Valentine’s Day is nearing and love hearts, roses and candles are seemingly everywhere. Reservations for date nights, romantic excursions and sweet escapes are quickly being snapped up, but there are still a number of potential plans floating about. From fun to the romantic and everything else in between, and not just for sweethearts either, we’ve compiled a list of unique V-day plans you can enjoy: some on Valentine’s Day, and some around that time (just in case you’re busy on the 14th).
Make the most of the occasion with whoever you want: a boyfriend or girlfriend, a wife or husband, a best friend or even with yourself because if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else?
Together with cellist Ezmi Pepper and powerhouse singer Reigan Derry, the supremely-talented pianist Van-Anh Nguyen will fill the air with the sounds of some of history’s most romantic works. From Chopin through Piazzolla to Elvis and Whitney Houston, the stunning Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace will welcome a breathtaking program of romantic, sweet and starry-eyed songs on Valentine’s Day Eve.
On just for two days on February 13 and 14, this unique date idea allows you to experience the aquarium in a whole new light. With exclusive after hours access, glowing jellies and a candlelit setting, it’s the perfect dreamy evening.
The private dining experience includes a three-course meal, a drinks package and romantic music in six cosy dining locations. Get your tickets here.
Looking for unique Valentine’s Day plans? Escape the ordinary and explore Nature Illuminated — a botanical extravaganza at Sydney’s Chinese Garden of Friendship. You’ll go on a journey through summer, winter, autumn and spring with a series of enchanting light displays that enhance the serenity of nature and the gardens for an otherworldly experience. And with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons sounding throughout the evening, your time in the gardens will be lovely—no matter who you are with.
In the week leading up the Valentine’s Day, St. Stephen’s Uniting Church will glow in the light of hundreds of candles for a romantic evening of love songs. Featuring classical masterpieces as well as contemporary classics, Van-Anh and Ezmi Pepper will work their wonders to enhance the dreamy atmosphere and whisk you away.
The night sky is our common heritage, but how well do you know it? With an astrophysicist as your guide, this stargazing and storytelling experience in the foothills of the Blue Mountains will show you the night sky as you’ve never seen it before. If you’re thinking of date night, then show your partner the stars and how much they mean to you with this celestial experience.
6. Go on a private Skywalk on Sydney’s tallest building
Sydney Tower Eye has introduced private Skywalk sessions on Sydney’s tallest building for a truly unforgettable date night for you and your significant other.
The private Skywalk sessions are available for 3 days only from Saturday, February 12 to Monday, February 14 and will set you back $300 per couple. Imagine being on top of the world with the love of your life. Sleepless in Seattle, anyone?
Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale comes to life in Sydney at SEA LIFE Aquarium complete with cocktails, theatrical performance and a cast of hundreds of fish, sharks, turtles, moon jellies and glowing corals. This fantastic 90-minute underwater experience is now on but tickets are being snapped up fast. If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day plans, this one is as dazzling as it gets.
The Great Synagogue in Sydney is believed to be Australia’s most beautiful; with its stunning stained glass windows, intricate tilework and star-studded ceiling, it’s hard to disagree. On the Wednesday following Valentine’s Day, it will be the scene for two multi-award-winning and globally recognised classical soloists—cellist Umberto Clerici and pianist Konstantin Shamray—to perform the great musical romanticism of Rachmaninov and Bruch.
Valentine’s Day plans usually include red wine, chocolate, expensive gifts and all that jazz. But if you’re stuck in a rut and want to flip things around, the Wild Life Sydney Zoo has an equally fun experience up its sleeve. Indulge in a romantic paint and sip experience at Koala Rooftop surrounded by adorable and cuddly koalas and bottomless drinks.
Spots are limited so snag your tickets here before they sell out.
11. Feel the beat at Sundaze
With Valentine’s Day on Monday, why not enjoy a sunny Sunday afternoon at a rooftop bar with quality music pumping through the speakers. You could do a little seat boogie, or nod your head to the beat, at Blueprint’s Sundaze Rooftop Party at Barangaroo House in between cocktail sips and tasty bites.
For some, love is all about food. And what says love more than a bowl of pasta?
On both Saturdays and Sundays, Giuls in Surry Hills serves up a three-course Italian feast for two to wine and dine. From starters to dessert, your palate will be in Tuscany and your stomachs will be full. Your Valentine’s Day plans will be filled with good food and good vibes, just how it should be.
Try something a little risqué for your Valentine’s Day plans this year. Hugely popular for its unique setting and dreamy ambience, The Magician’s Cabaret has a new Friday night show that’s a three-hour and six-act burlesque extravaganza. The Underground Burlesque Experience, complete with secret tunnel entry and complimentary aphrodisiac, explores the art form, from the seductive striptease to the stinging satire.
If Friday night is no can do for a Valentine’s date but you’re still keen on a show, then The Magician’s Cabaret has got you covered with a mouth-watering meal in a stunning candlelit setting plus show. Just as Picasso proclaimed, At last I have come into a dreamland, so you will as well when the final act featuring the famous Parisian showgirls entertains and enthralls.
Vivacious voyeurs are in for a treat this month with a special Valentine’s edition where the show’s minacious ring mistress orchestrates her favourite freak showgirls, sexy circus acts and perturbing carnal displays for all to enjoy.
Clad in leather and lingerie, feathers and sparkles, you’ll see its stars perform fire-eating tricks, aerial feats, acts with nails and swords, as well as fetish burlesque and even more custom freak show antics.
16. Dine in the dark
An experience that’s been backed by psychologists as an ‘amplified’ way to enjoy food, Dining In The Dark elevates your meal to a whole new level. It’s also a heap of fun and guaranteed laughs as you fumble for your fork and food on your plate. But once you’ve figured out how to eat, the flavours pop and your food just doesn’t taste the same. Add this to your Valentine’s Day plans for something unique.
17. This one’s for the lovers of gin
Gin & Din: A Cocktail Dinner Degustation at Beast & Co. is pairing five plates of tasty food with five Bombay gin cocktails. The combination is bound to excite gin lovers and have you leaving the Surry Hills restaurant a little woozy. Invite along a friend or partner in crime to help each other home.
Soul and RnB has been blessed by songstresses that have enchanted generations with their voices. You can pay tribute to the greats at The Magician’s Cabaret on a Thursday nights down in the underground bar where Sydney’s songstresses will serenade with a selection of hits from Erykah Badu, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and more.
One way to have a good time is to drink Margaritas; that’s exactly what you’ll be doing at Beast & Co.’s bottomless Margarita brunch. But, you’ll also get mimosas, beers and wines to go with a sharing menu loaded with beef tartare, roasted cabbage, mushroom risotto and chicken liver pate before your choice of main.
Hawkesbury is known as the apple capital of Australia and Southern Highlands is the closest wine-making region to Sydney. Both are stunning regions to explore, which you can do on a Farmgate Adventure for a full day of fun that culminates in a roast dinner.
You’ll get to meet growers, farmers and producers, and hear about all the local farming practices and sustainability initiatives while on your day out and about the countryside.
21. Dive into The Foxhole for whiskey and gin tastings
The Fox Hole, like a fox hole, is unpretentious, cosy and snug as. With over 100 gins and close to 50 whiskies on the shelves behind the bar plus gin high tea plans, your Valentine’s Day plans will be filled with tales and your favourite drinks.
22. Taste sustainable living in the Southern Highlands
Home to quaint country towns and villages with plenty of charm and waterfalls to chase as well as national parks to explore, the Southern Highlands is a romantic escape waiting to happen. Tractorless Vineyard is inviting you to come on down for a visit to their vineyard or cellar door at The Mill Courtyard and get a taste of what they’ve sustainably been making.