If Cupid's arrow has struck and you're looking for a romantic experience to share with your love, you might be surprised to hear Canberra has some super sexy secrets just waiting to be uncovered. Each season in Canberra has its own charms which add to the romantic vibe and whether you prefer to be adventurous or take things nice and slow, there is an experience for you!
Hot Air Ballooning
If you're ready to take your romance to new heights, a flight with Balloon Aloft Canberra will have your heart aflutter as you lift off and float among the clouds. The panoramic views of the city you have from a hot air balloon are absolutely breathtaking and the basket of the balloon is the perfect place for a proposal. When you come back down to earth, the ballooning tradition is to enjoy a flute of champagne making this a truly romantic way to experience Canberra.
Sunrise and Sunset at the National Arboretum
Whether it's shrouded in a winter fog or smoldering on a sultry summer evening, there is no doubt that watching the sunrise or sunset from the National Arboretum is one of Canberra's most romantic experiences. There are so many hidden lookouts and secluded spaces so you'll feel like you have the whole place to yourself as you gaze at the views (if you can stop staring into each other's eyes). Every season adds something special whether it be fresh spring blossom, crisp autumn leaves or a mysterious winter fog. Guaranteed to make your heart sing no matter when you visit.
If you like the idea of a romantic picnic, few places are more beautiful than the Nara Peace Park in springtime. The cherry blossoms are glorious in full bloom and the gentle glisten of the lake is the perfect backdrop on a sunny afternoon. Just beware the enthusiastic magpies who may not be feeling so loving as they swoop if you get too close.
The Formal Garden, Parliament House.
The idea of mixing Parliament House and romance might seem crazy to some but hey, we're talking Canberra here so keep an open mind! The formal garden is a structured garden broken into several secluded spaces. Particularly beautiful during the springtime when the cherry trees and azaleas are at their best although this is a beautiful place year-round and well worth visiting.
It's hard not to fall in love when this is the view
If you like the idea of injecting a little bit of James Bond style into your romance, why not hire your own boat? Go Boats are very easy to sail (no boat licence needed) and come complete with their own picnic tables so you can wine and dine your love while sailing across Lake Burley Griffin. This is such a fun experience absolutely guaranteed to score you some romance points with your partner.
Wisteria Walk at Old Parliament House
The wisteria arch in the old Parliament House Gardens has become a real sensation with influencers in recent years and if you want to influence your partner, a stroll under the wisteria when it's in full bloom is a spectacular experience. There are few more beautiful spaces in Canberra for those few weeks in October when the blooms are at their best. Also, a perfect place to snap some cute loved up selfies.
This is one of those experiences that every couple in Canberra should try at least once. The Hyatt high tea has been around for many years and while others come and go this classic always delivers. The classy atmosphere and exquisite food ensure a memorable experience.
Sipping Wine by a Bonfire
Canberra's winter is cold enough to make you really want to snuggle up and there's no better place than beside a blazing bonfire at a local winery. There's just something about the combination of wine and fire on a freezing night which is oh so romantic. Many of Canberra's wineries offer bonfire and wine tasting events around the time of the winter solstice. In particular, Yarrh Wines has its winter solstice 'bonfire and canape event annually and the Lake George Winery has its Burning of the Barrel each year too. If you miss these bonfire events, there are plenty of places with open fires too - check out some more ideas for cosy places to snuggle up here.
Here's hoping something on the list becomes part of your own love story: it could be your first date or your fiftieth; your 'how we met' story or just another chapter in a lifelong romance. Whatever it is, may you have a lovely time enjoying Canberra's romantic side!