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23 romantic ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Canberra

For those in Canberra on Valentine's Day, here are the 26 most romantic ways to celebrate.

Canberra is a cultural melting pot and a quiet oasis for you and your loved one to kick back and get romantic. From park walks and museum talks to mountain bikes and luxurious bites, there are loads of sweet, fun and unique ways to celebrate with your partner is Canberra this year.

If you're stuck for ideas for Valentine's Day this year or simply a romantic day out, don't stress. We've got plenty.

Scroll through to see the best activities to do on Valentine's Day (or any other day for that matter) in Canberra with your significant other.

4 things to do in Canberra for romantic dates

Wine tasting class with canapé

Wine tasting class with canapé from RedBalloon

Take part in an intimate wine class at Contentious Character, led by the winemaker himself!

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Destination: Wamboin, NSW
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Relaxation at home

Relaxation at home from RedBalloon

This massage treatment is provided to you in the comfort of your own home for the best experience possible.

  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Destination: Flexible
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Three-course lunch with wine tasting

Three-course lunch with wine tasting from RedBalloon

Tantalise your senses with a wine tasting session of aged and recent vintages at this boutique winery.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Destination: Wamboin, NSW
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Hot air balloon experience for two

Hot air balloon experience for two from RedBalloon

Take off at dawn and rise slowly with the sun to the splendour of a new day.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Destination: Canberra
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Romantic stays in Canberra for Valentine's Day

Hotel Realm

Hotel Realm from RedBalloon

Stay in a luxurious suite at this 5 star hotel and enjoy a delicious two-course meal.

  • Includes: Delicious two-course meal, complimentary parking and WiFi.
  • Package is good for two person
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Pavilion on Northbourne Hotel

Pavilion on Northbourne Hotel from RedBalloon

dulge yourself with an overnight getaway for two in Australia's capital territory!

  • Includes: Overnight accommodation in Spa Suite with Chandon and chocolates upon arrival, three-course dinner, full buffet breakfast and late midday check-out.
  • Package is good for two person
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Hotel Realm

Hotel Realm from RedBalloon

Treat yourself to a quick getaway in a 5-star luxury at this stylish Canberra hotel and enjoy a massage and a glass of champagne for each of you.

  • Includes: Delicious gourmet breakfast, complimentary parking and WiFi, champagne and massage for two.
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11 Valentine's Day ideas and events in Canberra

  • Be a kid at Questacon. Don't forget the zero-gravity free fall drop. It's hands down the best fun that can be had here.
  • Take a hot air balloon ride over Canberra. Take in all the national capital's highlights from above and then celebrate the journey with a tipple upon landing.
  • Have a cheetah. Make a trip to the zoo that much more memorable by booking in an up close and personal encounter with one of its resident cheetahs.
  • Visit the National Gallery of Australia.
  • Hike up to Black Mountain Tower. Formally Telstra Tower, this building rises 195 metres above Black Mountain and takes in a full panoramic view of the city of Canberra.
  • Visit the theatre. On Valentine's Day Shakespeare at the Lakes is performing Much Ado About Nothing at Tuggeranong Park. Alternatively, you could make a day trip into Sydney to catch the Valentine's Day performance of Mamma Mia! at the Capital Theatre.
  • Clink glasses in a winery. Canberra is surrounded by many, including Four Winds, Lark Hill and Mount Majura. Screw it, just head into the general Canberra Wine District area and go for your life.
  • Rent a pair of bikes and spend the Saturday out, cycling part of the 145km loop if the Cycle the Centenary Trail. It takes you through the cities urban and natural "treasures".
  • Sit on the dock and soak up the sun at the Kingston foreshore.
  • See the city from above with your own private helicopter ride.
  • Take to the waters of Batemans Bay to paddle in pairs through its beautiful surrounds.

Canberra restaurants for Valentine's Day dinner


1. Aubergine |18 Baker St

Whether it's a 2, a 3 or a 5 course meal you're delighting in, Aubergine hits all the right notes in flavour, warmth and presentation.

Always spot-on and never pretentious, there's a reason why this is a Canberra fave.

Don't forget to pair your meal with one of the delicious tipples off the Wine List for a Valentine's Day date well done.

02 6260 8666 |


2. Temporada | 15 Moore St

If Aubergine is booked out for the evening of the 14 February, try its sister restaurant Temporada.

Although younger, she's still one of the city's best and boasts a delectable menu of natural or woodgrilled oysters and BBQ octopus as well as some more unique treats such as eel croquettes and pigs head rolls.

Stay safe or be adventurous, it's your choice.

02 6249 6683 |


3. The Tea Lounge | Canberra Hyatt, 120 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla

Whether you're seeking romance, celebration or an escape, the Canberra Hyatt can cater for your every whim and fancy.

On Valentine's Day, the Tea Lounge will offer couples a 5-course dinner where sparkling will flow endlessly, as will the love and adoration. It's priced at $199 per person though if you feel that's too steep, the lounge is also offering a buffet style dinner from $125 per person. From Wagyu roasts to seafood, it's not one to shake your finger at, especially when it includes a glass of Chandon in the price.

Lastly, for an escape away without the price tag, why not opt for a light afternoon tea. You'll have to sneak him/her out for lunch today with the event open for 1-3pm. Priced at $68 per person, it's an indulgent date that includes sparkling wine.

02 6260 8666 |


4. Waters Edge Restaurant | 40 Parkes Pl

Anyone familiar with the dining scene in Canberra will be familiar with this stalwart.

Situated along the riverfront,this fine dining experience comes complete with crisp white tablecloths and pristine artistic presentation plate after plate.

The cuisine is notably modern European-Australian and the attire, well, you'd best not look out of place and remember to wear your Sunday best.

Not that you wouldn't on a day like today, anyway.

02 6273 5066 |


5. Monster Kitchen & Bar | 25 Edinburgh Ave

Housed inside the swanky Hotel Hotel hotel (apologies for the repetition) is this award winning monster of a restaurant.

Headed by Sean McConnell, prepare your tastebuds for a sumptuous and luxurious dine that will really set the fire to the bar.

02 6287 6287 |

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Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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