22 August 2019
Everyone needs a little romance in their life, right? With its stunning location, great weather, world-class dining, those beaches and that harbour, Sydney offers endless opportunities to get loved up. Here are six.
Milk Beach is one of the least known of the city’s harbour beaches. A picturesque small stretch of white sand, it sits in front of historic Strickland House in Vaucluse in the eastern suburbs, easily accessed via bus from the city. After soaking in the sun, take a hand-in-hand stroll along the Hermitage Foreshore track to discover one of Sydney’s best-known harbourside spots, Nielsen Park.
As summer starts to roll around, so does Sydney’s outdoor cinema season. There are plenty of options—watch special previews in comfy seats with Sydney Harbour as the backdrop at the St George Open Air Cinema; grab a picnic blanket and see cult favourites at Moonlight Cinemas in Centennial Park in the eastern suburbs; or recline in a queen-sized bed (we kid you not) and watch current releases at Mov’in Bed at the Entertainment Quarter, on the fringes of the CBD.
Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden is the perfect spot for a romantic picnic for two, with views of the harbour and hundreds of trees offering shady spots to snuggle. Grab croissants and coffee in the city and head to the gardens for a leisurely breakfast (gates open at 7am), or stock up on wine, bread and cheese and indulge in a lazy lunch that goes well into the afternoon.
Experience world-class theatre and musicals in Sydney, where local and international acts perform in a multi-faceted year-round program. That could mean anything from a huge Broadway hit—Book of Mormon, Chicago—to a cutting-edge piece of Australian theatre at a tiny venue like Belvoir St. If you can, try and catch at least one performance at the Sydney Opera House, principal venue of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Ballet and Opera Australia.
Gaze up at the stars and explore the night sky alongside your partner during an evening visit to the Sydney Observatory in historic Millers Point in the north of the city. On an after-dark tour, learn more about the universe, discover ancient Indigenous astronomy and trace planets and galaxies through the observatory’s telescopes.
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.