From an intimate beachside rendezvous to exotic dancing, there is something suited for every couple in Sydney. Take your pick and get canoodling.
Get your astronomy hat on and settle in for a night of star (eye) gazing and romantic whispers while watching the sun set over Sydney Harbour. Be entranced by the stars as astronomical experts guide you through the South Dome Telescope, and bask in the incredible constellations we get full view of here in the Southern Hemisphere. If the clouds are set on blocking up the sky, fear not – canapés, tipple and romantic jazz music will lull you into a romantic bliss without much trouble.
Tickets are available from $100 per person.
1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point
Sydney’s Harbour is undoubtedly one of the best in the world and evenings (particularly in Early February) spent by the glittering water have an inescapable romance to them. A host of harbourside restaurants fall about themselves to put on the most enchanting of evenings each February 14, with our pick going to Chiosco by Ormeggio. The chic Italian establishment does laidback Italian like none other, and is happy to look after you this Valentines Day for $95 per person plus beverages. Italian = romance. It’s science.
The Jetty, D’Albora Marina, The Spit, Spit Road, Mosman
Get Active: Kayak Hire on the Harbour/Rock climbing
For a relaxing paddle, Pittwater and Middle Harbour provides protected enclaves for couples looking to escape the hubbub of the city. With several coves and beaches to explore, you can pack a picnic and make a day of it – just remember there is nothing remotely romantic about sunburn. You’ve been warned. Alternately, you can test the trust with a session of hot and sweaty rock climbing. ClimbFit in St Leonards offers all the gear you need to get climbing from just $23 per person, learn to support each other literally and figuratively throughout an impassioned session.
Sydney Harbour Kayaks 81 Parriwi Road, Spit Bridge, Mosman
Maybe not the best move if it’s still early days - who knows how you’ll feel about them after dinner – but a night in a hotel can be complete paradise for the established couple who struggles to squeeze in enough of that *quality* time. Check in early and get familiar with the perks of the suite (we’re being optimistic here), run the bath, order champagne and get comfy in your robe. Once you’ve had your fill of bubbles (both varieties), make the tricky call about whether to head out for dinner or to let room service do the groundwork. The Hilton Sydney puts on quite the show with its Romance Package from $399 a night – most importantly, 1pm late checkout is guaranteed.
Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney
Gin + romance = sure-fire date success (unless, of course, your date is allergic to the juniper berry). Nevertheless, the ever-edgy Rosebery distilleryArchie Rose is a perfect place to get heady with a tour of the establishment to discover the ins and outs of spirit distillation. At $20 a ticket for a tour and tasting, Archie Rose will have you two happily entertained for the evening, giving you plenty of opportunities to heckle and flirt at the back of the group like teenagers. Cute.
Take a seat on the mezzanine to indulge in platters by Black Star Pastry. Archie Rose’s neighbours well and truly take care of any grumbling stomachs with absolutely moorish charcuterie boards and desserts.
85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
Get your hands dirty (so to speak) in a handsy cooking class with your one and only. Salt Meats Cheese offers cooking classes for pasta, pizza and mozzarella – perfect for the significant other who insists that the only way to know if pasta is cooked is to throw it at a wall. Please! We like it ~al dente~ not al bente. The Salt Meats Cheese Kitchen in Alexandria is keen to get you kneading on Valentines Day, with a class focused on honing your tagliatelle skills before digging in to your freshly made pasta meal – you have a ‘Lady and the Tramp’ insta in the bag.
21 Fountain Street, Alexandria
Team an impeccably restored Art Deco cinema with an impressive bar offering and really all other options become a second choice. Bringing together classics, cults, creepies, cheapies and new releases, there is always a fantastic film on screen in the perfectly appointed, intimate cinema. They’ve nailed the Valentines Day film this year, with a screening of the 1999, 10 Things I Hate About You. A romantic classic. We recommend booking asap as seats ($20) are strictly limited. Round out your evening with a cocktail downstairs – we’re thinking the Sazerac ($20) with The Director’s Cut meat and cheese board ($27). #cheeseislove
Paramount House, 80 Commonwealth House, Surry Hills
Why go through the torture of ending up in a sea of strangers in a nightclub at 2 in the morning, all in the name of a cosy groove? There are a myriad of dance schools ready to give you the perfect excuse to get up close and personal with your date – without the pre drinks or that clammy nightclub mosh. Although, if classes are too much of a commitment, Valentines Day falls on a Tuesday this year and Establishment on George Street holds it’s weekly Salsa night every Tuesday (coincidence? I think not) with live percussion and $12 mojitos, so feel free to get involved with the swinging limbs or just watch on from a distance – trust us, there is plenty to see.
Establishment, 252 George Street, Sydney
Just like staying in a hotel - plus the outdoors. You get the idea; uber chic tepee, meals provided and bathrooms fully functioning…it’s all the good bits of camping in close range of the city without any of the hassle. Perfect date material. Taronga Zoo’s Roar & Snore is a romantic and convenient option with the exotic perk of night-time zoo tours to see what the residents get up to come nightfall. If midnight roars aren’t your cup of tea, head west on Sydney Harbour to Cockatoo Island, where you can choose glamping options (complete with food and bathroom facilities) to suit your level of decadence.
Taronga Zoo, Bradley’s Head Road, Mosman
Cockatoo Island Glamping, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour
Get Active: Kayak Hire on the Harbour/Rock climbing
Sydney Harbour is the gift that keeps on giving. Chocker-blocked with private coves and hidden inlets, there is always a quiet place you can whisk your S.O. for a day spent getting close to “nature”. Not to get carried away or anything but all we can picture is Ryan Gosling shouting ’If you’re a bird I’m a bird!’ and now we’re giddy with romance like Pepe Le Pew.
SO, with that in mind, if beaches, picnics and seeing your partner in their swimmers all day is your cup of tea, we wholeheartedly recommend a day spent lounging at Milk Beach, Chinamans Beach, Lady Martins Beach or Wattamolla for the most private sandy shenanigans.
Milk Beach, 52 Vaucluse Road, Vaucluse
Lady Martins Beach, Wolseley Road, Point Piper
Chinamans Beach, Mosman
Wattamolla Beach, Royal National Park