Easter long weekend in Canberra: What’s open and things to do
Not sure what’s open over the Easter long weekend? Here’s your guide along with the events and attractions you can check out in Australia's Capital Territory.
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Planning to head out in the ACT over the Easter long weekend? You won't be short on choices of attractions to visit and events to attend from 2-5 April.
In this guide, we've put together a list of stores, restaurants and cafes open from Good Friday to Easter Monday, as well as all the fun events and attractions that are on over the long weekend.
Things to do over the Easter long weekend in Canberra
Telstra Tower Observation Deck from Wotif
Enjoy 360-degree views of Canberra as you sip a coffee from the indoor viewing gallery. For the best views, be sure to get there in time to watch the sunset.
- Location: 100 Black Mountain Drive, Canberra
- Cost: $9 per person
Canberra Photography Tour from Wotif
The Easter long weekend is a great time to pick up a new skill, and if you’ve got a creative flare, a photography tour around Canberra could be right up your alley.
- Location: Canberra
- Cost: $476
Canberra Scavenger Hunt from Wotif
Explore Canberra in a new way with a scavenger hunt. You’ll visit some of Canberra’s best locations and even discover some new spots along the way.
- Location: 170 London Circuit, Canberra
- Cost: $26 per person
Hot Air Ballooning over Canberra from Adrenaline
If you don’t mind an early wake-up call, set your sights on a hot air ballooning experience over Canberra over the Easter long weekend.
- Location: Departs from Canberra
- Cost: $360 per person
Vintage Wine Tasting with Three-Course Lunch from RedBalloon
Dine in style this Easter long weekend. Make your way across the NSW border for an indulgent wine tasting featuring eight wines and a three-course lunch.
- Location: 810 Norton Road, Wamboin
- Cost: $270 for two people
Jet Flight Simulator Challenge from Adrenaline
Make the most of the long weekend by testing your skills with a new activity. Immerse yourself in a Boeing 737-800 NG flight simulator where you’ll be challenged with bad weather, tricky runway landings and missing equipment.
- Location: 4/4 Montford Crescent, Lyneham
- Cost: $165 per person
National Museum of Australia Building and Architecture Tour from RedBalloon
Calling all culture enthusiasts. Explore the National Museum of History with a guided tour that will give you an in-depth look at culture and history from all over the world right here in Australia.
- Location: Lawson Crescent, Acton
- Cost: $15 per person
Paint and Sip Class from RedBalloon
Release your inner Picasso with a paint and sip class. An experienced artist will lend a helping hand to teach you artistic skills and guide you through the session. Bring your favourite bottle of wine and snacks to eat while you paint.
- Location: Unit 7, 1-9 Rae Street, Belcoonen
- Cost: $65 per person
Paintball Experience from RedBalloon
Gather your most competitive friends for a paintball experience in Canberra. Equipped with full protection and a 0.68 caliber machine gun, battle it out with themed zones such as Tomb Raider, Tropic Thunder and more.
- Location: Monaro Highway and Old Tuggeranong Road, Canberra
- Cost: $20 per person
Cheetah Encounter at the National Zoo from Adrenaline
Make the Easter long weekend memorable with an up close experience with a cheetah at the National Zoo.
- Location: 999 Lady Denman Drive, Yarralumla
- Cost: $195 per person
Beer, Wine and Spirits Half-Day Tour from RedBalloon
Enjoy a half-day beer, wine and spirits tour with visits to two breweries, a winery and a distillery where you’ll get to sample the local beer, wine, gin and more.
- Location: Departs from Braddon
- Cost: $150 per person
Shops open over the Easter long weekend in Canberra
|Shopping centre||Good Friday||Saturday||Easter Sunday||Easter Monday|
|Canberra Outlet Centre||Closed||10am-6pm||10am-6pm||10am-6pm|
|Erindale Shopping Centre||Closed||7:30am-5pm||7:30am-5pm||7:30am-5:30pm|
|Majura Park Shopping Centre||Closed||9am-5pm||10am-4pm||10am-4pm|
Attractions open over the Easter long weekend in Canberra
|Attraction||Good Friday||Saturday||Easter Sunday||Easter Monday||Where to book|
|National Zoo and Aquarium||TBC||9:30am-5pm||9:30am-5pm||TBC||RedBalloon|
|National Gallery of Australia||10am-5pm||10am-5pm||10am-5pm||10am-5pm|
|National Portrait Gallery||10am-5pm||10am-5pm||10am-5pm||10am-5pm|
Restaurants, cafes and bars open over the Easter long weekend in Canberra
|Restaurant||Address||Opening hours||Cuisine||Where to book|
|La Cantina||4 Iluka Street, Narrabundah||Friday-Saturday|
|Water's Edge Restaurant||40 Parkes Place E, Parkes||Friday-Sunday|
|1882 Bar & Grill||13 Gladstone Street, Hall||Friday|
|65 Northbourne Restaurant and Wine Bar||65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra||Monday-Saturday|
|Assembly Bar||11 Lonsdale Street, Braddon||Friday|
|Bentham Street Bar and Pizza||2/29 Bentham Street, Yarralumla||Friday-Sunday|
|BentSpoke Brewing Co||38 Mort Street, Braddon||Friday-Sunday|
|Happy's Chinese Restaurant||17 Garema Place, Canberra||Friday-Saturday|
|Krack'd Peppa||1 Isabella Drive, Gilmore||Friday-Sunday|
|Kynefin||2/4 Victoria Street, Hall||Friday-Saturday|
|Muse Canberra||Unit 3, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston||Friday-Saturday|
|Old Canberra Inn||195 Mouat Street, Lyneham||Friday|
|Rye Cafe||9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon ACT||Friday-Monday|
|Sammy's at the Foreshore||Unit 142, Element 39-45 Eastlake Parade, Kingston||Friday-Saturday|
|Chinese, Asian, Malaysian|
|Sunday in Canberra||54 Ernest Cavanagh Street, Gungahlin||Friday-Monday|
|The Front||1 Wattle Place, Lyneham||Friday|
|The Italian Place||38 Mort Street, Braddon||Friday|
|Walt and Burley||17-21 Eastlake Parade, Kingston||Friday-Monday|
Note: The above is accurate as of 26 March 2021. Public holidays may affect normal trading hours. Contact the venue before visiting to confirm their trading hours for 2 - 5 April 2021.
What events are on in Canberra over the Easter long weekend?
- Good Folk: 3-4 April. Enjoy an array of indoor and outdoor concerts in Queanbeyan from local performers. There's a total of 22 events spread across the weekend for you to enjoy.
- Corin Forest Easter Egg Hunt: 2-5 April. If you're visiting Corin Forest this Easter, book in advance to receive a bag of Easter eggs that you can use to set up your own Easter egg hunt.
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