The ultimate couple's getaway itinerary for Sydney
Planning a romantic weekend in Sydney? Here are the best places to wine, dine and indulge.
- April 2019
Romantic restaurants, sexy rooftop bars and beautiful walks (where you’ll likely find the perfect picnic spot) – what more could you want from a couple’s weekend away? Here’s how to do Sydney as a couple, according to local travel bloggers Calvin Ng and Karen Ng.
Find a secret beach
If you’re up for an adventure, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, just 35 kilometres north of the city, lets you disappear into real Aussie bush. The Resolute Track to the secluded, emerald swim spot at Resolute Beach is a good option for couples, as it’s very likely you’ll have it all to yourselves. Keep an eye out for incredible Indigenous cave paintings and engravings along the way (WildWalks has detailed route maps). It’s not a hard walk but you do need to pack food and water.
Head up to a rooftop bar for sunset
Nowhere does sundowners like Sydney. At Zephyr, the sexy rooftop bar at the Hyatt Regency, bartender alchemists mix up inventions like a shareable rum, apricot and pineapple-charged Fire and Ice cocktail served in a flaming volcano bowl – perfect as the sun slips behind the Darling Harbour skyline. For a laid-back local tinnie, hit the roof terrace at The East Village in Darlinghurst – it feels like a tropical backyard with a view of Sydney Tower and the city.
Book a couple’s spa treatment
For indulging in serious us-time, On the Park Rejuvenation Day Spa at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park is next level. The Thalgo skin and body treatments are heaven and the couples’ treatment suite has stunning views across Hyde Park to Saint Mary’s Cathedral. Non-hotel guests can purchase a day pass, which includes access to all facilities.
Go on a dinner date
Go beneath the skyscrapers of the CBD to basement French restaurant Hubert, where scarlet curtains and candlelight ramp up the romance. The suave service and dazzling food – think marbled local beef with Burgundy butter and sweet onion gratin with kimchi – ensure an unforgettable meal. For a more relaxed vibe, Saint George offers a European wine bar-style experience with inventive food.
Do the Federation Cliff Walk
People will tell you about the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk and they’re right – it’s beautiful. But it gets crowded. Instead, lose yourself on the Federation Cliff Walk, a seven-kilometre trek north from Bondi Beach around huge sandstone cliffs, dramatic ocean lookouts and the Macquarie Lighthouse – Australia’s oldest light station – to Watsons Bay, which sits between the ocean and the harbour. Finish off with a beer or cider at the picturesque Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.
Plan a picnic
Surprise your partner with a Pop Up Picnic – the innovative service provides picture-perfect hampers filled with delicious salads, nibbles and sandwiches made using local produce, which can be delivered, complete with fold-up cardboard table, picnic rug and cutlery in any spot you choose within seven kilometres of the city centre.