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Your marriage proposal should top the romantic experiences of your life (so far). And for the perfect “yes!”, you need the perfect backdrop. Thankfully, Sydney has no shortage of scenic proposal locations where love is definitely in the air. So from the top of The Bridge to some of the city’s lesser-known icons , these gorgeous Sydney proposal spots are bound to set the mood.


1. Wendy’s Secret Garden at Lavender Bay

‘Wendy’s Secret Garden’ - even the name crackles with romance. Although it’s less of a secret than it used to be (it even has its own website), this enchanting water-front garden in North Sydney has plenty of private nooks where you can steal away from public view. Additionally, you can book with the council to hold your ceremony there.

Created by Wendy Whiteley, the wife of famous artist Brett Whiteley, the garden was a product of Wendy’s urge to create something beautiful following the death of her husband. What started as an overgrown bramble littered with landfill has now become one of Sydney’s most charming natural spaces.


2. The Ferris Wheel at Luna Park

It’s hard to find a more thrilling setting than the top of a Ferris wheel, looking down on the city lights from 40 metres above. This picturesque scene is bound to have your partner smiling wider than the famous Luna Park Face! But, of course, you could also book a table at one of the terrific restaurants under the Bridge. Just be careful that you don’t drop the ring from the top.


3. A Sydney Harbour Water Taxi

Leave the noise and concrete behind by boarding a private boat and heading out into the blue. When you book your vessel, let them know what you’re up to, and they can suggest some beautiful spots for your big question.


4. Observatory Hill

The rotunda on Observatory Hill was built in 1912, where the famous Metropolitan Band played regularly, particularly on Sunday afternoons. Today, brides and grooms often use the structure as a wedding venue, but it’s also perfect for a proposal. You can even hire a proposal planner like Unforgettable Proposals to deck out the rotunda for you, so you arrive to a breathtaking scene of flowers, candles and food.

Perched above the historic Rocks district with sweeping views of the harbour and surrounding parkland, it’s no surprise that Observatory Hill is one of Sydney’s most popular proposal settings. 


5. Spit Bridge to Manly Walk

The name is a bit less romantic than “Wendy’s Secret Garden at Lavender Bay,” but Spit Bridge to Manly Walk (also known as the Manly Scenic Walkway--use that version while recounting your proposal) is lovely nonetheless.

This iconic trail hugs the coastline, offering extensive harbour views. You could spend the afternoon hiking and pull out that sparkler during one of your water breaks, and then celebrate at one of Manly’s many waterfront bars and restaurants.


6. Level 36 at the Shangri-La Hotel

From a window table at the Level 36 restaurant in the Shangri-La Hotel, you’ll feel as if you’re perched on Mount Olympus. With the shining harbour, Opera House and Bridge below, you and your best-loved will enjoy every moment. Sophisticated splendour will infuse your proposal.


7. Mrs Macquarie’s Point

Macquarie served as governor of New South Wales in the early nineteenth century, and his wife Elizabeth used to sit on the sandstone rock and watch for ships sailing in from Great Britain. That’s the legend, anyway, and today there’s a carved sandstone bench with an excellent view of Sydney’s most iconic sights. It’s a perfect place to watch the sunrise or sunset with the person you love most.


8. Bondi Beach

No list of iconic Sydney proposal locations would be complete without Bondi Beach. And to many, crashing waves are the most romantic sounds to accompany a sincere proposal. At its busiest, Bondi has a reputation as a frenzied tourist hotspot, but it also has a quieter side. 

If you’re looking to enjoy a Bondi proposal with a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere, pick a cooler autumn or winter afternoon, or venture further over the northern headland towards Ben Buckler.


9. Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Situated at Sydney’s most northern point, Barrenjoey Lighthouse can be reached by a couple of different routes. It’s an easy day trip from town, and you’ll enjoy lovely views, both on the road north and the walk to the peak. If you feel like exploring the 1881 lighthouse, you can also wander around the oil room and keepers’ cottages.

Sunrise at the top can offer more privacy and a stunning view, but be sure to take the wider path on the left as you climb in the morning. The narrow track to the right is more challenging and better left to full daylight.


10. Clareville Beach

If you’re looking for a Northern Beaches proposal with a slightly lesser-known and more local flavour, Avalon’s Clareville Beach could be just the spot you’re looking for. Nestled on the banks of the Pittwater, Clareville is a local favourite for its unbeatable sunset vistas, dog-friendly strip of sand and quiet “hidden gem” feel. And if you want to celebrate after the big moment, the Clareville Kiosk restaurant is the perfect intimate setting.

Wherever you decide to propose, take precautions with the engagement ring. If you’re going to be hiking or going to the beach, secure it carefully, and keep it on your person. And no matter what, protect it with specialised jewellery insurance from the moment you walk it out of the store.


You can purchase Q Report engagement ring insurance directly from Q Certified Jewellers, or you can obtain a policy directly with us. Questions? Ring us at 1300 882 018 or get an instant online quote. So enjoy your proposal to the fullest!

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