The Most Romantic Date Spots in Sydney

Enjoy a private carriage dinner together, with sunset views of the harbour, as part of the Ferris Wheel Dining Experience
Enjoy a private carriage dinner together, with sunset views of the harbour, as part of the Ferris Wheel Dining Experience | Photo by Laura Cros on Unsplash

Struggling to find a romantic date spot in Sydney? Fear not, the Emerald City is filled with romance-inducing landscapes, including some with dazzling views of the Sydney Harbour and the Opera House. So, whether you’re looking for a secluded beach and sunset spot or perhaps a decadent dinner followed by a visit to a cocktail den, here are the most romantic places for a date in Sydney.

Watch a film at Westpac OpenAir

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St. George  OpenAir Cinema 2015, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney 07.01.2015
St. George OpenAir Cinema 2015, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney 07.01.2015 | Courtesy of Westpac OpenAir

Westpac OpenAir has a grand screen backed by an even grander view of the harbour – making this one of the best outdoor cinemas in Sydney. Although the 2,000-seater grandstand may not be the most intimate date spot, there’s no denying the ambiance of cinema al fresco. Bring a blanket and snuggle up as the sun goes down, taking in the surroundings while watching the latest film release.

Stay overnight on a luxury yacht

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Sofitel Hotel and International Convention Centre at sunset, Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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All aboard a luxury yacht for an intimate overnight harbour cruise along the impressive city-side waterways. Sydney by Sail has three packages, which offer romantic bliss at varying prices. All include a gourmet dinner, a night moored at one of the most secluded bays in Sydney (the skipper will disembark for the night) followed by breakfast the following morning.

Have a back-to-basics date at Moore Park

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View at Sydney Moore Park, tower and modern buildings in the background in the Sydney
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Grab a picnic blanket, a bottle of wine and some nibbles and head to Moore Park. This date spot brings romance back to basics with tourist-free, unspoilt views of the Sydney skyline. Start with a walk from the Central Business District and end with a climb of Moore Park Hill; cosy up for a stunning sunset.

Sip cocktails at the Baxter Inn

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Regularly named among the best cocktail bars in Sydney, the Baxter Inn is smooth and sultry with dim lighting and killer cocktails. Arrive early and nab a seat at the bar to watch the bartenders design their concoctions before your eyes. This intimate Sydney bar is the perfect place to squeeze up close as other punters push past trying to get a look at the whisky collection of more than 600 bottles.

Dine on a ferris wheel

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Luna Park at Milsons Point in Sydney
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The Ferris Wheel Dining experience at Luna Park is ideal if you’re looking to take your culinary adventures to new heights. Enjoy a private carriage dining experience together, with sunset views of the harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Get cosy on secluded Shelly Beach

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Escape the crowds and visit Shelly Beach in the sleepy Northern Beaches town of Manly. To get there, take the 30-minute ferry from Circular Quay; once in Manly, grab picnic supplies and a bottle of vino and make your way to the beach for an al fresco dining experience surrounded by golden sand and sparkling waters. There are also two free electric barbecues if you’d like to up your date dinner game.

Go glamping at Taronga Zoo

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Sleep under the stars at Taronga Zoo, after an evening of campside culinary delights, with animal calls providing a special soundtrack. You’ll enjoy luxury glamping in private tents and views of the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the CBD.
These recommendations were updated on June 22, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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