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 October 2020
- 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:
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Australia stays from $101/night
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Available on flights until December 2020, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and more. Sample are is Melbourne-Launceston. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 42% off Sydney whale watching experience
Available on select dates until 8 November 2020. T&Cs apply.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium entry from $38.40
Available on select travel dates until October 2021. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select dates until March 2021. Attractions include Madame Tussauds, Sydney Eye Tower, SEA LIFE and Wildlife Sydney.
What's open in Canberra
Canberra attractions open in October 2020
|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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