The annual day of love and romance is nearly upon us once more. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time again to start thinking about how you want to spoil that special person in your life. Flowers, chocolates and jewellery are all classic Valentine’s gifts, but the gift of ‘experience’ is becoming a more popular and thoughtful gift idea. Instead of a stuffed teddy bear this year, give your Valentine lasting memories by taking them on an unforgettable date.

Whether you’ve been together for longer than you can remember, or have only been on a handful of dates, be sure to dedicate this day to spending some quality time together. Take your date out on a night to remember with any of these creative ideas below!

Catch a film at the open-air cinema

Westpac Open Air Cinema

Westpac Open Air Cinema

Take a new twist on a date-night favourite by grabbing tickets to the Westpac OpenAir Cinema. Located within Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, in any section you’ll have the best seats in the house with stunning backdrop views of Sydney Harbour. Swap the soft drink and popcorn for a glass of wine from the bar and grab a bite from the signature menu designed by Mike McEnearny of Kitchen by Mike. Enjoy screenings of the latest film releases with your date at what is considered to be “the world’s most beautiful cinema”.

Challenge yourself to an escape room

For couples who don’t mind a little bit of a challenge, put your problem-solving skills to the test and work together to free yourself from an escape room. Be sure to have your partner in crime by your side at Next Level Escape in the city centre. Expect to solve puzzles and uncover intriguing mysteries while racing against the clock. This one’s also great for a double or group date, so bring along some friends too.

Treat yourself to dinner with a view at Sydney Tower

SkyFeast at Sydney Tower

SkyFeast at Sydney Tower – Credit Robert Walsh Photography – Sydney Tower Restaurants

Spoil your significant other with an all-you-can-eat-feast at the new SkyFeast restaurant at Sydney Tower. This spectacular revolving dining experience is a classic choice for couples all year-round and especially popular on this starry-eyed occasion. Indulge in a feat of more than 30 dishes, brought to your table in three tantalising tasting towers, whilst taking in a 360 degree view of Sydney from 82 floors up.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sometimes a candlelit dinner and stroll on the beach isn’t for everyone. Adventure-seeking couples should consider one of Sydney’s best thrill-seeking activities, BridgeClimb Sydney, for their Valentine’s Day outing. Pick your date and time (we suggest twilight for a truly romantic setting), then get strapped in and prepare to reach new heights in your relationship. Take the apple of your eye to the summit of this Sydney icon, with its picturesque views this is the perfect spot to confess your love to one another, or even pop out the big question!

Head out on a romantic cruise

Valentine's Day on Sydney Harbour

Valentine’s Day on Sydney Harbour. Img Credit: James Horran – Captain Cook Cruises

Can you picture anything more romantic than settling down to a delicious meal and glass of champagne on beautiful Sydney Harbour? Enjoy a magical experience with your other half on a Captain Cook Valentine’s Cruise. Whichever package you choose, from long lunch options to a sunset dinner and drinks jaunt, a cruise along Sydney’s waters is sure to woo that special someone.

Fly over Sydney Harbour in a helicopter with Heli Experiences

Heli Experiences, Sydney.

Helicopter flying across Sydney Harbour.

Show your date a “whole new world” by taking them for a dazzling helicopter ride over Sydney Harbour. Hop on with one of Australia’s largest capital city scenic flight operators, Heli Experiences (otherwise known as Bondi Helicopters in Sydney). Departing from Sydney Domestic Airport, you will get the chance to see amazing birds-eye views of Sydney Harbour and beyond. The spectacular scenery below will leave you both speechless.

Sip cocktails at a rooftop bar in Sydney

The William Inglis Hotel, Warwick Farm

The William Inglis Hotel, Warwick Farm

An ideal date for many would be one spent sipping on cocktails while watching the sun go down. Fortunately, Sydney is full of amazing rooftop bars perfect for a night filled with margaritas and great conversation. From rooftop bars like the Glenmore Hotel in The Rocks, to Coogee Pavilion in the east or the stylish William Inglis Hotel in Western Sydney, wind down and get to know each other better with a drink or two.

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