The season of love hearts, roses and romance is upon us again. It’s safe to say that planning a unique Valentine’s Day can be even more stressful than planning your perfect first date. In case you’re still scrambling for ideas, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you make the day extra special. From fun to the romantic and everything else in between, and not just for sweethearts, there are a bunch of exciting events taking over Sydney in and around Valentine’s Day.
1. Enjoy dinner with a view at Q Dining
If food is the way to your significant lover’s heart, you’ll want to keep Q Dining on your radar. Head Chef, Steven Hartert has curated a 4-course menu that’s bound to impress, complete with a glass of Moët champagne on arrival for $125pp. You can also enjoy gorgeous views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House at the harbourside restaurant. Snag a spot here.
2. Go on a private Valentine’s Day Skywalk
Sydney Tower Eye’s Skywalk sessions are back and if you want to do something truly memorable for Valentine’s Day, look no further. In these exclusive Skywalk sessions, lovebirds can take to the sky, 268 metres above the city. During the 45-minute tour, you can enjoy the ultimate birds-eye view of Sydney’s iconic landmarks, including Sydney Harbour, Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Hyde Park. Book a spot here.
3. Do a romantic Paint & Sip session together
The perfect artsy date if you’re looking to get away from the city. The picturesque Camden Valley Inn, just an hour south of Sydney is hosting an outdoor Paint & Sip session. The Valentine’s Day edition includes a 3-hour guided painting session and a cocktail on arrival. Book your tickets here.
Can’t get away from work on Valentine’s Day? There’s a super romantic Candlelight Concert happening on Friday, February 17. The Grand Lodge will glow in the light of hundreds of candles for a romantic evening of love songs. Featuring a tribute to Coldplay, this multi-sensory musical experience is sure to impress.
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. Send a dreamy flower bouquet from Fig and Bloom
You can’t go wrong with flowers and wine. French Rosé brand Maison Mirabeau has joined hands with Fig and Bloom Florists to create a lovely bouquet of pink roses, including a 700ml bottle of Maison Mirabeau Dry Rosé Gin and a specially branded wine glass. You can purchase it on the Fig & Bloom website.
Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with a cruise on Sydney Harbour. It’s the perfect way to view some of the most iconic sights of Sydney and charm your partner at the same time. From sightseeing with a fancy lunch to boozy parties, there’s heaps of options tailored for every occasion. Find your perfect pick here.
9. Book a romantic getaway with Airbnb
Want to get away from it all for a bit? Airbnb has you covered. From secluded sites surrounded by the Australian bush in Erina to beautiful coastal cottages in Long Jetty, impress your partner with one of these dreamy yet affordable stays. Head here and book a stay!
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 and dazzling 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.
12. Watch a movie under the stars on Valentine’s Day
For something fun and casual, head to one of Sydney’s many open-air cinemas on Valentine’s Day. These cinemas are also bringing a unique spin for the big day with some classic romantic movie screenings lined up. Get charmed by Notting Hill and The Notebook with Moonlight Cinema or head to Westpac Open-Air Cinema to catch a screening of Shekhar Kapur’s What’s Love Got to Do with It?
13. Book a romantic glamping adventure
NSW is full of romantic and sufficiently secluded glamping experiences. From serene beachfront locations to dreamy domes, pick from one of these brilliant glamping sites for some quality time with your love.
14. Sketch a male model IRL at Forrester’s
Spending Valentine’s Day alone? Show yourself and your friends some love and head down to Forrester’s for a truly fun day out. The Surry Hills watering hole is hosting a one-hour nude life drawing class with two hours of bottomless Prosecco and a selection of canapés. Book your tickets here.
15. Have a luxury dining experience at Botswana Butchery
Indulge your food cravings at Botswana Butchery with an indulgent 4-course menu featuring some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes for $160pp. There are also options to add upgrades such as Perrier Jouet champagne, oysters caviar bumps and more. Book a table here.