Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, ideal for a spontaneous city break for two or a romantic getaway that delivers on both the beach and urban front. No matter if you’re a born-and-bred Sydneysider or an interstate visitor looking to explore with your paramour, there’s something for every couple in the Harbour City.
Check out 6 romantic things to do in Sydney and start planning your next romantic getaway!
Stargaze at the Sydney Observatory
Stargazing has long been a go-to for couples, setting the scene to dream about the future and take in the sights of the night sky. Fall in love all over again with an evening of stargazing at the Sydney Observatory, located at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences. Enjoy a night tour, visit the planetarium and look through one of the observatory’s three telescopes – one is even the oldest working telescope in Australia.
Stay the Night at Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Sydney, home to more than 5000 wildlife from 350 native and exotic species. Make your time at Taronga Zoo unforgettable by staying overnight with the zoo’s Roar and Snore experience. You’ll graze on canapes and sundowners, take a guided night zoo safari to meet some of the furriest or feathery residents, join feeding and encounter sessions, and then bed down for the night in a luxury safari tent. Waking up to the calls of the wild the following morning will be an alarm like no other!
See a Movie Under the Stars
It’s not quite the drive-in date of the 1950s, but open-air cinemas offer a similar kind of nostalgia and a truly romantic date night idea. Heading to the drive-in is a perfect option for balmy summer nights, or those wanting to enjoy new releases and cult classics al fresco can book tickets for open-air cinemas – many pop up around the city throughout the warmer months.
Get Back to Nature at the Royal National Park
For an excursion out of the city, take a day trip to the Royal National Park. Located only around an hour’s drive from the Sydney CBD, the Royal National Park encompasses more than 16,000 hectares of wild bushland, coastal cliffs and secret beaches. With so much to explore, couples can hike along one of the park’s many walking trails or relax with a secluded picnic for two. Hike to Wedding Cake Rock for awe-inspiring, picturesque views.
Tuck Into An Ice Cream
A date over a scoop or two of ice cream is a cute sweet treat and Sydney’s sunny weather means the city isn’t short of excellent ice cream parlours and gelaterias. Make for a Sydney icon and mull over the incredible specials from local 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, especially in summer, so work a late-night gelato run into post-dinner-and-a-movie plans.
Make the Most of a Coastal Walk
A coastal walk offers the perfect opportunity for partners to connect, chat and catch up, and Sydney happens to be home to plenty of stunning waterside walks. Follow the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk to soak up 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.