When February 14 rolls around, lovers and friends exchange letters, chocolates, jewellery, or try to top each other with experience gifts that capture the moment on Valentine’s Day.
To kick it off, here are a couple of Valentine’s Day gift experiences to think about. Feel free to send any sexy chocolates or quirky gifts my way!
Climb, Graze & Gaze
Take Valentine’s Day to new heights with this luxury picnic experience. It all starts the moment you step into BridgeClimb and begin your journey to the Summit of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. With your climb group, and your loved one by your side, you’ll soak in breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour and create unforgettable memories together.
After your Climb, you’ll be making your way to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Observatory Hill, or Kirribilli to enjoy a beautifully prepared luxury picnic, gazing back at the impressive Bridge you just conquered together. The menu includes the ultimate graze board, a picnic table with all of the decorative trimmings, music, and so much more.
For every Climb, Graze & Gaze purchased, 10 meals are delivered to those in need through our partnership with OzHarvest.
Prices start from $846.
Sunset Cinema returns to the iconic North Sydney Oval for its 10th season, illuminating the picturesque grandstand with 35 films and offering a great opportunity to enjoy the warmer weather with your family, mates or dates.
Because movies are best enjoyed with a great bevvie, there will be a fully stocked bar with beverages from Greenall’s Gin, Big Drop Brewing, Fowles Wine, StrangeLove, and BentSpoke, as well as hearty eats by local food vendor, Casa Fine Foods.
Movie-must-have snacks like freshly popped popcorn, chocolates, and lollies will also be available each session. Sunset Cinema also allows for a BYO picnic, so get creative.
Westpac open-air Cinemas
The buzz starts in the early evening as friends, colleagues, and lovers gather to enjoy the event’s harbourside bar and restaurant. With stunning views over the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the city skyline, the event offers an amazing festive atmosphere that captures the spirit of Sydney in the summertime.
Dining: Dining on the harbour at our restaurants and bar is as much a part of the OpenAir experience as the films. With an array of food & beverages to suit all tastes from classic drinks & snacks to cocktails & fine dining.
Film Program: You can check out our incredible full 2022 Film Program here.
Tickets: Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.
Tia Maria bar at Moonlight Cinema
What could be more romantic than spending an evening watching a film under the stars, cocktail in hand with your special loved one? The Tia Maria bar at Moonlight Cinema will be offering the classic Espresso Martini and also Matcha-Tini’s made with Tia Maria’s brand new Matcha Liqueur. Book a session for you and your Valentine at Moonlight Cinema and enjoy a cocktail or two whilst watching a romantic movie for a dreamy night you’ll both cherish. Tickets from $20 per person. Sessions are available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.
Gift your partner a Camplify gift voucher to whisk away in one of their boutique campervans like Sandy the Van or Nellie Melba. These vans come with everything you need for a romantic getaway with your loved one. Alternatively, grab a couple of your best pals and head out on a road trip adventure in one of Camplify’s fully equipped motorhomes like Moana the Caravana which can sleep up to four people. Prices from $115 per night.
A romantic staycation is quite possibly the best way to mark the occasion. And what better way to get (truly and unavoidably) up close and personal than to spend a night or two in a tiny house? Twenty-five minutes north of Lithgow in the Wolgan Valley, Piccolino is a self-catered tiny house and the ideal option for total privacy and to disconnect from everything else. This eco-friendly getaway has no Wi-Fi or mobile reception, giving you the perfect opportunity to be undisturbed and to take in the surrounding World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park.
Staying in the bush doesn’t always mean camping in a tent. Hidden amongst the trees but on the doorstep of the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley, the highlight of Serenity Abode is its deck, lounge, and breakfast bar. Romantic seclusion is guaranteed – the only visitors are the local wildlife including kangaroos and wombats (and the host’s Labrador, Diesel, who may come to visit).
The Wabe lies in the beautiful Kanimbla Valley with views of the Blue Mountains escarpment. Set at the end of a quiet country lane where the only things you will hear are birds singing and cattle mooing. If you are looking for outdoor activities, this tiny house is a great base for visiting Jenolan Caves, eclectic Blackheath, and the many bushwalks of the Blue Mountains.
Valentine’s Day Aquarium
A memorable after-hours experience; an evening of great food, delicious drinks, romantic music and the unique chance to experience SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium in a whole new light.
• Exclusive after-hours access to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium – 45min self-guided tour
• Intimate 3-course dinner
• 2 hour premium drinks package
Enjoy a romantic dinner at the newly refurbished Pumphouse Sydney located at Darling Square precinct in Darling Harbour. The Valentine’s Day set menu starts with Pumphouse’s signature seafood platter to share with Sydney Rock Oysters, chargrilled king prawns, ocean trout crudo and fish rillettes. For the main, choose from the corn-fed chicken breast, SA snapper or gourmet steak fries. To finish the evening a red velvet cake with raspberry sorbet and white chocolate. Vegan and vegetarian options are available upon request. From $180 per couple.
‘Once Upon a Time’ – Chapter 3
Always one to flip the memories of our favourite characters on its head, this year Nelly will be plating up Winnie the Pooh’s best and smallest friend – our beloved Piglet. Confit pork belly glazed in honey and topped off with carrots from the always gloomy Eeyore, ‘Hundred Acre Wood’ is the most delicious rendition of our favourite story you will see.
Another highlight from the menu, and one that is already a firm favourite of the nel. Restaurant team is the incredible Boo’s Best Friend – a white chocolate and mint parfait resembling Mike Wazowski’s eye topped with James P. Sullivan coloured fairy floss.
Nel Restaurant, $145 per person, plus $105 for matching wines and cocktails.
Watson’s Valentine’s Eve
Sunday 13th February 2022 will be a night to remember with sexy tunes, live by Pu-Siki from 5pm until late, rom coms on the mega screen, a free glass of Prosecco and a special treat on the house.
Enjoy an evening of love song dedications and R&B favourites with a cocktail in hand like the Strawberry Sorbet Martini or a sexy and strong classic like a Negroni. There is also a vast selection of eats available to share or indulge on your own from Cheese and Charcuterie Boards to Moreton Bay Bug Rolls and Salmon Ceviche or a 1kg Rangers Valley Black Onyx Grain Fed Rib Eye best shared between two with the addition of a few cheeky sides to name a few.
Oxford Tavern – Furever Valentine’s
POV: It’s Valentine’s but centered around the real love interests of the Inner-West. Bring your pals, furry friends & dog-loving amigos for a Sunday Funday pooch party.
For the good puppers, there will be doggo beer (made and canned in house), treats & special menu items for the furry friends. For the humans, knock back a few $12 Bloody Marys & enjoy a full Sunday Roast for just $25 all day. Plus, all the usual Tav vibes, cruisy beer garden, good music, cold beers & smokin’ bbq.
The Old Fitz
The Old Fitz has decided to do things a little differently for Valentine’s Day. Head Chef, Anna Ugarte-Carral, has prepared a delightful set menu that’s available not just on Valentine’s Day, but from Friday 11th to Monday 14th February – for lunch or dinner.
$75pp Set Menu – Share Style
$55pp Wine Pairing – Optional
The Duke of Enmore
The Duke has decided to throw a party to celebrate mates! It’s been a tough year for us all so there’s no better way to celebrate the ones we love with a dirty Duke Monday.
They will be collecting donations for the Black Dog Institute.
The Duke’s friends, DOWNGIRL will be dishing out some femme, soul punk from 8:00pm.
Allowing people to curate the perfect gift for their special someone this Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day. PersonallyPicked has over 200 incredible gift options such as Glasshouse candles, Just a Glass wines, Mr Consistent ready-made cocktails, Frank Green reusable cups and Koko Black chocolates, just to name a few! The best part, each gift box is personalised with the recipient’s name for the ultimate personalised experience.
If you’re looking for inspiration, PersonallyPicked’s recently launched experience gift boxes are just the thing. These experience boxes have been curated with products that are intended to be used together to create an overall at-home experience.
Each gift box comes with a dedicated instruction card that includes step by step instructions on how to use each of the items in the gift, for the ultimate experience. It also includes a breakdown of every product in the gift box, including tasting notes, supplier information and more.
The Botanist x The Plant Mail
Cocktails have been made a breeze with The Botanist Gin and The Plant Mail partnering to create the ultimate cocktail gifting option for lovers to indulge. Each gift features a grey ceramic pot, filled with a lush rosemary plant packaged in a unique, chic box and a 200ml bottle of The Botanist Gin. The perfect cocktail garnish to numerous cocktails, this cute plant makes a delightful addition to the interior of your house.
Truff Hot Sauce Variety Pack
Know a spicy little someone you’d like to treat this Valentine’s Day? The TRUFF variety pack features the OG hot sauce, hotter sauce, and white truffle blend, so you can get a feel for all the complex flavours combining red chilli with delicate truffle. With an ingredient list that somewhat replicates a fine tequila, TRUFF is the pantry staple set to bring some heat to your new (or tired) relationship.
Whether it’s a romantic night in with your partner or a picnic date with your Galentine, FishMe!, Sydney’s one-stop-shop for the finest, freshest, and biggest seafood delivered right to your door, has a perfect option for every price point. From Merimbula Sydney Rock Oysters, Australian Mud Crabs, Essential Sashimi Combo 3, to the Lobster Family Platter.
Click here to view other selections.
Chef Anna Polyviou Cookie Dough
Anna Polyviou’s latest culinary adventure is turning supermarket shelves hot pink, the vibrant packaging housing three decadent and delicious flavours, Triple Choc, Choc Brownie and Peanut Butter Fudge. Simply roll two tablespoons of dough into balls, place on a baking tray and pop in the oven for 10 -12 minutes. Viola! Freshly baked, gooey cookies in no time at all.
For those feeling adventurous, scan the QR code on the side of the tub to unlock exclusive recipes, tips, and tricks on how to pimp your cookie dough. Go beyond the traditional cookie and whip up MasterChef worthy creations (think cookie dough ice cream and barbeque Smore’s).
Dyson Airwrap™ Styler
A limited-edition red/nickel gift set. The Dyson Airwrap™ styler harnesses an aerodynamic phenomenon called the Coanda effect, styling with air, not extreme heat, achieving versatility from voluminous curls, natural waves and smooth blow-dry finishes at home. Accompanying the Dyson AirwrapTM styler this Valentine’s Day will be a complimentary gift with purchase, valued at $49. Visit here.
Dyson Corrale™ Straightener
We’re sure the limited edition Dyson Corrale™ straightener in red/nickel will tick all the boxes for Valentine’s Day.
Using patented flexing copper plates that shape to gather hair, the Dyson Corrale™ straightener delivers enhanced styling with less hair damage. These plates allow for greater control and better grip, applying even heat and tension to all strands for smooth, shiny results, and is cord-free to achieve outstanding style anywhere on the go. As an added extra for your lover, Dyson is including a complimentary gift with purchase, valued at over $100. Visit here.
Belkin Magnetic Phone Mount with Face Tracking
Looking for a gift for the diehard TikTokker this Val-Day? The Belkin Magnetic Phone Mount with Face Tracking features built-in magnetic technology that snaps securely onto the iPhone 12 with easy, one-handed placement and turns 360 degrees to shoot in portrait and landscape view. The accompanying app recognises faces, and follows movements while the user records, livestreams and creates content, linking directly to social media channels. For details visit here.
Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE™ PRO 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe 15W
For the Apple fanatic looking to stay fully charged, the no-strings attached BOOST↑CHARGE™ PRO MagSafe 3-in-1 Wireless Charger is designed to be ultra-convenient and ultra-fast providing up to 15W of wireless charging power, compatible with MagSafe. MagSafe features an array of magnets around the wireless charging coil of iPhone to allow accessories and wireless charging solutions to perfectly connect and align to iPhone every time. The BOOST↑CHARGE™ PRO MagSafe 3-in-1 Wireless Charger also provides 5W charging power for AirPods Pro and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, and a wireless charging module for Apple Watch. For details visit here.
TCL 20B Nebula Purple Smartphone
Combining a solid specs list with affordability, the TCL 20B is an accessible smartphone option that packs a punch. An ultra-sensing 50MP dual-cam allows you to take professional-grade photos, and save them with 64GB of storage. Offering a thin, light and sleek 3D-curved design and a 6.52” Display powered by NXTVISION, the 20B has both style and smarts. Available exclusively from Big W.
Mihi Home Kadin Black Portable Diffuser
For when you need to be a little more flexible and take the show on the road, Kadin is the perfect companion to create a great atmosphere absolutely anywhere. Available in rose gold or black colourway, Kadin’s wireless, USB compatible design is created with ultra-portability in mind. For details visit here.
Mihi Home Samar White Swirl Resin Diffuser
Marble sculptures and pieces are the hallmark of beauty and luxury in galleries across the globe, and Samar’s sculptural, marble styling is the perfect way to bring this into your home. Combining variable LED lighting with ultrasonic diffusion, Samar is designed to enhance the atmosphere of every space. For details visit here.
Mihi Home Emerson White Oil Burner
Combining the best of diffusion and light, the Emerson Oil Burner hearkens back to tradition with a neoclassical interpretation of an oil burner. Delicately carved from marble with brushed metal details, Emerson is the ultimate gift of luxury. For details visit here.
Mihi Home Fire Black Sage & Cedar 1 Wick Candle
Candles are a classic, timeless sign of great atmosphere, making the softly sculptural Elemental range a must-have for any mood. Celebrate Cupid’s special day with the scent of Black Sage & Cedarwood to make your special Valentine’s evening. For details visit here.