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Published April 20th 2013
Whenever I start planning a romantic weekend getaway with my main squeeze I get really excited by all the possibilities, and then I end up really stressed about whether or not the whole thing is romantic enough. I can't tell you how many times I've wished I'd found an already put together itinerary I could steal from. So now I am preparing one for you. Even better I'm doing it across all price ranges too. You can thank me later!
Stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney in a room that faces the Opera House. Waking up with a view of the Opera House and a sparkling Sydney Harbour is breathtaking.
Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before your big day out. Then head to Rose Bay and take the Seaplane to Palm Beach for lunch at the exquisite Jonah's.
Return mid afternoon and indulge in a relaxing couples massage. Your hotel offers a relaxing two hour package that includes champagne.
Evening: For dinner go to Rockpool or Aria. Both are exquisite fine dining establishments.
Sunday Sleep in and have room service for breakfast. After breakfast, take a walk around Circular Quay and up to Mrs Macquarie's chair. Stop for lunch on your way back at either Aria or Cafe Sydney.
$$ - The Living It Up Itinerary
There is a great selection of hotels in this price range in Sydney but I would suggest somewhere like Diamant Boutique Hotel in Woolloomooloo. Woolloomooloo is great. It is virtually right in the city but manages to maintain a real village feel about it.
Saturday After a light breakfast at one of the local cafes make your way up through Domain and the Botannical Gardens to Circular Quay. From here take the ferry to Watson's Bay. Get takeaway fish and chips from Doyles and eat it right on the beach (or eat in if you are happy to spend a little more). If you don't like seafood then you can still go to Watson's Bay but have a picnic hamper delivered to you by The Sydney Picnic Co.
After lunch head to Icebergs at Bondi for an afternoon drink and then do the coastal walk from there to Coogee.
Have dinner somewhere with a view. I recommend Cafe Sydney in Circular Quay or 360 Bar and Dining at the top of Sydney Tower.
Sunday Sleep in and enjoy room service for breakfast. If you have the time, take a walk to The Rocks. Often there are markets and street performers there to delight you. Lunch can be a casual affair at one of the many local pubs or cafes before heading back to the airport.
$ - The All You Need is Love Itinerary
Seriously, Sydney offers romance just by the vibe. You really don't need loads of money to feel the love.
Think about staying one night instead of two. That will save you a good chunk of cash. Just take an early flight on the Saturday.
Stay at either The Bayswater Hotel or The Sydney Boulevarde Hotel. Both are good quality options for this price range and well located. You are about a 20min walk to the city and just down the road from edgy Darlinghurst.
Once you have checked into your hotel head to the closest supermarket and stock up on lunch and snack supplies. Don't forget the champagne from the bottle shop next door. Pack yourself a little picnic and head down to Circular Quay. Just past the Opera House you will find some lovely grassy areas to sit and enjoy your romantic long lunch. Have so much to eat you don't feel like dinner. Oh, and pack a picnic blanket!
As you had quite a substantial long lunch there is no need to go out for a big heavy meal at dinner time. Instead why don't you go to 360 Bar and Dining at the top of Sydney Tower and have a cocktail and a dessert?
Sunday – you are so close to Darlinghurst you simply have to go to Bill's for breakfast.