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Sydney's Most Beautiful Night Views for When You're Not Quite Ready to End Your Date

From harbourside gardens to glitzy city scenes, there are plenty of ways to keep the night going just a little bit longer.
By Kosa Monteith
November 14, 2022
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By Kosa Monteith
November 14, 2022
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Great dates don't have to end when dinner's over, but you definitely want to find something to do that's a bit more delightful than aimlessly ambling. Something aesthetically pleasing. In this city, why not slow down and really take in the surrounding scenery? Sydney has some seriously captivating night-time vistas, sure to suit every kind of date night.

And, because we know how tricky it is to capture that night-time vista perfectly, we've teamed up with Samsung to deliver the prime spots to hit up for late-night date-night photo ops. Earlier this year, Samsung released the Galaxy S22 Series that features a precision-engineered Nightography feature — which makes snapping in low surrounding light a breeze.

You'll be capturing everything from bright lights in the heart of the city to glowing skylines from quiet residential parks, hilltop panoramas and historic streets, secret gardens and every angle of that glorious bridge your nocturnal sight-seeing heart could desire — snap away, lovebirds.

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BLUES POINT RESERVE

Let's not beat around the bush: Sydney Harbour is an absolute stunner. And Blues Point Reserve offers a convenient northern vantage point for taking in some seriously gorgeous harbour views. It's a renowned spot for catching the NYE firework display — but it also offers unparalleled views of that striking bridge, the rise of CBD towers and the curved sails of the Opera House any time of year.

Hands held, wander along the water's edge or sit on the grass, listen to night noises within the branches of colossal old fig trees, watch boats traversing the calm waters of the harbour — then gaze into each other's eyes a little.

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PYRMONT BRIDGE

Maybe you've been hitting waterfront bars or fine-diners, or gone for a wander at dusk after a wholesome date at the aquarium, or had a stand-out dinner in a nearby Chinatown spot — whatever brings you to Darling Harbour, finish the evening with a mosey along the historic Pyrmont Bridge. Built in 1902, this broad, pedestrian-only promenade spans the brightly lit waters of this busy area.

Sure, it's touristy — but with good reason. Take a stroll beneath the lamplight and soak up the bright constellations of the city skyline and sparkling ferris wheel, the shimmering sprays of fountains and the marina packed with luxury yachts and catamarans. It might not be a secluded spot for just the two of you, but it's lively, vibrant and absolutely iconic.

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BRADLEY'S HEAD

Of course, it's not all about the city centre when it comes to great Sydney views. If you're kicking it on the North Shore, make your way down to Bradley's Head in Mosman. Located a stone's throw from Taronga Zoo, it offers a pleasant parkland wander through native trees down to a grassy waterside swathe. And that's where you get the shot: the postcard-perfect city view and sweeping botanic gardens, across to Point Piper and Rose Bay, and all the parks, rocks, nooks and crannies of this interesting little coastline beneath a wide expanse of sky — truly romantic.

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THE ROCKS

With characterful architecture, curious little alleyways and lantern-lit paths winding about the hill, Sydney's historic old-town area is a night photographer's delight. After-dark markets, pubs and late-night bars keep The Rocks busy well into the small hours. And down at the water, find the joy in seeing ferries bustling in and out of Circular Quay, grabbing a seat under the Bridge or alongside the towering Museum of Contemporary Art, while snapping away at the scattering of lights across the faraway shore.

Brightly hued reflections aplenty are here for your picture-taking pleasure, and when you've finished soaking in the view, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to nearby places for a nightcap with that person you're wooing.

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OBSERVATORY HILL

It's right there in the name — this is a primo location for observation. Sure, you might not have a high-powered telescope for checking out celestial bodies, but Observatory Hill Park in Millers Point offers enough panoramic views to make up for it. It's also yet another angle from which to admire the Harbour Bridge (which a century old this year, if you can you believe it).

The view is exceptional, but the park itself is a delightful place to while away the evening time with a date. Find a seat under the charming little rotunda, listen for the sounds of birds and bats in the scrubby eucalypts and shadowy fig trees, and gaze up at the stars.

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BERRYS BAY LOOKOUT

This lookout — in Waverton, on the Lower North Shore — was once an industrial spot, and has since been reclaimed (and rejuvenated) as a scenic public park. Tucked into a quieter residential area, it's a far cry from the city's crowds or tourist hot spots. The parkland has pathways for night-time wandering, and you can climb a railed walkway to the clifftop for an even higher vantage point.

Lean out and listen for the sigh of breezes through native scrubland, watch the little sailboats bobbing peacefully in the dark waters near the historic sheds and jetty, and feast your eyes on one of the best city skyline views in town. It's serene and picture perfect (hint, hint).

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BRADFIELD PARK

This is as close to that bridge as you can get without actually being on it. Around the northern pylons of the Harbour Bridge wraps a green patch of grass — perfect for a scenic picnic with your other half. After you've snacked away and the sun starts to set, stand under the bridge and hear the hum of traffic above, getting an up-close view of the nuts and bolts that really give the structure's impressive engineering and monumental size a fresh perspective.

Look across the water for full view of those sails and Circular Quay's bustling flow of night ferries. Wander down the slope to the foreshore and follow the curve of the walkway under trees and the golden glow of lamplight — when you've had enough tranquility, head to Luna Park for a light-spangled sensory overload (and as romantic a trip on The Rotor as possible).

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WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

This not-so-secret spot in Lavender Bay is the project of renowned artist Wendy Whitely. When her husband, the famed Brett Whiteley, passed away, she threw herself into clearing an overgrown and neglected patch of railway land beside her home, revitalising and curating it into a bountiful garden.

Well-tended and well-loved by gardeners and volunteers, her special place is a haven for native wildlife and public sightseers alike — and the perfect place to take your special someone for a romantic evening stroll. Winding paths snake through illuminated foliage, and benches are scattered throughout — perfect for a side-by-side sit while you take in the view amongst a garden landscaped by true love.

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Published on November 14, 2022 by Kosa Monteith
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