Are you planning a romantic night out in Sydney with your partner but have no idea what to do?
It could be your first date, an anniversary, birthday, valentine’s days or just time with your loved one.
There are always expectations to impress.
We’ve all been in that position!
I’ve lived in Sydney my whole life and have pretty much seen everything, so I can assure you, there are hundreds of activities, events and attractions you can experience in Sydney at night.
But let’s not settle for mediocre. You want to impress!
Here are the 21 most romantic things to do in Sydney at night (from my experience). You can’t go wrong with this list!
1/ Dinner at the 360 Bar
One of the city’s most sophisticated dining venues, the 360 Bar sits at the top of the Sydney Tower and offers of the most romantic views of Australia’s classiest city.
Whether it is your first date or the celebration of an anniversary, the 360 Bar pairs food and wine with impeccable perfection.
Dress to impress and choose between a 2 or 3 course meal.
Entry to the observation deck is included.
2/ Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise
What could possibly be more romantic than looking across the table at your loved one whilst sharing a meal and a glass of wine as you sail along Sydney Harbour?
A dinner cruise is the perfect way to express your love, share private moments, and to take in the romantic scenery that is uniquely Sydney.
3/ Night Climb – Sydney Harbour Bridge
Looking for somewhere really unique to pop the question?
Well, even if you’re not quite there yet, you can still feel your hearts beat faster on the legendary Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
Making it to the top of the city’s most iconic structure together is a bond you will feel forever.
The Bridge Climb is at once fun and exhilarating, and surely one of the most romantic things that will have you feeling on top of the world.
4/ A Night at the Movies
Sydney’s well-preserved architecture lends itself to the glory of yesteryear.
The creative folk at the Golden Age Cinema have lovingly restored their theatre to reflect the original, old-style Paramount Films screening room.
With an authentic art deco mood and feel, you can enjoy a classic black-and-white movie starring Bogie and Bacall, or one of a more contemporary avant garde genre.
The bar also has live music for that extra touch of class.
5/ Outdoor Summer Cinema
The hot summer months are the perfect time to enjoy a movie outdoors.
Pack a picnic, grab a few beers or even a chilled bottle of wine, throw a blanket on the green grass, and kick back with a movie under the stars.
St. George Open Air Cinema sits upon Mrs. Macquarie’s Point with the elegant Sydney Harbour Bridge and the iconic Opera House glistening behind the silver screen.
Adult tickets start from around $19.
6/ Evening Picnic under the Stars
Take advantage of Sydney’s secluded beaches and manicured gardens and set up your very own romantic picnic dinner.
Blessed with a mild climate, Sydney is the ideal outdoor dinner venue!
If you want a quiet and private spot, try Observatory Hill Park, Wendy’s Secret Garden or Milk Beach.
If you enjoy a slightly more happening vibe, Bradfield Park sits right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Kiribilli and guarantees breathtaking scenery to enhance your night of dining under the stars!
7/ Twilight Tall Ship Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise
Rewind to the romantic era of early 1800’s and enjoy either a twilight cruise on an authentic tall ship. But, be prepared.
You may just be asked to climb the mast and help hoist the sails!
The cruise itself goes for about 2 hours, and the crew welcome you to steer the ship if you wish.
8/ Private Dining at Sydney Sea Life
Want to do something really unique?
Try a private dinner under the ‘sea’ at the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium.
Not only will you indulge in an intimate two-course dinner for 2 with exotic marine life swimming above you, but you will also have your very own, exclusive tour of the aquarium.
9/ Sea Life Aquarium Silent Disco
Forget the crazy doof-doof music in the local bars and nightclubs!
How about a silent disco surrounded by sharks and sea horses as your dancing companions?
The Sea Life Aquarium hosts the coolest underwater party every Friday and Saturday night for a small entry fee of approximately $40.
10/ Chinatown Night Markets
On a Friday and Saturday nights, Sydney’s Chinatown comes alive with entertainment and traditional Asian street-food stalls.
Take a romantic stroll in this popular late-night shopping hotspot, which is open from 4pm – 11pm.
With stall holders originating from Hong Kong to Hanoi, the Chinatown Night Market is buzzing with more than 50 stalls operated by young designers, students and local artists with a distinctively Asian heritage.
11/ Art After Dark
Sydney is one of Australia’s most popular culture hubs, and its art galleries and museums are always abuzz with evening openings to their most popular exhibitions well into the night.
Art galleries and museums are the perfect romantic date night, and the Museum of Contemporary Art does is beautifully with their Lights On Later programme every Wednesday evening until 9pm.
12/ Enjoy a Performance at the Sydney Opera House
The elegant Sydney Opera House attracts some of the world’s best performing artists including actors, dancers and musicians.
Engaging a wide variety of artistic talent from classical to contemporary, this is the perfect venue to spend some quality time together.
13/ Private Skywalk
Let the city that sparkles put on its very own show for you! Indulge in a private Skywalk at the Sydney Tower Eye.
Your twilight walk includes entry to the Observation Deck, an exclusive 45-minute Skywalk for 2, as well as your personal Skywalk Pack and photograph.
14/ Sydney Observatory Night Tour
Show her the stars as together you explore the glories of the southern sky.
Sydney’s oldest observatory will offer you the opportunity to view the planets, the moon and the stars in the night sky with the latest telescopic equipment. Tour incorporates the Planetarium.
15/ Overnight at the Zoo
Camp with her in a safari-style tent inside Taronga Zoo.
This is great fun, and more glamping than camping.
Called the “Roar and Snore” ultimate sleepover, you will wake up in each other’s arms to the morning call of a lion’s roar or the screech of a macaque, yet the views will remain uniquely Sydney.
16/ Just for Laughs
Take in a comedy show in one of Sydney’s hidden comedy clubs.
Australians have a great sense of humour, and the comedy scene in Sydney makes for a great night out.
17/ Dinner Bed & Breakfast on Luxury Yacht
Jump on board in Darling harbour and see the sun set on Sydney harbour while relaxing with a fine glass of wine and snacking on antipasto platter.
You’ll be cruising pass Sydney’s most iconic attractions on this 2 hour romantic trip including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
18/ Late Afternoon Drinks at the Rocks
There is no shortage of bars in Sydney, many of which have the most breathtaking views.
But head to the famous Rocks area, and you can indulge in a plethora of sophisticated pubs and bars in the city’s unique centre.
Take a 2 ½ hour walking tour of the local scene and return to your personal favourites for an evening night cap.
19/ Beer Tasting & Pub Walks
Enjoy a few drinks with your partner and have a few laughs.
There are some great pubs with lively atmospheres, especially in the Rocks, Darling Harbour and George St.
A number of tours are available at night as well if you’re not sure where to go.
Guides will get you quick access, especially if its crowded on a Friday or Saturday night.
If you’re looking for a fun night out, a pub crawl could be the best romantic option.
20/ Late Night Sweetness
Sydney is full of quaint little hidden secrets, and many celebrated chefs all have their restaurants in this vibrant city.
One favourite with romantics is Adriano Zumbo’s Zumbo At The Star, open until midnight most nights.
After dinner and a show, this is certainly a fabulous finish to a sweet night out.
21/ Dinner by Fireworks at Darling Harbour
On special occasions, Darling Harbour puts on a magnificent show that’s perfect for couples.
Why not watch the glorious sparkling of colours from your dinner table at a local waterfront restaurant?
Darling Harbour has an array of restaurants, from the more casual to the more elegant.
Of course, if you happen to be in town during New Year’s Eve, don’t miss the opportunity to take a Cocktail Cruise with fireworks to boot.
Otherwise, keep an eye on for other events in case fireworks are planned for the evening.
You won’t want to miss it!
So there you have it! Have you got other romantic ideas?
Share your experiences below so all the couples in Sydney can stress less about there big night out.