12 Romantic Things to Do in Sydney

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Sydney is undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The Harbour, the iconic tourist attractions, the many beaches, the numerous walking tracks, Sydney has a lot of fun and exciting stuff to offer.

Not just for the everyday tourist, but also for the local Sydney-siders. And all these awesome attractions make Sydney also the perfect city to get your romance on and execute the perfect date.

Is your girlfriend’s birthday or some anniversary coming up and you’re not sure what to do? Or maybe you need some inspiration for romantic couple things to do in Sydney on Valentine’s Day?

Or perhaps you’d like to reignite that flame by doing something fun, exciting and different on any random day of the year?

12 Ideas for Romantic Things to Do in Sydney

Move over Paris, Rome and Barcelona. If you really want to get romantic with your partner as a couple, Sydney is where you need to be!

Here are 12 date ideas to help you find the best romantic things to do in and around Sydney.

1. Do a Harbour Cruise

This may be a bit of a cliché, but lots of Sydney locals have never actually done a cruise on our beautiful Sydney Harbour. If you pick the right cruise, at the right time, rest assured that you will have a very romantic experience.

It’s best to do a night time cruise, ideally at the end of a hot summer’s day, enjoying the amazing views of Sydney Harbour with a comfortable cool breeze. And for less than $100 you can also have a romantic dinner on board.

There are lots of dinner cruises available at different times, so why not try this out next time you’re not sure what to do.

Or you could take it a step further, and hire your own boat to cruise around the Harbour and visit some amazing spots that normal cruises don’t go to.

Sydney Opera House at night
Sydney Opera House at night

2. Go Hiking

Second on our list of romantic couple things to do in and around Sydney is to go hiking together. Being active outdoors and enjoying the incredible natural beauty that Sydney has to offer, is actually a very romantic and fun thing to do.

Try a walking trail that hasn’t been flooded with the big crowds yet. After all, you’d want some space and perhaps some quiet time with your better half. Try the Federation Cliff Walk, a fairly quiet walking trail north of Bondi with stunning panoramic views.

The Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach walk is great too. The scenery along the way is fantastic and you can finish your date in style at Balmoral Beach with a swim and a picnic.

If you prefer a bush walk, pick one of these awesome walks in the Blue Mountains for a some adventurous quality time together.

Hiking can be a romantic activity
Federation Cliff Walk

3. Do the Harbour Bridge Climb

Opened in 1932, the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge is Sydney’s most iconic landmark. Not only does it have the best looks, it’s also an incredible piece of superb engineering.

Also known as the Coathanger because of its arch-based design, the 134m high Sydney Harbour Bridge connects the CBD with Sydney’s North Shore.

Feeling adventurous and romantic at the same time? Enjoy unforgettable panoramic views of the Sydney CBD skyline and the Sydney Harbour by climbing the bridge!

It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is best enjoyed when doing it together with your partner.

If you find the Bridge Climb too expensive, you can also consider visiting the Bridge Pylon Lookout. It’s much cheaper but you still get to enjoy the beautiful views!

4. Visit a Secluded Beach

Sydney and New South Wales literally have hundreds of beaches spread out along the coast, from Byron Bay all the way south to Eden.

While it may be challenging to find a beach that hasn’t yet been discovered by the rest of the world, there are actually quite a few beaches in and around Sydney that are great little hideaways. Secret beaches don’t exist anymore, but you’d be surprised how quiet some beaches still are.

Whale Beach
Whale Beach

What’s better than to have a whole beach to share between you and your partner, on a warm sunny day. Okay sure, in the weekends this may be close to impossible, but on a weekday you can still find secluded beaches with not many other people around.

Reef Beach, close to Manly, is one of those beaches. It’s small and quiet, and the surrounding views are awesome. Another great beach to visit is Whale Beach, next door to Palm Beach. Perhaps not as secluded, but still very pleasant.

Another one of our favourite beaches is Milk Beach, along the Hermitage Foreshore Walk in Vaucluse. Also a great option is Wattamolla Beach. The waterfall, the lagoon and the beach are the perfect ingredients for some quality time together. Trust us!

5. See a Show at the Opera House

Sydney Opera House offers a wide variety of different types of shows, pretty much every day, and it’s not just opera.

Did you know that the majority of Sydney locals have never been to a show at one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks? Check out this calendar to see what’s on at the Opera House.

6. Organise a Picnic with Views

Besides beaches, Sydney also has loads of beautiful parks spread out across the city and beyond, and some of these parks offer the best views. A great way to enjoy your partner’s company is to relax outside in the park doing a picnic.

So grab a picnic rug, basket, food and snacks, and of course a nice cool bottle of wine and enjoy a great afternoon out.

A romantic picnic in the Royal Botanic Garden
Royal Botanic Garden

Some of the best spots to go for a picnic are the Botanic Gardens or Observatory Hill in the city, Manly North Head, Robertson Park in Watsons Bay (although a bit crowded in the weekends) and Cremorne Point.

7. Stay Overnight in the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are not just great for hiking and exploring, they are also home to some of the best (read: most romantic) hotels and B&B’s in greater Sydney.

Staying overnight in the Blue Mountains is a bit pricey, but it can be quite a refreshing and romantic weekend getaway.

The next day, make sure you visit Scenic World (the Skyway is awesome), Three Sisters and Wentworth Falls before returning back home.

Alternatively, you can also pre-book a one-day unlimited ride pass that includes admission to all rides at Scenic World!

8. Go Camping

Go back to basics, be one with nature, count all the stars in the sky and enjoy a glass of red, while sitting in front of your tent. Who needs luxury when all you really want is your partner by your side.

Cockatoo Island camping
Camping on Cockatoo Island

Sydney has lots of great camping spots spread out across the city and New South Wales. Cockatoo Island is perhaps one of the most unique camping experiences you can have in Sydney. Or should we say “glamping”?

For more camping ideas, check out this list of some of the best camping spots in the state.

>> Check out our list of free things to do in Sydney.

9. Go Stand Up Paddling, Kayaking or Canoeing

Being out on the water feels great. Being active on the water is even more fun. Stand-Up Paddling (SUP), kayaking or canoeing are great ways to be active together on the water and to just have some fun.

There are plenty of secluded locations in and around Sydney where you can get into some serious paddling fun. Most of the craft hire shops also teach you more about technique in case you’ve never done it before.

Some of the best spots to go to for these types of water sports are Rose Bay, Clareville Beach in Avalon, and Bundeena in Royal National Park.

SUP at Clareville Beach
SUP at Clareville Beach

10. Visit an Outdoor Cinema in Summer

During the summer months, Sydney has a couple of outdoor cinemas set up where you can enjoy the latest blockbusters or famous classics under a sky full of stars.

Perhaps not as private as you’d want it to be, but it’s a fun experience and a bit more exciting than the usual indoor cinema.

Perhaps the best known outdoor cinema is the St.George OpenAir Cinema, at Mrs Macquaries Point facing the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney CBD skyline.

Other popular venues are Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park and Openair Cinemas in Bondi Beach.

11. Stay Overnight with the Animals in the Zoo

Yes that’s right, you can now stay overnight with the animals at Taronga Zoo. Well, not literally with the animals, but close enough.

Taronga Zoo in Mosman offers Roar and Snore, Sydney’s ultimate sleepover. Sleeping in safari style tents with exotic animals as your neighbours, overlooking the beautiful city skyline with all its lights.

Roar and Snoar at Taronga Zoo
Roar and Snoar at Taronga Zoo (photo credit: Taronga Zoo)

12. Watch a Sydney Sunset

There are so many awesome spots in Sydney where you can witness a beautiful sunset. What better way to end the day than enjoying a beautiful sunset with your loved one.

And why not bring some nice food for dinner, a few nibbles and a bottle of wine to make the experience even better.

One of my favourite spots in Sydney to watch a sunset is at Clovelly, looking towards Gordons Bay and Coogee. Bondi Beach, further north is also a great spot to watch the sun go down on a warm summer night.

Other great spots are Mrs. Macquarie’s Point and the Royal Botanic Garden in the city, Manly North Head and Blues Point Reserve at McMahons Point.

>> Check out our extensive guide to top things to do in Sydney.
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