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Best things to do in Sydney : A destination guide for couples

Sydney is a truly magical city and bursting with ideas and inspiration for a couples to enjoy together. From visiting world famous icons to quiet moments away from the crowds, there is a special activity tailor-made to each and every person’s interests. We have compiled some highlights to fire up your imagination and expand your choices of things to do when you next pay Sydney a visit. Here are 10 of our recommended attractions not to be missed.

Watch a show at the Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is another icon that you will want to take your partner to. Walk around this creative arts centre, take a behind the scenes tour, eat at the café or enjoy a drink at the Opera Bar. From there, take your partner to one of the performances for an experience you will never forget. Choose from opera, ballet, plays, live music, symphonies, comedy, contemporary dance, musical theatre and more! In the summer, there are even outdoor performances.

Romantic weekends in the Blue Mountains

If you visit Sydney, you want to make sure that you leave enough time to visit the Blue Mountains, a spectacular region about 2 hours west of the city. The world heritage listed region is full of great things to see and do. The main tourist town, Katoomba is full of old vintage shops and rich history. Spend the day walking through the streets and enjoy high tea at Bygone Beautys. Take the Blue Mountains Explorer to the best spots and learn about the region with the commentary. View the three sisters rock formation, enjoy an aboriginal performance and art at the Waradah Centre or have a thrilling adventure at Scenic World. For a romantic afternoon, take a stroll through the beautiful gardens of the Everglades or take a scenic drive to the stunning Jenolan Caves. With so much to see and do in the Blue Mountains, it is the perfect getaway for just the two of you.

Sydney Tower Eye & skywalk

Take your date to new heights by venturing to the top of the Sydney Tower Eye. At 250-metres above sea level, the tower offers a 360-degree view of Sydney and its surrounds. If you are feeling daring you can sign up for the Skywalk, Sydney’s highest outdoor adventure. Talk a walk outside at 268 meters above the streets of Sydney. Step out onto the clouds as you venture across the glass-floor viewing platform for unique 360 degree views over Sydney.

Road trip to Palm Beach

If you enjoy coastal walks, surfing, paddle boarding, fishing and incredible scenery then Palm Beach, north of Sydney is an excellent place to visit. Just an hour’s drive from the centre of Sydney, Palm Beach is not only home to the city’s most northerly stretch of beach but known for the location of Australia’s favourite TV show – Home and Away. Visit the famous café, The Boathouse, on the Pittwater and go stand up paddle boarding after. Follow a scenic trail to the historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse and experience incredible views. It’s the perfect Sunday afternoon leisure activity.

Sydney Harbour events

One of the best and most romantic things to do in Sydney is to spend time on the harbour. This gorgeous meandering waterway is a scenic playground for Sydneysiders. The harbour hosts national parks, historic sites and hundreds of kilometers of shoreline. Experience the harbour by a hop on hop off cruise. These will take you through the harbour and various iconic stops along the way such as Darling Harbour, Luna Park, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo. Stop at Fort Denison and Garden Island for a slice of history on the way. Have a picnic at Shark Island. Enjoy the remarkable scenery and relaxed atmospheres of Watsons Bay and Manly. Alternatively, you can enjoy a regular cruise without stops.

Complete the Royal National Park coastal walk

The Royal National Park is Sydney’s oldest national park and is a treat for anyone who visits. It offers a coastal walk stretching from Bundeena to Otford. The full walk is 26 km and it is recommended to complete it over 2 days. Take the train from the city to Cronulla Station. From there you can catch the ferry to Bundeena. On the coastal walk, you will experience the Jibbon Aboriginal carvings, can swim with a waterfall at Wattamolla, experience Wedding Cake Rock and Marley Beach, waterfalls spilling into the ocean, Eagle Rock, Garie Beach, the Figure Eight Pools, the rainforest, and sweeping views of Wollongong and the south coast. There are campsites to stay in overnight but must be booked in advance. From Otford, you can catch the train back to the city.

Whale watching

One of the most magical aspects of Australia’s east coast is whale season. From May to November, you can see the whales make their way up north from Antarctica to Queensland and then back down south again. Sometimes you can even see the whales from the beach. Popular viewpoints to see the whales for free include the headlands such as North Head in Manly or along the Coastal Walk of the Royal National Park. Look out for the infamous white whale named Migaloo; the locals get excited about who can spot this rare whale first! You can also go whale watching boat for an experience for a close-up experience on the water.

Seaside adventures in Shoalhaven

Just 3 hours south of Sydney, you will find the unspoilt Shoalhaven region and Jervis Bay. Drive through the quaint small town of Berry and stop at one of the many wineries along the way to taste award-winning wines. Have a swim at Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay, which boasts pristine, white sand and crystal clear water. There is also plenty of hiking in the region’s national parks. Visit Point Perpendicular Lighthouse or go whale watching! If you and your partner feel like getting away from the city and want to get back to nature with the ocean and national parks, this destination is for you.

Wine and Cheese Tasting in The Hunter Valley

Tired of city life and craving the fresh, open air for quality time with your loved one? Flock to Hunter Valley to sample delightful locally produced wines, cheeses, and chocolate in a serene and tranquil setting. Ideal for travelling couples on routine explorations or a special occasion, the windy tracks that lead to the hundreds of cellar doors each offering unique insights into wine making and wine appreciation. Tours in this part of New South Wales are diverse, providing memorable experiences and individual perspectives on world class wines. You can book up in advance or simply turn up on the day – take it as it comes. Purchasing products at vineyards is optional, the experience of being up close with nature is a luxury in itself.

Hover high above Sydney by helicopter

See Sydney from a unique perspective and elevate your travel experience to the next level with one of the many privately chartered helicopter tours available. Whether you’re planning a secret trip for your partner or simply want to satisfy your curiosity for aerial adventure, this activity will make your day. Looking down upon one of Australia’s most diverse and culturally rich landscapes from way up high is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so grab it while you’re here.
Your helicopter tour will cover all the main iconic landmarks of Sydney, allowing you to capture some exceptional angles of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, winding coastline, and the open waters whilst your guide provides commentary about each of these famous features and more. Bring your camera and make it a moment to cherish forever. Tours are open to all comers and operate daily depending on weather conditions.

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