What’s open in Canberra right now?
Here's a list of the shopping centres, public venues, attractions and dining spots open to Canberra locals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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The Australian government has announced a three-step plan to ease lockdown restrictions across Australia. From 19 June, dining spots, gyms and entertainment venues will open to a maximum of 100 people at one time. Miss your favourite local eatery? See our list of restaurants, cafes and bars now open in Canberra.
If you need to head out, but don't know what's open, you'll find all of the details here. Plus, see our top recommendations for things to do in Canberra.
What's in this guide?
- 19 June: What can I do in Canberra and the ACT?
- Travelling in the ACT
- Canberra attractions open in April 2021
- Parks and walking trails
- Shopping centres and grocery stores
- Are hotels open in Canberra?
- Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions?
- What restaurants and cafes are open in Canberra?
- What bars are open in Canberra?
Note: The below is accurate as of 15 July 2020. Due to the changing nature of the situation, it's best to get in contact with the venue or attraction prior to visiting to ensure it is open for business.
19 June: What can I do in Canberra and the ACT?
- Visit a household without restrictions
- Dine in at a restaurant or cafe seating 100 patrons
- Gather at a public venue with 100 patrons, excluding staff
- Participate in full-contact training for sport, dance and martial arts
- Visit indoor and outdoor movie theatres, amusement venues, arcades and play centres where a maximum of 100 patrons can safely distance themselves
- A maximum of 100 patrons can visit the gym, swimming pools, weddings, funerals, beauty salons, campgrounds and places of worship at one time
- Visit a gallery, museum or historical site where the one person per 4 square metres rule is in place
Travelling in the ACT
While ACT's borders were never officially closed, you can now travel for leisure within the ACT without worry, unless you're feeling unwell. If you do travel, it's recommended to maintain physical distancing of up to 1.5 metres from others and practice good hygiene.
See the latest travel deals available within Canberra and New South Wales:
Sydney Eye Tower tickets from $20
Available on select travel dates until April 2022. T&Cs apply.
Sydney Taronga Zoo entry tickets from $38
Available until 31 March 2022. Includes Sky Safari Cable Car ride, free-flight bird show and more. T&Cs apply.
Madame Tussauds Sydney admission tickets from $29
Available on select dates until April 2022. T&Cs apply.
WILD LIFE Sydney admission tickets from $29
Available on select dates until April 2022. T&Cs apply.
Sydney: Indian dinner from $177
Available on select dates until May 2021. T&Cs apply.
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Available on 6+ day rentals from 15 July - 15 September 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. T&Cs apply.
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Available on 3+ days rentals, including a Saturday night from 22 April - 21 June 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. T&Cs apply.
Up to 11% off Goulburn tandem skydives
Available on select dates from 10 April - 26 June 2021. T&Cs apply.
Up to 42% off Sydney whale watching cruises
Available on select travel dates from 22 May - 7 November 2021. T&Cs apply.
Campervans from $99/day or less
Pick up a campervan in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch or Queenstown before until 20 September 2021.
Up to 20% off Sydney Harbour jet boat ride experience
Available on select travel dates until 30 December 2021 for a 30-minute ride. T&Cs apply.
Sydney Airport parking from $11.92 per day
Available on select dates. T&Cs apply.
Up to 20% off Sydney Tower Eye tickets
Available until 4 October 2021. T&Cs apply.
Up to 20% off Illawarra Fly Treetops Walk entry tickets
Available from Fridays to Sundays until 30 August 2021. T&Cs apply.
Up to 48% off SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium tickets
Available on select dates until 31 July 2021. T&Cs apply.
Up to 46% off Madame Tussauds Sydney tickets
Available on select dates until 31 July 2021. T&Cs apply.
Up to 58% off Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk tour
Available on select dates until 4 October 2021 for a 60-minute guided skywalk tour. T&Cs apply.
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Available on rentals until 31 July 2021 when you spend a minimum of $240. Destinations include Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.
Jetstar sale: Australia-wide flights from $32 each way
Available on flights from April - September 2021 to Launceston, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Whitsundays, Townsville, Hamilton Island, Darwin, Uluru and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide. T&Cs apply.
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Available on Qantas flights from April - September 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Launceston, Hobart, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.
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Available until 31 October 2021 for a 4-hour cruise. Includes lunch or breakfast on board, refreshments and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 50% off: Flights from $55 each way
Available on flights from April - September 2021. Destinations include Hobart, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Launceston. T&Cs apply.
Sydney campervan hires from $48/day
Available on select dates when you book a minimum of 5 rental days. Sample rate is for a Toyota Tarago or similar. T&Cs apply.
Sydney Tower Eye tickets from $26
Available on select dates until March 2022. T&Cs apply.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium admission tickets from $39
Available on select dates from 31 July 2021 - 22 January 2022. T&Cs apply.
Sydney Taronga Zoo guided tours from $99
Available from July 2021 - March 2022. Includes Taronga Zoo pass and Sky Safari return trip. T&Cs apply.
Australia flights from $64 return
Available on select 2021 flights to Ballina, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Launceston, Sydney and more. Sample fares are Melbourne-Adelaide with Jetstar. T&Cs apply.
Sydney car hires from $21
Valid for travel on select dates in 2021 with Europcar, Sixt, Hertz, Avis, Budget and more. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select travel dates in 2021 across Australia, including Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Gold Coast, Newcastle. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide with Jetstar. T&Cs apply.
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Available on flights until June 2021 to Perth, Gold Coast, Cairns and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Sydney with Jetstar. Other airlines include Virgin Australia from $76 and Rex Airlines from $77. T&Cs apply.
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Available on stays up to 13 months from booking date. Destinations include Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select travel dates. Sample rate is for a 20-minute experience. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $300. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select travel dates. Destinations include Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Uluru, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.
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Available on flights until 31 December 2021when you spend a minimum of $250. Destinations include Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Cairns, Darwin, Canberra, Sunshine Coast and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar. T&Cs apply.
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Available on stays until 31 December 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Cairns, Darwin, Canberra and more. Minimum spend of $250 required. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select travel dates and select activities including tandem skydives, hop-on hop-off bus tours, go karting experiences, attraction passes to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds, Sydney Tower Eye and more. T&Cs apply.
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What's open in Canberra
Canberra attractions open in April 2021
|National Zoo and Aquarium||Open 9:30am - 5pm Monday to Sunday|
|National Museum of Australia||Open 9am - 5pm Monday to Sunday|
|The National Dinosaur Museum||Open 10am - 5pm Monday to Sunday|
|National Gallery of Australia||Open 10am - 5pm Monday to Sunday|
|National Portrait Gallery||Open 10am - 5pm Monday to Sunday|
|Australian War Memorial||Open 10am - 5pm Monday to Sunday|
|Palace Electric Cinema||Open 10am - 10pm Monday to Sunday|
Parks and walking trails
There are plenty of great spots in Canberra for you to explore. Gatherings of up to 20 people is permitted from 29 May. Just be sure to keep a 1.5-metre distance from any person you come into contact with while outside.
Here are some of the top parks and walking trails you can visit:
- Acton Park
- Australian National Botanic Gardens
- Canberra Nara Peace Park
- City Hill
- Commonwealth Park
- The Centenary Trail
- Mount Ainslie
- Murrumbidgee Discovery Track
- National Arboretum
Shopping centres and grocery stores
It's business as usual for shopping centres and grocery stores. . Shoppers are encouraged to use the tap and go payment method, to use the hand sanitiser that is likely to be found at the entry and exit point of a store and to be mindful to keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres between you and other shoppers.
- Canberra Centre: Open and trading as usual. Retailer trading times may vary.
- Homeworld: Open and trading as usual. Homeworld has increased the frequency of cleaning in high-touch areas, including bathrooms and common spaces.
- Majura Park Shopping Centre: Open and trading as usual.
- Manuka Shopping Precinct: Open and trading as usual. Retailer trading times may vary.
- Westfield: Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden are open. Trading hours may vary between stores. Hand sanitiser is available at the concierge desk and increased cleaning measures have been implemented.
Are hotels open in Canberra?
Yes. You can make a booking and stay at a hotel in Melbourne. Additional hygiene measures will be in places and some amenities may be unavailable.
Looking to book accommodation in Canberra? These hotels are open now.
Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions?
If you're looking to visit an eatery or attraction, it's best to book in advance while some restrictions are still in place in Canberra.
What restaurants and cafes are open in Canberra?
Restaurants and cafes in Canberra can now open their doors and serve customers. If you're heading out for coffee, leave your keep cup at home for now as takeaway cups are being used as a hygiene and safety precaution.
If you know of any other eateries that have reopened, let us know in the comments below.
|Restaurant||Address||Cuisine||Opening dates||See available deals|
|Otis Dining Hall||1/29 Jardine Street, 2604, Kingston, ACT||Modern Australian||Open||See deals|
|1882 Bar & Grill||13 Gladstone Street, Hall, ACT||Australian, Cafe||Open|
|65 Northourne Restaurant and Wine Bar||65 Northbourne Ave, Rudd St, Canberra ACT||Australian||Open|
|Assembly Bar||11 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT||Bar||Open|
|Barrio Collective Coffee||28 Lonsdale St, Braddon||Cafe||Open|
|Bentham Street Bar and Pizza||2/29 Bentham Street Yarralumla, Yarralumla||Italian||Open|
|BentSpoke Brewing Co||38 Mort St, Braddon, ACT||Bar||Open|
|Capital Brewing Co||Building 3/1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick, ACT||Bar||Open|
|Grazing||Cnr Cook And Harp St, Gundaroo||Modern Australian||Open|
|Happy's Chinese Restaurant||17 Garema Place, Canberra||Chinese||Open|
|Highball Express||1/82 Alinga St, Canberra ACT||Bar||Open|
|Kita Cafe||59 Boolimba Cres, Narrabundah ACT||Cafe||Open|
|Krack'd Peppa||1 Isabella Dr, Gilmore ACT||Cafe||Open|
|Kynefin||2/4 Victoria St, Hall ACT||Cafe||Open|
|La Cantina||4 Iluka Street, Nurrabundah, Canberra, Narrabundah, ACT||Italian||Open|
|Milky Lane||Unit 3/21 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT||Australian||Open|
|Muse Canberra||nit 3, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston, ACT||Australian||Open|
|Old Canberra Inn||195 Mouat St, Lyneham||Modern Australian||Open|
|P.J O'Reilly's||Corner Alinga St And West Row, Canberra||Bar||Open|
|Pilot||1 Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie, ACT||Modern Australian||3 June|
|Rebel Rebel||23 Marcus Clarke St, Acton ACT||Fusion||30 May|
|Royal Hotel||85 Monaro St, Queanbeyan||Burger, Pizza, Bar||Open|
|Rye Cafe||9 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT 2612, Braddon, ACT||Cafe||Open|
|Sammy's at the Foreshore||Unit 142, Element 39-45 Eastlake Parade Kingston, Canberra||Chinese, Asian, Malaysian||Open|
|Southern Cross Club||92-96 Corinna Street, Woden, Phillip, ACT||Australian||Open|
|Sunday in Canberra||54 Ernest Cavanagh St, Gungahlin ACT||Cafe||Open|
|Sweet Bones||8/18 Lonsdale St, Braddon, Braddon, ACT||Bakery||Open|
|Temporada||15 Moore St, Canberra||Modern Australian||TBC|
|The Boat House||Grevillea Park, Menindee Dr, Barton ACT||Australian||Open|
|The Front||1 Wattle Pl, Lyneham||Cafe||Open|
|The Howling Moon||150 Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT||Bar||Open|
|The Italian Place||38 Mort St, Braddon ACT||Italian||Open|
|Walt and Burley||17-21 Eastlake Parade, Kingston||Australian||Open|
|XO||16 Iluka Street, Narrabundah, ACT||Asian, Fusion||Open|
|Zaab||Unit 2, 9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon||Thai||Open|
What bars are open in Canberra?
List of bars in Canberra that are now serving customers.
|Gus' Place||Shop 8, Garema 8 Arcade, Bunda Street|
|Super Bao||Unit 240, 6 Cape Street, Dickson|
|Agostinis||69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston|
|Joe's Bar||Inside East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston|
|Molto Italian||155/43 Eastlake Parade, Kingston|
|XO||16 Iluka Street, Narrabundah|
|The Meating Room||45 Liardet Street, Weston Creek|
|Space Kitchen||Furzer Street, Woden|
|Kynefin||2/4 Victoria Street, Hall|
What's closed in Canberra?
The Australian government is urging people not to leave their houses unless it's essential. Before heading out, see what's closed in Canberra.
- Markets: Markets including Old Bus Depot Markets are temporarily closed.
- Nightclubs: Nightlife in Canberra is looking quiet until further notice as all nightclubs are temporarily closed.
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