By Zoe Bradbury
Red roses, cupid and flowers take centre stage on the 14th of February, with Valentine’s Day celebrated around the world as the day of love.
This year, make Valentine’s Day an unforgettable occasion with some amazing and unique events happening across Sydney.
There’s something for every budget, and you don’t have to break the bank to show your significant other that they care (but there are some splurge options here).
Love on a budget
Astronomer Dr Luke Barnes from Western Sydney University is on hand to explain star gazing and what to look for, and once the informal learning session is complete, choose a telescope from Sydney City Skywatchers to gaze at the night sky.
Picnic rugs are provided, and guests can choose to pack their own picnics and drinks, or order one ahead from Pop-up Picnic, who have created a specialised Valentine’s Day hamper including lobster rolls, brie with sourdough, beetroot cured salmon, salads and chocolate fondant with raspberries, among other inclusions.
Price: $19 per ticket
Pop-up picnic hampers Valentine’s day special (optional): $185
Date and time: 14th February, 7:00pm
Cheese and alcohol: the ultimate combination. This Valentine’s Day, Green Square at The Social Corner in Zetland is holding a DIY Bocconcini and Cocktail Night.
In a hands-on 60-minute session, guests will be taught how to make their own bocconcini from scratch, using common kitchen equipment and techniques that can easily be replicated at home.
Following this, expert mixologists will reveal what makes the perfect cocktail, leading to a cocktail making session.
Price: $20 per ticket, includes cheese and cocktail
Date and Time: 14th February, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Forget the days of sitting on the grass at an outdoor cinema. Mov’In Bed ups the ante by providing actual queen beds with blankets and pillows for an outdoor cinematic experience that has been voted as one of the five best cinemas in the world.
Gourmet food from pop-up restaurants can also be delivered to each bed, and alcoholic drinks are also available to indulge on.
This Valentine’s Day, a special screening of Paris I Love You starring Elijah Wood and Natalie Portman is on offer.
Tickets are on sale for $99 for two people, which also includes two glasses of sparkling. Each bed will also be entered into a lucky draw, with a red sealed envelope given to all couples – one of which will contain a voucher for a one-night stay at Sydney’s luxurious Four Seasons hotel, complete with breakfast in bed.
Price: $99 for two, includes two pillows, two blankets, one double bed and two glasses of sparkling.
Date and time: Thursday, 14th February, 8:30pm
The Showring at The Entertainment Quarter / 125 Lang Rd, Moore Park NSW 2021
A three-course dinner amongst kangaroos and koalas? This Valentine’s Day, Wild Life Sydney Zoo are offering just that, complete with champagne.
With exclusive after-hours access to the zoo, a self-guided 45-minute tour and a meet and greet with kangaroo joeys, this Valentine’s Day experience is something out of the ordinary.
Dinner and a drinks package is served on the Koala Rooftop as the sun sets, and zoo keepers are on hand to provide information about the “romantic side” of the furry creatures.
Price: $350 per couple, includes drinks and appetizers on arrival, three course dinner, drinks package with beer and wine and exclusive zoo access.
Date and time: Thursday, 14th February, 6:00pm-8:45pm
Take love to new heights by booking a private Ferris wheel carriage at sunset with views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House by The Deck Sydney.
Included is a three-course meal with offerings such as Sydney rock oysters, wagyu bresaola, Confit and smoked duck and bruléed blueberry tart. Matched wines are also included.
Custom made tables and full restaurant style place settings make this a quality dining experience, but the Ferris Wheel carriage which completes several slow rotations, and the beautiful view of Sydney Harbour at sunset, will ensure the night is not forgotten quickly.
Price: $499 per carriage, includes three course meal and paired wines.
Date and time: Thursday, 14th February, 6:00pm
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