Article by Neha Lokesh
Not planned your big V-day?? Worry not! Whether you want to do it big or small, on the day or the weekend, here’s a list of top 5 things you can do in Sydney this year on Valentine’s Day!
Enjoy 30 minutesrowing your boat around Cockle Bay with your date. You have it all, the sea, the cool breeze, the perfect time of the evening, Darling Harbour lights and of course, your lovely Valentine. After the boat ride, head over to the Tree of Love event and write a special note that you can hang on the tree for your loved ones. You can end the night by having a romantic candlelight dinner at one of the many sought-after restaurants in Darling Harbour. Remember to take a look at the Valentine’s Day discounts and specials!
“A living poem” had always been the words that came to mind when he tried to describe her to others – The Notebook. Okay, okay it is cheesy, but I blame my recent rerun of the Notebook! I, for one, cannot wait to do this experience. They’re running the experience all the way till the end of Feb. So whether you want to do it on Valentine’s Day or over the weekend, it’ll be there.
When: 06:00 pm, every day till 28th Feb
Where: Cockle Bay Wharf
2. Opera – If you are thinking Classy, Romance, Drama, Wine & Dine, the whole shebang! Then hurry and book your tickets to “The Romance of Opera” – the ultimate Valentine’s date for those who like to go all out!
Opera Bites along with Sir Stamford is bringing the ultimate romantic Opera experience on Valentine’s Day at Circular Quay. Dress fancy and look your best to experience an evening filled with treats for all your senses. From three-course meals to two hours of flowing wine, from the glamorous attendees to the much awaited Opera composition, you are sure to have a grand night with your special someone.
When: 07:00 pm, Wednesday 14th February
Where: Sir Stamford Circular Quay
Cost: $129 onwards (Ticket includes meal and beverage)
3. Good ol’ movie date! – Nothing like watching a good movie, hand in hand NOT in a typical movie theatre.
You’re spoilt for choice if this your idea for this year’s Valentine’s Day. With hectic schedules, balancing work and personal life, some of us like to keep it simple and yet, something out of the ordinary for the special day. You can either check out outdoor cinemas, or Sydney’s only Skyline Drive-in in Blacktown which is on top of my Sydney’s bucket list!! There is something about drive-ins that gives you the 60’s – 70’s feel. Maybe even steal a kiss or two over hotdogs and milkshakes.
Outdoor cinemas are a great option if you don’t have a car to go to a drive-in. The starry sky at Moonlight Cinema, the water views at American Express OpenAir Cinemas or the picturesque views of everything Sydney has to offer at St George OpenAir Cinema, will make the movie experience extra special. Catch the sunset session to see the beautiful colors change in the sky. Magical!
Skyline Drive-In Blacktown, Prospect –https://www.eventcinemas.com.au/Cinema/Drive-In-Blacktown
St George OpenAir Cinema, Mrs Macquarie’s Point- Tickets:http://www.stgeorgeopenair.com.au/
Moonlight Cinema, Centennial Park – Tickets: https://www.moonlight.com.au/
American Express OpenAir Cinemas Bondi, Dolphin Lawn, Bondi Beach – Tickets: https://openaircinemas.com.au/bondi
Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema, Castle Hill Showground – Tickets: http://www.sydneyhillsoutdoorcinema.com.au/general-info/#ticket-info
The Sunset Cinema, North Sydney Oval, North Sydney – Tickets: https://www.sunsetcinema.com.au/northsydney/program
Tropfest, Parramatta Park – FREE –
4. Stars over the Garden(Family friendly) – For those who don’t mind postponing V-day celebrations to have a mystical night to profess your love to that special someone (My personal favourite!!) Talk about Sun, Moon and Stars – literally! #KhalDrogo
On the 23rd, head over to Mount Annan to enjoy spectacular views of the night sky in the beautiful Australian Botanic Garden! Lay back, cuddle up and listen to Angel Lopez-Sanchez from the Australian Observatory share Dreamtime stories about the significance of stars and their connection to humankind. You can also take a closer look at the stars and planets through the telescope! End your perfect Valentine’s night with a glass of wine or a hand-crafted beer included in the ticket. Good news for the happy couples with toddlers – you can bring them along and make it a memorable night for the fam! It is open for all age groups.
When: 08:00 pm – 10:00pm, Friday 23rd February
Where: Bowden Centre, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan
5. Picnic–Sometimes sweet gestures are valued more than splurged experiences
Cook your sweetheart’s favourite meal, pack a picnic basket and off you go! The weather is perfect to find a sweet spot for food and wine with your Valentine. This is more ideal for couples who want to add a little bit of an adventure to their date by hiking up to a breathtaking spot. It will even build an appetite! There are also easier options for those who prefer a relaxed day.
Wendy’s Secret Garden – Lavender Bay
Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay
Lake Parramatta Reserve
Royal Botanical Garden – Mrs Macquaries Rd
Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens – Mount Tomah, Blue Mountains
Japanese Garden – Auburn Botanic Gardens, Auburn