We might be a little bit biassed, but we think Geelong is a pretty epic city. Especially when it comes to things to do for couples.
Whether you’re looking for weekend getaway, date night or simply just something a little different to do with your loved one in Geelong, we feel pretty confident this list is going to help you out.
1. Wine tasting at a local vineyard
This list would not be complete without suggesting a wine tasting and lunch at a local vineyard – what is not to like about sharing a wine with your partner. Our cellar door is a mere 20 minutes from the Geelong CBD. We are spoiled with stunning views of the Moorabool Valley and the feeling that you’re much further from the city than only 20 minutes. Book online today.
2. The Pivotonian Cinema
For the movie loving couples, there is no better way to spend a date in Geelong than at the Pivotonian. ‘Pivotonian’ is the old name for the people of Geelong – known in the Gold Rush era as Pivot City.
3. A meal and drinks at Alma
Argentinian flavours in architecturally designed interiors, with award-winning wines! Have you ever heard of a better combo? Alma Restaurant is our pick for date night in Geelong.
4. Picnic at Geelong Botanical Gardens
Pack a picnic and head to the Geelong Botanical Gardens on the next sunny day with your beau. You can enjoy the beauty of the gardens and the Geelong waterfront all in one hit.
5. Make your own wine
Is there anything more romantic than making your own wine together? Through the Rent a Vine experience you’ll learn hands-on how to make wine; from picking and crushing, pruning and tending to blending and branding, and of course, drinking! It’s a 12-month membership, so what better way to show him/her you’re committed 😉
6. Pottery Class
Feeling crafty? There are a number of options in Geelong when it comes to doing an uber trendy pottery class. If the plan is to move in together with your love, then this is a great idea as you can together make something for your new home.
7. Rollerway Skate Centre
Rollerway in Newtown is especially fantastic for those of us 80s babies. Throw on your neon and head to Rollerway on the first Saturday night of the month for Adults Only 18+ nights from 8:30-10:30pm.
8. Sumi Geelong
If you’re looking for a unique cultural food experience in central Geelong, head to Sumi Geelong for a Japanese influenced bincho-tan BBQ. Start with a Sake and move on to an Austin’s Chardonnay to impress your other half.
9. Ghost tour at the Old Geelong Gaol
Definitely our pick for a date idea around Halloween in Geelong, however if you’re up for a spooky adventure with your lover then a Ghost Tour at the Old Geelong Gaol is a must. Maybe follow up the experience with a glass of local wine somewhere nice to lighten the mood 😉
10. Geelong Helicopters
You are bound to impress with a helicopter ride as your next date idea in Geelong. Geelong Helicopters offer some amazing experiences including flights to some of the local Bellarine and Geelong wineries.
11. Containophobia Escape Room
Keen for some problem solving and hairraising fun, escape room style? Look no further than Containophobia and see how you and your other half fare in a tricky situation.
12. An art exhibition at Boom Gallery
For those arty creative types, an exhibition at Boom Gallery is a must, Boom is an active contemporary art and design shop/store in Newtown, near Geelong.
PS: For a ‘taste’ of Boom, check out our Boom X Austin’s Wines collab.
13. Moorabool Valley Taste Trail
The Moorabool Valley is on Geelong’s doorstep and it is full of amazing local produce including a number of wineries, restaurants, farm gates, markets and provedores. Spend a day exploring the Moorabool Valley Taste Trail together. Bonus points for putting together a Spotify playlist of all her/his favourites.
14. The Q Train
The Q Train travels along the historic Bellarine Railway between Drysdale and Queenscliff. The degustation focuses on local produce and you can opt for a romantic private dining compartment for two.
15. A glass of wine at Geelong Cellar Door
If you’re a couple who loves to share a bottle of wine, then look no further than the Geelong Cellar Door. This intimate setting is the perfect spot in the Geelong CBD to indulge in a delicious glass of local vino.
16. Anakie Fairy Park
For the young at heart, Anakie Fairy Park is a must-do. Fairy Park is set in the beautiful open, rolling countryside of Anakie, just 35 minutes from Geelong. Discover fairies, elves, hippogriffs and dragons in this enchanting mediaeval wonderland! Get ready to be delighted, entertained and intrigued, no matter your age!
17. Brush & Bubbles
Take him/her along to a Brush & Bubbles event where you get arty while drinking bubbles! From painting to making candles, resin cheese boards,, floral arrangements and more – there’s plenty of new things the two of you can try and experience together.
18. Giant Sky Wheel
“You spin my head right round, right round” – jump on the Giant Sky Wheel this summer. Each year the southern hemisphere’s largest travelling ferris wheel makes the Geelong Waterfront its home and it is the perfect idea for a summer date – especially if you can time it right and jump on at sunset.
19. Barrabool Maze
For the little and big kids, the Barrabool Maze makes for a fantastic date idea. Once you have navigated your way through the hedge maze, enjoy a delicious bite to eat and bottle of prosecco at the onsite cafe.
20. Festival of Sails
Running since 1844, the Festival of Sails is Australia’s largest regatta and it’s a fantastic time to be out and about in Geelong. It takes place for 5 days over the Australia Day Weekend and alongside the sailing there’s plenty of live musi8c, fireworks and more.
21. A romantic stroll along Eastern Beach Reserve to see the Baywalk Bollards
Eastern Beach Reserve on the waterfront is the perfect place for a relaxing sunset stroll and to see the iconic Baywalk Bollards. Local artist Jan Mitchell created the bollards which are carved out of wood from the pylons of one of Geelong’s piers. Pack a picnic or grab an ice-cream and enjoy each others company as you stroll along the flat, smooth promenade which runs along the edge of Corio Bay.
22. Bike the Bellarine Rail Trail
If you and your love are fitness and/or biking buffs then the 35km Bellarine Rail Trail between South Geelong to Queenscliff Railway Station following the route of the former train line is a must. Pack a picnic or stop at one of the cafes along the way.
23. Beach day at Rippleside Geelong
Rippleside is one of the quieter beaches with lovely calm water, making it a great spot to take a date. If you can convince your date, heading there for a sunrise picnic breakfast is well worth the early start in summer.
If you are still looking for things to do for couples in Geelong but would rather stay in, then we would highly recommend grabbing a great bottle of local Geelong wine and making a home cooked meal 😉
24. Electric Picnic Boat along Geelong’s Waterfront
You and your date can hire an electric boat for 1-3 hours to cruise the Geelong waterfront. Simply BYO your wine and a picnic. Heck, you can even take your dog too!
Go Boat Geelong ran through summer 2022 and we have our fingers crossed that they will be returning this summer 2023 – we’ll keep you posted!