Five Extravagant Ways to Get Romantic this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to get your plans in order to adequately wow your other half. We’ve already taken a look at Five Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Day on a Budget, now, it’s time to run through a more elaborate list of ways to impress your better half.

Take your romantic dinner to the next level.

If you are looking to go all-out for V-Day this year and would like to have a sneaky romantic dinner up your sleeve, consider booking your special location now. Here are a few places that have fantastic food, the right atmosphere and are sure to impress:

Level One
  • Rookie  –This Illawarra hot-spot for diverse contemporary cuisine has gained a lot of recognition over the last few years for providing a culinary experience like no other. With a fanciful fusion of eastern and western influences, Rookie has quickly become the place to be for a dining adventure that will have your tastebuds wondering how you’ve never tasted anything as complex and as wonderful before.
  • Level One – Perched on the edge of Wollongong Harbour, Level One is considered to be casual dining with inspired emphasis on tapas, share plates, and cocktails. This Valentine’s Day, Level One is extending a set menu of $85 per person for a heavenly three-course menu full of all our favourite offerings. Be quick and book now.
  • Caveau – If your dinner plans require a firm sprinkling of elegance, look no further than Wollongong’s own Caveau restaurant on Keira Street. Their pairing of obscure flavours pays off in a beautiful blending of organic, rich and flavourful dishes that I am almost certain you won’t have tried anywhere else. Caveau has a 7-course Tasting Menu that would make the perfect Valentine’s Day dining option for a romantic, culinary adventure right in the heart of Wollongong.
  • Lagoon Seafood Restuarant – Lagoon is one of those places that can really feel like something special. Situated at the north end of Stuart Park overlooking where the ocean meets, well, the actual lagoon, this restaurant has a menu that can get anyone excited. While just about everything on this menu is tried-and-tested delicious, nothin’ beats the extraordinary display of their Seafood Platters which are decadently filled with scrumptious hot and cold seafood that will ruin you for all other seafood to come.

Let Your Love Take Flight, Literally

You’ve done everything before, right? The flowers, chocolates, dinner, movies, candles, nothing feels like a surprise anymore. So what can you do that they will never see coming? Book a hot air balloon ride and take your love to the skies!

Balloon Aloft uses the picturesque backdrop of the Camden Valley to set the scene for their romantic hot air balloon packages which can be as elaborate or as simple as you like.

Balloon Aloft

Jump, For My Love

And no, I am not just talking about the 1984 Pointer Sisters classic, although that might be worth adding to your playlist when gearing up for this next suggestion. If the two of you are dare-devils at heart, take a chance and face your fears with the adrenaline rush of SkyDive Wollongong. Share the rush of a lifetime bonding experience you will never forget.

Make a Weekend of it

What’s better than a day of romance? Making a weekend of it and letting your partner feel loved. Wollongong is home to many hotels that offer a complete package fabulous accommodations, incredible dining options and views of the local beaches that you’ll have trouble looking away from. Our favourite? The Novotel Northbeach. Start with an ocean view room or suite and add in a reservation at Windjammers Restaurant downstairs for the perfect weekend getaway. Ask about the Body & Soul Romantic Escape package for extras like therapeutic massage, wine, and chocolates on arrival and breakfast in Windjammers Restaurant.

Seal the Deal

That’s right, it’s the one you’ve all been waiting for. For those of you who are partial to a Valentine’s Day proposal but don’t know where to start, we’ve got your back. It’s an extravagant twist on a simple classic, a picnic. But, not just any picnic, one where everything is done for you and all you need to do is show up and ask the question. Picnic By The Sea offers an incredible Proposal Package that includes:

  • Stylist coordinating your proposal picnic
  • 2-hour package
  • Gourmet grazing platter with a variety of fine cheeses and gourmet food.
  • Plates, Cutlery, Napkins, and Glassware
  • Ice bucket with a bottle of sparkling water & sparkling champagne
  • Tables, Rugs, and Cushions
  • Fresh Flower bouquet for your loved one to keep
  • Private photographer for 1 hour
  • Personalised Sign
  • You’re choice of location

Sounds pretty fancy, doesn’t it?

Whether you love the day or curse it as commercialised fiction, keep these V-Day surprises in mind for your next special occasion, whenever it might be, and show the one you care about how much they mean to you when they least expect it.


Zoë Wood is an international travel writer from the local Illawarra area. Contact her here: Facebook –  Instagram  –  Email