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Where are the Best Places to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Canberra?

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by Sue W (subscribe)
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Published January 31st 2019
Valentine's Day is back for another year!

Does that sentence make you internally groan, or give you a feeling of giddy anticipation? For some couples, it's a day of excitement, as each person thinks of something unique and romantic to do for their partner. For other couples, the 14th of February is just like any other day, as they may prefer to spend all their efforts celebrating their anniversary instead. However, you choose to acknowledge Valentine's Day, keep reading for some ideas on where to go and what to do around the Canberra region.

Do you have a unique date idea or favourite Valentine's Day tradition that you would like to share? If so, please leave a comment at the top of this article - and share the love ❤

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Snuggle up at the Canberra Openair Cinema, held each year at Patrick White Lawns. Image: Original images from Canberra Openair Cinemas Facebook


Outdoor Ideas...

Canberra Openair Cinemas are held each year on the grass at Patrick White Lawns, in front of the National Library of Australia. Each year they offer a romantic film for Valentine's Day, so couples and friends can snuggle up together and enjoy a romantic flick under the stars. See here for what's on this year.

Hot Air Balloon Rides are a special way to start the day, gliding serenely over the top of Canberra as the sun peeks over the horizon. Even if Valentine's Day lands on a weekday, you can always go up for a sunrise flight and start the day off in style - with champers of course! See here for an article about more experience gift ideas in Canberra.

Canberra Southern Cross Cruises hold a special dinner cruise every Valentine's Day, with sumptuous food and a romantic setting, as the sun goes down. See here for details.

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Relax and unwind this Valentine's Day, as you cruise Lake Burley Griffin. Image: Original photos from Canberra Southern Cross Cruises Facebook


Traditional Dinner Ideas...

Romantic Restaurants around the Capital often get booked out in advance, so you need to start planning early to avoid disappointment. Make a booking at your favourite restaurant, or if you are looking for something special check out Courgette, Waters Edge, Hyatt Hotel, Hotel Kurrajong, Pialligo Estate, Aubergine and one of the most romantic and scenic restaurants in the city, The Boat House overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. Akiba, Lazy Su and Eighty Six are also favourites with the locals, as well as anything along the Kingston Foreshore, Bunda Street or Lonsdale Street in Braddon.

If you are looking for a flirty cocktail to finish the night, head on over to Kokomo's!

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LOVE the food, LOVE the view at The Boat House, Lake Burley Griffin. Image: The Boat House website


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Finish the night at Kokomo's, in the heart of the city. Image: Original photos from Kokomo's Facebook


Quirky & Budget Friendly

DIY your own special evening, so that you both have everything you love, all in the one night. Why not put together your own cheeseboard and nibbles and take them to your favourite lookout or lakeside park? For those who love a takeaway, pick up a Brodburger and take it down to the Kingston Foreshore, or grab a table at Mookies and share a concrete for dessert. It can be as simple as takeaway, a bottle of wine and your favourite movie, to celebrate Valentine's Day your way.

Telstra Tower is open every night of the week until 10pm, so buy two tickets and spend some time enjoying the sparkling lights of the city from the outdoor viewing platforms. It is budget-friendly and romantic at the same time - as long as other people don't have the same idea!

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Take in the 360 degree views of the city by night, from the Telstra Tower outdoor viewing platforms (cost - $7.50 per adult)


For more ideas, why not go to the local cinema, book a GoBoat and spend some time on the lake, postpone the celebrations and spend all weekend dancing at the Multicultural Festival, take a hike up your nearest hill and share a box of chocolates at the top, go out for a romantic breakfast, relax with fish and chips on a picnic blanket or design a treasure map around the city - with you as the treasure! If you have any more romantic, quirky or budget-friendly ideas, please leave a comment at the top of this article (which you can then read down below).

Enjoy Valentine's Day - however you decide to kick up your heels!

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Party all weekend at the National Multicultural Festival, which is held around Valentine's Day each year. Image: National Multicultural Festival Facebook

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