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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Canberra has returned to life without most restrictions as a results of the COVID-19 pandemic. In saying that, there's still some restrictions in place you should be aware of before you head out and about.
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 June 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 11 June 2021. 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. The 1 person per 2 square metre rule applies
- Gather at a public venue with social distancing measures in place
- Participate in full-contact training for sport, dance and martial arts
- Visit the cinema and theatre park at 100% capacity
- Go to swimming pools, beauty salons and playgrounds
- Visit a gallery, museum or historical site
- Attend a wedding or funeral with a maximum of 500 people
- Places of worship can welcome 25 people if the venue allows no more than 1 person per 2 square metres
Travelling in the ACT
You can travel inside and outside of the ACT, as long as borders remain open with other states and territores.
See the latest travel deals available within Canberra and New South Wales:
Sydney Harbour tall ship cruise from $52
Available on select dates in 1-31 August 2021 for a 90-minute cruise experience.
Sydney hotels from $115 per night
Available on stays until December 2021. Destinations include Coogee Beach, Darling Harbour and more. Sample stay is at Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquarie Park.
Up to 73% off Vivid Sydney cruise with drinks
Available from 8-28 August 2021 for a 90-minute cruise.
Sydney flights from $39 each way
Available on flights until December 2021 departing from Ballina, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and more. Sample fare departs from Melbourne.
Get $10 off Vivid Sydney experiences
Available from 6-28 August 2021 on activities including cruises, skywalks and more. Minimum spend of $300 required.
Vivid Sydney: Up to 11% off small group catamaran cruise
Available on Thursdays to Sundays from 6-28 August 2021 and includes snacks.
Up to 11% off BYO Vivid Sydney cruise
Available from 6-28 August 2021 for a 90-minute catamaran cruise with snacks.
$39: Vivid Sydney Harbour Lights cruise
Available from 6-28 August 2021 for a 1-hour Sydney cruise with Captain Cook.
Up to 20% off Australia and New Zealand rentals
Available on 2+ days rentals until 11 December 2021 when you book 21 days in advance. Destinations include Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.
Vivid Sydney helicopter flight experience from $400
Available from 6-28 August 2021 for a 25-minute flight.
Up to 11% off Vivid Sydney catamaran cruise with snacks
Available on select dates from 6-28 August 2021 for a 90-minute cruise.
$89: Taronga Zoo ticket with hop-on hop-off explorer cruise
Available from June 2021 - March 2022, including through Vivid Sydney.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium tickets from $39
Available on tickets until December 2021, including during Vivid Sydney dates.
Up to 16% off WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo admission tickets
Plus get free cancellation on tickets until 31 July 2021.
Up to 25% off Sydney hop-on hop-off bus tours
Available on tours until March 2022, including during Vivid Sydney Festival dates.
Australia flights from $54 return
Available on flights from June - September 2021 to Gold Coast, Cairns, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Alice Springs, Uluru and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar.
Australia-wide flights from $79 each way
Available on flights from 13 July 2021 - 31 March 2022 to Melbourne, Launceston, Gold Coast, Canberra, Darwin, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Hobart, Adelaide and more. Sample fare is Ballina-Sydney. T&Cs apply.
Get 5% off Sydney Big Bus hop-on hop-off tours
Available on classic and premium deluxe tours from June 2021 - March 2022.
Up to 40% off Sydney hop-on hop-off cruise experience
Available on select dates until 30 January 2022 for a 1-day pass.
Up to 20% off Australian National Maritime Museum admission
Available on tickets until 18 December 2021.
Up to 14% off Sydney Harbour bar cruise
Available on select dates until 18 December 2021 for a 90-minute cruise experience.
Up to 47% off Madame Tussauds Sydney tickets
Available on select dates from June - July 2021.
Up to 50% off: Flights from $70 each way
Available on flights from June - September 2021. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide. T&Cs apply.
Up to 30% off WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo tickets
Available on select dates until 31 July 2021.
Sydney getaways from $85 per night
Available on stays from June - December 2021, including during Vivid Sydney dates. Sample stay is at ibis budget Sydney East.
Up to 57% off Sydney getaway with breakfast
Available on stays until 30 June 2022 at Ovolo Woolloomooloo and includes two nightly drinks and more. Valid for 2 persons.
Sydney: Up to 40% off The York by Swiss-Belhotel stays for 2
Available on select stay dates until January 2022, including through Vivid Sydney Festival. Includes a complimentary bottle of wine.
Up to 29% off Featherdale Wildlife Park tickets
Available on select travel dates in 2021.
Up to 52% off Sydney combo attraction pass
Available until November 2021, including during Vivid Sydney, for 3 attraction passes. Includes WILD LIFE Sydney, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower Eye or Madame Tussauds Sydney.
Up to 50% off Sydney whale watching experience with lunch
Available on select dates until November 2021, including during Vivid Sydney, for a 4-hour cruise.
Up to 39% off Sydney 2 attraction passes
Available until December 2021. Attractions include WILD LIFE Sydney, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower Eye or Madame Tussauds Sydney.
Sydney: Up to 29% off simulator cinema tickets + gaming tokens
Available until 9 September 2021.
Up to 35% off Sydney go kart experience
Available until 9 September 2021 for a 30-minute ride at at Eastern Creek Karts.
Up to 50% off glass boat Vivid Sydney cruise with dinner
Available from 6-28 August 2021 for a 2-hour cruise. Includes dinner and a welcome drink.
Sydney: Up to 23% off movie with dinner experience for 2
Available on Thursday - Sunday until 9 September 2021, including Vivid Sydney Festival dates. Package includes an all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet dinner.
Up to 15% off hotels with code
Available on stays until 30 June 2022 when you spend a minimum of $150. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.
Sydney: Up to 10% off chocolates and sweets experience
Available on select dates in 2021 on activities including chocolate making workshops and tasting tours when you purchase 2 or more vouchers. T&Cs apply.
Sydney: Up to 20% off go karting experiences
Available when you spend a minimum of $750.
Sydney: Up to 51% off main track go karting experience
Available until July 2021 for ages 13 and above.
$109: 2-hour tail ship lunch cruise experience in Sydney
Available on select dates until December 2021, including Vivid Sydney Festival.
What's open in Canberra
Canberra attractions open in June 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 Canberra. 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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