From super casual to super fancy, your proposal doesn’t have to be stressful (save that for the actual wedding). We’ve got all kinds of memorable proposals that will knock the god damn socks off your bride or groom to be, so just make sure you take 1000+ snaps, bring plenty of champagne, rose petals and the ring—do not forget the ring.
Horse Riding in Centennial Parklands
What better way to announce your complete and utter love for somebody while on top of a majestic steed, in one of Sydney’s most beautiful parks. No matter your skill level, you can hire a horsey and gallop (more like trot very slowly) around the park. Our hot tip: hit up the horses in the arvo so you can watch the sun set over Sydney city (romantic or what?).
Wendy’s Secret Garden
Pack a picnic, some vino and (the engagement ring) and get on down to Wendy’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay. The public garden is owned by Wendy Whiteley, Brett Whiteley’s wife, who has transformed this space into an immaculately, curated lush AF garden, with harbour and bridge views. The garden is honestly so damn beautiful you’ll 100% definitely be able to get the perfect, engagement snap (for Instagram obvs).
Blue Sky Helicopters
If popping the question on top of the world sounds like the extreme length you’re willing to go to for your lover, a trip with Blue Sky Helicopters is the perfect place to do so. You can choose a 30-minute flight, a city to surf flight, a fly and dine package, or a totally necessary 7-hour Hunter Valley heli-tour. While getting down on one knee might be a tad difficult in a helicopter, the panoramic areal views of Sydney will not disappoint.
Italian Speed Boat
Soooo proposing on an Italian speed boat kind of sounds freaking amazing. Impress your babe on Sydney harbour watching the sunrise or set (or just shine), while digging into a picnic basket and sippin’ on champagne. The Italian speed boat option is a mix of fun, thrill and romance—the ultimate proposal combo.
Pier One is the closest pier to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, so you can imagine the view along it. You can plan the ultimate proposal at Pier One with breathtaking accommodation, two luxe restaurants and private dining and drinking options available. Organise rose petals, French cheese and some wine, all under the Harbour Bridge and BAM your proposal is already going to trump all your other married friends.
You can find the ultimate proposal spot in any of the vineyards and wineries in the Hunter Valley. If you’re partner loves a bit of the ol’ cheese and wine (we mean, who doesn’t), popping a kneel in a row of vines would be the cutest proposal ever, like it’s a yes from us obvs.
Don’t be confused, because a bubble tent is exactly how you imagine it—a huge, clear tent with a bed and bathroom in the shape of a freaking bubble, overlooking rural NSW. You’ll need to book this one in advance because it’s unsurprisingly super popular. Wake up with your fiancé in a secluded 1000 acre property, overlooking a legit unbeatable country view (probably about as romantic as it can get).
Kayaking Beach Picnic
Fool your babe into thinking you’re simply going on a kayak around Manly Wharf, only to kayak to a secluded and hella romantic beach about 30 minutes away. When you arrive at the shore, a picnic set up with rose petals, chocolate and champagne will be waiting for you. Bring on the antipasto boards and seafood platters, followed by an oh-so-adorable “will you marry me?” message in the sand. Yes please!
Lunar Park Ferris Wheel
Asking the big question overlooking Sydney harbour in your own private Ferris Wheel carriage is bound to have your partner saying yes before you’ve even finished your sentence. Night or day, you’ll get city views and plenty of time on the Ferris Wheel to convince your partner on why they should spend eternity with you (no pressure or anything).
Blu Bar Shangri-La
You can totally understand why proposing at Shangri-La’s Blu Bar on the 36th level is a mighty fine idea. Let’s just reiterate that you’ll be 36 stories above errrything. Sip on cocktails overlooking Sydney harbour, and pose that daunting question you’ve been sweating over for the past few hours.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
Face your fears and get into that sexy blue and grey bridge climbing one piece, it’s time to propose, people. You can even bring your own ring onto the bridge itself with the help of their engagement ring device which is still equally as romantic, as you propose at the summit of the bridge, overlooking the Sydney skyline.
If your soon to be fiancé is a bit of a Japanese foodie fanatic (we all know one), heading to Sokyo and proposing after a Wagyu flank steak, sea scallops and fresh sashimi will not disappoint. Sokyo dishes up some of Sydney’s best and finest Japanese food with an impressive cocktail bar too—and being in The Star, you can easily pre-book one of the luxe rooms for the night to pop some champagne and also just endure your food coma together.
You’re not alone if you’ve driven past the Sydney Observatory many a times, but never actually checked it out. Now’s your chance to plan a casual stroll through Sydney’s most iconic hillsides, just when your partner is admiring the harbour view, you sneakily whip out the ring, a rose and a passionate kiss. See, peeps? Easy as pie.
Sydney Harbour Cruise
Hire out a super boujee boat with outdoor lounges to make your day or night oh-so-magical. Many of the boats are BYO with options for food and other drinks too, all while you sit back in the sunshine with your soon to be fiancé. Cue 10,000+ photos.
Lane Cove National Park
Calling all nature loving folk. A proposal can never go wrong in the Lane Cove National Park, surrounded by water, trees, birds and bush. Take a peaceful walk and picnic, or give canoeing a go. Either way—the national park is your ideal casual yet romantic proposal hot-spot.
Feeling pretty damn single right now? We got you.
Image credit: Natalia Horinkova | Blu Bar 36