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Five Sydney Date Ideas for This Week That Aren't Dinner and a Movie

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
October 19, 2020
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Five Sydney Date Ideas for This Week That Aren't Dinner and a Movie

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
October 19, 2020
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Tired of the classic movie and dinner date night combo? Us too. That's why we're always on the hunt for new things to do, scouring the city for not-boring Sydney activities — ones that are guaranteed to take your next date way beyond done-before beers at the pub. Whether you're taking someone on a second date or doing your 100th with your significant other, we've got some killer (and, yes, cute) Sydney date ideas for this week, no matter how much money you've got to spend. Just think of us as your cultural wingman. You're welcome.
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Tania McMurty

WANDER THROUGH AN OUTDOOR EXHIBITION BY THE HARBOUR

Every October for the past 23 years, artworks have lined the Bondi–Tamarama coastal walk as part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. This year's event has been postponed until 2021 — but a new slightly similar event is going ahead on the other side of Sydney Harbour.

Modelled on the Salon des Refusés, which exhibits artworks that were not selected for the ArchibaldLes Sculptures Refusées is an outdoor exhibition of Sculpture by the Sea rejects. The inaugural exhibition is running from Friday, October 16 to Thursday, November 19 at Manly's Q Station — originally a quarantine station for diseased immigrants back in the 1800s — which, despite its morbid history, has stunning views across Sydney and the harbour.

The openair exhibition is free to visit and no timed tickets are required. So, you and your date can rock up whenever you like. Plus, if you time your visit right, it will coincide with a Saturday afternoon Sunset Session or a High Tea at the G&Tea house, which is open from Friday to Sunday.

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TUCK INTO ALL THE OYSTERS FOR $1.50 A POP

As any Sydney seafood aficionado should know by now, The Morrison has a constant focus on the not-so-humble oyster. But when the month-long Oyster Festival takes over, that focus turns into an overwhelming obsession.

From Thursday, October 1 through to Saturday, October 31, the Sydney bar is a shucking shrine to the freshest oysters around. And one of the major drawcards is Oyster Hour. Between 6pm and 7pm every single day, you and your date can eat as many oysters as you can handle at just $1.50 a pop.

Throughout the month, Chef Sean Connolly is conjuring up his favourite oyster dishes, including the Million Dollar Oyster topped with snow crab meat and caviar, fried chicken po' boys with oyster mayo and a oysters served with the likes of fermented chilli XO sauce and Tanqueray gin and tonic.

Plus, if you have some extra cash to splash, you can have oysters paired with bottomless bevs on weekends during the month. Rock up on Saturday and Sunday and you can down a dozen oysters with two hours of bottomless bubbles for just $55 a head. Or you can upgrade your bubbles to GH Mumm for $155 a pop. Bookings are recommended for this.

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TAP, TAP, TAP YOUR WAY AROUND A DISNEY-THEMED MINI GOLF COURSE

If you and your date are children at heart, we suggestion you head over to Parramatta, where our favourite Pixar characters have popped up at a new mini golf course inspired by some of our favourite Disney films. After setting up its (temporary) home in Darling Harbour last year, the kidult-friendly course has now taken over Bankwest Stadium (with five new holes) from until Sunday, October 25.

Designed to challenge both eight-year-olds and adults, Pixar Putt features nine- and 18-hole courses that will take you and your favourite person past childhood heroes like Buzz Lightyear, Sheriff Woody and Elastigirl. Hit a few balls with Darla and Marlin from Finding Nemo, and flick one past Princess Atta from A Bug's Life. No need for a trip to Disneyland.

Pixar Putt is also open for after-dark sessions every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Running from 7–10pm, the post-work putt-putt hours are perfect for those date nights when you want to do more than just have dinner and see a movie.

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CATCH A ROMANTIC FLICK AT THIS POP-UP DRIVE-IN ON THE NORTH SHORE

Long before movie fans had ever even heard of social distancing — before we all failed to notice the term when it was uttered in Contagion, too — drive-in cinemas had perfected the concept. So, it should come as zero surprise that these outdoor picture palaces are popping up with frequency in 2020.

The latest: The Sunset Drive-In Cinema, from the folks usually behind Sydney's Sunset Cinema. Running from Thursday, October 1–Saturday, October 31 at the St Ives Showground, it'll screen both new release and retro titles on the north shore. It'll also serve up movie snacks, naturally, plus a range of other bites to eat from onsite food trucks. If you'd prefer to BYO food, however, that's completely okay.

As for what you'll be watching, this week you can have the time of your life with Dirty Dancing, get nostalgic with Space Jam, win big with Slumdog Millionaire and fall for a man with blade hands in Edward Scissorhands.

Tickets cost $50 per car. Plus, pooches are allowed, but they must stay on a leash at all times.

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PLAN A WEEKEND AWAY IN A NSW TINY HOME

They say good things come in small packages and that might hold especially true for your next Aussie getaway. When it comes to that romantic weekend for two, it's the tiny houses that hold the biggest charm. Escape reality with a few nights spent in a secluded mini abode, king of your own little castle.

You can choose from a fairytale-like treehouse high up in the Blue Mountains, a petite retreat on an island in the Hawkesbury River or a cosy off-grid cabin in the middle of rolling bushland. Whatever your vibe, NSW has a pint-sized holiday home to suit.

We've done the hard work for you and rounded up 20 small-but-mighty tiny houses you can book all over the state. Pick a favourite, pack a bag and get set for a much-deserved romantic getaway. The houses start at as little as $160 a night, too, so you won't necessarily break the bank.

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Top image: Pixar Putt

Published on October 19, 2020 by Concrete Playground

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