Where to Propose in Sydney

Sydney is known for it's beautiful harbor area with its iconic Opera House and stunning bridge. It’s no surprise that most of the best locations to propose in Sydney are around this area or have beautiful views towards it. Here are some of the best spots in Sydney to propose.

Proposing in Sydney Harbor

For the best views of the water, and a truly romantic proposal, why not consider a cruise around Sydney Harbor? You could choose to sail in a historic timber tall ship, or take a more luxurious dinner cruise. Most cruise companies will be able to arrange for you to sit in a particularly romantic or secluded spot on the boat if you let them know in advance that you intend to propose. Or you could charter a small boat just for the two of you.

If you’d rather stay on dry land, you could consider proposing inside the Sydney Opera House. There are a variety of tours of the Opera House that you can take and nothing could be more significant that popping the question inside those well known sails with a beautiful view of the harbor. Celebrate in the Opera Bar afterwards.

For the more adventurous couple, the summit of Sydney Harbor Bridge is a stunning place to propose. You can book a bridge climb with professional guides who will help you on your ascent to the top. They can even provide a special engagement ring safety device for you to use to make sure your sparkling diamond doesn't end up at the bottom of the harbor. Alternatively, you could just climb the historic Pylon Lookout, which has 200 steps but is still much less strenuous than a bridge climb.

Proposing With Views of Sydney

Because of Sydney’s location on the water that leads out to the Tasman Sea there are countless places you can go for a great view of the harbor. The north beaches are a favorite choice, but you can also go west towards Balmain or east towards Vaucluse.

Cremorne Point is easily accessible by ferry from central Sydney and is a beautiful place to take a walk with your girlfriend and enjoy the views across the harbor. Robertsons Point Lookout in Cremorne Reserve, with its lovely lighthouse, has perhaps the best views.

Watsons Bay is located on the southern head at the entrance to the harbor, with the Tasman Sea on one side and views towards Sydney on the other. You can walk to Macquarie Lighthouse, Australia’s oldest lighthouse for a dramatic proposal, and celebrate at the first Doyles Restaurant afterwards. Nielsen’s park is also a beautiful spot.

For one of the best views of Sydney, consider proposing at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, a seat carved out of the rock for Governor Macquarie’s wife over 150 years ago so she could enjoy panoramic views over the harbor. It is located on the eastern edge of the Botanical Gardens so you could enjoy a romantic stroll there first.

Another fabulous view of the bay is from Balls Head, a beautiful bush reserve on the Waverton Peninsula, north of the harbor. It offers stunning views of Harbor Bridge, Darling Harbor, Balmain and of course the city skyline. It is usually fairly quiet and secluded for an uninterrupted proposal.

Picnic Proposals in Sydney

Sydney is an area with plenty of natural beauty and there are countless parks and beaches that are ideal for a romantic picnic and proposal. Balmoral Beach is a beautifully serene beach with clear waters and sweeping views out over the heads, as well as good restaurants nearby where you can celebrate after she’s said yes.

Another lovely beach for a proposal picnic is Milk Beach, located at the base of hermit Bay in Vaucluse. With its white sand, picturesque location, views of the bridge, and historic houses, Milk Beach is an ideal spot for a romantic picnic for two.

For something truly unique why not book a seaplane picnic tour? You can fly along the north beaches and your pilot will drop you off at a secluded beach that is only accessible by plane or boat, and leave you for a couple of hours with a delicious picnic, before returning to pick you up for a return flight around Sydney Harbor.

If you’d like a location away from the harbor, you could consider Centennial Park, a grand park south of Sydney’s central business district, with European style formal gardens, ponds, grand avenues, and historic buildings and statues. The Rose Garden or Column Garden are perfect places to propose. An alternative park would be Queen’s Park, set in a natural amphitheater at the base of sandstone cliffs, with a lovely view of the Sydney skyline.

Where to Stay in Sydney

There are so many top class hotels in Sydney that it is difficult to narrow the choice down. The city is especially well known for luxurious boutique hotels that offer personal service and a romantic atmosphere at reasonable prices. So once you've decided which part of Sydney you’d like to stay in there is sure to be a great hotel close by.

The Observatory Hotel is located in the heart of Sydney’s central business district and is known for its luxurious tranquility. Highlights include the relaxing spa, the delicious afternoon teas, and the innovative Galileo Restaurant.

Another stylish and luxurious option in Sydney’s central business district is the Establishment Hotel. Book their romance package to make sure you and your new fiance have a relaxing stay. Another great choice in the central business district is The Castlereagh, an elegant heritage hotel that prides itself on personalized service.

The Sebel Pier One is a superb waterfront hotel located in the heart of The Rocks. It is built on and over the water and has its own private pontoon. The federation style timber and ironwork exterior gives a clue to the building’s nautical history, and the contemporary interiors ensure you have every luxury during your stay.

BLUE Sydney is a Taj Hotel and is ideally located on the Wharf at Woolloomooloo, a very fashionable part of Sydney. From the hotel you can enjoy wonderful views of the harbor, city sky line, and Botanical Gardens, while inside the ultra modern and stylish interiors are equally memorable.

Close by is the Kirketon Hotel, a forty room boutique hotel that forms part of the 8 Hotels collection. Beautifully designed and more affordable than many other hotels in the vicinity, the rooms at the Kirketon feature thoughtful touches such as rain showers, superior linen, and luxurious bathrobes.

Part of the Star complex in Pyrmont, the Darling Hotel is a brand new five star hotel with views from Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Blue Mountains. You can benefit from floor to ceiling windows, signature Darling beds, Molton Brown toiletries, and relaxing rain shower heads in each room.

For couples that prefer small unique hotels Kathryn’s on Queen is a luxury boutique bed and breakfast with just two rooms located in Woollahra on the Sydney East side. Enjoy the fabulously restored Victorian building and eat breakfast in the leafy central courtyard.

Where to Eat in Sydney

Sydney is known as a city that has it all and that certainly applies to the restaurant scene. Whatever type of cuisine you’re looking for you can be sure Sydney does it well, but of course contemporary Australian cuisine and seafood are specialties. Here are some fabulous restaurants for a post proposal dinner.

Tetsuya’s Restaurant in central Sydney is a very popular restaurant, so advance bookings are essential. Serving a unique cuisine that combines Japanese and French techniques and flavors, the restaurant is well known for its ten course degustation menu. The dining rooms overlook a Japanese garden and feature eclectic art and ceramics.

360 Bar and Dining is as popular for its stunning views as for its modern Australian cuisine and impeccable service. The restaurant is located at the top of Sydney Tower and revolves while you eat providing an ever changing view of the city and beyond.

Quay, located right on the harbor with breathtaking views, has consistently been named as the best restaurant in Australasia, due to the innovative cuisine of chef Peter Gilmore. The dishes at Quay are characterized by the chef’s use of texture and exploration of nature’s diversity.

Aria is another award winning restaurant located on the edge of the harbor with fantastic views over the Opera House and bridge. Its contemporary menu offers the freshest Australian produce, and the warm and elegant interior makes it ideal for a romantic dinner.

Cafe Sydney has a fabulous location on the rooftop of Customs House on Circular Quay with incredible views of the harbor. The excellent menu includes chilled crustaceans, oysters freshly shucked to order, grilled ocean fish, and quality cuts of meat, and the restaurant has become an integral part of city life.

Guillaume at Benelong is located within the Opera House itself, so you can dine beneath the well known sails. The gorgeous chocolate brown interior makes it a cosy romantic choice and you can reserve an intimate booth for two. The cuisine is contemporary Australian with classic French influences, and the views are wonderful.

The Bather’s Pavillion at Balmoral Beach is a truly Australian experience in a beautiful location overlooking the Heads and Middle Harbor. The restaurant uses small local producers and growers, meaning that the menu changes seasonally. Traditional cooking methods such as wood fired ovens and grilling on vine leaves add to the warm and inviting atmosphere.

Doyles Restaurant at Watson’s Bay is the original Doyles Restaurant, first opened in 1885, and is ideal for a fabulous seafood dinner following a walk around the Bay. Be sure to try some of Doyle’s signature dishes or seafood selections.

Romantic Activities in Sydney

Your proposal will only take up a small part of your trip to Sydney so make sure you plan plenty of other activities to keep the romance going. Here are a few ideas for fun or romantic things to do in the Sydney area: