13 Winter Date Ideas in Sydney
The temperatures may have dropped in Sydney but it doesn’t mean you need to put the freeze on your dating game. We've put together 13 fun date ideas to help see you through the colder months.
Best Romantic Date Ideas
1. Skyline Drive In
Head to Skyline Drive In Blacktown and cozy up in your car. It’s a bit retro but the technology is anything but. The drive in is equipped with latest digital video and sound technology while maintaining a 1950's vibe. Two people (in one car) can enjoy a movie from just $20 and you can order classic American food like hot dogs and hamburgers from the Happy Days style diner. It's best to pre book tickets and get there early (aim to get there an hour before the movie starts) to avoid waiting in the long line of cars waiting to find a spot at the last minute.
2. Dinner and Drinks with a View
The Glenmore Hotel is the place to go for spectacular views in The Rocks. Overlooking the harbour and the CBD, the rooftop bar is sheltered from the elements and is open year round, making it the perfect place for a romantic cocktail or two high above the city streets. The Sydney Tower has been a part of the city's skyline for decades, but how many of us have ventured to the top to take in the views of the city and surrounds? Book a table for two at 360 Bar and Dining for a sunset dinner and, you guessed it, a 360 degree view of the city as the night falls.
3. See a Play
If you're after a good show and relaxed date night option, try checking out a community theatre. There's The Guild Theatre in Rockdale and The Red Rattler in Marrickville, just to name a few. For a fancy night out, try the State Theatre. If you’re closer to the city, head to Capitol Theatre for the critically acclaimed Les Misérables.
Best Day Date Ideas
4. Rendezvous for Breakfast
If you’re a morning person, Sydney's thriving café culture means that you won't be short of places to try. One of the newest additions to the scene is Brooklyn Boy Bagels, serving up authentic NYC bagels with love and passion. After breakfast, the day is yours to enjoy how you want, which brings us to our next two winter date ideas….
5. Get Physical
Head to the beach. Winter is actually the best time of the year to spend a day in Bondi. It isn’t over populated with tourists, giving you ample space to play a game of Frisbee or volleyball in the sand. If you work up an appetite, head to Bondi Hardware for brunch or lunch. Menu favourites include bloody ceasars and sliders.
Best Adventure Date Ideas
6. Ice Skating
If this is a first date with your new crush, show how organised you are by booking a private figure skating lesson at Macquarie Ice Rink, then show off your new skills at one of the many outdoor ice rinks around the city. Bondi, Darling Harbour, Parramatta and St Mary's Cathedral have outdoor rinks for a few weeks each winter but if you can't make those there are indoor rinks with varying session times across Sydney.
7. Indoor Sky Diving
There’s nothing like the rush of jumping out of a plane from 14,000ft, but if the weather fails, the next best thing is doing indoors. iFLY Downunder in Penrith is Sydney's only indoor skydiving experience and at a fraction of the cost ($109 for 2 flights any day of the week from 9am until 10pm), is a great substitute for the real thing. iFLY is adjacent to Aqua Golf and Penrith Panthers so there are plenty of options to continue the fun after your dive.
Best Date-Night-In Ideas
8. Netflix Movie Night
For a cheap date idea that is every bit as romantic as a fabulous night on the town, get cosy on the couch for a movie night. Bring popcorn and lollies and you'll wonder why you ever forked out full price for a movie ticket. Netflix plans start from $8.99 per month and you get your first month free. Any media device that connects to the Internet can get Netflix, stream on your laptop or tablet. Smart TVs should already have Netflix built in.
9. Host a Dinner Party
Impress your date (and your friends) with your culinary skills by hosting a dinner party. Set a theme and invite your coupled friends over for a group date in the comfort of your own home or invite a few of your single friends and attempt to play matchmaker (maybe let them know first so they know what they are getting themselves in to). One tip for a great dinner party is to have the most epic playlist that sets the mood from the moment your guests walk in.
Best Fun Date Ideas
10. Take a Class
If you like the idea of a dinner at home, but your cooking skills aren't up to the task, a cooking class might be just what the love doctor ordered. If you've only been on a few dates with your special someone, this is a good chance to get to know each other better and if you've been dating for a while, this can be a fun way to try something new. If cooking just isn't for you, spice things up with a dance class or unleash your creative side with an art class.
11. Get Arty After Hours
Every Wednesday, the Art Gallery of NSW stays open into the evening for Art After Hours. From 5.30 until 10pm, you'll have access to all of the current exhibitions as well as specific Art After Hours events. The café and restaurant are also open, so this is the perfect after work date idea!
Best Foodie Date Ideas
12. Food Tours
Join an organised food tour or create your own by venturing to the cultural food hotspots in Sydney's suburbs: Cabramatta for Vietnamese, Granville for Lebanese, Haberfield and Five Dock for Italian, Kingsgrove for Greek. Within the Sydney CBD the food tour options are endless catering to foodies of all sorts with chocolate tours, cupcake and dessert tours and a tour through some of the best dumpling houses in town.
13. Craft Beer Tasting Tours
Sample some of the city's best brews with your special someone. Two of the popular tour options are Dave's Brewery Tours - Sydney and the Foodi - Craft Beer Walking Tour. You can always set your own tour schedule and take the time to map out your route, picking the places you both want to try.
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