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16 Sydney Winter Date Ideas Under $25

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Love on a budget.

Marigold Restaurant, Haymarket

#sydney means #yumcha #marigold of course #peepsfromthehouse #effingDelish #foodgasm #foodporn

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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


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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

Date with @emveem

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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

David vs Goliat #Sydney

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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

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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

Anyone for a game of laser tag? #strikebowling #lasertag #pewpew

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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

Ahhh the memories #MacquarieIceRink #RinkRat @stirlingbond @rowdyonedeejay @chloe384 💃💃💃

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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

We were very bright tonight! ⛵️🍇

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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

Not sure what to say about this. Fish are fascinating creatures! #manlyoceanworld

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Like the aquarium, but with fewer people. The perfect place to while away a rainy afternoon. Cost: $17.50 if you book online.

Mizuya Restaurant and Karaoke, CBD

A karaoke escalation is always a welcome escalation #battlescars

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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

#goodnight #scrabble #goodgame #mybest #loveyou

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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

Checking out Venus 🌟🔮🎆👻 #nerd #space #venus #sydneyobservatory #telescope #astronomy

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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.

Sydney Theatre Company

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

Beautiful dusk #Sydney ☺

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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.