Valentine’s Day is just around the corner — it’s the time of the year to celebrate love, affection, and romance, and make your partner feel special. With the balmy sun, azure waters, lofty skyscrapers, and lush parks, Sydney is the perfect place for every romantic. If you’re thinking of how to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Sydney, we’ve curated a list of the top ten experiences in the city. Look through for something that suits you and your partner, and make the day memorable!
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10 Ways to Spend a Memorable Valentine's Day in Sydney
1. Take a Harbour Cruise
A Sydney Harbour Cruise is a romantic way to spend Valentine's Day in Sydney. Choose from sightseeing, lunch, and dinner cruises; or if you're looking for something exciting, pick a jet boat tour! Look out at the azure waters and the city around you with your partner by your side. A unique way to discover The Harbour City, you can also combine it with other experiences in the surrounding area such as the Sydney Opera House or Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
VDay Tip: A Sydney Harbour Dinner cruise is an extra romantic experience. Indulge in some delectable dishes and fine wine as you watch the city come to life around you. Read our guide on Sydney Harbour Cruises.
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2. Take a day trip to Blue Mountains
Whisk away your loved one for a day trip from Sydney to the Blue Mountains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers stunning views of natural vistas. If you and your better half enjoy hiking and adventure — this is for you. You can also play the explorer by heading to Jenolan Caves and the Three Sisters. As your day tour will take you through quaint towns as well, cozy up with your partner over a cup of coffee as you take in the raw power of nature.
VDay Tip: Book your ticket online and in advance to ensure you get the slot of your choice.
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3. Climb the Harbour Bridge
If you and your partner like adventure, this is for you. The climb will take about 3.5 hours but is well worth it as you get panoramic views of the city once you are 134 meters above the Sydney Harbour. Climb the iconic bridge in the Sydney Harbour, and once you reach the summit, be sure to steal a kiss! For nothing is more romantic than being with your loved ones as you gaze out at the city and the emerald waters surrounding it.
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4. Make new friends at Taronga Zoo
If you and your partner love animals, you're going to love this experience! Taronga Zoo covers an area of almost 70 acres and is home to some exotic animals; native animals like kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas; and even endangered species like the Sumatran tiger. You can also catch a number of shows, meets, and talks, each of which is more exciting than the next, and in line with COVID-19 safety regulations.
VDay Tip: Tickets need to be purchased in advance and online for entry. Read our guide on Taronga Zoo.
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5. Spend the day at SEA LIFE Aquarium
While a slightly unconventional date idea, you can make your valentine's Day in Sydney truly magical by spending the day at the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Meet new aquatic friends as you explore the venue, which is home to 650 different species spread across 14 themed-zones. Some of the animals you will see include sharks, dugongs, platypuses, seahorses, and even penguins.
VDay Tip: The venue is holding a special Valentine's Day dining event. While this is on the expensive side, it will definitely be a worthwhile experience.
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6. Picnic at the Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens make for a beautiful way to connect with nature. Admire the colourful blooming flowers, the tall trees, the lush surroundings, and look out at the Sydney Harbour as you meander through the gardens. You can also learn about Aboriginal culture as the venue offers you a chance to look into the history of the country as well.
VDay Tip: After a tour of the garden, enjoy a cup of coffee and some snacks at one of the many eateries in the Botanic Gardens.
7. Go Skydiving
Do you and your loved one crave an adrenaline rush? Then this is the perfect way to spend Valentine's Day in Sydney. Jump from a height of 15,000 feet and soar in this tandem skydiving experience. The thrill you will feel is unlike any other. Get a bird's eye view of the city as you freefall towards the ground. This activity is perfect for adventurous couples, and those looking to try something new.
VDay Tip: Be sure to book your Sydney Skydiving experience in advance to prevent any disappointment.
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8. Explore Sydney Opera House
Want to do something totally different? Grab your significant other and head out to Sydney Opera House. An iconic landmark right next to the aquamarine Tasman Sea, the structure's history is interwoven with that of the city. Take a tour and discover the wonderful monument, and end the day by eating at one of the many famous Sydney Opera House restaurants. Should you want to up the romance, catch a Sydney Opera House show for a memorable experience.
VDay Tip: Opt for the Opera House tour with lunch to enjoy the delicious servings of the restaurants! Read our guide on Sydney Opera House.
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9. Discover your inner artist
A number of places in the city offer studio art sessions. In these, you and your partner can register and spend a couple of hours, drinking, snacking, and painting. It is a great way to bond and spend quality time together. You can even pick online art sessions, such as the one from Cork and Canvas. You can also pick whether or not you want supplies sent to you. Booze is optional!
VDay Tip: Pair your session with some delicious wine and cheese to make it a fun and exciting experience.
10. Explore Sydney with Hop on Hop off bus tours
Play the tourist in your city and discover it from a whole new point of view. Take a Hop On Hop Off tour and learn everything there is to know about Sydney. An interesting way to celebrate Valentine's day in Sydney, Hop On Hop Off tours give you the flexibility to explore at your own pace and pick and choose which landmarks and attractions you want to get off at, explore, and then get back on the bus towards your next destination.
VDay Tip: Pick the Blue Mountains hop on hop off tour and explore beyond Sydney — take in the breathtaking cliffs, majestic waterfalls, and verdant surroundings as you make your way to the Blue Mountains.
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Ready to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Sydney?
Now that we've rounded up our top 10 date ideas for Valentine's Day, you can plan the perfect romantic day and surprise your partner! You can also try visiting art galleries, taking a pottery workshop, planning a dessert date, or heading out to the beach for a day with the sun, sand, and sea!
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