Looking for Romantic Things to do in Sydney for Couples?
Whether you are a sydneysider (or a tourist), it is always fun to plan a new fun and creative date night. If you are wondering what to do with bae this weekend, here are 56 date ideas in Sydney to try this weekend! A complete list of the most romantic places in Sydney here!
56 Best Sydney Date Night Ideas
Dinner at the 360 Bar – Make a reservation at the 360 Bar at the top of the Sydney Tower. With a stunning view of the city 81 floors up, the rotating bar and restaurant gives you a 360 degree view of Sydney without ever having to leave your seat. The romantic views paired with elegant atmosphere and incredible food will make for an unforgettable date.
Sydney Tower Restaurant Buffet – If you’re wanting to get a little higher, one floor above the 360 bar, is SkyFeast, a buffet restaurant that also rotates to give you the same 360 degree view of the beautiful city.
Night Climb – Sydney Harbour Bridge – Book a night climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Bask in the glow of the moonlight while watching the glow the city bounce off the water. The peak of the climb puts you 134 metres above the harbour and gives you a spectacular view of the opera house.
Take a Luxury Harbour Cruise
Twilight Tall Ship Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise – Watch the sunset drape over Sydney from a Tall Ship on the harbour. As the sunlight fades away, you can watch the city light up and enjoy a dinner prepared on the ship. If you’re wanting to add a little more adventure to the romance, add a mast climb to your reservation so you and your partner can see the city from the top of the ship. One of the best couple things to do in Sydney.
Latino Dinner Cruise – Add a little spice to your night with a Latino Dinner Cruise. This 4-hour cruise has a Latin dance show, all night DJ, and a 3-course menu. A night on the harbour with Latin vibes and romance will be a night to remember.
Fun Tour Options
The Rocks Ghost Tour – Add a little fright to your night with The Rocks Ghost Tour. The guided tour is between 1.5 and 2 hours long and will take you through the streets of The Rocks where you will hear stories passed down from generations.
The Rocks Pub Walking Tour – If you’re not into ghost stories but enjoy pub history, The Rocks Pub Walking Tour will be perfect. Take tours of some of Sydney’s oldest pubs and enjoy a beer, or a few.
Near Sydney Harbour
Drinks and nibbles at Opera Bar – The Opera Bar is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy live music or a DJ, in the company of your date. Their menu reflects local support with a 100% aussie wine list. The beautiful view of the harbour and the city give the perfect backdrop for a romantic time, whether it is during the day or at night.
Sydney Helicopter at Night – Take the view of Sydney at night to the next level with a helicopter tour of the city, at night. The stunning views from the sky will make for a romantic experience. During the 25 minute flight, the tour guide will talk to you through special headsets. Before and after flight refreshments will also be available.
Sydney Observatory Night Tour – Visit the historical Sydney Observatory and gardens. Built in the 1800’s, this piece of history is an incredible place to spend your day, or night. Be sure to visit the website to know when COVID restrictions are lifted so you can book a night tour of the telescope and steal a view of the Sydney night sky.
Performance at the Sydney Opera House – It is a classic Sydney experience to attend a performance at the Sydney Opera House. Whether you want to see a play, listen the magnificent sounds of a symphony, laugh at a comedy show, or watch an opera, you are sure to be amazed.
Unique Activities & Spots in Sydney
Chinatown Night Markets – Spend your Friday night exploring the Chinatown Markets. Enjoy authentic Asian food and support the history and heritage of the Asian community in Sydney.
Dining in Surry Hills – Surry Hills has become one of Sydney’s greatest treasures, with markets, shops, and restaurants, there is something for everyone. Your only probably will be trying to pick just one place to dine at. Unique dining experiences line the streets, so take a walk and find something appetizing.
Overnight at the Zoo – Taronga Zoo offers an incredible opportunity to spend the night at the zoo, labelled as “Roar and snore”, this overnight experience gives you the ability to get more up close and personal with the zoo’s animals while getting to fall asleep in a safari style tent at the zoo. This overnight date is more like a minivacation than a date.
Art After Hours at the Art Gallery of NSW – Visit the Art Gallery of NSW and view the exhibits. Grab a bite to eat at the café and discuss your favourite pieces of art. When COVID restrictions lift, plan to visit the Art Gallery after hours for drinks and a night time tour.
Check out Badu Gili – This short projection onto the Opera House tells the stories of the First Nation’s Culture. The beautiful projections happen nightly at sunset. Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions these projections are temporarily cancelled, but check out the Sydney Opera House website to learn more about the artwork displayed and when they will start showing them again.
Putt-Putt at Holey Moley – Putt-Putt golf is a great way to spend a evening, and Holey Moley provides an excellent atmosphere to have fun with your date. You can also grab a drink and bite to eat at the diner.
Walk around the Rocks and check out the historic pubs – If you don’t want to pay for a pub tour, a walk around the Rocks exploring the historic pubs with just you and your date, can still make for an amazing night. Sample different brews and drinks at the pubs, and see how many pubs you can visit before closing time.
Gentleman Magician at Sir Stamford – Experience a magical night at the Sir Stamford building. Boasting with an elegant atmosphere, the Sir Stamford building is a piece of history that is still enjoyed today. Prepared to be entertained and wowed by Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician.
Luna Park – The excitement of an amusement park doesn’t go away with age. Take your date to Luna Park to laugh, play games, and ride the amusement rides. While you’re there, grab a bite to eat, and don’t forget the fairy floss. Defs one of the most romantic dates in Sydney.
Private Dining at Sydney Sea Life – Plan a private and spectacular night at Sydney Sea Life with a private dining experience. You will have the opportunity to on a self guided tour after hours, then enjoy a meal in a private location with a beautiful backdrop of the aquarium that will make you feel like you’re dining underwater.
Centennial Park – Grab a coffee or pack a picnic and head to Centennial Park. Take a walk or a bike ride to experience the beauty and scenery of the park. The relaxing nature of the park will allow you and your date to talk without interruption or pressure. A simply romantic date.
New Year’s Eve in Sydney – As the clock strikes midnight and the fireworks explode over the harbour, kiss your date into the new year. New Year’s Eve in Sydney is a romantic, spectacular event with the beauty of the city night life and the excitement of the fireworks and New Year’s Eve events hosted by the businesses in the city.
Take a Cooking Class
Seafood Cooking Class at Fish Markets – Have a fun and romantic evening learning something new with your date at the Seafood Cooking Class at Fish Markets. Normally this hands on, in person, class takes place at the Sydney Seafood School, but now you can get an at home kit to do a virtual cooking class in the comfort of your own home. This date night just a little more intimate and a lot more romantic.
Paint and Sip Class – Enjoy a relaxing evening sipping on wine and learning how to paint a picture. Paint and Sip offers several different events so you can choose what picture you would like to paint.
Watch a sunset (sunset spots: Larkin St Lookout, Opera Bar, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, Observatory Hill Park) – Show your date your favourite place to watch the sunset. There is nothing more romantic than sitting your date and watching as the sun falls behind the city skyline and beautiful colours fill the sky turning daytime into night time.
During the Day
Darling Harbour – Darling Harbour is exploding with fun things to do and explore. With museums, shopping, dining, and relaxing scenery, you can spend the whole day enjoying everything Darling Harbour has to offer. Take a water taxi, eat brunch on the Darling Harbour Ferris Wheel, and take a walk around the Darling Quarter.
Have an outdoor picnic (options: Bradfield Park, Balls Head Reserve, Wendy’s Secret Garden, Robertson Park, Observatory Hill Sydney) – Sydney offers so many beautiful places to relax and enjoy the company of your date. With so many national parks and gardens, you are sure to find a serene place to enjoy a lunch.
The Bard on the Beach theatre: Shakespeare on the beach – This outdoor theatre experience is unforgettable. Closed for the 2020-2021 summer season, they do hope to reopen as soon as COVID restrictions are lifted. You can follow them on social media to find out more.
Royal Botanical Gardens – Located in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District, this little piece of heaven is the perfect place to take a walk and take in the views. See if you can spot the wildlife in their natural habitats or book a tour with a guide. You can also enjoy a meal at the Hub during your visit.
Chinese Garden of Friendship – The Chinese Garden of Friendship is located at Darling Harbour. This magnificent place features exotic plant, a lake of koi fish, and beautiful views with relaxing pathways to follow around the garden. Spend as much as time you want in the garden, and stop for something to eat at the teahouse.
The Spa in the Shangri La Hotel – Chi, the spa at Shangri La Hotel, is an elegant and serene place to relax and be pampered. Schedule a massage for two selecting a specific massage for yourself and your partner, as long as they are equal duration. Or go all out and book the couples escape package, allowing you and your partner to enjoy a private suite while getting pampered with scrubs, massages, and facials.
Bondi to Coogee Walk for Coastal Views – Take a relaxing walk from Bondi to Coogee. The 6 km walk features views of the coast and has plenty of beaches to take a break on. Stop to swim or stop at a café to grab a bite to eat.
Glebe Foreshore Walk – Pack a picnic and go for a walk or a bike ride along Glebe Foreshore. The walk trails through open space along Rozelle Bay and Blackwattle Bay, giving you plenty of opportunities to stop and eat and relax with beautiful views.
Royal National Park to Wedding Cake Rock – If you are wanting a more adventurous and difficult walk, the walk from Royal National Park to Wedding Cake Rock is not for the faint of heart. This walk features a walking path that is steep and rocky and takes about an hour if you start at Bundeena.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk – Take a walk up the Sydney Harbour Bridge and view the city from the top. Go during the day to see the city in the daylight and watch the harbour water sparkle in the sunlight.
Manly to Spit Bridge Walk – This coastal walk is about 10km long and features breathtaking views. With beaches, bushland, and views that will make you fall in love, this walk is perfect for a day date. Pack some snacks and water, and take a break on the beach to talk and breathe in the ocean air.
Museum of Contemporary Art – The Museum of Contemporary Art offers free general admission and is a great place to view some of the greatest art in Australia. You can also make a plan to have a guided tour, or an audio tour, and there is a café and restaurant.
Restaurants and Cafes for Lunch & Dinner
Casoni – Book a reservation at this Italian restaurant that boasts a modern take on Italian cuisine. With new specials every week, created by the chef, this restaurant is going to provide you with a unique experience, no matter how many times you visit.
Sixpenny – Enjoy an elegant and upscale tasting experience at Sixpenny, “a little restaurant in Stranmore.” The everchanging tasting menu allows you to try their contemporary cuisine that is inspired by Australia’s seasons.
LuMi Bar & Dining – Awarded as Best Italian Restaurant in the World in 2019, this waterfront, fine dining, experience will impress you and your date. Make a reservation and enjoy the luminated, intimate atmosphere and fine cuisine.
Tetsuya’s – This elegant restaurant resides in a heritage listed building that was refurbished. The degustation menu allows you to try an array of traditional Japanese inspired dishes, that align with the seasons.
Claires kitchen at le Salon – Don’t just settle for dinner at Claire’s Kitchen when you attend one of their cabernet events. This French restaurant, decorated with imported goods, provides a unique menu, along with a unique dining experience. While dinner is great, dinner and a show is better.
Aria Restaurant Sydney – Make a reservation for dinner with a view. This waterfront fine dining experience has incredible views of the harbour and the Sydney Opera House. Boasting incredible art throughout the dining area, the atmosphere is sure to take your breath away.
Bopp & Tone – This luxurious restaurant provides a unique traditionally Sydney experience. Enjoy small plates, large plates, or bottomless lunches on Saturdays.
The Restaurant Pendolino – If you’re looking for handmade pasta, make a reservation at Pendolino. Pendolino offers 15 different varieties of pasta that are handmade daily. This Italian restaurant is located above the Strand Arcade, providing you with a stunning dining experience. Boasting several awards for their food, you are sure to be impressed.
6 Head 1788 – Located in an 1839 waterfront heritage building, 6Head 1788 helps tell the story of Australia’s history with cattle. The menu uses ethically sourced, local ingredients. This premium, steakhouse offers an unforgettable experience through the heritage, atmosphere, and menu.
Drinks at Bar Blu – Located in Shangri-La Hotel, this bar and lounge is an incredible place for a date. The spectacular views of the city provide the most romantic backdrop for a date night. The cocktail menu provides creative and sophisticated drinks with a small bar food menu to keep your keep date going.
Busshari Japanese Restaurant – If you’re looking for an elegant sushi experience, Busshari Japanese Restaurant offers just that. The warmly lit dining room provides an intimate and romantic feel. The traditional Japanese sashimi and sushi cuisine will provide for a sensational experience.
Icebergs – Located on Bondi Beach, this ocean front restaurant provides spectacular views with incredible Italian inspired food. Spice up dinner by going to one of their events that provides dinner and a show.
Romantic Hotels & Places to Stay in Sydney
1831 Boutique Hotel, Sydney CBD – This beautiful and historic hotel is a great place to turn in for the night after a day of exploring Sydney. The hotel offers all traditional amenities. The location is perfect for walking to prime locations such as Darling Harbour and the Powerhouse Museum.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney – If you are on a romantic getaway to Sydney, definitely consider a trip to the Four Seasons. Offering a poolside restaurant and 24-hour in-room dining, this is the perfect place to turn your date night into a getaway. The location is perfect for getting around Sydney, but if you prefer to stay in, the amenities and room service will meet all of your needs and wants.
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney – Located in the Historic Rocks District, and home of the Chi Spa, Altitude Restaurant and Blu Bar, this is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Select a room with a harbour view and plan to relax at the spa and spend an evening at Blu Bar drinking creative cocktails and taking in the views of Sydney.
The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney – This is more than a hotel, with several restaurants, a pool, and a casino, you won’t get bored staying in here. The extravagant rooms with luxury amenities will make you want to select the late check out option.
Hotel The Darling at The Star – In the same location as the Star Grand Hotel, the Darling Hotel offers distinctly decorative rooms with luxury amenities. Featuring a spa, restaurants, and pool, and in the same location as the Star Casino, this hotel is sure to amaze you and your partner.
Hotel The Fullerton Hotel Sydney – This 5-star hotel boasts the perfect location, close to all of Sydney’s icons, such as Darling Harbour and the Sydney Opera House. The rooms are modern and comfortable and maintain the historic elegance of the building, which was formerly the General Post Office building. The hotel also has amazing dining choices, including Fullerton Cakes and Signature Cookies.
See more of Australia:
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