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Renew your romance in Sydney

Bondi Beach, SydneyCREDIT: Destination NSW

Swimmers heading out into the ocean from Bondi Beach, Sydney.

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Renew your
romance in Sydney

Bondi Beach, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Swimmers heading out into the ocean from Bondi Beach, Sydney.

#lovensw #ilovesydney

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It’s hard not to fall in love with Sydney — from its alluring harbour and blissful beaches, to its enchanting restaurants and bars-with-a-view, the city will leave you and your dearest feeling connected and new again. Pack your bags for a fairytale stay.   

Highlights: 

  • A suite with harbour views at Pier One Sydney Harbour hotel 
  • A private cruise to Mosman for lunch at Bathers’ Pavilion
  • A flute of bubbles at the Opera Bar as the sun sets 

Morning romance 

If you like to work up an appetite first thing in the morning, stroll through Haymarket (aka Chinatown) toward Edition Roasters. This Scandi-Japanese café has house-roasted coffee that will make you fall in love all over again, not to mention swoon-worthy pastries and cakes. 

Time to get indulgent. Head over the Pyrmont Bridge to The Darling Spa, in The Darling hotel at the Star casino for a luxurious treatment for two. Try the Li’Tya Ocean Dreaming Bath package, which combines a relaxing massage and a soothing soak next to that special someone.  

Depart Circular Quay on La Dolce Vita for a VIP transfer to Mosman, a well-heeled suburb on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Your chariot, a slick Italian wooden speedboat, arrived on Sydney Harbour direct from Lake Como, and you’ll feel like George and Amal as you zip across the water in the company of million-dollar views.  

Arriving in Mosman, you’ll land at Balmoral Beach, a gorgeous curve of sand sheltered by ancient fig trees. The Bathers’ Pavilion is your destination for brunch, with your meal in this grand Art Deco building only outshone by shimmering views over the water. Stroll the Esplanade and enjoy a dip before returning to Circular Quay, the same way you arrived. 

Bathers Pavilion, Mosman CREDIT: Destination NSW

An intimate meal at the Bathers Pavilion, Mosman.

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Bathers Pavilion, Mosman CREDIT: Destination NSW

An intimate meal at the Bathers Pavilion, Mosman.

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Hickson Road Reserve, Dawes Point CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a picnic in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at Dawes Point. 

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Hickson Road Reserve, Dawes Point CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a picnic in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at Dawes Point. 

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Afternoon swoon 

It’s hard to get much closer to the Sydney Harbour Bridge than when you’re checked in to the Pier One Sydney Harbour hotel at Walsh Bay — perhaps the only way is to ensure your stay is in its Admiral Suite. Located beside the water almost directly underneath the bridge, the luxe hotel’s most coveted room also comes with views of Luna Park and the Sydney Opera House — from pretty much every corner, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, an expansive standalone tub offering front-row views outside, and a private patio perfect for sunset champagne.  

That lush, grassy expanse shaded by Port Jackson fig trees under the Sydney Harbour Bridge (just steps from your hotel) is the northernmost tip of Dawes Point. Settle in for a leisurely picnic here, curated by Sydney Picnic Co. There are a number of gourmet menus to choose from, with seasonal inclusions like Australian king prawns, cheese platters and indulgent chocolate brownies.  

Get in the mood by ordering champagne to your room, and pop a cork while taking in views of yachts coming and going on the water. Then wander the cove east to Circular Quay, where Hyde Hacienda has a prime perch next to the Sydney Opera House. Sink into velvet sofas and order cocktails like the Harbourside Hibiscus 22, a muddle of vodka, elderflower liqueur and fresh strawberries.  

There are few Sydney spots quite as legendary to watch the sun set over the city as Opera Bar, set at the base of this namesake, white-sailed landmark and with views over to the Harbour Bridge. 

Evening indulgences 

Every winter, the Pier One hotel features pop-up Luxe Igloo Suites: see-through dome ‘tents’ beside the harbour, kitted with everything you need for a cosy few hours while the sun sets. At other times of the year, head to the Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf for equally mesmerising views, just a short walk from your room on Walsh Bay’s Wharf 4/5.  

Then head over the Pyrmont Bridge to LuMi Dining. Settle in for a date-night dinner under the restaurant’s whimsical pendant lights, casting glitter over the yachts moored in a sheltered marina. This lauded restaurant serves modern Italian cuisine with a Japanese twist, and the multi-course tasting menus offer an ingenious exploration of seasonal flavours and surprising textures.  

Meals at LuMi are long — walk off your indulgences on your way to Mister Percy, a 10-minute stroll through the inner-west suburb of Pyrmont. Mixologists at this slick wine bar inside the boutique Ovolo 1888 hotel shake and stir standout creative cocktails, with an impressive wine list to boot.  

Candlelight, live jazz, escargot, caviar and oysters… what could be more romantic than a meal in the fabulously French Restaurant Hubert? This character-filled brasserie is deep below the street in the centre of the city, with two just-as-atmospheric bars, should you wish to linger before or after your meal. 

Also underground is The Doss House, an intimate lounge just a 10-minute walk from Hubert, en route back toward your hotel. The stylish vintage interior is the perfect perch for a nightcap, with dapper mixologists overseeing a bar groaning under the weight of top-shelf whiskies. 

Restaurant Hubert, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

The charming French interiors of Restaurant Hubert, Sydney.

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Restaurant Hubert, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

The charming French interiors of Restaurant Hubert, Sydney.

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Opera Bar, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Drinks with a view at Opera Bar. 

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Opera Bar, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Drinks with a view at Opera Bar. 

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