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30+ things to do on Valentine’s Day in Sydney in 2020

Discover swoon-worthy ideas for the perfect Valentine's Day date.

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There's no better excuse than Valentine's Day (14 February) to surprise that special someone with a romantic gesture.

From candlelit dinners to a sailing trip, we've got a few ideas on how to spend Valentine's Day that are not only exceptional but can be organised up to the wire.

Breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurants for Valentine's Day

Nick's Seafood: Seafood dining experience for two

Nick's Seafood: Seafood dining experience for two 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 two

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  • Adria Bar: Chandon breakfast for two

    Adria Bar: Chandon breakfast for two from RedBalloon

    Start your date with a sumptuous breakfast for two at Chandon and then either while the rest of the day away strolling around the Harbour or with an activity for two.

    • Price: $80 for two

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    BYO beach picnic for two

    BYO beach picnic for two from RedBalloon

    Celebrate Valentine's Day in a different way with this romantic picnic on a secluded beach. Book the date and a ferry will pick you up from Manly and drop you off at a secluded beach where chairs, tables and beach lounges await. All you need to do is bring the picnic.

  • Price: $279 for two

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  • Dinner restaurants for Valentine's Day

    Magistic Cruises: Sydney Harbour dinner cruise

    Magistic Cruises: Sydney Harbour dinner cruise from Experience Oz

    Luxury, views and deluxe cuisine all come together on this ultimate dinner cruise. It includes a three-course meal and three hours of harbour views.

  • Price: $99 per person

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  • Sydney Tower: Buffet lunch or dinner

    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 person

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  • Cyren Bar Grill Seafood: Mediterranean dining experience for two

    Cyren Bar Grill Seafood: Mediterranean dining experience for two from RedBalloon

    Treat them to a three-course meal of Mediterranean delights at Cyren as you drink up the views of the harbour – and the wine.

  • Price: $125 for two

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  • The Meat and Wine Co: Dinner at Barangaroo for two

    The Meat and Wine Co: Dinner at Barangaroo for two 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 three-course meal and the venue's superb service and you'll be wowed by how affordable it is at just $64 per person.

  • Price: $128 for two

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  • Pilu: 5-course degustation at Freshwater for two

    Pilu: 5-course degustation at Freshwater for two 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 five-course Italian degustation for two.

  • Price: $250 for two

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  • Catalina Rose Bay: Lunch or dinner for two

    Catalina Rose Bay: Lunch or dinner for two 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 two

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    Valentine's Day sailing packages on Sydney Harbour

    Valentine's Day sailing packages on Sydney Harbour from AnyBoat

    Choose from a wide variety of romantic sailings or cruises on Valentine's Day. It's the perfect gift for your loved ones.

  • Price: From $75 per person

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  • Sydney BridgeClimb for the ultimate experience

    Sydney BridgeClimb for the ultimate experience from Groupon

    Get to the top of the world with your partner and experience a 440-foot climb with an expert guide.

  • Price: From $174 per person

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  • Les Misérables show ticket

    Les Misérables show ticket from Ticketmaster

    Fan of theatres? Les Miserables is the perfect go-to this Valentine's day. Experience an outstanding and emotional performance about passion and more.

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    Sydney Opera House tour with tasting plate for two

    Sydney Opera House tour with tasting plate for two from RedBalloon

    Explore and learn about Australia's most iconic attraction. It includes sightseeing to the theatres and a delicious tasting plate at the Opera Kitchen.

  • Price: From $174 for two

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  • 2-hour tandem bicycle hire in Manly

    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 hire

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  • Go horseriding in Badgerys Creek

    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 neither of you knows 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 person

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  • Shark Diving at SEA LIFE Aquarium for two

    Shark Diving at SEA LIFE Aquarium for two from RedBalloon

    Take your romance to the extreme and dive deep at SEA LIFE for a shark encouter. A theory class and scuba skill session are included and you'll come in contact with all manner of marine life including grey nurse sharks, seven gill sharks, giant stingrays, sea turtles and hundreds of exotic fish.

  • Price: $598 for two

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  • Self-guided double kayak tour in the Royal National Park

    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 a picnic along to make a full day of it.

  • Price: $110 for a 4-hour kayak hire for 2 people

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  • Taste of Tuscany Italian cooking class with wine

    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 person

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  • Learn how to make chocolate

    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 chockies made from the heart.

  • Price: $150 per person

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  • Hot air balloon ride in Hunter Valley

    Hot air balloon ride in Hunter Valley from Adrenaline

    This one might be a little out of Sydney, but it's that once-in-a-lifetime experience that they'll never forget – especially when you catch that bird's eye view of Hawkesbury Valley.

  • Price: $295 per person

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  • Helicopter scenic flight for two

    Helicopter scenic flight for two from Adrenaline

    Treat your special someone with this 30-minute private helicopter for 2 and be amazed by views of Sydney as well as views of Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Flights depart from Bankstown Airport.

  • Price: $189.50 per person for groups of two

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  • Seaplane romantic beach picnic for two

    Seaplane romantic beach picnic for two 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 two

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  • Hotel packages in Sydney for Valentine's Day

    Rainforest retreat with breakfast and wine

    Rainforest retreat with breakfast and wine from RedBalloon

    Enjoy a 2-night getaway at a creekside cabin surrounded by pristine Australian rainforest where you can take a forest walk or have a glimpse of the local glow-worms.

  • Price: From $1,136 for two

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  • Luxury retreat with breakfast

    Luxury retreat with breakfast from RedBalloon

    Escape out of the city to Mollymook where the bush meets the sea, gourmet dining is serve and a luxury relaxation perfect for Valentine's Day.

  • Price: From $369 for two

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  • Hunter Valley getaway

    Hunter Valley getaway from RedBalloon

    A 2-night getaway at Block Eight Hunter Valley where you can relax on the deck of a secluded vineyard. Package includes an afternoon tea, daily breakfast, 6 bottles of estate-grown wine and more.

  • Price: From $890 for two

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  • Hunter Valley 2- to 3-night stay for 2 with wine plus late check-out

    Hunter Valley 2- to 3-night stay for 2 with wine plus late check-out from Groupon

    Appreciate nature on Valentine's Day with a stay at Hunter Valley Retreat. Enjoy country-style meals and other activities, including horse riding, wine tours, helicopter rides and more.

  • Price: From $169 per person

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  • Mystery getaway with flights for two

    Mystery getaway with flights for two from RedBalloon

    Take travel to a whole new level by not knowing where you're heading! The package includes a quality accommodation, airport transfers and security to ensure peace of mind.

  • Price: From $1,300 for two

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  • Waterfall Springs Retreat: 2- to 3-night stay for 2

    Waterfall Springs Retreat: 2- to 3-night stay for 2 from Groupon

    Treat yourselves with a relaxing luxurious stay at Waterfall Springs Wildlife Sanctuary. With various food options available, animal sightseeing, wineries and more – it's a perfect, unforgettable date for lovers to unwind.

  • Price: From $499

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  • Blue Mountains: 1- to 3-night stay for 2 with breakfast, wine and late check-out

    Blue Mountains: 1- to 3-night stay for 2 with breakfast, wine and late check-out from Groupon

    Take a step to the deep valleys of the Blue Mountains. If you're in for a hike or sightseeing to the magnificent views, this lush valley is the go-to place. Nearby cafes and bookstores are included along with adventurous activities like canyoning, golf and more.

  • Price: From $99

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  • The Langham: Overnight stay for two

    The Langham: Overnight stay for two 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 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: $598

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  • Retro drive-in: Movie plus overnight stay in Blacktown

    Retro drive-in: Movie plus overnight stay in Blacktown from RedBalloon

    Take a step to the left and 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 two

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  • Free things to do on Valentine's Day

    • Have a picnic at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Valentine's Day doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to impress. Pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful city views.
    • Head down to the beach. There's nothing like some fun in the sun and what a better way to spend the day than with some sand and sea.
    • Relax at Bicentennial Park. Take a stroll out west with a visit to the park. Bring some bikes and enjoy the waterfront views.
    • Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Trying to get to know someone? Skip the clichés and take this four-hour (or two-hour) walk while admiring the views (or your special someone).
    • Take a hike. If you're after something more outdoorsy, then why not spend the day taking a hike down through the Blue Mountains.

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