It has been said sharing food is an intimate act. Perhaps this is why sharing a meal together is on the top of the list when it comes to dating ideas. But on Valentine’s Day, you need to switch it up a little.
Dining with your head virtually in the clouds
O Bar and Dining, Sydney
47 floors above visually stunning Sydney city and under the guidance of celebrity chef Michael Moore you’ll find O bar and dining. Experience 360-degree views of the twinkling night skyline on the revolving lower level while sinking into sumptuous chairs. This restaurant and bar oozes opulence from its décor to the fusion menu.
Menu: Mains start at around $33 and desserts from $17*
Location: Level 47, Australia Square, George Street
SheKnows menu pick: Steamed fish and green onions, ginger, coriander and soy with sweet potato mash and followed by the hot chocolate soufflé with peach buttermilk ice cream.
FourWinds, Gold Coast
High above Surfer’s Paradise sits the only revolving restaurant in Queensland with jaw-dropping views of the majestic Pacific Ocean to the vast and sprawling hinterland. There’s plenty of choice food-wise with a magnificent buffet of seafood so fresh it may even crawl off your plate, to dessert guaranteed to make you groan in ecstasy with every bite. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available.
Menu: Asian-inspired buffet, lunch $52, dinner $62 and also open for breakfast
Location: 2807 Gold Coast Highway, top of the Crowne Plaza Hotel
SheKnows menu pick: Black Forest Cake with Vanilla Icecream
From fancy-pants restaurants to private picnics for two, SheKnows has the downlow on all the best romantic ways to spend Valentine’s Day >>
Dining in secluded spots
The ultimate lovers’ picnic, Gold Coast
Imagine being flown to a secluded beach for private time swimming, exploring and indulging in great food and wine with your partner (and you thought this type of thing was only in reality TV shows like The Bachelor). On the island your pilot will set up your picnic complete with table, umbrellas, rugs and all the trimmings, including fresh fruit and chocolates, then leave you in complete privacy. Prices start from $440* each.
Gordon’s Bay, Sydney
South of Clovelly Beach on the coastal walk between Bondi and Coogee beaches is a little hidden gem called Gordon’s Bay. This tranquil location is home to protected aquatic reserve, goatfish, garfish and even baby sharks, making it the perfect place for snorkelling. After a swim, enjoy a relaxing time in the sunshine with a packed lunch. A real treasure for those who abide by the life philosophy, “If it’s free, it’s for me!”
Location: Access via the costal walk, south of Clovelly Beach.
Dining on the harbour and with the stars
Valentine’s Day Showboat Cruise, Sydney
Take in the majestic views of Sydney’s city skyline aboard an authentic paddle steamer. Sit back and enjoy a three-course meal while being entertained by seasoned performers and a sensational show of dance, music and magic.
Prices: From $130 each, includes three-hour cruise, entertainment, dinner and beverages
Location: King Street Wharf
Opel, Moonlight Cinema, Brisbane
Enjoy a picnic under the stars with the stars of the silver screen. Valentine’s Day screening is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Curl up with a blanket and BYO food or buy your dinner from the onsite catering.
Price: $16 each and a limited number of bean beds are available for $7
Location: New Farm Park at Brisbane Powerhouse
*Prices are subject to change.