If love is in the air, there is plenty of romantic things to do in Sydney to help Cupid work his magic!
Whether you live in Sydney or are just passing through – this spectacular metropolis built on a glorious harbor has a wow factor few cities can match. There is always something on here, so coming up with an idea for a romantic date in Sydney shouldn’t be hard – but just in case I have come up with some spots to allow that romantic mood to blossom.
So inspire yourself with travel quotes, grab your loved one and show them how much they mean to you with a spontaneous trip. And remember, bubbles, sunsets, and picnics are always the perfect way to woo that special someone.
You just knew any Sydney list was going to go here – so let’s just get it out of the way! Beaches are synonymous with romantic – except they are full of crowd and children so why not surprise your date with a secluded beach in Sydney?
There is plenty of choose from at the perfect place to chat, whisper sweet-nothings and spend some quality time together. Shark Beach, part of the Nielsen Reserve, is an excellent option for mini-Sydney adventure where you are likely to have most of the beach to yourself (don’t worry, there are sharks nets here!) or I also loved the quaint Shelly Beach, with clear blue water, soft sand and a protected aquatic zone for snorkeling
. Really, any beach will do – but I have also heard great things about Reef Beach, Collins Flat Beach and Long Reef Beach. Pack a blanket, take your sunscreen and maybe a picnic and you have got the perfect Sydney date idea already!
Passion, food, and adventure are the ideal ingredients for romantic in our opinion – so why not sign you and your special significant other for an afternoon or evening of pure gastronomic ecstasy with one of the many fabulous Taste Food Tours available in Sydney. Whether you are a fleeting visitor or long-time local, the team here is adept at seeking out and showcasing the best of the Sydney food scene, so all you need to do is turn up with an empty stomach and let there gifted local guides show you delicious mouth water gastronomical delights across many of Sydney’s hidden ethnic enclaves – and accompanied by stories of food, history, and culture of course.
Even better, Taste Cultural Food Tours is a charity and social enterprise providing training to Australian migrants and refugees and local youth so by going on their tours you are not only going to be lead to the best food and hidden local gems, but you will also be eating for a good cause and promoting cross-cultural understanding. We were short on time so opted for exploring the wonders of Chinatown, and discovered a whole new side of this area we thought we knew from previous visits, but are determined to try the Taste of Vietnam in Cabramatta as well as the Taste of Afghanistan, Syria, and Persia in Merrylands on our next visit.
With small group sizes guaranteed, you will get all the credit for a fantastically creative date idea- without doing any of the legwork. What more could you ask for!
No list of the most romantic things to do in Sydney would be complete without a fun hotel experience – and Hotel 57 is the perfect place to treat your significant other.
Sure, there is something sexy about most hotel stays, but this stylish 70s boutique hotel has an unbeatable central Sydney location just minutes from Central Station and a fun mix of 21st-century comforts and Studio 54 vibes. Hotel 57 also offers sensual glass-walled rain showers, complimentary skin care products, and 24/7 Nespresso coffee in the lobby so you can stay up all night and chat under the luxury linens.
Come morning there is a delicious grab-and-go breakfast with delicious bakery products freshly made from a local store that you can enjoy downstairs, or grab and take back to your room to add to the romance. Breakfast in bed, fresh coffee, 11 am late check-out for booking direct?
Nestled in the heart of Surry Hills there is a myriad of bohemian bars, vibrant cafes and boutique shopping nearby – and I loved how this posh hotel has a discreet entrance and funky club-like lobby, so you felt like a celebrity every time you walked through the doors. Perfect for out-of-town guests of Sydneysiders looking for a staycation.
Book directly and ask about the celebration package, the ultimate choice for a romantic milestone with sweet treats from local Surry bakeries and balloons on arrival, a “Gorilla Gram” to deliver your custom message with a song and dance + with a bottle of Chandon on ice. It just doesn’t get more romantic than that!
Luna Park is Sydney’s most beloved amusement park and tourist destination, so what could be more romantic than wondering around here at night with your partner with lights blaring, sweet scents and faint screaming in the background.
The views are absolutely spectacular looking back across the Sydney Harbour, but Luna Park also has plenty of fun rides such as the iconic Ferris wheel and the Wild Mouse rollercoaster, 61 dramatic seconds of terror and delight. Easily reachable from Circular Quay via a frequent ferry, enter through the giant smiling face of the Moon and enjoy a romantic night out at Luna Park!
As romantic as Sydney can be, you should not pass up the opportunity to hire a car (or take a tour) to explore the glorious Blue Mountains just west of the city – and yet an entire world away.
Stop by Scenic World and Echo Point, explore the adorable Leura Village for lunch, spot glow worms, work up a sweat on any of the trails or just pull over at all the photo stops along the main road – You’re in charge! And what could be more romantic that selfies with koalas and kangaroos at the Featherdale Wildlife Park?
Your partner won’t know who is cuter! Get your cameras ready for panoramic views of the valley and mountains in every direction, but take your map, don’t miss the enigmatic Three Sisters rock formation and wander to your heart’s content.
A little adventure is health for every relationship!
Enjoy one dinner out that you will remember for a lifetime. A Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise is a taste of pure luxury with million dollar views, delightful cocktails, and oh-so-romantic vibes.
What better way could there be to lavishly celebrate a special occasion of your loved one in Sydney, or simply surprise them ‘just because!’. Hold your partner close as you sip sparkling wine under the starry sky and against an equally sparkling skyline – and this is before setting in for a lavish a six-course tasting menu with matching wines and live music.
The Queen Victoria Building, now lovingly known as the QVB, it has replaced the original Sydney markets on the same site in 1898 – and is now the perfect romantic date location in Sydney.
Constructed in the elaborate Romanesque architecture with a mighty center dome, superb stained glass windows and an original 19th century every historical detail here has been authentically restored, with arches, pillars, balustrades and intricately tiled floors adding to its atmosphere of magnificence. Not only that, but there is an eccentric collection of boutique fashion shops, eateries, and weird stores to spend hours exploring with your partner.
Once threatened with destruction, QVB now stands as a glorious testament to what hard work, dedication, and love can achieve – and is easily one of the most romantic places in Sydney.
Ok, so this romantic thing to do in Sydney is not possible year round, but if you can time your Sydney visit around Vivid I promise Cupid will reward you!
Vivid Festival is an exceptionally unique annual event of light, music and progressive ideas held in Sydney for three weeks in May / June. There are many, many highlights which change every year but the most romantic parts are the outdoor ‘gallery’ of astonishing lighting sculptures and the intense illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.
Plus there is a buzzing atmosphere every night in live music venues, bars, and restaurants across the whole of Sydney. The most extensive program of its kind in the world, Vivid Sydney inspired, entertains and delights, so grab your partners hand and explore this visual phenomenon together.
Friday nights don’t need to be all about upscale cocktail bars and clubbing to the early hours – although in Sydney they easily could be.
No, on Friday in Sydney one of the most romantic places to head to the is Chinatown’s famous Friday Night Markets. A favorite late-night hotspot for shopping, local designers, delightful Asian street food and fantastic products – this is the perfect date spot for both locals and tourists. And the Sydney Chinatown Night Markets are open every Friday from 4 pm till 11 pm.
With bright lights, delicious scents and excited crowds, the Markets offer couples the chance to explore the culture and creativity of Sydney’s flourishing Chinatown precinct – and perhaps invigorate their relationship with some of the area infectious energy.
Treat your loved one to a whirlwind trip around Asia, and all thought long airport ques and hours in cattle class with dozens of cuisines on offer – including regions specialties from Taipei, Tokyo, Hanoi, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur. Once your belly is full, waddle the stalls of beautiful products made by young, local artists and designers all inspired by Asian heritage or culture. Curious to learn more? Try the Taste of Chinatown tour to find the best local spots and inside gossip…
If adventurous dates are more your style the Bondi to Coogee Walk is a famous coastal walk boasts gorgeous coastline vistas, peaceful beaches and cafe strips for refueling – and for extra fun why not take a swim at every beach you pass?
Much beloved by both locals and visitors, this six-kilometer walk is one of the romantic things to do in Sydney – if only because it allows you both to appreciate nature, speak privately and get fit at the same time. While the entire walk only takes 2 hours at a good pace, Cupid suggests you pack a picnic to enjoy at a quiet spot or surprising your much beloved with a sneaky treat just when they start to get tired.
For bonus points, try to visit the Bondi to Tamarama Beach section of the walk during Spring when the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition is held – or in winter look for migrating humpback whales! No matter what time of year you go – Don’t forget your hat, sunscreen, and some water!
Coffee dates are a perfect choice for any first date. However, I’m convinced that grabbing a delicious cup of black gold is perfect at any stage of a relationship. And lucky Sydney has plenty of romantic coffee shops to snuggle up in – who needs lengthy formal dinners or brisk walks in the park anyway!
One of my favorite places is Single O Surry Hills which has a dozen dishes to choose from but is best visited for bustling streetside atmosphere, single origin pour-over, cold brew or espresso of the week. For something extraordinary try their Speculaas latte – flavored like delicious Dutch gingerbread biscuits and tasted like Christmas.
You could also always try the ever-popular The Grounds of Alexandria, a 19th-century old pie house with roastery, bakery and kitchen garden, or Swallow Coffee Traders, a laboratory for coffee experimentation in Surry Hills. We also are a little obsessed with Reuben Hills, a boutique micro roastery based in Surry Hills that is insanely gay-popular. Focused on unique, delicious food and exceptional customer service, the food here is best described as inspired by the coffee origin trips, with a real emphasis on the quality of the coffee and paying tribute to all the hard work it takes to get the coffee in the cup. Think Green Chilaquiles as we enjoyed in Mexico City or Huevos Divorciados better than in Campeche. Honestly, everything on the menu here is incredible, the staff are second to none and the decor is oh-so-edgy – what’s not to love!
Either way, pick somewhere where you can linger, talk, laugh and love. How utterly romantic!
For a romantic day in Sydney, you can’t go past taking a stroll around Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens – especially considering entry to the gardens is free! Open every day of the year with very few exceptions, the bewitching Royal Botanic Garden is a soothing oasis on the edge of the bustling city complete with spectacular harbor views and plenty of green spaces – and yes, botanicals!
Only a ten-minute walk from Circular Quay, this tranquil garden are home to thousands of plant specimens – and even a few native wildlife species include colorful – and noisy – birds, fruit bats, and water dragons. You can also explore the Calyx, a world-class horticultural space with everchanging demonstrations and displays – most of which are free and designed to capture your imagination or partners heart in this case!
For those who love to go the extra mile, there is also a 90-minute guided Aboriginal Heritage Tour on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday that gives you insight into the traditional plant uses and culture of the area – as well as the opportunity to taste some bush foods. Or you can just reserve a table at the Botanic Garden Restaurant, a mesmerizing original 19th Century venue offering open-air dining in exquisite garden surrounds wonderfully paired with sleek modern interior and wide wisteria-draped verandahs. The food is pretty great too!
Sydney is one of the most gorgeous cities in the world – up there with Copenhagen, New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. But none of these have the absolutely iconic Sydney Opera House and the awe-inspiring Sydney Harbour Bridge. And as they say, ‘When you have got it, flaunt it’ – which Sydney knows all too well boasting countless spots for dining with panoramic views of its one-of-a-kind harbor.
Sure to impress a date, these romantic dining destination in Sydney are perfect for those who appreciate a good view – though be warned the best dinner window spots can book out months in advance. There are far, far, far too many restaurants with a view in Sydney to list all of them, but here are a few of our favorites to go to for more than just a great meal.
O Bar, is a Sydney CBD restaurant on the 47th floor offering contemporary fine dining with spectacular Sydney Harbour views – and even if the price tag is a little too high to swallow, you could simply head up for a drink at their luxury cocktail bar. Then there is Aqua Dining, situated above the North Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool, and offering a quintessential Sydney dining experience with unique waterfront views and contemporary Italian cuisine. If you prefer brunch to dinner, why not pull up a chair at Graze MCA, an elegant Modern Australian spot out the front of the Contemporary Museum of Art with affordable prices and relaxed harbor views.
Of course, there is always the tried and tested options of the Opera Kitchen, perched beside the most famous sails in the world with uninterrupted views of the famed Harbour Bridge and delicious Asian-fusion dining, or Café Sydney – a exemplary Sydney spot on the rooftop of Customs House with impressive harbour views, delicious food, an outdoor terrace, cocktail lounge and a relaxed, contemporary interior.
Feel like you have seen and done all the most romantic locations in Sydney before? Have an upcoming free night up your sleeve that you want to infuse with some culture and spontaneity with your romantic other? Why not take a look at some of the shows hitting the stages of Sydney…
There is an awe-inspiring number of events on in Sydney every night of the week, let alone theatre, so you are spoilt for choice. Narrowing down the best options can be difficult, but once you have your tickets – and combined with a delightfully atmosphere restaurant meal, you have a romantic Sydney date idea that can’t be beaten.
If you are an out-of-towner, why not try a classic at the Sydney Opera House which offers ballet, opera, classical music, modern dance, and other shows and concerts – Sydneysiders should tempt themselves with the Sydney Theatre Company stage play in Walsh Bay. Are you looking for something a little more adventurous? Smaller theatres littered the inner city neighborhoods and made for great urban adventures into areas you might not otherwise explore such as the Belvoir Theatre in Surry Hills and the Griffin Theatre Company in Kings Cross.
No list of romantic things to do in Sydney could ever be complete without mention of Taronga Zoo, one of the worlds most beautiful zoos offering panoramic views over the iconic Sydney Harbour – as well as an extra cute array of native wildlife and rare animals for you and your date to fawn over. Simple yet effective, wander the expansive 28-hectare grounds – hand-in-hand- as you are snap photos of some of the 4,000 animals (covering 350+ species) found here.
You can never go wrong with attending the informative daily bird and seal shows, or for that extra something special sign up for the keeper-led Wild Australia Experience or VIP Aussie Gold Tour of many of the adorable native animals. You can even camp overnight at the zoo on the Roar and Snore tour, which is something your date is sure never to forget. Even if you are not a large animal lover, there is the Nura Diya Aboriginal Discovery Tour which investigates the connection between Australia’s animals, plants and landscape and Aboriginal Dreamtime.
Getting to Taronga Zoo is also incredibly easy, all you need to do is jump on a ferry from Circular Quay, and in 12 minutes you will have arrived! Take a picnic, or explore the Rocks afterward and all the delightful restaurants here for bonus romance points…
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