What are your thoughts on the best place for an outdoor date in or around Sydney? I'm thinking along the lines of picnic settings, bush walk tracks, places for photography and so on. Please include prices and optimum visit times if possible.
I love visiting the Blue Mountains. There's hundreds of walking tracks from easy to super difficult, it's easy to get to by train or bus from the city, the community is so friendly and relaxed and there are rad activities to do (such as the skyway or that super steep little carriage ride) if you don't mind paying. Bonus on the rides is that you can sneak in a cuddle if you pretend to be (or are actually!) scared.
Great debut question Jess. Hyde Park in the city immediately comes to mind. Great to just pash your loved one on one of those park benches, or spend some time together in the grassed area. Although busy, it is a great spot for a picnic. Brighton beach has that romantic aura to it too.
Yes, Hyde Park is certainly a good idea. I just went there recently with my boyfriend and we such a good time just walking, talking and snapping photos at the park. Other outdoor dates we've had have included bush walk tracks, Trees Adventure at Gross River Park and horse riding. I must say I found the Trees Adventure to be particularly wonderful though. There were moments of encouragement and support and also a shared sense of achievement once an activity had been completed. Teamwork, adventure and fun! I also particularly love the Lisgar Gardens in Hornsby for activities like picnic dates. The gardens are just so beautiful that you cannot go wrong there
If the weather is good going for a kayak on the water could be a fun outdoor date. My husband and I aren't particularly sporty people, but we did it once and absolutely loved it. Beautiful scenery, the chance to talk (and have plenty to talk about because of all the sights), and it can feel quite intimate sitting so close and getting the paddles in time. There's multiple locations around Sydney you can rent a kayak or take a lesson as well. A couple of ones are listed below:
Yarramundi Reserve at Grose Wold is great for picnicking, walking, fishing, photography, horse riding, bird watching, swimming, canoeing and just sitting beside a river. The southern section is a Wildlife Refuge so you can expect to see native birds and animals. Getting there: Yarramundi Reserve is located at the confluence of the Grose and Hawkesbury-Nepean Rivers. Access is off Springwood Road, Yarramundi, with a main entrance and car park on the northern side of Springwood Road and a minor entrance on the southern
side, adjacent to the Yarramundi Bridge. Pedestrian access to the northern most section of the reserve can be gained from the adjacent Navua Reserve, off Ashtons Road,
Grose Wold. Wheelchair and pram access are available from the
northern car park.
My favourite place for a new date is the City itself because you have a variety of settings for yourself and your date.
So for a day in the city, get off at Hyde Park and walk through this lovely park. It is much more romantic at night so aim to finish here.
Then walk up to the Art Gallery. Art can be an interesting date in itself but I think we want to get back outside.
So walk then through the Domain and into the Botanic Gardens. Sit together at Mrs Macquarie's chair, lie on the grass. Then walk around the Sydney Opera House to Circular Quay and enjoy buskers in the outdoors. The most romantic one was when there was a Mexican Harp player who we paid to play some romantic tunes just for us.
Now if you are sick of being outdoors you can end in a romantic restaurant or bar in the rocks or walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Here you have a combination of outdoors, natures, art, culture, street culture, fine dining and city views. A perfect, get to know you date.
there's so many lovely places to visit also, in the Royal National Park in the Sutherland Shire. Or catch the little ferry from behind Cronulla station, over to Bundeena. The Bundeena RSL should be up & running again, at the end of 2016 after it was nearly (all) destroyed by a fire in 2014. A lovely place for lunch, over looking the Port Hacking River. (Ask for a table by the window, if your planning on dinning there)