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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

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
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Canberra Photography Tour

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
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Canberra Scavenger Hunt

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
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Hot Air Ballooning over Canberra

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
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Vintage Wine Tasting with Three-Course Lunch

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
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Jet Flight Simulator Challenge

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
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National Museum of Australia Building and Architecture Tour

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
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Paint and Sip Class

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
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Paintball Experience

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
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Cheetah Encounter at the National Zoo

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
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Beer, Wine and Spirits Half-Day Tour

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
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Shops open over the Easter long weekend in Canberra

Shopping centreGood FridaySaturdayEaster SundayEaster Monday
Canberra CentreClosed9am-5pm10am-4pm10am-4pm
Canberra Outlet CentreClosed10am-6pm10am-6pm10am-6pm
Erindale Shopping CentreClosed7:30am-5pm7:30am-5pm7:30am-5:30pm
Majura Park Shopping CentreClosed9am-5pm10am-4pm10am-4pm
Westfield WodenClosed9am-5pm10am-4pm10am-4pm

Attractions open over the Easter long weekend in Canberra

AttractionGood FridaySaturdayEaster SundayEaster MondayWhere to book
National MuseumTBCClosedClosedTBCRedBalloon
National Zoo and AquariumTBC9:30am-5pm9:30am-5pmTBCRedBalloon
National Gallery of Australia10am-5pm10am-5pm10am-5pm10am-5pm
National Portrait Gallery10am-5pm10am-5pm10am-5pm10am-5pm

Restaurants, cafes and bars open over the Easter long weekend in Canberra

RestaurantAddressOpening hoursCuisineWhere to book
La Cantina4 Iluka Street, NarrabundahFriday-Saturday
12pm-2pm
Sunday-Monday
5:30pm-10pm
ItalianGroupon
Water's Edge Restaurant40 Parkes Place E, ParkesFriday-Sunday
12pm-3pm, 6pm-9pm
Monday
Closed
AustralianGroupon
1882 Bar & Grill13 Gladstone Street, HallFriday
12-9:30pm
Saturday-Sunday
8am-9:30pm
Monday
Closed
Australian, cafe
65 Northbourne Restaurant and Wine Bar65 Northbourne Avenue, CanberraMonday-Saturday
11am-10pm
Sunday
Closed
Australian
Assembly Bar11 Lonsdale Street, BraddonFriday
7:30-12am
Saturday

7:30-2am
Sunday
7:30-12am
Monday

8-12am
Bar
Bentham Street Bar and Pizza2/29 Bentham Street, YarralumlaFriday-Sunday
5:30pm-9pm
Monday
Closed
Italian
BentSpoke Brewing Co38 Mort Street, BraddonFriday-Sunday
11am-11pm
Monday
11am-9:30pm
Bar
Happy's Chinese Restaurant17 Garema Place, CanberraFriday-Saturday
11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10pm
Sunday-Monday
11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9pm
Chinese
Krack'd Peppa1 Isabella Drive, GilmoreFriday-Sunday
7:30am-4pm
Monday
Closed
Cafe
Kynefin2/4 Victoria Street, HallFriday-Saturday
7am-4pm
Sunday
8am-4pm
Monday
Closed
Cafe
Muse CanberraUnit 3, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, KingstonFriday-Saturday
7am-2pm
Sunday-Monday
7am-12pm
Australian
Old Canberra Inn195 Mouat Street, LynehamFriday
12-11pm
Saturday

12pm-12am
Sunday-Monday
12pm-10pm
Modern Australian
Rye Cafe9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon ACTFriday-Monday
6:30am-2:30pm
Cafe
Sammy's at the ForeshoreUnit 142, Element 39-45 Eastlake Parade, KingstonFriday-Saturday
12pm-3pm, 5pm-11pm
Sunday
12pm-3pm, 5pm-10pm
Monday
Closed
Chinese, Asian, Malaysian
Sunday in Canberra54 Ernest Cavanagh Street, GungahlinFriday-Monday
8am-2pm
Cafe
The Front1 Wattle Place, LynehamFriday
7am-2:30pm
Saturday-Sunday
8am-2pm
Monday
7am-2:30pm
Cafe
The Italian Place38 Mort Street, BraddonFriday
Closed
Saturday-Sunday

12pm-2:30pm, 6pm-9pm
Monday
Closed
Italian
Walt and Burley17-21 Eastlake Parade, KingstonFriday-Monday
8am-12am
Australian

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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