While Canberra may primarily be known as the home of Australian politics, there’s certainly more to the city than first meets the eye. You’ll find plenty of romantic things to do across the city if you’re looking to explore the Australian capital on your next couples’ getaway and want to plan out some date ideas for while you’re there.
Check out our top picks and start planning your next Canberra date!
Picnic by Lake Burley Griffin
Located in the heart of Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin is an iconic landmark of the Australian capital and is also the perfect setting for a romantic stroll or picnic. Built in the early 1960s, the man-made lake boasts more than 40 kilometres of shoreline, offering plenty of great spots to set down a picnic blanket and while away a sunny afternoon. Or, wander along the lake banks to move past some of the city’s most popular sights, shady parks and cafes and restaurants.
Go Sky High
While a ride in a hot air balloon is sure to be memorable regardless of the location, a jaunt over the nation’s capital certainly won’t be forgotten in a hurry. This experience is a great opportunity to see the layout of the city from above and spot landmarks such as Parliament House, plus an early morning balloon ride means you can watch the sunrise and see the city below slowly come to life to start its day.
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 natural choice if you and your loved one are fond of excellent vintages and acclaimed varietals. Head to a boutique cellar door and sample locally grown cool climate styles including shiraz, shiraz viognier, riesling, chardonnay and pinot noir. Some cellar doors offer food too so you can pair your favourite drop with flavoursome local produce.
Summit To Black Mountain Tower
Offering 360-degree vistas of Canberra and its surrounds, Black Mountain Tower is the place to head to soak up a show-stopping outlook, day or night. Open until 10pm each day, the tower is a great spot to watch a sunset, flex your photography muscles 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 is brimming with a wide variety of cuisines and culinary experiences. 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
A visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout is the perfect fit for outdoors-loving couples. Walk or cycle to the summit and be rewarded for your efforts with a gorgeous outlook that takes in all of Canberra. Those that want to admire the view without the huffing and puffing can also drive to the lookout. Time your visit for sunrise or sunset for particularly striking views.
Spend an Afternoon at the Australian National Botanic Gardens
Covering 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.
Admire Artworks at the National Gallery of Australia
Perfect for seasoned gallery-goers, 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 check out any of the temporary or rotating exhibitions. Entry into the gallery is free, however special displays or exhibitions may be ticketed.