Swoon-worthy ideas for the perfect Valentine's Day date.
There's no better excuse than Valentine's Day (14 February) to surprise that special someone with a romantic gesture.
For foodies, it could be a candlelit dinner, for adventurous souls it could be a sailing trip or for movie lovers it could be a luxe cinema date with champagne.
Whatever brings you together, we've got a few ideas on how to spend Valentine's Day that is not only exceptional but can be organised up-to-the-wire.
What would you like to do this Valentine's Day in Sydney?
Restaurants for Valentine's Day breakfast, brunch or lunch
Seafood dining experience at Nick's Seafood, Darling Harbour for 2 from RedBalloon
Take your better half out on a lunch or dinner date for a feast of fresh seafood and the ultimate waterfront view at Darling Harbour.
Price: $159 for twoView details
Chandon breakfast at Adria Bar for 2 from RedBalloon
Start your date with a sumptuous breakfast for two at Chandon and then either wile the rest of the day away strolling around the Harbour or with an activity for two.
- Price: $80 for two
High tea with sparkling wine for 2 at Boronia House from Groupon
There's no denying the joys of high tea and when it's at Boronia House it's that much more special with its well-groomed gardens and heritage rooms. Block out a long date as you sip on Australian sparkling wines and delight in a selection of sumptuous treats.
Price: $65 for twoView details
Brunch with coffee for 2 at Heritage Bakery and Pizzeria from RedBalloon
This one's perfect if you've only just started dating or don't like making a big fuss over Valentine's Day. It's a casual two-course brunch date surrounded the greenery of Forest Lodge. It also comes up at $25 per person, which is friendly on the wallet.
Cost: $50 for twoView details
7 course Champagne lunch for 2 at Sake from RedBalloon
Want to impress? Love fine dining? Sake has the answer with this 7-course meal at the award-winning Sake Restaurant and Bar. This is your chance to tick it off your list.
Price: $348 for twoView details
BYO beach picnic for 2 from RedBalloon
Celebrate Valentine's Day on a different way with this romantic picnic in a secluded beach. Book the date and a ferry will pick you up from Manly, drop you off at a secluded beach where chairs, tables and beach lounges away. All you need to do is bring the picnic.
Price: $279 for twoView details
Cook your own grill experience for 2 at Stacks Bar from RedBalloon
Show off your cooking skills by grilling your own fresh salmon fillet, Angus steak, prawn skewers and octopus just the way you like it on this lunch or dinner date. It's definitely sure to impress.
Price: $95 for twoView details
Sydney Harbour dinner cruise with Magistic Cruises from Experience Oz
Luxury, views and deluxe cuisine all come together on this ultimate dinner cruise. It includes a 3-course meal, and 3-hours of harbour views.
Price: $99 per personView details
Sydney Tower buffet lunch or dinner from Experience Oz
Be a tourist for the day and marvel over spectacular views of Sydney over lunch or dinner at Sydney Tower Buffet Restaurant. Sure, it's a little cheesy but it's a fun date out on the town.
Price: $60 per personView details
Mediterranean dining experience at Cyren Bar Grill Seafood for 2 from RedBalloon
Treat them to a 3-course meal of Mediterranean delights at Cyren as you drink up the views of the harbour. Oh, and the wine.
Price: $125 for twoView details
Dinner at The Meat and Wine Co, Barangaroo for 2 from RedBalloon
Experience the steakhouse dining of Meat and Wine Co with your loved one in the heart of Barangaroo. They'll be wowed by this scrumptious 3-course meal and the venues superb service and you'll be wowed by how affordable it is at just $64 per person.
Price: $128 for twoView details
5-course degustation at Pilu at Freshwater for 2 from RedBalloon
Make the escape from the 9-5 to the tranquil suburb of Freshwater to dine in the award-winning Pilu at Freshwater. What waits for you and your sweetheart is a 5-course Italian degustation for two.
Price: $250 for twoView details
Seafood platter for 2 at Oceans Dining and Drinks from RedBalloon
Spend the day on the beach tucking into a great selection of oysters, king prawns, scallops, Balmain bugs and lobster a stone's throw from Coogee Beach.
Price: $189 for twoView details
5-course shared Italian Feast at Heritage Bakery and Pizzeria from RedBalloon
Big eaters? Love some hearty Italian grub? This is how your date starts: enjoying a 5-course shared Italian feast at The Tramsheds in Forest Lodge. How it ends is up to you.
Price: $79 for twoView details
Catalina Rose Bay lunch or dinner for 2 from RedBalloon
Skip a day at work or book this one in for a weeknight and settle in for a delicious night of high quality, local seafood in Rose Bay. This isn't available on Valentine's Day but can be used any other weekday in the week.
Price: $240 for twoView details
6-course private at-home dining experience for 2 from RedBalloon
Your S.O. will never see this one coming as you surprise them with an at-home dining experience helmed by your own personal chef. This includes 6-course meal for two and a bottle of wine. The best bit? They'll do all the washing up after.
Cost: $645 for twoView details
Valentine's Day sailing packages on Sydney Harbour from AnyBoat
Choose from wide variety of romantic sailings or cruises on Valentine's Day, perfect gift for your loved ones.
Price: From $75 per personView details
2-hour tandem bicycle hire in Manly from RedBalloon
Three words: Cutest date ever. Hire your two wheels and ride the promenade as you explore Sydney's secluded Collins beach and waterfall, Manly Lagoon and more together.
Price: $50 per hireView details
Go horseriding in Badgerys Creek from Adrenaline
It's the stuff that movies are made of: riding off on horseback with your sweetheart. This is great if one or neither of you know how to ride as you'll get an hour session learning the ins and outs. All skill levels are catered for so if you're more proficient than your other half, that's OK too.
Price: $50 per personView details
Self-Guided Double Kayak Tour in the Royal National Park from RedBalloon
Take a day away from Sydney with this kayaking adventure for two among the natural surroundings of this National Park. Our suggestion? Bring the picnic along to make a full day of it.
Price: $110 for a 4-hour kayak hire for two peopleView details
Taste of Tuscany Italian Cooking Class with Wine from RedBalloon
Hightail it to the Sydney Cooking School in Neutral Bay for a few hours of fun and to skill-up in the kitchen. Together you'll learn the tricks of the trade and whip up authentic Tuscan dishes that are so much more than pizza and pasta.
Price: $135 per personView details
Learn how to make chocolate from Adrenaline
Do this one together or do it for your better half and then surprise them with a box of choccies made from the heart.
Price: $150 per personView details
Hot air balloon ride in the Hawkesbury from Adrenaline
This one might be a little out of Sydney but it's that one in a lifetime that they won't forget soon enough. Especially when you catch that bird's eye view of Hawkesbury Valley.
Price: $295 per personView details
Helicopter scenic flight for 2 from Adrenaline
Treat your special someone with this 30-minute private helicopter for two and be amused by Sydney City view as well as Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Departs from Bankstown Airport.
Price: $189.50 per person for groups of 2View details
Seaplane romantic beach picnic for 2 from RedBalloon
Plan the ultimate surprise with this secret romantic picnic which sees the two of you fly to Palm Beach by seaplane for a gourmet lunch on the sand.
Price: $970 for twoView details
Overnight stay at the luxurious The Langham for 2 from RedBalloon
This is the stuff of Instagram posts. It's a 5-star hotel in Sydney's historic Rocks precinct and is absolutely breathtaking. It's also absolutely screams "Valentine's Day present". Book in a Deluxe City View Room, complete with a welcome bottle of sparkling wine on arrival here.
Price: $598View details
Retro Drive-In Movie Plus Overnight Stay, Blacktown from RedBalloon
Take a step to the left & back in time at Skyline “Happy Days” - styled drive-in and settle in for a movie under the stars in a gold grass deck chair or from the comfort of your own car. This package includes two tickets to the movies, an overnight stay at Atura Blacktown and breakfast the following morning.
Price: $242 for twoView details
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