6 great daytime dates in Sydney
Rediscover Taronga Zoo
You probably haven’t been since your primary school excursion, so it’s well worth visiting again. Getting the ferry from Circular Quay adds to the appeal, especially if it’s a gorgeous sunny day. Bring a picnic and wander around getting acquainted with the animals – while getting acquainted with each other.
If you’ve bonded by chatting about your love of food, why not visit a culinary hotspot and sample some of Sydney’s fabulous multicultural food? For Vietnamese, hit Flemington or Cabramatta; Portuguese in Petersham, Greek in Marrickville, Italian in Haberfield or Leichhardt. There’s nothing quite like sharing a meal to solidify a connection. Take advantage of the daylight hours and get lost in an unfamiliar area of town.
Crawl Newtown’s beer gardens and rooftops
Newtown still has an alternative edge despite the explosion of frozen yoghurt stores in recent years. Great pubs like the Courthouse, the Marly, the Bank and the Newtown Hotel have spacious beer gardens where you can order a nice lunch, soak up a bit of sun and enjoy a nice refreshing drink minus the crowds they attract in the evenings. Same goes with the rooftops of the Coopers Arms and Kuletos. If the date’s going well, you can just keep rolling along King Street.
Plan a great picnic… anywhere
Sydney is built for the outdoors, and there are brilliant parks everywhere you go. Whether you’re on a beach-side park like Redleaf or Bronte, or a huge space like the Botanical Gardens, the Royal National Park or Ku-Ring-Gai National Park, there are many opportunities to plan a top notch picnic and show your date that you’ve really put some thought into the day.
Climb the Blue Mountains
A great place to escape the oppressive heat of height-of-summer western Sydney, the Blue Mountains is a beautiful place for a wander around, getting in some sightseeing or even a hike (if you’re prepared). With a number of quaint towns and quality eateries, it’s a perfect place for a daytime date, escaping the madness of the city and taking things at a slower pace.
Hit up some markets
Sydney has a thriving market culture, and you’ll find them in all kinds of areas. Marrickville’s Sunday morning markets are hugely popular these days; Eveleigh, Balmain, Rozelle, Kirribilli and Bondi markets are also crowd-pleasers. Feast on some freshly made gozleme, pick up a loaf of artisan bread, browse through the second-hand books and laugh at ridiculous retro clothing. Meet in the morning, and it might just turn into lunch.
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