Best Places to Propose in Sydney

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Store Beach, photo courtesy of Manly Kayak Centre

Popping the question is no easy task (or so I’m told) but scouting out the perfect location can make things a bit easier. You can let the view – and the champagne – speak for you, and a thoughtful proposal really ups the odds of a “yes.”

To help, we’ve found four locations around Sydney, Australia, that seem made for getting down on one knee. If you need some proposal ideas, look no further:

1. Store Beach, near Manly Beach
Since there aren’t any roads to access Store Beach (it’s only reachable by boat or kayak), your odds of having the sand mostly to yourself are good. The best way to pop the question there? Rent a kayak from Manly Kayak Centre and (secretly) add on their Picnic in Paradise package. The staff will set up a romantic picnic on the beach that you and your partner can “just happen” to paddle to. And if you’re not sure what to say? “We can also scatter rose petals and write messages in the sand,” said Annabel Horton from Manly Kayak Centre. Bonus: Manly Kayak Centre has helped with more than 250 proposals and haven’t had a “no” yet.

View from Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, photo by Sarah Carrillo Riswick
View from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, photo by Sarah Carrillo Riswick

2. Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, Sydney
In 1810, Mrs. Macquarie, wife of the then-governor of New South Wales, used to sit on this outlook and watch ships come in to the harbor. Now you can do the same, perhaps with a picnic and a ring stashed under the blanket? It’s an easy walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens and The Domain to get there and you can also see the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House from parts of Mrs. Macquarie’s Point. (For more ideal spots to view the Opera House, check out I Do with a View of the Sydney Opera House)

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Beach landing, photo courtesy of Sydney Seaplanes

3. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Want to go big? How about booking a flight on Sydney Seaplanes up to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and picnicking on a secluded beach? Flights leave from Rose Bay just outside Sydney and drop you off right in the park. “It’s very romantic, very James Bond feeling,” said Yvonne Hoelzel from Sydney Seaplanes. “You’re in a national park so there’s nothing around you.”

And if you really want to go for broke you can also book flights to fine dining restaurants Jonah’s or Berowra Waters Inn, or fly up and stay the night at Bells at Killcare. “It’s a property up on the Central Coast … it’s absolutely stunning with huge lawny areas and beautiful cottages,” Yvonne said.

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View from Juliet Balcony, photo by Sarah Carrillo Riswick

4. Juliet Balcony, Blue Mountains
Recreate your own version of Romeo and Juliet (minus that whole tragic ending thing) at this scenic outlook in the stunning Blue Mountains. You can drive or catch a train to Katoomba and use the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus to get to the trail that leads to the balcony. This is definitely a more rugged, outdoorsy proposal idea but you can’t beat the scenery and there are plenty of bars and restaurants in Katoomba and nearby Leura to celebrate in after you pop the question.

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