5 dating ideas to show your partner around Melbourne

WHERE should students go in the city when they want to impress their partner? Trinity College Foundation Studies students Tamie Tan and Jordy Sugoto offer their tips for students in long-distance relationships.  


Melbourne’s CBD can be a pretty enchanting place and for overseas students in long-distance relationships, it also offers you the chance to impress your partner and create memories with them while they’re visiting.

But where should students take their partners and what are some of the things they can do together while in Melbourne?

City Circle tram

Take advantage of the free City Circle Trams to get around the city. Photo: deano7000 via Flickr

Photo: deano7000 via Flickr

As one of the oldest cities in Australia, some of Melbourne’s old-world delights can still be seen around the streets of the CBD. The City Circle Tram, with its classic design, is a free and convenient way for international visitors to see the sights of central Melbourne and tour the CBD. Come rain or come shine, you and your partner can simply sit in this cosy tram and let it show your way around the city.

Hosier Lane

Must see. Every changing wall of graffiti on Hosier Lane. Photo: Aun Ngo

Must see. Every changing wall of graffiti on Hosier Lane. Photo: Aun Ngo

World famous for its street art, Hosier Lane’s narrow alley is filled with spray-painted walls produced by local artists. A tourist hotspot, this lane will no doubt create some good photo ops for you and your partner as you admire the unique graffiti art culture in Melbourne. And if you’re lucky, you may even see some artists painting the walls too!

Degraves Street


Photo: Tamie Tun

Photo: Tamie Tun

One of the most striking things about Melbourne is its slower lifestyle accommodating food and cafe culture.  And what better way to see that lifestyle in action than by visiting Degraves St! The short and narrow lane is filled with small restaurants, cafes and dessert shops to treat your partner to – a nice afternoon or brunch out! Ignore your phones for a bit and enjoy eating out with them at Degraves!

Queen Victoria Market

Take advantage of cheap and fresh produce at the Queen Victoria Market. Photo: nAok0

Photo: nAok0 via Flickr

Queen Victoria Market, another one of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks, is great fun to get lost in. Never mind the produce on sale, there’s also a lot of odd shops around that make for nice souvenirs. If you and your partner are in Melbourne during the summer and winter, the Night Market also makes for a fun night out to try the many dishes of Melbourne and enjoy free live entertainment.



One of the more picturesque views in Melbourne can be found at Docklands where you can enjoy all that Melbourne’s seaside has to offer from the view of the Melbourne Star. Otherwise, head down to the O’Brien Group Arena for some ice skating fun.

This story was produced by Media and Communication students at Trinity College Foundation Studies as part of Meld’s community newsroom collaboration. Education institutions, student clubs/societies and community groups interested in being involved can get in touch with us via meld@meldmagazine.com.au.

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