Romantic things to do in Sydney – on any budget

Thanks to its vibrant arts scene, thriving outdoor lifestyle and cosmopolitan food culture, Sydney is brimming with romantic date possbilities. And the even better news? Being romantic doesn’t have to cost the earth; it's all about being thoughtful and really considering what your partner enjoys.

At EliteSingles we aim to be that little helping hand when it comes to love. So, to make things easier for you, we've scoured Sydney for the best romantic things to do in Sydney – no matter what your budget! So without further ado, here are our top suggestions:

Free romantic things to do in Sydney!

Mrs Macquire’s Chair
Get one of the best vantage points in Sydney upon this historic chair. Originally carved for Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s wife, Elizabeth, the rocky ledge is now an impeccable view-hunting spot for you and your loved one. With the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the mountains in the far distance, Kirribilli House and the navy dockyards, it’s a pretty picturesque background – so don’t forget the picnic.

North Shore Hike
Get your boots on and hit the road. The 10km hike from Spit Bridge to Manly offers stunning bush and ocean views, taking you on a varied walk of secluded little coves and long stretches of coastline. Plan your walk for sunrise or sunset for an extra touch of romance.

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Cockatoo Island
It may not spring to mind as a typical romantic thing to do in Sydney, but a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art offers knock-out views of the harbour and exhibitions from cutting edge artists from around the globe – what’s not magical about that? There are even guided tours of the museum for the die-hard art aficionados. And all at zero cost!

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Cheap and cheerful

Lawn Bowls
No, this isn’t a sport reserved for the retired. The Clovelly Bowling club elevates bowls from a mates’ game to a romantic date for two thanks to the show-stopping views of the ocean. Sure, it’s a casual date option, but throw in a nice glass of bubbles and the day is set for a romantic afternoon in the Sydney sun. One word of advice though; it’s a popular spot, so make a reservation.  

Outdoor cinema
One of the best romantic things to do in Sydney during summer: hit the outdoor cinemas. Centennial Park holds the Moonlight Cinema series, a mixed bag of new releases, cult classics and those old gold favourites we all love. Upgrade your ticket to ‘Gold Grass’ for some nice little extras –a bean bed, waited service, and a prime viewing spot.   

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Kobe Jones Sydney
Come here to taste the Japanese cuisine you thought you knew!  With surprising Western twists, Kobe Jones serves delicate flavour and creative textural combinations. The restaurant also boasts harbour views and a cosy, classy interior.

With all the trimmings of the prohibition-era, this little cocktail bar is the place to go for atmosphere galore. Choose from their hugely extensive cocktail list, and get swept away in the theatre of some of Sydney’s best mixologists. A fun night in a cosy setting. 

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Up the ante

Love is in the air
One of the most romantic things to do in Sydney is to see it from the skies. So if you can brave the heights, head up, up and away Sydney Seaplanes offers daily trips from Rose Bay, heading out over the sea to Bondi Beach and the Eastern Suburbs.

Room with a view
If you really want to pull out all the stops, consider spoiling your loved one with a night at The Shangri La hotel. Choose one of their Harbour-facing rooms and wake up to postcardesque views of Sydney; an unforgetable experience.  

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