Fun things to do in Sydney; the ferry date map
For over 150 years, passenger boats have been navigating Port Jackson’s waters, ferrying Sydneysiders from Parramatta to Manly, and everything in between. With nearly 15 million journeys made by ferry each year, Sydney’s infamous green-hulled vessels are much loved by locals and tourists alike.
However, what’s perhaps not as well-known is the wealth of novel and boat-accessible date ideas strewn throughout the city – whether you’re a seasoned commuter, or an inquisitive day-tripper, we feel that Sydney’s ferry network offers up some off-the-beaten-track nuggets perfect for both first dates and the more extravagant rendezvous! What could be better than meeting other like-minded Sydney singles out on the high seas!
Fun things to do in Sydney, by ferry!
To put together our map we adhered to a fairly particular set of rules. First of all, every Sydney date idea has to be easily reachable on foot from each wharf – ideally, the closer the better. Thus, we’ve tried to ensure that each recommendation is a maximum 5-20 minute walk from each stop.
Secondly, we wanted to guarantee that each suggestion would actually be good! To accomplish this aim, we based our choices on sheer popularity. At the time of publication, every local date idea included scored an average of 4 stars or above when its rankings on Google, TripAdvisor and Yelp were averaged out (only Cockatoo Island’s tip missed the mark by a decimal point!).
Thirdly, we really wanted to mirror the diversity Sydney enshrines in our picks. Owing to the fact that there are so many fun things to do in Sydney, we thought it would be a bit of a travesty to stick unswervingly to the bar and restaurant tack. So, on top of Sydney’s culinary gems and wonderful watering-holes, we’ve also selected a few diamond picnic spots and a handful of other exciting activities (including one where you can even take your romance to the skies!).
So without further ado, top up your Opal card, fish out your sea legs and set sail on voyage to discover the surfeit of fun things to do in Sydney!
We’ve also made a street map that pinpoints each idea – just click here to find it or scroll to the bottom of the page!