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:

  • Sultan Resturant – Set sail on your mediterainian adventure at Sultans’s Resturant in Warrawong Plaza. Soak in the majestic atmosphere in this hidden gem while enjoying mediterainian-inspired food and drinks. Drapery and lavish tiling help to make this restaurant look and feel like a magical destination far, far away making it the perfect change of pace to enjoy a lunch or dinner with the one you love.
  • Steamers Bar and Grill  – Enjoy a Valentine’s Dinner with views overlooking the ocean and the most divine cuisine brought to you from all over the globe. In addition to the usual Steamers Bar and Grill menu that offerings authetic flavours and culinary delights from all over the world, take advantage of some sweethear specials an cocktails avilablabe as well.
  • 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. Their Valentine’s Day options include 4-Course Menu $95 per person or Seafood Platter Menu $135 per person; also available for lunch with $10 off all Valentine’s Day Set Menu Lunch Bookings.

Let Your Love Take Flight or Revel in the Sunset

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

Not into heights? How about an evening of indulgence at Wollongong’s Sunset Cinema? You can bring your own food or enjoy snacks from the vendors on-site, they are even fully licensed! Don’t forget to reserve your Lawn Loungers in advance for a more luxurious experience. You won’t be able to take in a movie on the day, but if you fancy moving your special night out to another evening, our recommendations would be the new West Side Story on Friday 11th or Dirty Dancing on February 12th.

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.

Looking for an adventurous option with a little less fear factor? Take your relationship to the next level with a challenging climb at Hangdog Indoor Climbing Gym. While it might not be your traditional romantic activity, conquering your goals and pushing yourself as a couple can be just what brings you closer, and let’s face it, you’ll have a whole lot of run while you’re at it.

Make a Weekend of it

What’s better than a day of romance? Make a weekend of it and let your partner feel loved. Wollongong is home to many hotels that offer a complete package of 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.

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?

All you need now is the perfect location to set the scene. Check out our favourite Picnic Locations in the Wollongong area including the fabulous (number 1 pick!) Wollongong Botanic Gardens.

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: Email