When traveling with your significant other, you surely want to include some romantic things on the itinerary. While exploring your destination is usually the focus of your trip, you should also set aside some one-on-one time with your loved one. If you happen to be going to Sydney, here are some of the most romantic things you can do.
Go on a romantic picnic
If you’re looking to keep your expenses to a minimum, you can opt for a romantic picnic in any of the many amazing spots that Sydney offers. For example, if you want a great view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, pack your basket and blanket and head to the Royal Botanic Gardens. In addition to beautiful scenery, you can also find shady and quiet areas where you can escape the world and be in your own bubble.
Book a dinner cruise
You can also opt for a dinner cruise that will show you this marvelous city from a whole new angle. Fortunately, there are many luxury cruisers you can board to see everything the harbor has to offer. You and your partner can enjoy delicious menus with as many as six courses including tasty desserts. Moreover, if you book your cruise for the evening, you will get a few hours to enjoy the sparkling skyline and the starry sky.
Have breakfast with koalas
Early risers can go on a guided private tour of the Wild Life Sydney Zoo before it opens. You can interact with all the animals that call this place home, such as koalas, quokkas, kangaroos, wallabies, and echidnas. What is more, you can also enjoy a tasty buffet breakfast while surrounded by koalas. Of course, you’ll also get a chance to take a cute photo with these marsupials that will always remind you of this great experience.
Indulge in the award-winning restaurant Jonah’s
A great thing about the capital of New South Wales is that it’s full of amazing bars and restaurants so you can visit a different one for every meal of your trip. Many of the city’s eateries are even award-winning, such as Jonah’s. Located at Whale Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, you can take a scenic flight by seaplane to reach this spot where you can enjoy a 3-course lunch. During the flight there and back, you can see the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House as well as enjoy all the wonderful sights of the city.
Enjoy lunch after touring the Sydney Opera House
Speaking of the Opera House, you can join a tour that will take you into all the foyers and theaters of this amazing performing arts center. Learn more about the history of this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site and hear interesting stories about what goes on behind the scenes. In addition, you can also look for a tour that includes lunch at this iconic spot.
Explore the vegan delicacies
With such a wide array of options, you will not stay hungry in Sydney even if you’re vegan. While most restaurants will have at least one vegan option for you to go for, you can also opt for a romantic date at Bodhi Restaurant. Their plant-based menu includes all sorts of delicacies, such as meat-free chicken dumplings and char siew steamed buns. Try the mango and vegan soy cream pancakes as you will surely not regret it.
Take in the views from Icebergs Rooftop Bar
In case bar hopping is a romantic night for you, you can explore everything that the bohemian neighborhood of Newtown has to offer. However, for dinner and drinks, you can also visit the Icebergs Rooftop Bar. Located in Bondi, this awe-inspiring spot will not only provide you with a panoramic view of Bondi Beach but you will also get to enjoy the Italian fine dining menu. For a more laid-back date, visit the rooftop bar and enjoy pasta and cocktails or beer and burgers.
Spend a quiet night in
On the other hand, if you’ve spent the entire day exploring, you can also have a romantic night to rest a bit and let your impressions settle. Sydney is full of amazing hotels that can provide you with stellar room service and make your dinner just as tasty as if you were in an award-winning restaurant. However, even if you decide to spend the night in pajamas and hotel robes, sipping wine, and watching a romantic movie, you can still surprise your partner by having Sydney flowers delivered straight to your room. Sleep in the next day to fully recharge your batteries for a new day of discovering this city’s gems.
Treat yourself to a spa day
What is more, you can prolong your rest and relaxation by treating yourselves to a spa day. From Crown Spa to Balmain Bath House, Sydney has many spas you can turn to for a quality pampering session. Consider checking whether your hotel offers such a service before you book it. From a couple’s massages to mud baths, getting some R&R shouldn’t be difficult.
Relax on a beach
While you might not associate crowded beaches with romance, you’ll be glad to hear that Sydney has much more to offer than Bondi and Manly. For example, you can take your significant other to a secluded beach where you can spend some quality time together and whisper sweet nothings to each other. No matter if you want to go surfing or have a picnic, you can choose from a wide array of beaches such as Shelly Beach, Shark Beach, Reef Beach, and Collins Flat Beach.
Watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon. Well, Sydney can also make this dream come true. Okay, you might have to take a weekend trip to the nearby Hunter Region but it will definitely be worth it. You can find great packages that not only provide you with amazing 360-degree vistas of Australia’s top vineyard region at sunrise but also breakfast and champagne.
See the sunset from the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Seeing the sunset together is another romantic activity you can do while in Sydney. The opportunities for this abound with many beaches and rooftop bars. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more active, you can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge at twilight. Doing it at this time of day will give you a chance to see the city both during the day and night and witness how it illuminates after dark. With a 360-degree view of the city, your selfies are bound to be breathtaking.
Have fun at Luna Park
Something else that can give you an adrenaline rush is Luna Park. This heritage-listed amusement park is full of rides you can go on, such as the Wild Mouse roller coaster and the Hair Raiser, a 50-meter drop tower. You can also enjoy the view from the 24-gondola Ferris wheel or go on the carousel. Even if you’re not an adrenaline junkie, you can still enjoy a stroll with your partner through this carnival-like atmosphere.
Visit a museum or art gallery
When looking for an idea for a date, why not consider going to a museum or art gallery? Luckily, Sydney abounds with intellectually stimulating date spots. For instance, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is located near Sydney Harbour and is home to many international art pieces. The admission is free and you can go to the rooftop cafe for a cup of coffee afterward. For more modern art, you can visit the contemporary art galleries of Surry Hills or even catch a play at Belvoir St Theatre.
Go shopping at QVB Mall or local markets
A trip to Sydney would be incomplete without a few souvenirs to help you remember it. You can start by going to the Queen Victoria Building and enjoying its elaborate Romanesque architecture. The dome and stained glass windows are sure to leave a lasting impression. An eccentric assortment of shops and eateries, the QVB mall might be the right place for some light shopping. On the other hand, you should also head to the Chinatown Friday Night Markets, where you can find all sorts of Asian street food and other fantastic products, as well as to the Carriageworks Farmers Market to find fresh seasonal produce, artisan bread, boutique wines, and so much more.
See amazing animals up-close
We mentioned koala breakfast earlier so if you’re animal lovers, you can also take a trip to the Taronga Zoo. The 28-hectare grounds are home to an array of native wildlife and some rare animals that you can spot. As a part of your tour, you’ll also get to learn about the animals and the connection between animals, plants, and the landscape. If you like camping, you can even stay in the zoo overnight. Moreover, the stunning panoramic view of the harbor is always a big plus.
Escape to the Blue Mountains
Lastly, if you’re thinking about escaping the city for some quality alone time, take the Blue Mountains into consideration. If you want to stay active, you can go mountain biking or hiking, for example. On the other hand, you can also keep it chill and visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, the Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, or a Japanese bathhouse. If you time your visit right, you can also visit the Blue Mountains Music Festival that celebrates blues and roots music.
If you’re traveling to Sydney with your significant other, you’ll certainly be happy to hear that this city is full of amazing romantic activities. Whether you decide to go on a roller coaster in Luna Park or dine at an award-winning restaurant, you’re sure to love it.