Date ideas in Sydney: Shake up date night!

Break the dinner-and-drinks routine and shake up your date night with these unique, romantic, and easy-to-organise date ideas for Sydney. 


Our top picks for unique and fun date ideas in Sydney


Arrange a Pop Up Picnic 

Old chequered rug, random snacks and a bottle of cheap wine? Not here. Get ready to take your picnic experience to a whole new level. 

Surprise your date with a bespoke luxury picnic by choosing a ‘pop-up’ picnic specialist. One of our favourite date ideas in Sydney, pop-up picnic specialists offer customised outdoor dining experiences.

They set up the food, drinks, and theming for the picnic so you and your lucky date just need to turn up and enjoy! 

Celebrating your anniversary? Turn up the romance by presenting your date with a Just For You Gift Box.

Check out  She Does Picnics and Poppin Picnics for inspo. 


Picnic date ideas


Bowl barefoot and sip craft beers

Looking for fun date ideas in Sydney? Try bowling games and bevvies on a gorgeous green lawn.

Barefoot lawn bowls set a fun, relaxed vibe for your time together and, for first dates, having bowls to focus on takes some of the pressure off. It’s a great ice breaker and, who knows, your skills could  improve with a few craft beers.

The Greens North Sydney have a beautiful lawn and you could even round up your favourite couples for a group date.

Cook up some romance 


Cooking classes are a top pick for first dates and long-time couples. If you’re a foodie duo, put cooking classes on your go-to list of date ideas in Sydney.

Experienced chefs will step you both through the basics of creating an incredible meal with hands-on classes. When it comes to cuisine, you’re spoilt for choice. From Mexican (and margaritas!) to a 3-course French experience, there are cooking classes for all couples - and budgets too.

Get started by checking out Cooking Classes Sydney with RedBallon. 


Cooking date ideas


Explore the city on a bike

Cycle to the must-see spots in Sydney on a bike tour. Even for locals, seeing the sites on two wheels is a unique and fun way to explore new places together. 

Baja Bikes offer a 2.5 hour group tour of beautiful sights like the Opera House, and hotspots including Woolloomooloo. All that pedal power will work up an appetite which makes for a well deserved post-tour lunch. 

Organising your first date? Don’t make this one a surprise, you’ll want to check ahead that your date is comfortable with biking. 


Bike date ideas


Cruise into the sunset

Does anything spell romance like a sunset cruise? Enjoy spectacular Sydney harbour bathed in the golden light of dusk while sipping champagne together. Once the sun sets, head out onto the deck for some serious star gazing. 

Add a delicious 3 course meal and voilà , romance on the high seas. 

Planning to propose? Pop the question on board with an Everlasting Rose Dome personalised with a “Will you marry me?” plaque.

If this sounds like your kind of date, check out the top Sydney Dinner Cruises from Viator.

Go zip lining

For the adventurous couple, this is one of the date ideas in Sydney that takes you south of the CBD to Illawarra Fly. Zip-lining gets you outdoors, invigorates you and it’s fun to see the adventurous side zip lining can bring out in each other. 

Finish the date with a romantic stroll along the Treetop Walk which winds through a tropical rainforest canopy 20 - 30 metres above the ground.  

Throw an axe

Yes. You read that right. Possibly one of the most unique date ideas in Sydney, Kiss My Axe has made axe throwing a couples activity.  

Great for pairs with a competitive streak, you’ll be stepped through how to throw an axe like a pro and hit the target. Your skills will be put to the test as you battle it out with other couples to become the ultimate axe throwing twosome!

If you think hurling an axe sounds crazy fun but lacks the romance factor (um, we hear you) why not surprise your fellow axe flinger with a special gift before the date?

Hang ten together

Love to learn a new skill together but the axe throwing idea didn’t really do it for you? 

Try surfing! This could be the perfect Sydney summer date for beach lovers. Let’s Go Surfing Bondi instructors will help you and your date learn to surf by developing confidence, focus and strength all while having fun. 

Celebrate your efforts with a coconut mojito at Bondi favourite, La Palma afterwards.

Get your putt on 

Putt your way to a fun first date without any awkward silences. 

Mini golf is a great ice breaker and the 18 uniquely themed holes Holy Moley in Darlinghurst will give you plenty to talk about. Did you dazzle with your putting skills and the date is going well? Stick around! Chill out on one of the Holy Moley balconies and grab a pizza and drinks. 

For long-time couples, what better way to break dinner and drinks date night monotony than whacking a few balls and having a laugh together? 

Check out Chinatown night market

Friday night is buzzing with food stalls and lanterns at the Chinatown Night Market. This popular multicultural community market is a hit with food-loving city locals and tourists. 

With dishes like yum cha, sushi, teppanyaki, and everything in between you’ll take your date and your taste buds on a journey from Hanoi to Hong Kong. Young designers and local artists also set up stalls on Friday nights, so you’ll enjoy browsing their wares too. 

Catch a film at Golden Age Cinema

A date night for the cinephiles. The unique Golden Age Cinema is tucked away in Surry Hills and oozes art deco style. Originally constructed in 1940 the space was the old screening room of the heritage-listed Paramount Pictures in Sydney until the 1970s. 

Meet early for a drink at the underground Golden Age Bar before grabbing tickets (and popcorn) to see a classic, cult, and or contemporary flick.


There you have it, our list of date ideas in Sydney, from first dates to proposal celebrations. Don’t forget to check our gorgeous range of flowers and gifts for every date occasion. 

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