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12 Best Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Australia

For all you lovers out there, this one’s for you… Love comes in many forms and languages. Conquering all throughout the chaos of 2020, a new way to love has emerged. One with a little more social distance but a whole lot more meaning. One we like to call ‘Love Lockdown’. Show your SO how much you love them, whether it be your partner, self or platonic pal, and take your pick of the red rose bunch of the 12 best COVID-safe ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Australia this year.


In years past, a romantic trip away its a top tier way to enjoy Valentine’s Day. However, over the past year with travel dictated by COVID-19 restrictions, we’ve ignored our wanderlust desires with no clear international, interstate or regional outlet in sight. Despite this, there is one destination we can guarantee will be within reach this Valentine’s Day where you will arrive in no time!

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day in Australia with a staycation in your own city. Whether you are after a weekend spent in quiet luxury for some much-needed quality time alone, or the excitement of discovering your own city, staycations are the perfect way to enjoy all the perks of a getaway without the hassle of travel.

At Ovolo Hotels, guests can ‘Staycay Your Way’, enjoying the freedom to design their own ultimate urban retreat. Collaborating with each city’s leading creative and experiential partners, offering an outrageously enticing pick ‘n’ mix approach to create a tailor-made stay, guests can fly high this Valentine’s Day with helicopter tours, feed their soul with local food tastings, relax with in-room massages and more, all made possible by Ovolo Hotels.

Jimmy Rapper wedding photography at Ovolo Woolloomooloo

2. Bring the Heat

All too often in life and love, we quite easily get caught up in the mundane day-to-day and forget to have fun. While there may be many ways to bring some excitement back, there is one guaranteed way to spice things up. And what better way to test it out then on the day the world celebrates love.

Celebrate love this Valentine’s Day by bringing a bit of fun into the bedroom. Perhaps some sexy lingerie or a new ‘pleasure item’ if you may? If your not sure which kind of heat your looking to bring this Valentine’s Day, remember Ovoloves you! Turn up the heat with the ultimate stay and (fore)play OvoLove package. Spend the evening at any Ovolo Hotel of your choice in the company of a playful box of erotic goodies from expert curators of designer lingerie and intimate accessories, Port-a-Vie.

3. Dine Out

What is any celebration without some wining and dining? Show how much you love someone by organising a date night out. It’s all in the details darling! We aren’t talking about your standard dinner date out. We want you to think about vibe, lighting, cuisine, wine selection and so much more when picking your venue. And so do they. Traditionally restaurants and bars all over have been preparing special Valentine’s Day menus for you and your boo, and this year is no different. Get looking and make your 14 February booking. 

If you’re as dedicated to the planet as you are your SO, be sure to check out Ovolo Hotels unique food and beverage venues who, as of World Vegetarian Day (1 October 2020) introduced 365 days of vibrant vegetarian with their Year of the Veg initiative. Seeing all Ovolo Hotels venues go vegetarian for a year, celebrating ethical eating, conscious cuisine and cutting-edge veg with fresh, locally-sourced produce.

4. Dinner and a Show

A classic date night duo that is no less desired then on the day we celebrate love. With COVID disrupting the dining landscape across Australia, many restaurants and bar have responded creatively by joining the forces of dinner and a show under their roof. Catch a live Jazz show with your loved one while dining on French cuisine at Restaurant Hubert, or engage in an intimate sonant echoing from soaring concrete shells at Bennelong Ensemble.

Bennelong Ensembles

5. Restaurant Quality Meal at Home

For many of us during the past year, we’ve had a lot of time to practice our culinary talents. Whether is all started with a simple sourdough starter or everyone’s 2020 favourite appliance – the air fryer – we know you gave it a go. Show off to your SO or share an intimate food-filled day in the kitchen and prepare a restaurant quality meal at home this Valentine’s Day.

If the result of your culinary labours is not often met with a chef’s kiss, don’t fret. Many of Australia’s best restaurants and bars are now offering home delivery options for you to enjoy a restaurant quality meal at home. 

6. Go Rural

Lockdown and social distancing may have forced you and your significant other to spend a lot of time together over this past year. A lot. Overtime, ‘quality time’ can be hard to come by when each moment is spent side by side. But not all is lost with a little change of scenery. Take to the road and wind down on a romantic weekend away at one of Australia’s many charming rural country towns.

7. Sweeten the Meal

Sometimes love requires sacrifice. Valentine’s Day is not one of those occasions, especially when cake is involved. This Valentine’s Day in Australia indulge your SO and cater to their sweet side with a thoughtful selection of their favourite baked treats, sourced from a scouting trip of their favourite patisserie’s or bake it from scratch – it’s the thought that counts! Perhaps a plant-based high tea accompanied by free flowing beverage options is more to their taste? 

ZA ZA TA Classic Mahalabi, Traditional Condiments

8.  Pamper Package

Self-care has been a top priority for many this past year, and what better way to show how much you love someone than by giving the gift of self-care. Take care of your SO’s mental and physical health with a day of pampering. Be it a day at the spa, getting a facial, a mani-pedi or a DIY all day pamper package at home.

9. Picnic in the park

Lose track of time beneath the summer sky with a picnic in the park complete with blanket, nibbles, a cheeky beverage, maybe a couple of games. With a whole Sunday to spare, slow down and breath in some fresh air with the one you love amongst serene surrounds. 

10. Love Letters

People tend to let a lot of things long go unsaid, but love should never be one of them. After the year that has been, it’s important to dig deep, putting pen to paper this Valentine’s Day and tell your significant other how you really feel about them. You may think you have some unspoken understanding, but nothing confirms thought more than the written word.

11. Love in the Air

Soar high this Valentine’s Day and take to skies! Whether it be a hot air-balloon ride at dawn, a daytime helicopter tour or Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb at sunset, there is something extremely intimate about seeing the world from above. Love will well and truly be in the air this Valentine’s Day as you share an experience you and your significant other will never forget.

If you’re looking for a longer lasting experience, check out Ovolo’s Climb Dine & Stay package which sees guests enjoy an overnight stay, dinner at Sydney waterfront dining institution OTTO and a BridgeClimb (photo included). After all, the best things come in threes!

Sunset Bridge Climb

12. Up Your Night in Game

Sometimes, it’s the simple things that mean the most. How you go about this way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is completely up to you. Dress up for the ultimate romantic night in. Will there be candles, wine, some slow dancing, a movie marathon, indoor camp out? That is for you to decide.