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Best Date Spots in Canberra

This is your official reminder that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner (14 February to be exact)! If you haven’t planned anything for your significant other yet, don’t worry – we’ve got your back.

Like Australia’s attitude to pretty much everything, sex and dating culture is quite laidback, but that doesn’t mean it lacks romance! Valentine’s Day certainly isn’t compulsory, but Australians see it as a day to show appreciation for loved ones through gifts and dates.

Whether it’s a nerve-racking first date, some well-deserved quality time with your other half, or even just a mate’s date with friends, you’ll want to go somewhere special for Valentine’s Day. Luckily, Canberra has plenty of locations that’ll earn you a place in the good books.

Check out the best date spots in Canberra!

Catch a gig

Let Canberra’s live music scene be the soundtrack to your next date night. The city’s buzzing music scene offers a range of venues for a fun music-filled Valentine’s Day.

From the eclectic beats at Transit Bar to the cozy and intimate vibes of sideway, there’s a spot for every taste. For those who appreciate jazz, Hippo Co welcomes you with its sultry sounds and sophisticated atmosphere. And if you’re looking for a place that mixes music, art, and culture, Smiths Alternative is your go-to for an evening filled with diverse performances. Keep an eye on local listings to find a show that’ll make your Valentine’s Day memorable.

Explore our guide to Canberra’s music scene for additional inspiration on planning a live music date.

Enjoy a candlelit dinner

There’s only one thing better than being in the company of someone you love, and that’s eating good food in the company of someone you love. 

Canberra boasts a diverse and thriving dining scene, offering a range of options for a romantic date night. From contemporary Asian cuisine to authentic Italian dishes, there’s a restaurant for every type of foodie in love. Here are some of the best:

  • For a cozy and intimate night, slip into Chairman & Yip for a feast of Asian fusion flavours. We recommend doing the tasting menu so you don’t miss out on anything! 
  • If Italian food is your love language, Belluci’s Manuka will have you smitten with its homemade pasta and wood-fired pizza. 
  • Be transported to India at Daana – you’ll be swept off your feet by its rich flavours and family history.

No matter your taste buds’ desires, a fantastic and fun date awaits at one of Canberra’s many delectable dining spots!


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Keep it casual with a picnic and a view

You don’t need to splash out on a luxurious dinner at the fanciest restaurant in town for a night of romance. After all, Valentine’s Day is all about the company, right? Instead, take advantage of Canberra’s beautiful nature and organise a scenic picnic!

Perched on the edge of the city, Mount Ainslie Lookout offers panoramic views of Canberra, the Brindabella Ranges, and Lake Burley Griffin. With its serene and peaceful surroundings, it’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset or enjoy a picnic while taking in the breathtaking views. The lookout is easily accessible via a walking trail or by car, and there’s plenty of space to spread out a blanket and enjoy a romantic evening under the stars.

Get up close and personal… with animals

The National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra is the perfect date spot for all animal lovers and adventure-seekers! With its playful wildlife and fun interactive experiences, your date is sure to be wild and unforgettable. Watch the majestic tigers roam, or get up close and personal with adorable little critters during an animal encounter. 

And let’s not forget the dining options. From cafes to restaurants, you can enjoy a delicious meal while surrounded by the sights and sounds of the animal kingdom. So, why settle for a standard dinner and a movie when you can have a wild and adventurous date at the National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra?

Go ‘glamping’ amongst the vines

Care for some romance under the stars? Glamping, or glamorous camping, is a unique and intimate date idea for those looking for a romantic escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.

Glamping is a chance to disconnect from technology and connect with each other, with opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, or simply lounging by the fire! The best part? You don’t have to sacrifice any comfort! Glamping tents are decked out with all the bells and whistles, from comfortable bedding to electricity, so you won’t have to rough it in the wilderness.

Check out the ‘glamping’ options at Naked Cubby Collective, nestled above Mount Majura Vineyard just a stone’s throw away from the city!