These six Sydney lookouts offer incredible views of the city’s skyline, the glistening blue harbour waters and colourful sunsets; all surrounded by Australian native bush, heritage buildings and cultural landmarks.
Weather it is a romantic picnic with your partner, an intimate lookout to make your night of romance a bit longer or you’re looking for a sustainable and affordable date idea for the holiday; Valentine’s Day is the perfect evening to take in the idyllic scenes Sydney has to offer.
These locations are some of Sydney’s most instagrammable for beautiful memories with your one and only.
Dawes Point Reserve
Dawes Point Reserve (Tar-Ra) is located minutes from the Sydney CBD and is right underneath the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. The lookout is rich in Australian culture and history, defining it as a listed heritage site due to its traditional relics and archaeological remains.
There are plenty of grass patches, rocks, and benches to sit at to enjoy the close view of iconic Sydney landmarks including the Sydney Opera House, city landscape and Sydney harbour; all while viewing the Harbour Bridge architecture above to make it a memorable Valentine’s Day.
Fairfax Lookout, North Head
Located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches right at the end of Manly, this lookout is surrounded by the beaches and historical buildings of the Quarantine Station and the Australian Army Artillery Museum.
At the end of North Head Scenic Drive, this lookout is full of rich history and sentiment while having the luxury of being able to enjoy the lookout from the boot of your car on the small parking strip directly opposite the view or a grassy patch under the stars.
The view looks onto all different areas of Sydney, including the sparkling lights of Sydney’s CBD, the iconic Centrepoint Tower, the Sydney heads and Hornby lighthouse; all surrounded by Sydney’s glistening harbour waters. The twinkling lights from this lookout will bring some magic to your Valentine’s Day evening.
Larkin Street Lookout, Balls Head Reserve
While more secluded than other Sydney lookouts, the Larkin Street lookout directly mirrors Sydney’s harbour style living, with the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and beautiful old houses in view. Located at the edge of Balls Head Drive and Larkin Street in Waverton, the picturesque lookout captures Berry Bay, Balls Head Bay and Goat Island in the Sydney Harbour. The lookout is not as well-known as others, adding a bit more privacy and intimacy to your Valentine’s Day lookout.
When viewed during sunset you can see all the colours bounce off the calm water among the boats, making it a breathtaking view and magical experience, making it an ultimate Instagram spot.
Dudley Page Reserve
In the Eastern Suburbs, Dover Heights offers a wide grassy lookout to capture a panoramic view of the Sydney skyline. Raised on a stretch of luscious grass perfect to lay a picnic rug or extend some chairs, Sydney Harbour and Eastern Suburbs can be appreciated at all angles. (of the city.)
On top of the Sydney city, this Dover Heights lookout has a 360 view of the harbour waters, hotspot eastern and CBD suburbs and iconic attractions such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Centrepoint Tower and the Sydney Opera House. With lots of space to set up an aesthetic picnic and a perfect location to catch the sunset, this lookout is perfect to enjoy a luxourious yet affordable and sustainable picnic.
This little bay on the Northern Beaches has aqua blue water giving a clear view of all the fish in the ocean, going out for miles to meet at the heads with the rest of Sydney Harbour.
This bright location is surrounded by large rockpools, tall trees and wide patches of grass, with plenty of seating available to take in the scenic water views.
With views of boat ramps and many little sailboats, the Manly wharf and Sydney heads, the view is authentically breathtaking with all the elements of nature surrounding the beach to take in the picturesque Sydney waters and the relaxed and coastal town of Manly.
With many private bays, grassy hills and benches, this spot offers lots of privacy to relax and enjoy the view all evening this Valentine’s Day.
Cremorne Point Circuit Walk
Along this 3km circuit trail in Cremorne on Sydney’s lower north shore, waterfront views of Sydney Harbour can be admired from any point along the walk with plenty of grass space and benches to take a seat and watch the view.
While looking out to Mosman Bay, Sydney CBD, the north Sydney skyline and the harbour, the scenic Robertson’s Point Lighthouse, luscious green Cremorne Reserve and the glistening MacCallum swimming pool can all be viewed and appreciated among the old and unique mansions and glistening water for the whole stretch of the walk.
With this lookout being the perfect view to see all of the Lower North Shore and Sydney CBD with many Sydney landmarks and plenty of room to set up for the evening, this lookout has the perfect view for a romantic Valentine’s Day picnic.