Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your significant other, a bunch of gal pals or your dog (we travellers aren’t the judging type), spending a great deal of money on a Hallmark Holiday is not ideal. Especially when there are so many free (and beats the V-day crowd) activities that are loads of fun and can be enjoyed solo, as part of a two-man team or amongst a group.
Forget paying way too much on a fancy dinner; instead pack a picnic and head out on a romantic adventure to one of these top spots in Sydney.
- Figure 8 Pools – Royal National Park
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First things first, check that it’s low tide before planning to go out to the Figure 8 Pools. These pools are the perfect place to relax amongst the bush, cliffs and ocean. To get there is about a one-hour walk through the bush from the closest car park. Make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen and lots of nibbles and water!
- Seacliff Bridge – Grand Pacific Drive
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Hop in the car/on your motorbike and head south of Sydney and onto the Grand Pacific Drive. This is one of my favourite drives; I often drive this way home from Sydney rather than the highway. The Grand Pacific drives takes you through the rainforest of the Royal National Park, to the Coastal Escarpment, to many beaches and several lookout points. A highlight is definitely the famous Sea Cliff Bridge where you can often see migrating whales in whaling season. One of my favourite picnic spots on this drive is at Bald Hill, looking onto the Bridge and the escarpment and ocean around it.
- Mrs Macquarie’s Point – Sydney
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If you don’t fancy going outside of the city but still want something special to do, then a Sydney sunrise overlooking the stunning Sydney Harbour should definitely fit the bill. Mrs Macquarie’s Point is the perfect location to get pictures of the Harbour (including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House) from the Southern Side.
- Pool of Siloam – Blue Mountains
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If exploring the rainforest and finishing under a waterfall is your kind of idea of romance, than the Pool of Siloam at the Blue Mountains is perfect for you. It’s a super easy walk that only takes about half an hour to get to from the picnic area at Gordon Falls Reserve. So you can have a cute picnic lunch before trekking into the rainforest and swimming under waterfalls.
- Outdoor Table Tennis – Dee Why Beach
Dee Why Beach is a popular beach on Sydney’s North Shores. It hosts lots of sporting events as well as big New Years and Australia Day events. For Valentines Day, unleash your competitive side and slay your V-day buddy at a round of Table Tennis on the outdoor table tennis set.