Sydney’s Best Outdoor Date Ideas

By Jessica Best
25th Oct 2016

best outdoor dates in sydney

It’s time to get out amongst the oxygen lovers, because we there’s only sooooo many movie dates we can handle.

We’re here to tell you that love is not dead yet. And nothing says romance more than a well-thought out picnic (with dessert) or glamping on Sydney’s famous Cockatoo island, with a glass of wine in hand and a damn good sunset.

If your summer dating repertoire needs a bit of an update, we got you. We hold the key to making your relationship last, with the very best outdoor date ideas for when Sydney’s weather is too nice for Netflix and Chill.

Hire A Boat At The Audley Boatshed, Royal National Park

Give us a nice old fashioned rowing boat, a picturesque creek, Ryan Gosling and boom. You’ve recreated the perfect scene for romance straight from The Notebook. Ok, let’s be honest. We can’t promise you that Audley Boatshed will have any Ryan Gosling’s for rent (though that would be nice) but they definitely have the scenery and boats going for them. And seriously, the views are breathtaking.

Picnic In The Sun

Picture this. The green expanse of Centennial Park. A checkered picnic rug. Your significant other. Cheese. Wine. Chocolate. And if that sounds like too much to prepare, (let’s be real, some of us can’t even make toast), grab yourself an epic take away picnic hamper (you can also pick up some cider) from Centennial Parklands Kiosk, or have a change of scenery and grab a basket from Hotel Palisade at Barangaroo.

Take A Dip At Secluded Whale Beach

Drive yourself to the northern beaches and spend the day exploring. Whether you decide to hike-up the beautiful surroundings, swim and chill out on the sand or venture for a snack or two, it’s a small slice of coastline paradise perfect for an outdoor date.

Camping At Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island is the ultimate outdoor date right in the middle of the harbour. With amazing views, whether you choose to go back to basics in the camping grounds or luxe up your life with a night of glamping, there’s no doubt this is a sweet spot to spend with your special other.

Watch The Sunset At Coogee Beach

Watching the sunset isn’t just for when you’re on vacation. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Sydney skies present some epic end-of-the-day celebrations (no filters needed). And if you’re keen on catching the full bonanza, Coogee Beach is the best theatre to snuggle in at.

The Rose Bay to Watson’s Bay Walk

Nothing screams cute more than a harbourside walk and the Rose Bay to Watson’s Bay foreshore route is as scenic as they get. You can stroll past hidden coves, views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, patches of rainforest and perfect picnic areas. You’ll finish at the foodie precinct of Watson’s Bay and we all know the best way to finish a trek is with a food-induced coma.

Rent A Boat On Sydney Harbour With CCA Boat Hire

We’re not all savvy enough to score a boat license but that doesn’t mean renting a boat isn’t an option for a cute date around the harbour. The crew at CCA Boat Hire make it super easy to hit up a dinghy (of the luxurious kind) for a few hours to sightsee, swim, fish and (ahem) explore.

Dinner On The Ferris Wheel At Luna Park

We’ve saved the best for last. You’ll literally reach new heights on this dinner date. For first class dining under the skies, you can now book a private Ferris Wheel Carriage at Luna Park. With guaranteed incredible views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge you’ll score a three-course menu with matching wines. We suggest sussing out whether your date can do heights or not before you lock this one in.

Want more places to go glamping in Sydney? Check this out.

Image credit: Gabrielle Stjernqvist

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