I’ve recently been asked for some fun date ideas in Sydney 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.
You’ll find everything from cheap date ideas to anniversary date ideas in this post. Even if you’re just looking for some fun things to do in Sydney with your friends, make sure you read this whole post.
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 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 date ideas in Sydney guide!
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1. Go on a Sydney Tall Ships cruise
Stevo took me out on a tall ships cruise with Sydney Tall Ships and it was honestly one of the best fun date ideas 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.
They also do more tours than the one we went on like an afternoon tea tour and even a laser clay shooting tour.
2. Take a romantic break in Blue Mountains
Check out our guide on 30 romantic ideas for a beautiful weekend in Blue Mountains and not forgetting our favourite hotels that will not only impress, you’ll be booking your next stay in no time! And if you’re into hiking or going to some cracking lookout points, click here.
3. Learn about the stars at Sydney Observatory
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. Experience a Sydney outdoor cinema (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.
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5. Go indoor skydiving in Sydney
Score top points for taking your date indoor skydiving 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 fun date idea in Sydney. Prices start from $89 per person.
Watch our video of our experience at iFly below!
6. Go to the best hot springs in Sydney
A date that will really turn heads is at one of the biggest gems I’ve ever found near Sydney. Although it’s a bit of a drive, Sparadise is an amazing Japanese Bath House. Best of all, it’s only $70 per person. Your date will think you spent $100’s on them for sure!!
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7. Have breakfast with a Koala in Sydney
If you’re up for doing something a bit different, head over to Wild Life Sydney Zoo located in Darling Harbour to eat a beautiful breakfast with your date. The best part is, you’ll get access to the zoo before the crowds arrive. From just $60pp this is a memorable date that will set you up to plan the rest of the day with your date.
8. Go whale watching on a sailing boat in Sydney
We recently went whale watching on a beautiful sailing boat and honestly, it doesn’t get much better. After watching humpback whales come up to our boat for a few hours, we sailed back into Sydney Harbour during sunset and then went for drinks in Darling Harbour. Bring some wine and cheese for the ultimate romantic thing to do in Sydney.
Please note this is not a yearly event, the whale migration takes place from May – November in Sydney.
9. Take a Seaplane or helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour
A 30 minute seaplane flight will take you out from Sydney Harbour and over to Palm Beach. Just wait until you get over to North Head and fly past the cliffs – it’s a sight you won’t forget. This experience costs around $300 but check here to get the best deal.
We loved the helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour. It takes you right over the city and even over the Sydney Harbour Bridge which is an amazing experience in itself. A 20 minute flight will take you right over to Bondi Beach and is cheaper at around $190 pp.
10. Go on a bike tour in Sydney
Want to have some fun in Sydney without having to plan too much? We recommend going on a bike tour which takes 2.5hours as you ride around Darling Harbour, Walsh Bay, Hyde Park and more. The beauty about this experience is you just have to follow other people on the tour so you can take in the views and have fun!
11. Date ideas in Pyrmont
Sounds a bit too specific but Pyrmont is a great part of Sydney to go out on a fun date. We’ve dedicated a whole blog post in showcasing some of the best things to do in Pyrmont from heading out to a pirate pub to catching a burlesque show at the back of a chicken shop.
12. Bring out your inner child
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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. Find one of Sydney’s secret gardens
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Did you know there are some awesome secret gardens right in the middle of Sydney? Best of all you don’t have to spend a cent and your date will think you’re a proper explorer by finding some of these.
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14. Take high tea on the ferris wheel at Luna Park
Who would have thought you can have high tea on the ferris wheel in Sydney? Yep, that’s right, you can now plan an awesome afternoon on Sydney Harbour. Taking place between May – September, this awesome day out costs $80 pp.
15. Hire Bikes out in Centennial Park
Take a stroll up to Centennial Park and hire out a bike for a few hours. I took my other half and went to check it out recently and it was so much fun. The paths are flat meaning you don’t need to be fit and you can wear whatever you want as it’s not a strenuous bike ride.
There’s a few different bikes you can hire such as a tandem, road bikes, and a few others. I picked out this retro looking bike for two hours ($40 total for the both of us) and we stopped off at the restaurant in the park for lunch. The food there was awesome and it’s a gorgeous restaurant! This would be a great way to get to know your date.
16. Go on a ghost tour in Sydney
Might sound a bit lame but a ghost tour around The Rocks is awesome. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night a 90 minute tour takes place that takes you around the historic side of Sydney so you can learn why it’s haunted. Afterwards go for dinner and drinks in the city.
17. Have dinner in the dark in Sydney
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 and looking for some fun date ideas in Sydney, why not check out one of Sydney’s hidden beach gems? We’ve written a whole post featuring the best hidden beaches in Sydney here.
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!
19. Kayak on Sydney Harbour
It doesn’t get more romantic for the adventurers than to kayak along Sydney Harbour. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Sydney, we recommend taking your date on a fun kayak tour. The kayak tour costs around $140 and lasts for 3.5hours.
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!
Want a romantic staycation in Sydney?
If you’re looking for a staycation in Sydney and want to spend the weekend away from your own home without going far, check out some of the best romantic hotels in Sydney below!
Sydney high-end hotel: The Langham $350+
The Langham is not only centrally located but it’s one of the best hotels in Sydney. This stunning hotel is a winner for a romantic weekend in Sydney because, well, just look at that pool!
Sydney mid-range hotel: Sydney Sofitel Darling Harbour $250+
The Sofitel in Darling Harbour is a beautiful hotel with incredible harbour views and a rooftop infinity pool you’ll never want to leave.
Sydney Budget hotel option: Sydney Harbour YHA $135
Now I know you’re thinking YHA? Really? But hear us out on this one.
Sydney Harbour YHA not only has one of the best rooftops in Sydney to enjoy the Sydney Opera House views from, you’ll more than likely get similar views from your room.
For $135 a night to have your own ensuite right in the middle of the city, you can’t go wrong at all. When we stayed here, we got a great sleep and only had to walk up one flight of stairs to watch the sun rise over the Opera House.
Sydney Harbour YHA is a fantastic budget hotel option in Sydney that you’ll wonder you haven’t stayed before.
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