Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, ideal for a cosmopolitan city break for two or a romantic beach getaway. Whether you’re a born and bred Sydneysider or an inquisitive traveller, there’s something for everyone in the harbour city.
Check out 10 romantic things to do in Sydney and start planning your next romantic getaway!
Stargaze at the Sydney Observatory
Couples have been stargazing for thousands of years, romanticising about the future and taking in the sights of the night sky. Fall in love all over again beneath the heavens with an evening of stargazing at the Sydney Observatory. Sydney is known for its clear night skies, perfect for spotting far off stars and planets. Enjoy a dome tour, visit the planetarium and look through the observatory’s solar telescope.
Stay the Night at Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Sydney and is home to a wide range of native animals and exotic creatures from all over the world. Make your time at Taronga Zoo truly unique by staying overnight at the zoo’s Roar and Snore glamping accommodation. Surprise your significant other with a buffet dinner before taking a guided night zoo safari and checking out the nocturnal animals at play. Bed down for the night in luxury safari tents with wildlife on one side and breathtaking harbour views on the other.
See a Movie Under the Stars
It’s not quite the drive-in date of the fifties, but open-air cinemas offer a similar kind of nostalgia and make for a truly romantic date. Perfect for balmy summer nights, enjoy new releases and cult classics under starlight with your partner. Open-air cinemas run throughout summer in a number of locations around the city, including Bondi Beach, Mrs Macquarie’s Point and Centennial Park.
Get Back to Nature at the Royal National Park
Get out of the city and take a day trip at the Royal National Park. Only around an hour’s drive from the Sydney CBD, the Royal National Park encompasses over 16,000 hectares of wild bushland, coastal cliffs and secret beaches. With so much to explore, take your lover on a hike along one of the park’s many walking trails, or relax with a picnic for two. Hike to Wedding Cake Rock for awe-inspiring, picturesque views.
Enjoy Cocktails With a View
Take your partner for cocktails at one of Sydney’s many rooftop bars and watch the sun go down in style. Tuck into barbecue food at Sweethearts Rooftop, or relax with ocean views at Coogee Pavilion. Visit The Ivy Pool Club for high-class, poolside cocktails with CBD views, or head up to the Glenmore Hotel to experience cool views of the glittering harbour and the bright lights of the city.
Stroll Through the Royal Botanic Gardens
Simple but thoughtful, cheap and cheerful, the Royal Botanic Gardens is a great place to invite your date on the next sunny Sydney day. Positioned next to the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens is full of colourful native flora, well established trees and all manner of interesting blooms. With the Art Gallery of NSW on the doorstep of the gardens, as well as museums and other cultural spaces nearby, you can easily make a day of it.
Share an Ice Cream Cone
Sharing an ice cream is a cute way to get closer to your loved one and Sydney’s sunny weather means the locals know how to make a mean ice cream cone. Enjoy the wide variety of flavours and specials from Sydney favourite Messina, or opt for a freshly-made Cow and Moon cone. Ice cream shops around the city are usually open way into the night, more so in summer, so you and your date can even enjoy some late-night gelato.
Dine at the Sydney Tower Eye
Take your significant other to the top of the Sydney Tower Eye for a fantastic buffet meal with unrivalled views of Sydney. The revolving restaurant offers 360 degree views of the city below, making for a truly memorable meal. Book your table for sunset to watch the early evening sun bathe the city in warm hues before heading down a level for classy after dinner cocktails and to watch Sydney sparkle at night.
Unwind at a Secluded Beach
Sydney’s coastline is dotted with pretty beaches and bays ideal for a fun day out in the sun or a cute day trip. Avoid the crowds and spend some quality time with your partner on a secluded beach for a romantic day out. Take a gourmet picnic to Milk Beach in Vaucluse, or spend an afternoon snorkelling at Shelly Beach in Manly.
Make the Most of a Coastal Walk
A coastal walk offers the perfect opportunity to get to know your new date or to spend some quality time with your long-term partner, and Sydney happens to be home to plenty of stunning waterside walkways. Follow the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk to enjoy amazing ocean views, lush beaches and sparkling rock pools. If you’re looking for somewhere a little less touristy, the Manly to Spit Bridge scenic walk provides a gorgeous snapshot of the Northern Beaches.