While you may know Canberra primarily as the home of Australian politics, there’s certainly more to the city than first meets the eye. If you’re looking to woo someone new or do something nice with your long term partner, you’ll find plenty of romantic things to do across the city.
Check out our top picks and start planning your next date!
Stroll or picnic by Lake Burley Griffin
Set in the heart of Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin is not only an icon of the Australian capital, but also the perfect place to head for a romantic stroll or picnic. Completed in the early 1960s, the artificial lake boasts over 40 km of shoreline, offering plenty of great spots to set down a picnic blanket or head out on a walk past some of the city’s most popular landmarks, shady parks and a handful of cafes and restaurants.
Take to the skies with a hot air balloon ride
Although a ride in a hot air balloon is sure to be memorable regardless of the location, a hot air balloon ride over the nation’s capital is an experience that certainly won’t be forgotten in a hurry. A great opportunity to see the layout of the city from above and spot landmarks such as Parliament House, an early morning balloon ride allows you to watch the sun rise and the city below slowly come to life alongside the special person if your life.
Explore the Canberra wine district
With more than 30 wineries located within 35 minutes drive of the city centre, a visit to the Canberra wine district is the perfect choice if your loved one enjoys a good tipple every now and then. Head to a boutique cellar door and sample locally grown cool climate varieties including Shiraz, Shiraz Viognier, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, set out on an intimate casual tasting with your special someone, or pair your favourite drop with flavoursome local produce.
Savour the views from Black Mountain Tower
Offering 360 degree vistas of Canberra and its surrounds, Black Mountain Tower is the place to head to soak up some show stopping views during the day or at night. Open until 10pm each day, the tower is a great spot to watch a sunset, admire the beauty of the city’s scenic surrounds or even hatch the perfect proposal.
Grab a bite (or two) to eat
From good cups of coffee through to fine dining experiences, Canberra’s food scene plays host to a wide variety of cuisines and dining styles. Start a special day with breakfast at The Cupping Room, tantalise your tastebuds with pan-Asian flavours at Akiba, indulge in fine European fare at Courgette Restaurant or sample the Modern Australian dishes served at Pomegranate.
Make your way to Mount Ainslie Lookout
Particularly stunning at sunrise and sunset, a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout is the perfect fit if you love to get active with your partner, are looking for a date idea that’s a little different or are wanting to spend some time with your loved one surrounded by nature. Providing plenty of time to chat with that certain someone and offering the reward of fantastic views across Canberra at the end, the walk to the lookout is well worth the effort.
Spend an afternoon at the Australian National Botanic Gardens
Stretching across more than 40 hectares, the Australian National Botanic Gardens is one of the best places in Canberra to head for a picnic. Fill a picnic basket with tasty treats and settle in for a afternoon surrounded by spectacular flora. A cafe is also located on site if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, while the Jindii Eco Spa, located within garden grounds, offers the perfect excuse for a spot of pampering or an indulgent couples treatment.
Enjoy a spot of culture at the National Gallery of Australia
Perfect for art lovers, history buffs and anyone with a passing interest in art and design, the National Gallery of Australia is a great place to head for a date with a difference. Wander through the galleries, admire the works on show and learn more about the interests and opinions of the special person in your life as you discuss the wide range of pieces displayed.