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Some ways to spend this Valentine's Day in Sydney

A run-down of romantic things to do on February 14

Pic: @samyeldham via Instagram

1. A Harbour Walk

We've come up with a list of things to do around Sydney this Valentine's Day. Coming in at number one is a walk around the dazzling Sydney Harbour.

Blackwattle Bay is a quiet spot with stunning view of the Anzac Bridge, while The Royal Botanic Garden boasts amazing plants and trees with a view of the iconic Opera House and Bridge.

Why we like it: If you run out of things to talk about on your date, you can always discuss how beautiful the sunset is.

Image: City to Manly Ferry, Destination NSW, 2024

2. Get physical on the water

Feeling a bit more adventurous? There are a variety of ways to get onto the Harbour, from kayaking to stand-up paddleboarding or swimming. Left your date-planning to the last minute? Hop on a Sydney ferry and let the gasping ensue.

Why we like it: A great excuse to get on the water!

Image: Milky Way, Getty Images 2024

3. Watch the stars

Gaze at the solar system alongside your significant other at Sydney Observatory.

Why we like it: You could study up on some stars and constellations and impress your date with your new knowledge of astronomy.

Sydney Theatre Company's A Fool in Love opens February 14. A romantic comedy, written by award-winning author, playwright and social commentator Van Badham, will have its world premiere at Wharf 1 Theatre. Image: Daniel Boud, 2024

4. Take in some theatre

Get dolled up and take your date to see a show. Bonus points if you head to one of Sydney’s most atmospheric venues, like the State Theatre, Sydney Opera House or City Recital Hall. See what’s on.

Why we like it: You don't have to try to keep the conversation going all evening.

Bridge Street, Sydney - 12th March 2018. Installation of public artwork The Distance of your Heart. The City of Sydney commissioned artwork is made up of over 60 delicate handmade bronze bird sculptures designed by acclaimed British artist Tracey Emin. (Photo by Katherine Griffiths/City of Sydney).

5. Take a culture walk

Don’t just see the sights: learn about Sydney’s public art and history while you do so. Our free Culture Walks app offers a unique insight into our city. Download now.

Why we like it: A great way to debate which art you each like or dislike and get to know your date a little more.

Image: AP Bakery

6. Baked goods

Some people like recieving flowers on Valentines Day. And others prefer delicious, delicious pastries and crossiants. From AP Bakery, Flour and Stone, Bourke Street Bakery, Humble, Brickfields or Shadow Bakery, butter-baked goods may melt their heart.

Why we like it: Your date could last just one crossiant or you could spend the whole day ordering one of everything.

Image: Potts Point Bookstore

7. Have a date with yourself

What's more 2024 that a bit of self love? Take yourself to the cinema, book a table for one, spend some time reading in a book shop or your local library.

You can even catch up on our biggest reading trends of 2023.

Why we like it: Experiencing the city by yourself is a whole new way to see Sydney, you might notice things you haven't before.

Image: Courtesy of Golden Age Bar, Surry Hills, 2024

8. Make new friends

Ready to mingle? You could get cozy at one of Sydney's small bars Dear Saint Eloise, Cantina OK!, Eau de vie, Catterpillar Club for some jazz or Golden Age Bar for a film.

Photo: Antenna Documentary Film Festival, 2024
Or book a ticket to Antenna Documentary festival and discuss the film with audience members afterwards.

Why we like it: It's adventurous to head out by yourself, who knows who you might meet!

Did we miss something? Share your date ideas on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, or tag #SydneyLocal.

Header image: Sam Yeldham

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