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Your guide to a perfect Sydney day

Gather inspiration for the best dates, cultural experiences, adventures and more in Sydney, Australia.

Whether you're a Sydney native or visiting the city for the first time, get inspired by our list of foolproof ways to enjoy a memorable day in Sydney.

1. Romantic picnic at Milk Beach

A picnic with your nearest and dearest is a superb way to honour a loving relationship. Pack yourself a bottle of bubbles, a cheeseboard and your picnic rug and head for the seaside. Milk Beach is a beautiful destination for a celebration given the seclusion and privacy it provides in comparison with other inner city beaches.  

2. See a show at the theatre

For fabulous birthday ideas Sydney has it all. Take the weekend by storm by visiting one of the world-class theatres nestled in the heart of the city. Various productions are showing year-round, including dance, opera, musicals or live music. Whether you’re 18 or 81, there’s no better occasion than a birthday to fully indulge your arty, cultured side.

3. Fine wining and dining at O Bar

360-degree panoramas on the 47th floor, do city views really get much better than this? O Bar and Dining is the ultimate destination to feed your senses. Expect to be impressed with remarkable sights, delectable drinks and mouth-watering cuisine. An evening at O Bar is guaranteed to be a Sydney birthday dinner you’ll never forget. 
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4. Overnighter in a Sydney hotel

Make your wedding anniversary special with a weekend away, staying at one of Sydney’s finest hotels. Instead of getting all gussied up for a night on the town, cosy up in hotel robes and opt to stay in. Order room service or have food delivered to your doorstep, switch on the movie channel, and top up the tub. You won’t want the weekend to end!

5. Explore the night sky at Sydney Observatory

Open your eyes to wonders of the night sky at the Sydney Observatory. At 8pm every night, the museum offers a one-of-a-kind experience to guests including entry to the Planetarium and a telescope viewing. Learning about astronomy while you explore space, faraway planets and stars – it’s a truly magical way to mark a special occasion.  

6. Unwind at Fleur De Lys Medispa

Step in to Fleur De Lys Medispa feeling drab and step out feeling fab. The spa offers various packages and treatments that are sure to indulge. If you're looking for the perfect anniversary gift to show you care or destination for an epic girl’s day out, a visit here will do the trick. Our top pick? A Wellbeing Massage featuring 90 minutes of pure relaxation with restorative aromatherapy oils.

7. Take your celebration to new heights on a Sea Plane

Have you always dreamt of seeing Sydney from hundreds of feet in the air? Your dreams can now be a reality with a Sea Plane excursion. This is a wonderful way to treat yourself or a loved one to the views of the city from a new perspective. When you're in the air, fly along Sydney’s famous coastline watching Manly, Curl Curl and Palm Beach disappear into the distance. No matter if it's an anniversary, birthday or potential engagement, a sea plane journey promises to make memories that’ll last a lifetime.

8. Harbour cruise by night or day

Step aboard the prestigious Captain Cook cruise line for a fun-filled day on the harbour. For romance you can't look past a dinner cruise, or for a day out with the girls, high tea on the high sea is an excellent choice. Clink your glasses and toast to grand views and even grander times.

9. Shop 'til you drop at the Queen Victoria Building

This late nineteenth-century building in the centre of the city is a haven for shoppers. Browse hundreds of stores with high-end jewellery, clothes, homewares and more in the airy halls of the QVB. And remember, shopping is always a good idea, especially when it comes to surprise birthday and anniversary gifts.  

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