24 January 2018
The annual day of love and romance is nearly upon us once more. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time again to start thinking about how you want to spoil that special person in your life. Flowers, chocolates and jewellery are all classic Valentine’s gifts, but the gift of ‘experience’ is becoming a more popular and thoughtful gift idea. Instead of a stuffed teddy bear this year, give your Valentine lasting memories by taking them on an unforgettable date.
Whether you’ve been together for longer than you can remember, or have only been on a handful of dates, be sure to dedicate this day to spending some quality time together. Take your date out on a night to remember with any of these creative ideas below!
Take a new twist on a date-night favourite by grabbing tickets to the St. George OpenAir Cinema. Located within Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, in any section you’ll have the best seats in the house with stunning backdrop views of Sydney Harbour. Swap the soft drink and popcorn for a refreshing glass of wine from the Kirin Bar and a grab delicious bite from the signature menu designed by Matt Moran’s Sydney dining institution, Chiswick. Enjoy screenings of the latest film releases with your date at what is considered to be “the world’s most beautiful cinema”.
For couples who don’t mind a little bit of a challenge, put your problem-solving skills to the test and work together to free yourself from an escape room. Be sure to have your partner in crime by your side at Next Level Escape in the city centre. Expect to solve puzzles and uncover intriguing mysteries while racing against the clock. This one’s also great for a double or group date, so bring along some friends too.
Spoil your significant other with an all-you-can-eat-feast at the Sydney Tower Valentine’s Day Buffet Dinner. This spectacular revolving dinner experience is a classic choice for couples all year-round and especially popular on this starry-eyed occasion. For lovers of fine-dining, indulge in over 55 freshly prepared dishes across a range of cuisines, whilst taking in a 360 degree view of Sydney. Staying true to the Valentine tradition, each couple will also receive a complimentary rose and box of chocolates.
Sometimes a candlelit dinner and stroll on the beach isn’t for everyone. Adventure-seeking couples should consider one of Sydney’s best thrill-seeking activities, Bridge Climb Sydney, for their Valentine’s Day outing. Pick your date and time (we suggest twilight for a truly romantic setting), then get strapped in and prepare to reach new heights in your relationship. Take the apple of your eye to the summit of this Sydney icon, with its picturesque views this is the perfect spot to confess your love to one another, or even pop out the big question!
Can you picture anything more romantic than settling down to a delicious meal and glass of champagne on beautiful Sydney Harbour? Enjoy a magical night with your other half on a Captain Cook Valentine’s Cruise. Whichever package you choose, from long lunch options to a sunset dinner & drinks, a cruise along Sydney’s waters is sure to woo that special someone.
For this upcoming Valentine’s Day, the Deck Sydney at Milson’s Point are hosting a very special Valentine’s event. Experience an exquisite three‐course meal complete with delicious wine pairings and breathtaking views – all from your own private carriage. Head nearby to continue the fun and excitement at the much-loved Luna Park. Release your inner child on crazy vintage-style fairground rides and impress your date by winning a prize at a hilarious sideshow game (just like in the movies).
Show your date a “whole new world” by taking them for a dazzling helicopter ride over Sydney Harbour. Hop on with one of Australia’s largest capital city scenic flight operators, Heli Experiences (otherwise known as Bondi Helicopters in Sydney). Departing from Sydney Domestic Airport, you will get the chance to see amazing birds-eye views of Sydney Harbour and beyond. The spectacular scenery below will leave you both speechless.
Feeling a bit more cheeky? Simply strip down to your underwear and get running at the annual Cupid’s Undie Run, starting at the southern end of Hyde Park, all the way to Opera Bar. You might give your date a bit of a shock with this suggestion, but your bold attitude and daringness might actually just impress them. If that’s not enough of a reason, you’ll also be helping to raise much needed funds for the Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia (CTF). Those who are a little less daring can also opt to dress up, instead of down.
An ideal date for many would be one spent sipping on cocktails while watching the sun go down. Fortunately, Sydney is full of amazing rooftop bars perfect for a night filled with margaritas and great conversation. From rooftop bars like the Glenmore Hotel in The Rocks, to Coogee Pavillion in Sydney’s East, wind down and get to know each other better with a drink or two.