Boy sees girl. Their eyes meet. Sparks fly. Boy asks girl on first date and the rest is history.

Ok so that hasn’t happened in Sydney since 1942.

These days, girl swipes right, boy swipes right. Zero bathroom selfies and ten emoticons later, you are lining up your first date.

Sure you can play it safe and meet at a bar or go to a movie. But in the competitive Sydney dating scene, that might score you five points. If you want a chance to unlock future dates, suggest something unusual for 50 bonus points and a new high score.

Here are five unusual date ideas from Grace Hopkins, Chief Event Operative at Agent Grace, a Sydney agency specialising in organising killer experiences.


  1. Wild Ropes Adventure Course


Taronga Zoo

Clifton Gardens

Cost: $35pp or $69pp with zoo entry

Perfect for: Tarzan and Jane


Wild Ropes recently opened at Taronga Zoo, with four courses offering 90 minutes of adventure as you climb over and around the zoo via rock climbing walls and flying foxes. The Sydney views, fresh air and animal spotting will guarantee your date doesn’t abandon you early. If that is not convincing enough, your phones are left on the ground and returned once you finish the course. Together.


  1. Walk an Orphaned Dog – Monikas Doggie Rescue

Ingleside, Alexandria, Chatswood, Parramatta and Surry Hills

Cost: free

Perfect for: big hearted pet lovers


Us urban dwellers love our harbourside living, which sometimes means our only furry friend is the mouldy cheese at the back of the fridge. For your pet fix with no strings attached, head over to Monika’s Doggie Rescue for an afternoon walking an orphaned dog.


  1. Indoor Trampolining

Skyzone Sydney

Cost: $18pp

Perfect for: big kids


If you are the kind of person who is always bouncing of the wall, here is your chance to try it for real. Skyzone is made up of hundreds of trampolines, linked together for fitness and fun times. If the endorphins and laughter aren’t enough to secure a second date, you are doing it wrong.


  1. Wine Tasting


The Winery or 121 BC

Surry Hills

Cost: free

Perfect for: Connoisseurs and shy people


If it has been a while in between dates, a wine tasting provides the comfort of Dutch courage with a classy twist.

The Winery offers a wine tasting journey each Wednesday night and 121 BC holds their wine tastings every second Saturday afternoon. If things are going well, stay for dinner.


  1. Sea, Sand and Skies of Sydney



Whale Beach

Cost: $525pp

Perfect for: James Bond and Bond Girl


On occasions where sparks do fly, go all out with the first date dreams are made of.

Rendezvous at Rose Bay rendezvous; board a seaplane, fly over Sydney Harbour and land on Whale Beach. Champagne, antipasto and a three-course meal ensues. Long after you watch the sun set on the horizon, a driver will transfer you back to reality. Or you could stay the night…


About The Author

Lisa Hollinshead
Editor & Director

Boss lady over here at Social 101. Lover of all things that inspire creativity, individuality and happiness! Former party gal, now mama to a beautiful baby boy!

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