As Australia’s finest, Sydney is known for its exuding beauty that emanates right on its glimmering harbourfront. Honeymooners can’t help but be engrossed in its distinctive Pacific charm. If you are in search of a romantic and relaxing honeymoon destination, Sydney is the place to be. Join us and explore 23 relaxing experiences that will make for an unforgettable honeymoon. #marriageisanadventure
23 Things to do in Sydney for your Sydney Honeymoon
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1. Marvel at the architectural wonder – Sydney Opera House
If there is one place that screams Sydney, it is none other than Sydney Opera House. The iconic sails of this arts centre has adorned many postcards and will definitely fill your camera up with incredible photos. It took 16 years to build, so take time to marvel at this architectural wonder during your Sydney honeymoon. Step inside to appreciate a performance at the theatre (there are over 40 shows each week). Otherwise, take a tour to find out more about this famed dome. A VIP all-access pass gets you backstage and includes breakfast too!
2. Cruise through the cityscape breeze
Experience the world’s most beautiful harbour on a cruise. Discover the grand harbour on a ferry and get to tour the distinctive landmarks of Sydney. There are plenty of cruise options for you, made available by Captain Cook. You can hop and off with a 24 hour pass by Captain Cook as they ferry you to various attractions such as the Darling Harbour, Cricular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Manly, Fort Denison, Shark Island and Garden Island. Prices for the hop on hop off pass starts at AU$45 (~S$47). There are also dining cruises available!
Captain Cook Central Reservations Australia Int: +61 2 9206 1111 From Australia 1800 804 843 Website
3. Take an epic climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge
For the climb of your life, head up to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. At 134m above sea level, you will find yourself in the heart of Sydney Harbour with an uninterrupted paranoma of the city and surrounds. Soak up the world around you. You can even climb during sunrise or sunset to add more “epic” into the equation. Though it’s pretty pricey with daily climb prices starting at AU$158 (~S$167) and can go upto AU$393 (~S$417) for dawn/twilight hours, but on whether it’s worth it, see the video above or read Beverly’s review here. Book your climb with Bridge Climb.
Bridge Climb Website
4. Swim in an infinity pool right next to the ocean at Bondi Beach
One of the most popular travel destinations in Australia, Bondi Beach is a must visit on your Sydney honeymoon. Here you can soak up the sun, waves and adrenaline as you surfing, swimming and even coastal walks. Surrounding the area are lively restaurants, cafes and the promenade filled with rollerblades, cyclists and beach strollers. The Bondi Baths, an Olympic-sized infinity pool just next to the splashing waves made open to the public will be an experience you will never forget. For quieter alternatives, you can head to MacCallum Pool at Cremorne Point, Andrew Boy Charlton Pool set on the shores of Woolloomooloo Bay, Wylie’s Baths, Nielsen Park (in the east) and Balmoral Beach (north). The North Sydney Olympic Pool is a 50-metre heated pool that has amazing views of the harbour and bridge.
Bondi Icebergs Baths Phone: (02) 9130 4804 [email protected]
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-6.30pm Sat- Sun 6.30am-6.30pm Closed for cleaning every Thursday
5. Take a romantic coastal walk with spectacular views from Coogee to Bondi
The Bondi to Coogee walk is one of the most famous coastal walks in Sydney. It extends for 6km in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, and takes about 2 hours to complete. The route features stunning views of beaches, cliffs, bays, parks and rock pools. Cafes and restaurants along the way can serve as rest stops for you to refresh. This route is a medium grade urban walk but there might be some steeper paths and staircases along the way. You can opt for guided walks here.
6. Experience luxurious hospitality at Langham Sydney
In the heart of The Rocks, lies a secluded tranquility of elegant and luxurious living. In Langham’s each and every room lies a haven of plush, soft panelled walls and a high ceiling, each accented by views of the iconic Sydney cityscape or bustling Western Harbour. Spend time admiring the beautiful views, or take a relaxing swim in their indoor heated pool. Find all stress fading away as you enjoy a refreshing stay here at The Langham. Room prices start from S$500.
7. Experience fresh mountain breeze at Blue Mountains
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A rugged region west of Sydney in Australia NWS, Blue Mountains poses dramatic scenery of steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and villages. Here you’ll find the iconic Three Sisters sandstone rock formation. The region is dotted with guesthouses, galleries and gardens. Experience fresh mountain air as you rise above Sydney and enter this breathtaking region on a bushwalking trail. Definitely ideal for that romantic escape you desire. After your 3,000 ft high adventure, head to Jenolan Caves at the Central Tablelands where you will get to see gravity-defying stalacties.
8. Sip authentic Australian wine in Hunter Valley
As one of Australia’s major wine regions, there is no doubt you are going to taste some of the best wines in Hunter Valley. A 2 hour drive away from Sydney, be sure to head down for cellar door wine tastings and vineyard tours. Taste well known varietals such as Semillon and Shiraz. With over 150 premium wine produceres, 60 tempting restaurants and 180 inviting places to stay, exceptional wine and gourmet food awaits. You can even take a romantic hot air balloon flight to experience the picturesque sunrise up in the beautiful skies!
How to get there: You can self drive, take a coach or train. If you are traveling in style, you can even take a plane to Cessnock Airport, which is the closest airport (accessible by private charter & helicopters only). Click here for more information. Website
9. Watch the epic whale migration
The whale watching season begins from May to November along the east coat of New South Wales. Experience the beautiful sight of these majestic sea animals as they glide through the waters and leap up for air. Cape Solander in Botany Bay National Park marks one of the best locations to whale-watch. The cliff-top walking trial from Bondi to Coogee also offers fantastic opportunity for this magnificient sight. Other vantage points include Clovelly Beach and North Head Lookout, Sydney Harbour National Park. You can also visit North Maroubra, Bangally Headland at Avalon and Palm Beach lighthouse on Barrenjoey headland for more great views. For a close up, take a cruise by Captain Cook and Fantasea, whose tours departing from Circular Quay or Darling Habour.
10. Have the wildest slumber party at Taronga Zoo
Head to the bushy harbour hillside of Taronga Zoo and discover the jungle in the city. This city zoo (esp the koalas) will leave you with feeling awwww. Get up and close with the Koalas, Giraffes, Penguins and even owls. You can even have a slumber party in this city zoo! With their Roar & Snore accommodation (from S$309), sleepover and wake up to spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Or join their Keeper for a Day program (from S$300) and experience zookeeper life. You can even challenge yourself on a Wild Rope course! Needless to say, you will have an exciting Sydney honeymoon at the Taronga Zoo. Visit their daily timetable of shows here.
Taronga Zoo Bradley’s Head Road, MOSMAN, NSW 2088 AUSTRALIA Tel: 02 9969 2777 Overnigt reservations: (02) 9978 4791 | [email protected]
11. Take a romantic stroll in a city oasis
In the city lies a beautiful oasis of grenery and fresh air. Stretching up to 30 hectres, the Royal Botanic Gardens lie in the heart of Sydney. Take a romantic stroll in this santuary of various flora and fauna. Free guided walks are available at 10:30am everyday, starting at the Garden Shop.
How to get here: Ride a ferry to Circular Quay and walk through the gardens passing the Sydney Opera House.
12. Chill out over drinks at Darling Harbour
Sydney’s Darling Harbour is one of our top favourite places. With nice restaurants, cool bistros and bars, (and sometimes fireworks), it’s one of the best places to just chill out over a nice cold beer or a hot cuppa. Here also lives the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium (be sure to visit), WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo, The CHinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Quarter Playground, Madame Tussauds, the world’s largest cinema screen at IMAX, laser skirmish and tenpin bowling. High-street fashion and funky nightclubs also await you.
How to get there: Take a 10-minute walk from the CBD Website
13. Go Glamping at Cockatoo Island
For those of you not familar with ‘glamping’, it means camping in style. Take full advantage of Sydney’s best asset, and dive fully into the natural beauty of the great outdoors. Cocktatoo Island is one of the best camping sites in Sydney. You get to wake up to a gorgeous, calm waterfront. Don’t worry, there’ll be hot showers and boiled water. For an even finer camping experience amidst the bushes, check out Paperbark Camp at Jervis Bay.
14. Get your dose of adrenaline at Luna Park
Though the iconic entrance of Luna Park looks freaky, this premier amusement park is home to tons of fun and games. On top of that, this park has an amazing outlook over the Sydney harbour. Best of all, entry into the park is free and you only need to pay for the rides and games! So head down and catch some lively atmosphere on your Sydney honeymoon! For a more unforgettable Sydney honeymoon, book an award-winning Ferris Dining Wheel experience by The Deck (~S$428).
How to get there: The park is located at the northern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge which can be accessed by train, bus, ferry, or a private car. Phone: +61 2 9922 6644 Website
15. Surf, snorkel, explore Sydney’s hidden beaches
Apart from popular Bondi and Coogee beach, there are also many other quieter, more secluded beaches sprinkled around the Sydney Harbour. Made to be a perfect spot for a relax and unwind honeymoon, pack a picnic basket and head off to discover your own secret beach hideaway, many of which are accessible by ferry. Try Manly beach, Shelly Park, Queenscliff Beach, Narrabeen Beach, Palm Beach and many secret destinations await you here.
16. Taste authentic Fish n’ Chips at the Sydney fish market
There is no better way to enjoy a day than with freshly cooked seafood and a true blue down under experience. Blue skies, seagulls roaming free, sitting in the alfresco area enjoying crispy, freshly made fish and chips… At Sydney Fish Market, you can choose your favourite seafood and have them cooked and served up right on the spot – grilled, pan fried, sashimi-style, anyway you like it! This large marketplace featuring shops, restaurants, deli items, wine and baked goods is a must-visit on your Sydney honeymoon.
Sydney Fish Market Bank St & Pyrmont Bridge Road, Sydney NSW 2009 How to get there: Catch the Sydney Light Rail from Central Station, The Star, Haymarket or Darling Harbour to the Fish Market Stop. Opening Hours: Open Daily except Christmas Day. Retailers are open 7am – 4pm Monday – Thursday. Closes 5pm Friday – Sunday. Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant is open until 11pm every night. Website
17. Immerse yourself in colourful festive vibes
A Sydney stay will not be complete without experiencing their colorful festivals. Vivid Sydney Festival, is the most colourful of them all. An annual 23-day festival of light, music and ideas transforms Sydney into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures. Innovative light installations and grand-scale projects turns Sydney into a magical celebration. You can enjoy it all for free! This year it was held on 27th May – 18th Jun 2016. You can also check out many of Sydney’s festivals and celebrations here.
18. Savour brunch at The Grounds of Alexandria
No visit to Sydney would be complete without having brunch at The Grounds of Alexandria. Cafe lovers flock to this beautiful venue to enjoy freshly brewed coffee, hot piping breads and superb Sydney delights. Classics are reinvented to form perfect flavour combinations that will make you want to come back time and time again. Be sure to sink your teeth into the chewy delicious sourdough bread, freshly baked every day. Do note it does pack a crowd here, so waiting time is unavoidable. The mood and the vibes here though, makes the wait worth it.
The Grounds of Alexandria Building 7A, No 2 Huntley Street Alexandria NSW Australia Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7am to 4pm (kitchen closes at 3pm) Saturday and Sunday 7:30am to 4pm (kitchen closes at 3:30pm) Tel: +61 2 9699 2225 Website
19. Have a Saturday stroll at the Carriageworks Farmers Market (previously known as Eveleigh)
Held every Saturday in the heart of Sydney city, the award-winning Carriageworks Farmers Market gives you an authentic experience. See farmers and artisan food producers pack their trucks with fresh, seasonal and homemade produce that are made, grown from hand. Packed with a community spirit and a bustling atmosphere, this all-weather market is a great place to spend your Saturday. For alternatives, check out this post.
20. Haul cheap bites at Chinatown Market
Sick of all the fish n’ chips? You can get your comfort food at Sydney’s Chinatown Market. Taste your way through Asia without having to leave the city. One of Sydney’s most popular late-night eating and shopping hotspot, be sure to head down to this district to find delicious Asian street food and unique products. Chinatown street emits culture, creativity and energy. Another must-visit market would be Paddy’s.
Chinatown Market Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia Opening Hours: Every Friday 4-11pm Tel: +61 478 177 219 Website
21. Uncover history at Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Modern Sydney is built on convict foundations. At the Hyde Park Barracks, home to the convicts, you can uncover stories on the old days. The Hyde Park Barracks is one of 11 Australian convict sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Click here for other museums to visit in Sydney. Hyde Park is also the oldest public parkland in Australia. The 16.2 hectare park is also worth a visit. When here, also check out St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Hype Park Barracks Museum Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Tel: +61 2 8239 2311 Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm How to get there: We are located at the southern (Hyde Park) end of Macquarie Street, next to The Mint. The museum is a 5-minute walk from St James station (City Circle line) or a 10-minute walk from Martin Place station (Eastern Suburbs line). Website
22. Catch a movie, alfresco style
In summer season, everyone rushes out to catch a movie under the stars and snuggle on the lawn. It’s a great way to level up your movie date with the outdoor cinemas in Sydney. We would recommend Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema Inner West. Firstly, it’s by Ben & Jerrys which means free ice cream. Secondly… wait do we need a second? p.s there’s also live music Other outdoor cinemas include Moonlight Cinema, St George Open Air Cinema, Movies by the Boulevard.
How to get there: Sydney’s Moonlight Cinema is located at Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park (on the corner of Carrington Dr and Broome Ave) Paddington. The nearest gates to the cinema are the Woollahra Gates on Oxford Street.
23. Watch a musical at the Capitol Theatre
End off the romantic night with a musical at the Capitol Theatre. Award winning musical productions like Aladdin, Kinky Boots, Madame Butterfly, and Sleeping Beauty are hosted here. Check out what’s on here.
How to get to Sydney from Singapore
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Best Time to Travel to Sydney
The best time to visit Sydney would be September to November and March to May. These months skirt the high and low seasons, giving you comfortable temperatures, manageable tourist crowds and lower airfares. Avoid peak season in December to February (flights are super experience). Sydney’s winter is from June to August. You might want to consider this period as it’s the city’s low season and prices are very enticing. Sydney’s winter is also relatively milder as compared to the U.S.
Get Insured on your Honeymoon
Do remember to purchase your travel insurance before embarking on your honeymoon. Insurance is key to safeguarding yourself against expensive medical costs or luggage losses.