Dating in Sydney: summer vs. winter



Dating during the Sydney winter means that there are plenty of excuses to cosy up together in a pub or café.  Although the weather here isn’t all that bad, so very few activities are off limits during this time.

Christmas in July

Why not drag the festive season awkwardly into the middle of the year, when we get our dose of inclement weather in Sydney? Only Aussies would think of such a crazy idea. A kitschy date like this means heading to a pub or bistro for splendid feast of turkey and all of the trimmings. If ever there was a reason to forage around for a plastic mistletoe ornament in your cupboard, this is it!

Bondi during winter

Iconic Bondi is still very accessible during winter. You could learn to surf together at a Bondi surf school and then brave the winter waves. Although this means exposing your winter haunches to the eagle eyes of your date, so you’ll need to decide how comfortable you are with that! Alternately, you could do the Bondi to Bronte walk together past spectacular cliff tops, quiet beaches and the ink coloured sky.

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Dating during summer in Sydney is a completely different story. There’s a much more dynamic and buoyant atmosphere in the city because of the fine weather. This opens up a whole new world of dating options. Although beware the perils of drinking wine in the hot weather (you can unwittingly get drunk), and also of nasty things lurking in your periphery like sharks, snakes, and spiders. Just kidding, sort of.

Sydney Festival

After the frenetic rush of Christmas, January sees the crowds disperse and the city return to its citizens. With the tropical summer in full swing, the Sydney Festival begins. A mostly free calendar of arts, music, burlesque, circus, and theatre performances takes over the city. It’s a fabulous and cheap date night idea.

Al fresco films

The outdoor lifestyle of Sydney-siders mean that open air cinemas are all the rage nowadays. Nothing can prepare you for the panoramic experience of sipping on wine at dusk and watching cult films with the sparkling harbour in the distance. Try the St. George OpenAir cinema at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the Sydney Botanical Gardens. 

Late night sustenance

After a long and splendid Sydney dusk, head to some purveyors of great late night fare. Fatima’s restaurant serves the ever-popular kebab and other delicacies until 3am. Alternately, try Golden Century Seafood Restaurant who cook up a storm of salt and pepper crab and more – open until 4 am.

Summer dating in SydneyImage source

For lovers of the cold or the heat – there are reasons to go forth and mingle in every season. With some careful planning, you can do something a little different from the standard dinner and movie.

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