centre. Some places require an induction session before you can climb the walls, but one of the best things to do on a date is to learn new skills together.

Helicopter ride

For a really memorable date, take to the skies and soar over the Melbourne skyline in a helicopter. There are plenty of companies offering helicopter trips from Melbourne, but try to find one that can offer a sunset trip. As the sunlight glints off the buildings below, expect a perfect mixture of adrenaline and awe that will leave both you and your date feeling exhilarated. The Bell 47 Experience takes off from Essendon Airport in Melbourne and offers a skyline flight for $99 per person.

Visit an orchard

Getting outside and spend a day picking fruit in the sunshine is a great way to have an active, but still reasonably leisurely date. Not only is it a pleasant way to spend a day, but you also get to enjoy the result of your labours. Some orchards near Melbourne, such as Paynes (about 40 minutes drive west out of town), include tours, and information on making home-made cider.

Swing Dancing

If you can feel the beat, you can learn how to swing dance. The rough and ready style is suitable for anyone with an ounce of enthusiasm. Beginner classes will have you lindyhopping to 1930s jazz classics in less than an hour. Dancing is a brilliant way of learning something new together, doing something active, and having a memorable and entertaining night out.

Off-road cycling

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Grab your mountain bikes and head for the trails. Cycling will get your blood pumping and your endorphin levels rocketing up, which will make you feel great. In addition, being out in the fresh air, with the potential for getting covered in mud is the perfect way to get to know someone new. If off-road sounds like a step too far then try the Bass Coast Bike Trail, with its beautiful sea views.

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