What to visit in Sydney Australia

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12 Ideas for Romantic Things to Do in Sydney

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

1. Go Hiking

What else could be the number one romantic thing to do in and around Sydney on a website about awesome Sydney hiking tracks? But seriously, being active outdoors and enjoying the incredible natural beauty that Sydney has to offer, is actually a very romantic and fun thing to do.

Romantic things to do in Sydney: Federation cliff walk

Federation Cliff Walk



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. I would recommend the Federation Cliff Walk, a fairly quiet walking trail north of Bondi with stunning panoramic views. The Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk is awesome too, and if you’re up for it, you can hike all the way to Balmoral Beachfor a swim and a bite.

If you prefer a bush walk, the Manly Dam walk or Lake Parramatta Reserve are great for a romantic day out and about.

2. Go to 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.

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 beaches with no one else around.

Reef Beach, close to Manly, is one of those beaches. It’s small, but it’s very quiet indeed and the views are awesome. Another great beach to go to is Whale Beach, Palm Beach’s quieter and smaller neighbour.

Romantic things to do in Sydney: Reef Beach

Reef Beach



Another one of my favourites is Milk Beach, along the Hermitage Foreshore Walk in Vaucluse. Perhaps not as quiet anymore as it used to be, but still a more secluded alternative to Balmoral Beach, is Chinamans Beach in Mosman.

But if you really want to get your romance on, one of the best spots to visit is Wattamolla Beach. The waterfall, the lagoon and the beach are the perfect ingredients for some quality time together. Trust me!

3. Jump Out of an Airplane

Okay, skydiving may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about romantic activities. But sharing the excitement, nerves and adrenaline together with your partner-in-crime is a great way to bond with eachother. Why not surprise your girlfriend, boyfriend, wife or husband with a skydiving voucher for two?

There are several places in and around Sydney where you can take the plunge out of an airplane and land back onto earth, for example in Wollongong or in the Central Coast.

4. Do a Harbour Cruise

I admit, this is 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’ll 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 loads of cruises available at different times, so why not try this out next time you’re not sure what to do.

Sydney Opera House at night

Sydney Opera House at night

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.

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? Now is the time to change that, check out this calendar of what’s on at the Opera House.

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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.

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.

Romantic things to do: Picnic in the Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Botanic Garden

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 can be 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. Or book a full day tour 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.

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 BayClareville Beach in Avalon and Bundeena (Royal National Park).

Romantic things to do in Sydney: 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 dinner, 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 Beach. 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.


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