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Five Original Date Ideas in the City of Canberra

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by José Calvo (subscribe)
Currently based in Melbourne, but lived five years in London. I'm a traveller, skydiver, blogger and freedom loving citizen of this world. Follow my twitter profile: @morienus
Published July 31st 2012
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Canberra might be best known for Parliament House and Lake Burley Griffin, but the city also offers countless romantic first date destinations. If you have an all-important first date approaching in the nation's capital, why not impress her by showing off your creative side?

With this in mind, here are five original and creative date ideas for guys planning a first date in the city of Canberra.

1. Dinner and a movie – with a twist

If you're a traditional sort of guy and love the old fashioned 'dinner and a movie date, why not try to update the high school classic? Steer clear of the usual cinema and head to an independent theatre, such as The Dendy.

This will show off your cultural side and you could discover some really unique and interesting art house films along the way.

2. Take a cruise on Lake Burley Griffin

If there's a scenic wonder on your doorstep, you really ought to make the most of it. Lake Burley Griffin is the centrepiece of Canberra, spanning up to 11km in length and 1.2 km in width.

There are a range of tour operators that offer cruises at all times of the day, meaning you could organise a scenic day trip or a romantic evening sail. Many of them offer a basic dinner menu, or if you're really trying to impress, pack a picnic hamper and some champagne.

3. Go caving at Wee Jasper Caves

From caving to rock climbing, Canberra is home to countless adventure activities located just a short drive from the city centre. Wee Jasper Caves offer a fun and thrilling caving experience where you learn to abseil and spot the incredible limestone features that have developed over the centuries.

If you're a bit of a thrill seeker, this is a great way to show her your interests, but be sure to warn her so she can dress appropriately. This is quite a full-on first date idea so make sure your partner also enjoys outdoor adventure activities.

If you're struggling to find someone with the same tastes as you, the best place to find people who share your passions and interests is through online dating. Great sites, such as Jazzed AU, could help you connect with fellow Canberra adventure lovers in no time.

4. Head to the wine districts

Canberra is home to some of the best wine producing districts the country has to offer. Taking a tour of the surrounding vineyards or attending a wine tasting are fun and sophisticated first date ideas.

It's a great way to break the ice, as you start chatting about the vanilla top notes and try to detect those smoky essences.

Shaw vineyard - Canberra
Shaw vineyard

5. Go to the top of the Mount Ainslie Drive

For a more budget-friendly date idea in Canberra, why not head to the top of Mount Ainslie Drive? This lookout offers beautiful scenic views across the city centre, taking in sites such as Parliament House and the enormous Lake Burley Griffin.

It's only a quick drive from the centre of Canberra, or you can make a day of it, by walking or cycling up with a packed lunch.
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