16 Sydney Winter Date Ideas Under $25
Love on a budget.
Marigold Restaurant, Haymarket
Yum Cha is the perfect way to escape the winter cold, and stuff your face with food. Cost: Usually between $15-$20 each.
Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne
This opulent theatre will make you want to wear a fur coat and carry a pimp cane. Cost: $20 for an adult ticket.
Golden Age Cinema, Surry Hills
If crossing the bridge isn’t really your thing, this Surry Hills cinema is just as ~fancy~. Plus, they serve alcohol. Cost: $20 for an adult ticket.
Art Gallery of NSW, CBD
Get some culture in you while staying warm. Cost: free.
Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Ultimo
Have a swim, then warm up in the sauna and steam room. So relaxing, you could spend hours in there just to avoid the cold weather. Cost: $14 per visit.
City Amusements, Haymarket
Ride dodgems, play laser tag, and spend countless hours trying your hand at their huge range of arcade games. Cost: Starts at $9.
Strike Laser, Moore Park
Enjoy some friendly competitive laser tag and forget all about the wintery weather outside. Cost: From $12.
Climb Fit, St Leonards
Even if you haven’t been here since you were a kid, you’ll be scaling the walls in no time at all. Cost: $17 for unlimited climbing.
Macquarie Ice Rink, Macquarie Centre
Sure, it might not be the warmest winter activity, but you’ll be doing cardio without even realising it. Plus you’re guaranteed to get in some handholding as you skate. Cost: From $18 for adults.
Retrosweat, Alexandria, Bondi Beach and Surry Hills
Grab your neon sweatbands, patterned lycra and knitted leg warmers. Retrosweat is a 1980s aerobic workout inspired by Jane Fonda. Find class times here. Cost: $20 a class.
Sea Life Sanctuary, Manly
Like the aquarium, but with fewer people. The perfect place to while away a rainy afternoon. Cost: $17.50 if you book online.
Make it a group date night and grab a bunch of other couples to join you for a night of karaoke. They do great food here too. Cost: from $10 per person for an hour.
Lord Dudley Hotel, Paddington
Grab your favourite board game, head to any bar with a fireplace (also check out The Lord Nelson in the Rocks and The Riverview in Balmain), order a pint and some pub food, and spend your evening staying toasty warm. Cost: depends how many beers you drink.
Sydney Observatory, Millers Point
The observatory has a really cool 3-D space theatre which will teach you all about stars, the sun, and Mars. So much more worthwhile than spending a night with Netflix. Cost: $10 during the day and $18 at night.
STC releases a certain amount of $20 tickets for their shows, so get in quick online, and you can spend a rainy evening at the theatre. Cost: $20 if you go here.
Coney Island, Luna Park
If the weather’s too wet or miserable to enjoy the ferris wheel or rollercoaster, head on into Coney Island and spend hours sliding and playing games. Cost: $10 for an unlimited pass.