If you’re stuck for fun date ideas in Sydney, look no further. Whether it’s your regular old date night with the significant other, or you’re looking for something fun to do with your new flame, Sydney has a slew of great options.
Trying to come up with ‘out of the box’ dating ideas is tough. There’s a fine line between originality and corny and while a regular dinner and a movie can get pretty stale, a couples massage might be a bit much for the first time. But keep your hair on. We’ve got you covered for your next big date. Have a look at our list of 30 Fun Date Ideas in Sydney:
Fun Date Ideas
1. Take a Boozy Art Class
This one’s an absolute winner. A boozy art class really balances on that line of original while still being so out there that it’ll scare her off. These day’s there’s a couple paint and sip studios dotted around Sydney. We’re big fans of Bondi Paint Club, Cork & Chroma and Cork & Canvas. Sit back, drink some wine, paint something rubbish and chat away. This date will blow her socks off.
Bondi Paint Club
Address: 136 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
Phone: +61 423 847 565
Cork & Chroma
Address: 55 Holt Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: +61 7 3558 8430
Hours: Mon-Sat 7pm-10pm, Sun 10am-10pm
Cork & Canvas
Address: 106 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
Phone: +61 499 007 234
Hours:Mon-Sat 7pm-10pm, Sun 2pm-5pm
2. Work Up a Sweat While Bouldering or Rock Climbing
Over the last couple of years bouldering and rock climbing has skyrocketed in popularity. It’s a great way to work out, easy to do alone or in a small group and a helluva lot of fun. Personally, we reckon it’s one of the best date ideas ever. This might not be ideal for a first date but if you’re looking to shake things up take your new honey to your local climbing gym and get down and dirty.
For a full list of climbing gyms in Sydney, check out our list below.
BlocHaus Bouldering Sydney
Address: 49 Fitzroy St, Marrickville NSW 2204
Contact: (02) 8065 3299
Opening hours: Mon: 6am–10pm, Tue: 10am–10pm, Wed: 6am–10pm, Thurs: 10am–10pm, Fri: 6am–10pm, Sat & Sun: 9am–10pm, Public holidays (Excluding Christmas and News Years Day): 9am–9pm
Address: Level 2, 40 Third Ave, Blacktown
Contact: (02) 9678 9635
Opening hours: Mon: 5:30pm–9:30pm, Tue to Fri: 3pm–9:30pm, Sat & Sun: 9am–10pm
3. Show Your Romantic Side With a Picnic
The secret is out: ladies love picnics. For a very simple but very romantic date night head down to your local lovers corner at sunset with that special someone. Before you go pack yourself some cheese, crackers, and maybe some wine – you’ll be in the good books for sure. Want to take it to the next level? Surprise your significant other by setting up the picnic ahead of time and then leading her to the vista with a blindfold. How good.
If you need some ideas of places to go, check out our list of Sydney’s hidden beaches.
4. Visit an Art Gallery
You’d be surprised to know that the Art Gallery of NSW has a pretty incredible collection of artwork on display in the permanent collection. If that’s not a cute date idea then I don’t know what is. You could also head down to the Mueseum of Contemporary Art in Circular Quay or poke your head into White Rabbit Gallery in Chippendale for a more oriental art experience.
If you’re headed out for date night, it’s worth checking out Art After Hours at the Art Gallery of NSW for a truly unique night out.
Art Gallery of NSW
Address: Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 1800 679 278
Hours: Sunday – Saturday 10am – 5pm (Art After Hours from 5:30pm on Thursday)
Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: 140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 9245 2400
Trading hours: Tue-Sun 10am-5pm
White Rabbit Gallery
Address: 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale NSW 2008
Phone: +61 2 8399 2867
Trading hours: Wed-Sun 10am-5pm
5. Hit Some Bombs at the Driving Range
Most fun dates break the mould a little bit and have you and your girl doing something active. So, our next idea is the good old fashioned driving range. Whether you’re a newbie or a vetren, a bucket of balls and a couple clubs is a receipe for a good time. What’s more, if you head to Moore Park Golf Driving Range you can practice your swing under lights.
For a full list of Driving Ranges in Sydney check out our article below.
Moore Park Golf Driving Range
Address: Corner of Anzac Parade & Cleveland Street, Moore Park, Sydney NSW 2021
Phone: +61 2 9663 1064
Hours: Mon 10am-11pm, Tue-Sun 6am-11pm
Thornleigh Driving Range
Address: Brickpit Park, 142-178 Pennant Hills Road (entry from Dartford Road), Thornleigh, Sydney NSW 2120
Phone: +61 2 9875 5445
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-9:30pm, Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 8am-8:30pm
Address: 1A – 1B Myoora Road, Terrey Hills, Sydney NSW 2084
Phone: +61 2 9450 2155
Hours: Mon-Sun 9am-9:45pm
6. Bounce on a Trampoline at Skyzone
It’s the first indoor trampoline park and a great way to inject a bit of fun into your date. Hundreds of trampolines connected will have you and your date bouncing off the walls and laughing all the way. Open til 10pm on Friday and Saturday, its also a really fun date night.
Address: 75 O’Riordan St, Alexandria NSW 2015
Phone: +61 137599
Hours: Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-8pm
Price: starts at $10 AUD
7. Eat at a Secret Dinner Party at Secret Foodies
This is definitely a date night for those who are a bit more outgoing. Secret Foodies allows you to buy tickets for a themed dinner party and then, on the night, you’ll be given a secret location via SMS. Meet new people, taste amazing unique foods and discover new places. It’s one of the most exciting dating ideas in Sydney if you’re after a bit of mystique.
Address: 300b Glenmore Road, Paddington NSW 2021
Phone: +61 422 667 488
8. Axe Throwing
For a date that they’ll never forget bring your date along to Axe Throwing session. Channel your inner Viking and show your other half your skills as you compete in a one-on-one session. Don’t stress if its your first time, they’ll show you the ropes and help you get your groove to make you the best axe thrower possible. If you’re both pretty bold then this is the perfect ice-breaking date night in Sydney.
Address: 2/01/75 Mary Street, St Peters NSW 2044
Phone: 1300 986 480
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-9pm
Price: Date Night $120 AUD per booking
Kiss My Axe
Address: 19 McCauley St, Alexandria, 2015
Phone: 1300 69 2937
Hours: Mon-Sun 9am – 10pm
Price: Date Night Thursday $99 p/couple
9. Sweep your Date off their feet with a Dance Class
Impress your date with your dance moves at Swing Patrol dance classes. Learn everything from the Lindy Hop to Balboa swing dance and get close to your partner with the perfect couples activity for those who love a boogie. If you don’t know your partner too well then you might want to check if she’s comfortable before booking a class for two. Just an FYI.
Address: 181 Blues Point Rd, North Sydney NSW 2060
Phone: 0412 309 311
Price: classes start at $18 AUD
10. Skydive at iFly Indoor Skydiving
For a truly spectacular date that’s perfect for thrill-seekers, iFly Indoor Skydiving is the perfect dating idea Sydney has to offer. The simulated free-fall matches real conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. Get suited up in your very endearing onesies then step into the glass cylinders for an unforgettably fun date.
Address: 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith NSW 2750
Phone: 1300 366 364
Hours: Mon & Wed-Thu 11am-8pm, Tue 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 8:30am-8pm, Sun 9:30am-7:30pm
Price: iFly Basic starts at $89 AUD
11. Take a Pottery Class Together
A fun thing to do in Sydney for couples is a pottery class. There are a couple of venues around Sydney that offer date night pottery classes. Here you can learn clay throwing, glazing, trimming and more in just a few sessions. Our favourite is Bondi Clay which offers a date night option every Friday. You’ll even get a finished piece to take home. The other place to go is The Pottery Shed. Each class is held in the beautiful rustic warehouse and they provide everything you need so you just have to show up with your date.
The Pottery Shed
Address: 7 Nickson Street, Surry Hills 2010
Phone: 0411 950 409
Hours: Tue 7pm-9pm, Wed 7pm-9pm, Sat 9am-11am & 11am-1pm
Price: $35 AUD per class
Address:2 Flood street, Bondi, Sydney, NSW, 2026
Phone:02 8328 0302
Hours: Sun-Sat 10am – 9pm
Price:$160 p/couple for Date Night
Date Night Ideas
12. Dinner and A Show
Is there anything quite like the theatre? Whether you’re after musicals, opera, theatre or even ballet there are a myriad of venues across Sydney that make for the perfect spot to take your better half for a romantic dinner and a show. Sydney boasts the fabulous Lyric Theatre in Pyrmont or the more humble Wharf Theatre down in Miller’s Point. Pair this with a nice dinner out and you’ll be out of the dog house and drowning in brownie points.
Sydney Lyric Theatre
Address: Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Phone: +61 2 9509 3600
Hours: Mon-Sun 9am-10pm
The Wharf Theatre
Address: Sydney Theatre Company, Wharf 4/5 15 Hickson Road Walsh Bay NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9250 1777
Hours: Mon to Fri 9am – 4pm (box office)
13. Go on a Ghost Tour in Sydney
Here’s an idea that’ll truly test the strength of your relationship. There are two ghost tours in Sydney that are sure to have you shaking in your boots. Check out the spooky history of Sydney’s darker days on a haunted ghost tour of The Rocks. The 90-minute guided tour will take you through the past burial pits, haunted hot spots, opium dens and visit a haunted site not open to the general public. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more extreme, head over to the Q-Station in Manly and spend a night in one of Australia’s most haunted sites.
The Rocks Haunted Ghost Tour
Address: Meets outside Observer Hotel, 69 George Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
Hours: starts at 8pm (duration 1.5 hours)
Price: from $37 AUD
Ghost Tours at Quarantine Station
Address: 1 North Head Scenic Drive. Manly NSW 2095
Phone: 02 9466 1500
14. Gin Tasting at Archie Rose Distillery
Treat your date to a gin tasting and tour at Archie Rose Distillery. See how gin is distilled or take a masterclass learning how to make gin cocktails then make your way to the bar to taste even more delicious concoctions.
Address: The Canney, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery NSW 2018
Phone: +61 2 8458 2300
Hours: 9am-5pm (by appointment)
Price: Tour + Tasting $30 AUD per person
15. A Night at the Gallery
Every Wednesday the Art Gallery of NSW offers Art After Hours, where you and your date can partake in a gallery tour, live music, drawing workshops, film screenings, lectures and more all jam-packed into one fun date night.
Art After Hours
Address: Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 1800 679 278
Hours: from 5:30pm
Daytime Date Ideas
16. Kayak to Goat Island
Take a Kayaking trip to Goat Island at the heart of beautiful Sydney Harbour. Explore the harbour together for an unforgettable date. Discover Goat Island’s secret cove and make memories with this exciting day dating idea Sydney has to offer.
Goat Island Kayaking
Address: Sydney University Boat Shed, 123 Ferry Road, Glebe NSW 2037
Hours: starts at 9:30 am (3.5 hours)
Price: from $148 AUD
17. Take a Seaplane or helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour
Really impress your date with a ride in a seaplane or helicopter over beautiful Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Northern Beaches, Hawkesbury and Pittwater. It will be a date they’ll never forget.
Address: Rose Bay Seaplane Base, Lyne Park, Rose Bay NSW
Hours: lasts from 20-30 minutes
Price: from $305 AUD (seaplane flight), from $190 AUD (helicopter flight)
18. Go Fishing at Rose Bay Ferry Wharf
For an outdoorsy duo, fishing is one of the best dating ideas Sydney has to offer. It’s a pretty good fishing spot for plenty of bites and best of all you’ll have dinner sorted as well. Have a picnic in the park with your fresh catch and enjoy the sunset. If Rose Bay’s a bit far from you, check out some other spots around Sydney to go fishing in our article ‘12 Best Fishing Spots in Sydney‘
Address: New South Head Rd, Rose Bay NSW 2029
19. Set Sail for Whale Watching in Sydney
Go whale watching while on a sailboat with Sydney Eco Whale Watching. Operating since 2000, the company offers an unforgettable whale watching experience for you and your date, plus magnificent harbour views.
Address: King Street Wharf No.9, Darling Harbour NSW 2000
Phone: +61 (0)409 125 186
Hours: lasts approximately 4 hours
Price: from $135 AUD
19. Ride a Bike through Sydney
If you’re not equipped with two bikes and a helmet of your own, you can always just go for a biking tour around Sydney. Check out some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and attractions, take in the harbour, Sydney Opera House, The Rocks precinct, Hyde Park and more. It’s a super fun way to spend a date for couples in Sydney.
Sydney Bike Tours
Address: 30 Harrington Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
Hours: starts at 3:15pm (2.5 hours)
Price: from $99 AUD
Romantic Date Ideas
20. Go On a Walk Around the Coast
Sydney has some of the best coastal walks in the whole world. We’re famous for it. So with that at your fingertips, why not take your date on a little stroll around the water taking in the views. We’ve rounded up the 10 best coastal walks in Sydney in our article and it’ll have you chomping at the bit to get out there for a stroll. Oh and, don’t forget your swimmers.
21. Getaway to the Blue Mountains
Address: Blue Mountains, NSW
Phone: 0247878188 (Horse Riding Getaway)
Contact: [email protected] (Love Cabins)
22. Catch Some Live Music at Your Local
Melbourne may like to wear the crown of the cultural capital of Australia, but Sydney’s still alive and kicking. A great second or third date idea is heading down to your local and watching a band play some live music. This is a heap’s better vibe than just any old pub and cold beer is great at escalating the night and soothing the nerves. For options of great places to go see live music in Sydney, check out our article for ‘37 Best Live Music Venues in Sydney‘.
23. Get Out of Sydney and Go Camping
Camping is a great date idea for any couple with an adventurous streak. Far from a first date idea, this is a fun way to spice up date night with the better half while doing something a bit different at the same time. Camping’s easy. All you need is a tent, swag or form of shelter. A bit of grub and a couple of bottles of wine. With that recipe, you’re sure to have a good time. Check out our list of the ‘18 Best Beach Camping Spots in NSW‘ or if you’ve got a little pup, our article on the ‘10 Best Dog-Friendly Camping in NSW‘.
24. Show Your Cooking Prowess with a Cooking Class
Add a little spice to your date and try a cooking class. You’ll learn something new while also cooking a meal together. The Essential Ingredient in Surry Hills offers some great cooking classes for your next big date.
Address: 146 Foveaux St Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9555 8300
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Cheap Date Ideas
25. Get up Close and Personal With a Koala in Sydney
If you’re dating a bit of an animal lover then this is sure to melt your date’s heart. Get up close and personal with a cuddly koala at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. After you’re done you’ll be treated to a hot breaky among the nature and a chance to explore the zoo for as long as you like.
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Address: 1-5 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour NSW 2000
Hours: Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm
26. Go Stargazing at Sydney Observatory
Learn all about the stars, gazing at the southern sky together at Sydney Observatory. Tours include the planetarium, telescope viewing and a dome tour. See mars, a nebular, the moon and more on this exciting and inexpensive dating idea in Sydney.
Address: 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9217 0111
Hours: Mon-Sun 8:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 9pm-10:30pm
Price: $40 AUD/adult
27. Visit a nudist beach – Lady Bay Beach
Enjoy nude bathing? Well, Lady Bay Beach is the perfect cheap date idea in Sydney. Take a skinny dip in the beautiful waters of Lady Bay Beach, take a picnic and take in the scenic harbour views.
Address: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
Phone: 02 9337 5511
Hours: 7am-7pm daily
28. Watch a Movie Outdoors
Depending on the time of year, there are a number of great venues in Sydney that allow you to watch blockbuster movies under the open sky. For a fun date night your better half is going to love, check out our list of the ‘8 Best Outdoor Cinemas in Sydney’.
29. Forage for Wild foods
Forage for your own food with Diego Bonetto’s Foraging Workshops. Through Diego’s extensive and in-depth knowledge of wild food sources, you and your date will learn how to discover edible plants that are all around you every day.
Address: Richardson Crescent, Tempe NSW 2044
Price: from $25 AUD
30. For the Love of Bowling
Sitting above Kinselas is The Standard Bowl and it’s 100% free. How’s that for a cheap date idea in Sydney, the only thing you have to pay for is the drinks. Bowl the night away with your date or pop upstairs for some arcade game fun.
Address: 383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: +61 2 8080 7060
Hours: Fri-Sat 9pm-4am
What should I do on a first date in Sydney?
First dates are for getting to know each other. Don't do anything to crazy, grab a coffee and go for a walk or swim. You can keep things short and sweet leading to an even more adventurous second date.
What to do when you're bored in Sydney?
Try something new that you’ve never done before like taking an art class, eating a cuisine you’ve never tried, learning a new hobby or skill. Sydney's full of fun experiences. You've just got to know where to look.
What are some fun date ideas?
Painting classes, axe throwing, bowling, outdoor movies and bouldering are all great ideas for a fun date night.
Where do you take dates?
Depending on whether it's your first date or you've been together for a while, that'll determine where you take your date. If you're just getting to know eachother keep it casual. If you're pretty close, feel free to then get a little more adventurous. Take them somewhere special or somewhere new for both of you. Try seeing a band you’ve been wanting to see, or go to a unique restaurant you’ve been wanting to try
Do you kiss on the first date?
As with a lot of these things, it depends. It’s always best if things come naturally, don’t go into a date expecting a guaranteed kiss but, usually, fortune favours the bold and if you're getting the signals then go ahead. Kiss the girl.
Where do you take a guy on a date?
If you're looking to go a first date with a guy, try opting for a bar or a daytime coffee date with a swim. If you're a little further down the road, try something more fun like a boozy painting class or