If you are in Sydney on a romantic holiday and have decided that it’s time to take the plunge, this list is written primarily for you. These 12 places are all perfect spots to propose in Sydney. If you are not ready for that step, they still make fantastic places for romantic date nights.
- 1. On a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb
- 2. Bondi Beach at sunrise
- 3. Mrs Macquarie’s Point at sunset
- 4. Dining with a view
- 5. Kayaking on Sydney Harbour
- 6. On the Spit Bridge to Manly walk
- 7. At Observatory Hill
- 8. In Wendy’s Secret Garden at Lavender Bay
- 9. On a Sydney Harbour water taxi
- 10. At the very beautiful Palm Beach (aka Summer Bay)
- 11. On the Ferris wheel at Luna Park
- 12. In the air over Sydney Harbour!
1. On a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb
Over 5000 people have popped the question at the top of this Sydney icon. It’s an excellent choice as long as you know your partner is not terrified of heights! The staff at Bridgeclimb will need to be in on it to keep the ring for you till you get to the top, as you are not allowed to carry anything at all when you climb.
Oh, and if you are the shy type, don’t worry, they can arrange a bit of privacy for you at the right time. Bridge Climb has a bunch of romance packages, and you can add everything from a picnic basket to fine dining to your booking. Find out more details about how proposals on the Sydney Harbour Bridge work.
If you want to dial up the romance, you can’t go past
an overnight yacht stay on Sydney Harbour
2. Bondi Beach at sunrise
What could be more romantic than watching the sunrise over the water at Bondi? It is pretty magical, and if you get cold feet, you can continue onto the Bondi to Coogee walk and propose over drinks at the end! Check this link for Bondi sunrise times.
3. Mrs Macquarie’s Point at sunset
If you are not much of a morning person, how about the end of the day. Mrs Macquarie’s point provides another pretty postcard spot that will impress.
Unlike the Royal Botanic Gardens, next door, this area is open 24 hours a day. You can check sunrise and sunset times right here.
4. Dining with a view
Consider Level 36 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Cafe Sydney, Infinity at Sydney Tower, O Bar and Dining in Australia Square or Quay in the Rocks for some super special occasion dining.
The view of the harbour with the bridge and Opera House sparking away below is bound to help secure a yes!
5. Kayaking on Sydney Harbour
If you are the outdoor type, you might like to rent a kayak from Rose Bay or Manly and head out onto the harbour.
The team at Manly can also book a private picnic on a deserted beach for an extra special touch and even list a proposal picnic in their offerings! Worried about all the harbour traffic – then you can book an organised ride through Middle Harbour.
6. On the Spit Bridge to Manly walk
This is a beautiful 10km walk – giving you plenty of time to work up the courage to get the words out and lots of perfect vantage spots along with way.
It is also relatively quiet during the week, so great if you are a little shy and would prefer not to have crowds ogling you as you voice the words.
7. At Observatory Hill
Pack a bottle of wine and a small picnic and head to the rotunda on Observatory Hill behind the Rocks.
It’s not usually as busy as some other harbour spots, and you can stop for a drink to celebrate in one of the Rocks pubs on the way home.
8. In Wendy’s Secret Garden at Lavender Bay
Even the name sounds romantic, right. Although it’s a bit less of a secret these days, this pretty water-front garden in North Sydney is a gorgeous place to pop the question. You can also book to be married here.
9. On a Sydney Harbour water taxi
You can rent a water taxi to take you out on the water – like a private boat. When you are making your booking, let them know what you are up to, and they will be able to suggest some suitable spots.
10. At the very beautiful Palm Beach (aka Summer Bay)
Palm Beach, aka Summer Bay, might be the perfect spot if your prospective fiance is a big Home and Away fan.
Regardless it is an absolutely gorgeous spot at the end of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and if you head up on a weekday, you will easily find a patch of sand to yourself.
Another option is a seaplane flight from Rose Bay to Jonah’s restaurant in Palm Beach
Travelling on public transport might kill the romance, so consider booking a private tour if you don’t have a car.
11. On the Ferris wheel at Luna Park
All the fun of the fair at the Ferris Wheel with a view! If you want to up the ante, there are some great dining options under the bridge.
12. In the air over Sydney Harbour!
Choose between a helicopter flight over the Sydney Harbour or Bondi Beach or a Seaplane flight proposing in the air over Sydney Harbour; either is guaranteed to impress; it might be a good idea, though, to check how your partner feels about small flying machines first though!
Do you have another suggestion for where to propose in Sydney that I can add to the list? I would love to hear it.
First Published 12 August 2016 – Revised and updated 30/12/2022