I’ve recently been asked of good places to go on a date and I know if it were me, I’d prefer to go out and do something really fun rather than be constrained to dinner where it can get a bit awkward. I know most women aren’t comfortable eating in front a date anyway so it makes it much easier and an ice-breaker if you’re doing something a bit out of the box rather than a boring dinner. I once took a guy out to Lazer Tag on a date (having grown up with brothers, I used to go all the time) and he absolutely loved it. It makes you stand out and at least makes you memorable. Best of all, doing something different will open up your personality and you’ll find out much quicker if you really get on and want to continue seeing them.
In no particular order here’s my Top 19 fun dates in Sydney guide for you. Hope it helps especially as Valentines Day is coming up! 😉
#1 Sydney Tall Ships Cruise
Circular Quay, Sydney
My boyfriend took me out on a tall ships cruise with Sydney Tall Ships and it was honestly one of the best things I have ever done in Sydney. Leaving at night time in Circular Quay, you’re on this big pirate ship entertained by a guitarist singing songs and free flowing alcohol and canapes for 2 hours before sailing back into the city lights of the harbour. It’s really fun and there are loads of offers always on Groupon to get a cheap deal ($59 per person!). You can even climb the mast as well if you’re feeling adventurous!
#2 Cables Wake Park
Nr Penrith (1 hour out of Sydney)
Why not show your adventurous side and go to Cables Wake Park to spend the day water skiing? A day pass will set you back $79 per person.
#3 Sydney Observatory
Observatory Hill, next to Sydney Harbour Bridge
Spend the night learning all about the stars in a guided tour which takes place from 7pm to 8pm, Tuesday, Friday and some Saturday evenings. During this one hour evening tour you will hear wonderful Indigenous sky stories told by the Aboriginal Astronomy guides under the Sydney Planetarium dome. Also learn how to find south using the Southern Cross and see the emu in the sky. Telescope viewing will follow the planetarium experience. Every tour attempts to view stars, planets or the Moon through a telescope, weather permitting. Best of all it’s just $18 per person!
#4 Outdoor Cinemas (during Summer)
There are so many outdoor cinemas in Sydney during summer but my top picks have to be the Drive In at Blacktown, St George Open Air at Mrs Macquaries Chair and the Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park. Most will set you back around $30 per person.
#5 Indoor Skydiving
Penrith (1 hour drive out of Sydney)
Score top points for taking your date indoor sky diving at iFly Indoor Skydiving. You won’t need to worry about heights as it’s not like you’re throwing your date out of a plane and it will truly be a memorable date. Prices start from $89 per person.
Catch my date review at iFly here
#6 Sports car rental
Dural (34 mins drive north of Sydney)
Why not hire a sports car from Sydney Sports Car Rental (unless you already have one!) and go for a drive down the coast? Good stopping points are Stanwell Tops then head over to The Scarborough Hotel for lunch. It’s got a big beer garden out the back on the cliffs. Ferarri’s start from $900 a day.
#7 Gelato Messina
Bondi / Darlinghurst / Pyrmont
Here’s an easy cheap one. Yep we’ve all heard of the famous Gelato Messina but how many of us have ever been there? Sometimes a date doesn’t need to be elaborate to get the girl/guy to like you. I would love a simple idea like this. Go and get an ice cream and sit in the park. Sorted. Or if you’re there on the weekend when the Surry Hills Markets are on then you’ve killed two birds with one stone as they are just over the road from the ice cream shop in darlinghurst!
#8 Rowing Boats at Audley
Royal National Park (45 mins drive south of Sydney)
When you drive into the Royal National Park, you’ll come to Audley almost straight away. Park up and rent a rowing boat for a couple of hours at the Audley Boatshed. This is a great and romantic way to spend the day with someone. Afterwards you can go for a swim at the beautiful Garie Beach. Prices start from $20 a boat.
#9 Seaplane to Cottage Point / Jonahs
If you want to push the boat out then there’s not much that can top a date on a seaplane to Cottage Point Inn or to Jonah’s restaurants with Sydney By SeaPlane. It is absolutely breathtaking and will be certainly a memorable date to impress. Prices start from $400 per person.
#10 Horse Riding
Glenworth Valley (1 hour drive north of Sydney)
How about getting out of Sydney for the day in just an hour’s drive to the beautiful Glenworth Valley to go Horse Riding? If horse riding isn’t your thing, you can also go abseiling, quad biking and kayaking as well. ($90 per person)
#11 Axe Throwing
Fancy doing something completely random? How about axe throwing at Maniax? It doesn’t get further out of the box than this! You’ll have to book a group session though so bring all yours and your dates mates along. $50 per person min 8 people.
Alexandria / Miranda
Bring out your inner child and go have some FUN on your date. Trampolining at Sky Zone, the world’s first trampolining centre is sure to bring in some laughs with your date. Prices start from $18 per person.
#13 Wendy’s Secret Garden
Lavender Bay, Sydney
This garden is absolutely beautiful and a proper little gem as well. I’d recommend taking a picnic along with you to enjoy the garden. If you’re feeling lazy, you can order a picnic from Sydney Picnic Co.
#14 Dinner on the Ferris Wheel at Luna Park
(Sundays Oct-Mar Only)
I wasn’t going to include any dinner options but this one is a bit outside of the box and it would be fun too! Fancy having dinner on the ferris wheel at Luna Park? This only takes place on Sundays between Oct-March.
#15 Hire Bikes out in Centennial Park
Wonder up to Centennial Park and hire out a bike for a few hours. This would be a great way to get to know your date. From $15 for 1 hour, you can’t go wrong!
#16 Rock Climbing
Another great date which instantly puts trust into the other half is rock climbing at Climb Fit, Sydney’s largest rock climbing centre. From $23 per person, this is a great and awesome way to show your adventurous side.
#17 Dinner In The Dark
Lime and Tonic are hosting a dinner in the dark, a blind folded dinner experience at a secret location. A three course meal will set you back $150.
#18 Check out one of Sydney’s secret beaches
If you have sense of adventure, why not check out one of Sydney’s hidden beach gems? I’ve written a whole post featuring the best hidden beaches in Sydney. Imagine being on a deserted beach, just you and your date. Doesn’t get much better than that! You could also order a picnic to take with you as well if you really want to impress!
Full post on where my hidden Sydney beaches are: 10 Sydney Secret Beaches Not In The Eastern Suburbs
I love the idea of kayaking around Sydney harbour first thing in the morning with Sydney Harbour Kayaks. This would make an awesome date!
So there we have it, 19 fun date ideas in Sydney. I hope I’ve given you guys some creative ideas for your future dates or even just inspiration on things to do in Sydney.
I’d love to hear if you have tried any of these out before, let me know if they turned out to be good dates in the comments below!
I’ve recently written a new post (Feb 2017) called Top 16 Romantic Weekend Getaways From Sydney which is definitely worth checking out for some ideas.
Thanks for reading