Fun Date Ideas in Sydney That Are Guaranteed to Impress
Move over dinner and a movie, these are the fun date ideas in Sydney that will take your date night to the next level!
Whether it’s a first date, you’ve been dating for two decades or you're looking for a little Valentine's Day inspo, finding a romantic place or coming up with fun date ideas to impress both yourself and your other half can prove trickier than you might think. But if relationships have taught us anything, it’s to compromise, and sometimes that requires surprising your partner with a game of boozy mini-golf or a romantic pop-up picnic.
So, whether you’re celebrating a birthday, an anniversary or your regular weekly date night, these cute date ideas in Sydney (and surrounds) are guaranteed to shake things up. There’s everything from high-octane dates to quiet city escapes for the more sensitive (or exhausted) soul. Read on for the most fun date ideas in Sydney.
Get a Coastal Picnic Delivered
For a fuss-free sojourn on the south coast, head to any of these locations and The Imperial will pack a picnic and deliver it to you. How good is that?! We all know the best date ideas are the easy-peasy ones. The picnics are very reasonably priced with the options consisting of the graze away hamper, sweet treat hamper and seafood feast hamper. If you've had the delight of dining at The Imperial Clifton, you'll know their food is top-notch so you can't go wrong. Shoddy weather? Dining in is just as divine.
Helensburgh to Thirroul
Get Hot And Sweaty
Heat things up in a different way with a Rimba Sweat infrared sauna sesh. Opt for the Zen suite which is made for two or go for Sydney's first-ever 'contrast therapy' experience in the Remedy Room which features a custom-made traditional Finnish sauna, two ice baths and pail shower all in the same room. By alternating between hot and cold you receive an incredible sense of euphoria and energy.
212 Pittwater Road, Manly
Team up with your boo for a session of tension-relieving axe throwing at Maniax’s “date night” event, which culminates in a mini-tournament where you compete against your partner and then other couples for ultimate axe-throwing glory. If you’re looking for something unconventional, it’s definitely the most high-octane bonding method around.
9-11 Jabez Street, Marrickville
Battle It Out At An Arcade
Think arcade-meets-bar at this date-friendly hangout. Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq has everything from classic arcade games to virtual reality experiences to keep your date night fun and action-packed. With delicious bites and liquid courage on hand to keep you match-ready, let your bowling prowess and bumper car hustle flaw your date.
75 O'Riordan Street, Alexandria
Enjoy a Gourmet Night In
Fancy staying in but want to dine on the best? Score culinary gems delivered to your door thanks to Providoor. Browse their full menu here and plan the at-home meal to rule them all. Gary Mehigan's Moroccan lamb tagine, Matt Preston's juicy mushroom burger and Anna Polyviou's white chocolate cheesecake are just a few of the delights on offer. All you have to do is place your order, sit tight, plate up and dig in. Pop on a movie and you're set for the date of dreams.
Designed and built by owners Jenny and Peter Guest, Guestlands is a Mediterranean paradise just 40 minutes from Sydney. This undeniably romantic overnight date idea in Sydney will throw you into the deep end of an Italian-inspired medieval-style village where cobblestoned streets run beneath fairy lights through sunset-hued houses. At the end of the winding path, you’ll find a beautifully manicured European garden with a sky-blue pool, tree-lined colonnades and benches and quiet corners for romantic moments. Spend some quality time or book the entire estate for an epic double date and enjoy self-serve breakfast, complimentary mini-bar treats and a daily happy hour with free vinos and antipasto. Step into the on-site wine bar, enjoy a private dinner at La Trattoria or fire up a wood-fired pizza oven.
Guestlands, 10 Blacks Road, Arcadia
For creatives and art lovers, the MCA provides the perfect date setting. Open till 5 pm each day (except Monday), you can lock in a day date to appreciate the latest exhibitions. Over summer, the MCA stays open after 5 pm on Fridays with their free, live music series Sounds on the Terrace. Once you have had your artistic fix, retire to the rooftop for sweet sounds and libations.
140 George Street, The Rocks
There’s no better way to get educated than with a lesson at the Sydney Wine Centre. Offering regular events and tastings, look out for their next cheese and wine pairing event or sign up for their one-day wine appreciation course. Finishing up late afternoon, head straight to dinner with your new-found wine knowledge and your lover, of course.
Level 1/119 Harris Street, Pyrmont
Take Your Love to New Heights
A private Skywalk at The Sydney Tower Eye with your loved one is just the thing to get your heart racing. The tour includes a personal guided 60-minute walk around the Observation Deck which drinks in unparalleled views of Sydney from above, and a 4D cinema pre-show experience to get you excited.
100 Market Street, Sydney
An Italian cooking class screams romantic, so next time you're stuck for date ideas in Sydney, book in with Maccheroni. You'll be able to vote between arancini, fresh pasta or gnocchi when you book your tickets (majority rules). The intimate group of six is nice and intimate and creates a relaxed vibe to your date. Your ticket price scores you your class, an I Maccheroni tote bag, limoncello and a recipe card!
Saturdays, 11am and 2pm
3 Jersey Road, Woollahra
Dinner & a Movie… with a Difference
Govinda’s has long been a favoured date spot for those in the know – and now you do too. This non-profit restaurant and theatre offer an all-in-one package that starts with a lavish feast of vegetarian Indian cuisine followed by a movie in their bohemian cinema, where you can take your shoes off and snuggle into comfy lie-down cushion beds as the lights go down.
112 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Try something Nauti(cal)
Sydney By Sail organises trips around the stunning harbour with your partner so you can take in all the views the harbour has to offer. Step it up a notch with their Romance Bed & Breakfast Cruise, which includes a 2-hour harbour sail, gourmet food platters, and a breakfast basket for you to nibble on as you wake up on the shimmering waters of the harbour.
2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
Paint a Masterpiece
Prepare to harness your inner Picasso – Cork & Chroma combine painting and wine for the ultimate art night out. Budding artists will be given step-by-step instructions, so no matter what your level, we guarantee you’ll be walking away with a completed masterpiece by the end of the night. The best part is that you can BYO booze and drink it throughout the lesson. How's that for a fun date night out in Sydney?
St Leonards & Surry Hills
Blend Your Own Gin
Impress your date by blending your own gin at Archie Rose. Known for their range of award-winning spirits, upgrade your G&T and book into their blending class where you explore the world of botanicals. The best part, you get to take home your creations. After the class make your way to the bar and compare your blend with the house.
The Cannery, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
For an out-of-the-box date night, book an Escape room experience. The general idea is that you're locked in a room and fed clues so you can get out. Next Level Escape in CBD has two themes, The Artefact and Ex Libris is the perfect date for crime show lovers and puzzle solvers, while Newtown's The Cipher Room has different scenarios that require you to solve a mystery and is great for a group date.
Next Level Escape: Lower Ground, 23 O’Connell St Sydney
The Cipher Room: Newtown & St Peters
Go all out for your next date night with a romantic Sydney staycation. The heritage-listed former Paramount Pictures building offers a fresh take on luxury digs, with 29 rooms ranging from ‘nook’, ‘everyday’, ‘sunny’, ‘loft and ‘mack daddy’, and naturally, the slick interiors fit in with the vibe of Surry Hills; hip and soulful. Right next door are Golden Age Cinema and Paramount Coffee Project, with a recreation club for active couples and a stylish rooftop bar on the premises. Another four reasons to lock in an unforgettable date night that continues into the next morning.
80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
If you and your partner are competitive, then look no further than Holey Moley. This Happy Gilmore-approved mini golf course is sure to bring out the big kid in you and your date.
Grab your clubs and make your way around the 18 pop-reference-themed holes. Drinking on the job may affect your aim, but at least you’ll have fun doing it, right? Order the ‘Sugar Caddy’ topped with a candy kebab. If golf isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other gimmicks to see you through the night, like retro arcade games and karaoke.
Castle Hill, Chatswood, Newtown, North Strathfield and Potts Point
Bring out your inner Demi Moore (Ghost, anyone?) at The Pottery Shed. Offering beginner classes that cover everything from throwing, trimming and glazing in three, two-hour sessions, you will be sculpting Ghost-style in no time! Once you have mastered that you can book either for a returning student session or join one of the weekly masterclasses, because as we all know- couples that hobby together, stay together.
7 Nickson Street, Surry Hills