I have just returned from a trip in Melbourne and wow what a proposal city! I had to venture to Melbourne from the Gold Coast as we had back to back proposal events, and i thought why not extend the trip and spend the week exploring. I hired a car and drove, explored and met with some amazing suppliers.
What i love about Melbourne which differs to Sydney or the Gold Coast is there is so much on offer within close proximity. If you have a long weekend coming up and looking for a romantic weekend getaway you have so many options on offer. Stay in the city with lane ways, rooftop bars, nightlife and culture or hire a nice car and enjoy the 3 hour drive along the great ocean road as you take in the beautiful views along with cliffs. The blue water, red sand, cliff faces and hidden beaches provide the ultimate proposal setting.
Or perhaps drive a few hours in the opposite direction and you have the Mornington Penninsular with hot springs, wineries, beautiful cottage style accommodation. If lush gardens and mansions is more your thing, why not head into the ranges of Dandenong and experience a night stay in a beautiful garden retreat by the fireplace.
The Yarra Valley
Day one i arrived into the Yarra Valley where i spent the day exploring the award winning wineries. My top wineries are: Yering Station due to their lush manicured vineyard, wedding venues and fine dining restaurant. My second choice would be TarraWarra Estate. The weather in Melbourne provides the perfect atmosphere with cooler climates to enjoy a beautiful Pinot Noir and cheese board to be enjoyed at your very own picnic between the vineyards.
During my time in the Yarra Valley i also explored some beautiful lush gardens such as Alowyn Gardens which provided the perfect proposal setting for my client Srinath.
Mount Dandenong Ranges
There are endless proposal locations, hidden gardens and scenic views throughout the ranges. Enjoy a bush walk and propose with scenic views over Melbourne or stay overnight in a luxury cottage as your sip on red wine by the fireplace.
If you’re look for a private venue for your proposal, i would recommend Sky High at Mount Dandenong which has a private room which would have to have the best views of Melbourne city skyline. Combine your proposal at the venue with a maze experience with their giant maze or enjoy a picnic in their secret garden. Within close proximity you have some luxury and romantic accommodation options available which you can combine with your proposal experience. My top choice for accommodation would be the luxurious Arcadia Cottages which provides 4 different style romantic cottages surrounded in hinterland.
Great Ocean Road
It was time to hop in the car and enjoy a scenic drive around the great ocean road which completely blew me away! I was taken away with the beauty along the great ocean road, it feels like you’re traveling around Broome with the red sand and cliff faces.
If you’re looking to pull up during your drive and stumble upon a romantic picnic setting on the beach then i would recommend the following locations: Kennett River or Wye River. As majority of the drive, you’re traveling along cliff tops, the above would be the only suitable locations. I also recommend these locations as they were quieter and avoided the busy touristy locations.
My top proposal location along the Great Ocean Road would have to be Loch Ard Gorge. The beach is unique, with the sand positioned between two large cliffs as the crystal blue water rolls in. To get to the beach you need to walk down a set of steps, however worth the trip. As this is a tourist attraction i would recommend a proposal after 4pm when majority of the tour buses have left and the sun starts to set on the cliffs.
For a great experience i would recommend enjoying a private helicopter flight over the 12 Apostles which truly is a breathtaking view.
Interested in a tailored proposal experience along the great ocean road? Contact us today to discuss options.
Geelong, Werribee & Surrounds
Our top pick for the Geelong and Werribe region would be the beautiful Werribee Mansion. Quite literally one of the grandest hotels in Australia, the Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park is a cosmopolitan haven of tranquility and charm. The venue offers beautiful boutique accommodation, award winning day spas, restaurants and lush gardens. Perfect for a Romeo & Julie theme proposal – Werribee Mansion is the perfect venue for ultimate proposal setting.
If you’re looking for a proposal in Melbourne, your options are endless depending on your vision. If you’re wanting a unique proposal with high shock factor, check out our graffiti proposal package in Hossier Lane. Why not combine it with a show at the local theaters or dinner at Chin Chins.
For a classical proposal with fairy lights and candles, check out our Romantic Rotunda Proposal. Combine it with dinner in the city, followed by a horse and carriage ride to the rotunda for the ultimate surprise.
Looking for a romantic picnic? Melbourne council should be awarded for their upkeep and maintenance of the gardens, as they’re all in perfect manicured condition so there is endless hidden and beautiful locations throughout Melbourne. My top pick would be the Botanical Gardens by the main lake. Want a setting like the Note Book? The botanical gardens offers Putting on the lake, why not enjoy a romantic slow cruise around the lake which can drop you off to your very own romantic picnic. View our romantic picnic proposal package.
For a private proposal with scenic views, view our Exclusive Rooftop Proposal Package. Arrive to your very own rooftop with beautiful city views and the ultimate styling to wow her!
Hot Air Balloon by Global Ballooning
After all the exploring on the ground i thought it was time to take in some scenic tours….. from the sky with a hot air balloon flight! I must say i was a little nervous at first as this was my first trip, however the team at Global Ballooning made the experience so fun and you felt completely safe. What a way to take in Melbourne as you watch the sunrise from the clouds!
A hot air balloon would be the perfect proposal experience in Melbourne, enjoy your flight early in the morning as you watch the sunrise, followed by a romantic Champagne picnic at a vineyard. Contact us today to discuss a romantic hot air balloon package.