Romantic things to do in Sydney

1 February 2017

Looking for somewhere romantic to take that special someone? Offering fantastic waterfront dining, picturesque picnic spots, outdoor cinemas and a diverse calendar of events, Sydney is home to many places that can set the mood for a romantic day or night out.

Get planning your next date night, or celebrate a milestone with a loved one with one of these romantic things to do in Sydney.

Escape to Milk Beach, Vaucluse

Milk Beach, Vaucluse

Milk Beach, Vaucluse

Milk Beach is one of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs best well-kept secrets. With breathtaking views of Sydney, Milk Beach  is a picturesque small stretch of white sand right in front of the historic Strickland House in Vaucluse.  It’s just 7 kms and 15 minutes from the city.  Plus it’s just a short, scenic bushwalk from Milk Beach to Nielsen Park.

Outdoor cinemas

St George OpenAir Cinema at Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

St George OpenAir Cinema at Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

For a fancier affair than a visit to the local cinema, catch a flick in the evening air at one of Sydney’s outdoor cinemas this summer. Enjoy one of the many new releases or cult classics scheduled, or watch a special preview screening. Choose from a stunning Sydney Harbour backdrop at the St George Open Air Cinema, or relax on Bondi Beach at Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinemas Bondi.

Picnic at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

With stunning views of Sydney Harbour and many shady trees to spread a picnic blanket under, the Royal Botanic Garden is an idyllic and central spot for a romantic breakfast, lunch or early dinner. Once you’ve finished picnicking, take a stroll around the extensive grounds and explore its many themed and manicured gardens.

Picnic at the Botanic Gardens.

Picnic at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

See a theatre production or musical

Experience world-class theatre and musicals in Sydney. With local and international acts performing as part of a varied year-round program, there are plenty of shows to choose from for a romantic night out. Don’t miss Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour from 24 March – 23 April 2017.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Dinner by the harbour

Set the scene for a romantic night out with dinner at one of Sydney’s many harbourside restaurants and cafés. Time your date to see the sun set over Sydney Harbour. Popular dining locations with spectacular waterfront views include Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, with plenty of acclaimed restaurants, bars and cafes perfect for dinner and a nightcap.

Dine by Sydney Harbour.

Dining beside Sydney Harbour at Opera Kitchen

Night visit to the Sydney Observatory

Gaze up at the stars and explore the night sky alongside your partner during an evening visit to the Sydney Observatory. A tour after dark gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the universe, discover ancient Indigenous astronomy, and trace planets and galaxies through the observatory’s telescopes.

Sydney Observatory

Stargazing at the Sydney Observatory

‘Roar and Snore’ at Taronga Zoo

Experience a date with a difference with Taronga Zoo’s Roar and Snore program. Come face-to-face with some of Taronga’s furry, feathered and scaly creatures during behind the scenes tours in one of Sydney’s most enchanting date itineraries. Spend the night within the zoo grounds in a safari tent and wake up to the sounds of the zoo’s resident birds and animals as you watch the sun rise over Sydney Harbour.

'Roar and Snore' at Taronga Zoo.

‘Roar and Snore’ at Taronga Zoo