It’s not exactly the ‘City of Love,’ but with so many parks and reserves looking over a world-class harbour it comes pretty close. Whether it’s a picnic on a first date, an anniversary dinner or even popping the big question, Sydney certainly doesn’t come up short on romantic things to do.
Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens
Just a short stroll from Martin Place train station, the Botanic Gardens are a great way to spend time with a special someone strolling through some of the most beautiful natural surroundings you’ll find in Sydney. With over 30 hectares of feature gardens, it’s easy to explore at your own pace or set up somewhere and enjoy a picnic lunch.
With art galleries, museums and other cultural spaces nearby, you can easily make a day of this one – the gardens are right at the doorstep of the Art Gallery of NSW, Circular Quay, the Opera House and the many great dining and shopping options located in the Sydney CBD.
Picnic at Observatory Hill Park
A popular spot for weddings, it’s easy to see why Observatory Hill Park is a favourite spot for romantics. With stunning panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge, nestled right near Wynyard station, this idyllic hillside spot can be reached by a set of stairs from Kent Street.
The million dollar view from the hill simply can’t be described in words alone – pack yourself a picnic lunch and head up to Observatory Hill, and you’re sure to be enchanted by the famous view and treasured lunch spot enjoyed by tourists, 9-5ers and local Sydney-siders alike.
Spend the day at Balls Head Reserve
One of Sydney’s hidden gems and a popular lookout spot on its north-shore, Balls Head Reserve is just 10 mins from the CBD and a short walk from Waverton station. It’s also close to Kirribilli and Crows Nest, two of the lower north-shore’s best dining hubs.
Although it’s hotly debated where you need to go for the best view of Sydney Harbour, this one is surely right up there with the best. Combining a spacious park with spectacular views of the dazzling harbour, there’s no better place to be on one of Sydney’s signature sunny days.
With several bush walking tracks, public toilets and picnic areas, the reserve is a popular weekend spot but with so much space to explore, it’s easy to find a quiet spot to spend some quality time with your sweetheart.
Dinner and a movie at Circular Quay
Although a little on the touristy side, Circular Quay is still an undeniably picturesque spot. Whether you’re strolling along its walkways on a warm day, stopping for a meal at one of its fine restaurants or cafes, or simply passing the afternoon by on the Opera House stairs, you’re guaranteed to enjoy sublime views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and world-class harbour.
With a range of fine dining options to choose from, and the Dendy Opera Quays cinema and Opera Bar close by, Circular Quay is an ideal place to have dinner, catch a movie and have a drink by the harbour. We’d recommend them in that order but anything goes in this vibrant Sydney evening spot.
Sleep over at Taronga Zoo
On weekends and during school holidays Taronga Zoo can be a pretty chaotic spot. Thankfully, Taronga Zoo’s ‘Roar & Snore’ program has begun an adults-only evening, allowing couples to take advantage of purpose built tents on-site with postcard views of Sydney Harbour on one side and lions, leopards and meerkats on the other.
There’s nothing more romantic than waking up to Taronga’s unparalleled views of the harbour. No visit to the zoo would be complete without meeting the animals which call it home, and you’ll be allowed plenty of time to explore the zoo’s main exhibits at your own leisure.
Have brunch in Glebe
Only 10 minutes from Sydney’s CBD, Glebe is one of Sydney’s favourite brunch spots and it’s easy to see why. Lined with trendy cafes, boutique stores and many celebrated cups of coffee, Glebe is a bohemian haven and a popular date spot.
Attracting swarms of Sydney-siders, young and old, Glebe has a relaxed vibe far from the chaotic streets of Sydney’s city centre. Whether it’s a first date or a long-overdue lunch with the mister or missus, you’re spoilt for choice in Glebe with a huge range of restaurants.
If you’re around on a Saturday morning, check out Glebe markets which host an impressive range of boutique and vintage clothes stalls, fresh produce grocers and many other goods.