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4 Romantic Things to Do on Valentine’s Day

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Been bitten by the love bug? The Macedon Ranges is the perfect destination for a cheeky getaway. Here’s four super romantic things to do on Valentine’s Day near Melbourne.

Are you an old romantic at heart or simply head over heels in love? We’ve curated four country-style experiences if you’re looking for things do on Valentine’s Day close to Melbourne.

From Edwardian picnics and vintage carriage rides under the gum trees, to dinner at a vineyard with all the Valentine bells and whistles. The Macedon Ranges is made for romance.

1. Watch a movie under the stars at Hanging Rock

Head to Hanging Rock on Saturday 15 February for an outdoor screening of the classic Peter Weir film, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’.

Bring a picnic and curl up under the stars. If you’re a clever duck, go wine tasting at Hanging Rock Winery beforehand and pick up a local bottle of vino to bring with you.

Travel notes

  • Hanging Rock is approximately one hour from Melbourne CBD.
  • Book your film tickets here.
  • Gates open at 7pm. Screening at dusk (approx 8.15pm).
  • A small amount of alcohol is permitted at the event.
  • There’s plenty of cute B&B’s in nearby Woodend if you want to stay the night.

 

1. Rustic, pooch-friendly accommodation by Flop House in Kyneton 2. Outdoor film screening at Hanging Rock 3. Ride a bike around historic Kyneton

2. Dinner at a winery

In the pastoral village of Lancefield lies a gem of a vineyard. Cleveland Winery is surrounded by grapevines, grazing cows and manicured gardens. It also offers on-site accommodation, so you can wake up to stunning country views.

On Valentine’s Day, Cleveland Winery is putting on a three course dinner at their rustic Carriage Restaurant. This special dinner includes a glass of sparkling when you arrive and a long stem red rose per couple. The winery also boasts a unique underground wine tasting cellar, perfect for an appertif.

The next day, take a trip around the laneways of Lancefield where you’ll discover more award-winning wineries.

Travel notes

Valentines Things to Do Melbourne

3. Edwardian picnic and vintage carriage ride

Let Rose, Stephen and their trusty horse Patrick take you on a super romantic ride through the countryside. Travel in Yesteryear Today’s vintage carriage of the ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock era’. You can choose from a variety of rides such as the historic Cobb & Co stagecoach route, Hanging Rock Winery and Kyneton Botanic Gardens.

And to really get into the yesteryear swing of things, Rose and Stephen can set up an Edwardian-style picnic with antique silverware and gramophone. How romantic is that?

Travel notes

  • Rides depart from Hedge Farm in Carlsruhe, which is just over an hour from Melbourne CBD.
  • Call Rose on 0411 468 117 for packages and availability.

Valentines Day Things to Do Melbourne

4. Bike ride and spa treatment

Check out the cute accommodations in Kyneton by Flop House that offers bike hire for guests. They’ve even created a special bike map with their favourite route to ride.

Drop by Animus Distillery on Piper Street for a cheeky cocktail. Gather picnic supplies and cycle to the Kyneton Botanic Gardens for a lazy picnic. Or dine in one of the town’s brilliant restaurants for dinner, such as the Chef-Hat restaurant Midnight Starling or Asian-infused Fook Shing. Oysters your thing? Head to the fabulous Parklands Kyneton over the Valentine’s weekend and mention the V-Day special for a dozen freshly shucked oysters and glass of local sparkling for $40.

And for the ultimate pampering, book a holistic treatment at Maiaveda. But you better get in soon, as they are extremely popular.

The following morning, head to the beautiful village of Malmsbury for their monthly farmers’ market and a stroll through the instagram-worthy Malmsbury Botanic Gardens.

Travel notes

  • Kyneton is approximately 1.25 hours from Melbourne CBD.
  • You can also catch the V-line train that departs from Southern Cross Station.
  • Visit Flop House for accommodation ideas
  • If Flop House guesthouses are booked out, check out these Kyneton accommodation options.
  • Malmsbury is a 10 minute drive from Kyneton and can also be reached by train.

Valentines Places to Stay near Melbourne

A luxury mountain retreat more your thing?

Check out these stylish five Mount Macedon retreats a stone’s throw from Melbourne. Or visit our Macedon Ranges Naturally Cool Facebook page for the latest accommodation packages over the Valentine’s weekend.

 

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