1. Sunset fish and chips on the beach
The black silhouettes of palms fringe a romantic view of the surf at Bronte beach, perfect for wooing a hot date especially if you take the coastal walk to get there. The sophisticated Swell restaurant heads up the line of cafes by the sea, serving mod oz cuisine with oysters and a very delicious king fish sashimi if you want to eat in. Option two: a fish and chips picnic right on the water. BYO champagne!
2. Chocolate lovers
For the love of chocolate… gorge on the good stuff at one of the fabulous chocoholic haunts in the city. Guylian café – of Belgian shell chocolate fame – has chic a coffee and chocolate shop at Opera Quays, serving lovely Moët & Chandon bubbles. Cosy up at Max Brenner’s with hot chocolate in hug mugs and chocolate pizzas. Lindt cafe in the city is perfect for an ice choc sundae or a deeply naughty dark chocolate croissant. Yum!
3. Catch a movie under the stars
Fancy a romantic movie with views, champagne and popcorn? Where else in the world can you cuddle up in the moonlight on a balmy evening watching a flick on a giant movie screen that rises out of the water while the lights of the city and harbour twinkle in the background?
St George Cinema goes from December 20 until February 21. Book online at www.stgeorgeopenair.com.au
4. Sail into the sunset on a tall ship
All aboard to cruise Sydney Harbour at twilight on board a tall ship. As you sail past iconic sights of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, you will enjoy an Aussie barbecue dinner.
5. Romantic dinner for two
Impress a date at Manly Pavilion under Italian frescoes with a tasting menu and macchiato on the terrace. Sample Sydney rock oysters with a glass of champagne at Manta on Woolloomooloo wharf. Manta restaurant has an oyster bar and champagne bar and mixes up great cocktails to toast a sunset by the water. Alternatively, enjoy a candlelit dinner pre- opera at romantic Arras – their new place on Clarence Street opens this month. Bon appétit!
6. Couples therapy? Couples massage
Share the spa love and book a double treatment with a hot stone massage for two, followed by a soak in the spa and a glass of bubbles. Check out the romance packages at spas like Chi spa, The Spa at Four Seasons, Observatory Hotel, and Amrita Spa at Swissôtel.
7. Kayak adventure plus picnic
Try a gentle Sunday paddle with a loved one for some shared fitness fun. Hop down to Manly Wharf or Oceanworld to hire a kayak. You don’t need to be an expert feel like you are on an exotic island paddling around the bays. Life jackets on after a brief instruction, cruise around Collins Store and Quarantine beaches, where you could spot a whale, dolphin, sea turtle or penguin. If the forecast is sunny, book ahead. Bring swimmers.
8. Fly away for lunch
Fly high over Sydney, swooping over the Harbour Bridge north up the coast in a seaplane to Palm Beach for a picnic or land for lunch at Berowra Waters Inn. It’s a hard-to-beat Sydney experience.
9. Just add sprinkles
Ice cream, sorbet, chocolate sauce, wafers and sprinkles. Life’s much sweeter with ice cream. Pop in for a cone at: Pompeii in Bondi and wander along the beach with your spoils.
10. Sultry sundowners
Head to the rooftop bar at the Park Hyatt in Circular Quay or Horizon at the Shangri La on the 40th floor for a cocktail with a bird’s eye view of the bridge, Opera House and harbour as the sun sets. Or add tapas and a swirl around the sky at The Summit restaurant in Australia Square.