Be Mine: Your Essential Guide to Valentine's Day in Sydney
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The month of love is upon us, so it's time to lock down your plans. Whether you're spending Valentine's with your SO or booking in a date with your BFF, Sydney has something for everyone – from wining and dining to romantic getaways. But if dinner and drinks don't make the cut, we've taken the liberty of curating some inventive date night ideas that are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing (CC: axe throwing and boozy painting). So to make this Valentine's one to remember, take inspiration from our essential V-Day guide and get ready to ramp up the romance.
WINE & DINE
Sydney is bursting with beautiful bars, but there’s an art to picking an amorous spot for date night. At the very least, it should be intimate and softly-lit, with a quiet booth or hidden corner to cosy up in, away from the crowds. But to ensure your date is a complete success, we’ve sifted through 13 of the best wine and cocktail haunts where the service is smooth, the wine list is impressive, and the menu is made for sharing.
When it’s time to turn up the heat, these are the only bars to book for date night.
When it comes to romance, nothing sets the scene like an intimate dinner for two. Whether you want classic – Champagne and oysters anyone? – or quirky, a dinner date at a beautiful restaurant is always a welcome treat. Here's our pick of amorous spots that are guaranteed to get you in the mood.
When planning a romantic date night, Kings Cross might not be the first place that springs to mind. But just around the corner from this infamous, buzzy strip is the small suburb of Potts Point, where you'll find an array of elegant and intimate bars that really set the scene for romance. This leafy enclave ticks all the right boxes in the date department.
If for some reason your first date coincides with Valentine's Day, don't fret. We know how hard it can be to choose a date that’s thoughtful, but doesn’t go too overboard on the whole romance thing (we can save that for date two!). So pucker up and get ready to swoon, we’ve selected the best bars, restaurants, cafés and sentimental activities in the city, to help you decide where you’ll be headed on your next date adventure.
THINGS TO DO
This Valentine’s, don’t phone it in with a set menu and overpriced roses – we’ve done the hard yards and scoped out the most fun, exciting and unique experiences across the city for your long awaited date. There’s dinners in magical locations, movies under the stars and bonding activities like no other – the choice is yours.
Whether you’re looking to score some brownie points or you just love a Valentine's Day picnic spread, Sydney has no shortage of locations to roll out the picnic rug. Below are our top spots to take your partner for a romantic picnic for two.
Whether you’ve been dating for two weeks or two decades, finding a romantic destination to impress your date as well as yourself can get tricky. If relationships have taught us anything, it's compromise – and sometimes that requires surprising your partner with an axe-throwing session (okay, maybe not for everyone). Whether it’s their birthday, an anniversary or your weekly date night, here are some ways to shake it up. There’s everything from high octane dates to quiet city escapes for the more sensitive (or exhausted) soul.
Planning a well-earned weekend escape with your partner? You don’t have to look too far. Whether you’re looking for a cute couples haven, a self-catered stay or adults-only accommodation, Sydney and its surrounds are home to a range of romantic retreats that are bound to tick every box. All you need to do is decide on a setting: beach or bush? Wine country or waterfront? Rolling hills or rainforest? Leave the city behind and treat yourself and your loved one to one of these blissful breaks that come dripping in romance.
A place where untamed bushland gives way to ancient villages steeped in charm, the Blue Mountains is the perfect backdrop to a romantic weekend away. With the world-heritage Blue Mountains National Park on your doorstep and a burgeoning foodie scene that plays on the very essence of home-style cooking, the Blue Mountains is the place to create unforgettable moments.
On your next romantic getaway, leave the city behind and cruise 90 minutes north to the Central Coast, where sun, surf and a sea of sumptuous dining awaits. With its beautiful beaches, lush hinterland and sprawling national parks, this stretch of coastline is as scenic as it gets. Bounce from one beach town to the next, or don’t – either way, you’re in for a blissful break. Here’s where to eat, stay and play in this magical coastal enclave.
Just a short three-hour drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley is a destination that’s all about decadence. But there’s more to explore beyond the cellar doors. With rolling greenery, gourmet food, quaint cottages and fireplaces aplenty, this stunning wine region is steeped in romance. So, to set your hearts a flutter, set aside a long weekend to explore Australia’s oldest wine region the romantic way.
With its rolling hills, cool-climate vineyards, grand estate homes, and villages dripping in history, the Southern Highlands really knows how to turn on the charm. An hour-and-a-half from the city, this cluster of country towns makes an elegant choice for a couple’s getaway. You can do absolutely nothing, or do it all, the choice is yours.
Stretching from Sydney’s southern edge to the Victorian border, Australia’s stunning South Coast is the definition of ready-made romance. Boasting everything from white sandy beaches and old-school fishing villages to national parks and rugged rainforests, this picturesque region promises endless adventure.
Go glamping in Jervis Bay, kayak on Kangaroo River or sip sundowners on the Yarrawa Estate, we’ve handpicked the best places to eat, drink sleep and explore along the South Coast, for a weekend of unadulterated romance…