Fun things to do in Canberra for couples

Looking for a fun-filled break with your loved one? To hit just the right note between romantic and entertaining, Canberra is a fantastic location. Here you can find plenty of culture, arts, and unusual activities, as well as more normal date options. If you are visiting Canberra as a couple, make sure that you stick these things on your must-do list.


Walk down Lonsdale Street

If you are looking for a fun day out, you don’t need to go any further than Lonsdale Street. There are plenty of highly recommended restaurants up and down this street, making it is a great place for foodies. Food trucks, pop-up bars, and restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine occupy this area of the city. There are also trendy boutiques for you to browse after you eat. If you are interested in food or fashion, make this your first stop in Canberra – there’s definitely a his ‘n’ hers vibe here.

Browse the farmer’s market

Just about every city has a farmer’s market that you supposedly have to visit, but Canberra really does. Bonus, there are two of them. The Capital Region Farmer’s Market is home to more than 100 stalls, with fresh food as well as locally produced fruit, vegetables, and more on sale. You can get the best and freshest choices here, perfect if you are self-catering. Then there’s the Old Bus Depot Markets, where you can find arts and crafts on sale. Both are open on Sundays. Jewellery and handmade gifts are the norm, and vintage items also find their place amongst these stalls.


Explore the National Gallery

What better place to discover art than the National Gallery? If you and your loved one enjoy strolling hand in hand past astounding works of art, then you won’t be able to get enough of this fantastic gallery space. It’s a huge collection of works from multiple eras, genres of art, and cultures, so it has a little something for everyone. No matter what kind of art you prefer to stare at for hours, you will find it here – and we all love feeling a little cultured now and then.

Date in New Acton

Even when you’re away from home, it’s still important to do Date Night. Head over to New Acton, an area outside the city centre which has plenty to offer. There is a cinema here if you want to catch a romantic movie, or you can go out to a restaurant for a candlelit meal. After you eat, be sure to head over to a bar for a drink and a dance. During the day there are also plenty of cafes where you can cuddle up.


Canberra is definitely a city where you can enjoy a romantic break, mostly because it’s set up perfectly for nightlife as well as typical date activities. If this article has tempted you to visit, check out the great range of accommodations in Canberra, be sure to pick a central location to limit too much travelling.

I’d have to say the best part of Canberra is that there are a lot of things here that you just can’t see anywhere else, like the spectacular National Gallery. That’s what makes it such a great choice.

Have you been to Canberra? What did you do that you’d include in this to do list?

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27 Responses

  1. Sarah says:

    Last week we visited National Gallery because we both love Art. It was really fun. In our next date, we will try those mentioned above. Thank for the informative post.
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  2. I haven’t been to Canberra yet but it sounds like a really nice place. I think strolling through New Acton would be especially nice to go with a loved one. Thanks for the suggestions!

  3. Sounds fantastic! National Gallery and farmers markets – Sounds like an awesome date day! Now we just need to get to Canberra… 😉
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  4. Lauren says:

    I’ve never been to Canberra, though I would like to explore the National Gallery! You’ve certainly given me some great reasons to visit!
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  5. While these are good tips for couples I also found that you can do some of these even if you are traveling solo. I always try to visit the local markets when I travel so would most likely do that.
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  6. All of these ideas are great! Canberra is high on my list. Great post, thanks for sharing! Happy travels 🙂
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  7. If this were a solo trip, you would find me browsing in the farmers market. But if it was a romantic trip, I’d have to go with the National Gallery as that would be a place that we’d both enjoy. My husband is not a browser. He shops with the mission in mind then gets out.
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  8. Nancy says:

    First of all, your photos are fabulous! I haven’t been to Canberra but it is on the list – along with a few other places in Australia! I love art so will definitely plan to visit the National Gallery. Thanks for the suggestions.

  9. Mar Pages says:

    I haven’t been to Canberra, but now I’m thinking that it could be a great getaway for a couple of days. I’d love to walk down Lonsdale Street!

  10. Anda says:

    I have never been in Canberra or Australia by this token. I feel I’m missing a lot and would definitely love to visit this great city. I love farmers’ markets and I’m sure I’d find lots of romantic spots there. I love these photos. They are very suggestive.
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  11. I’ve never been to Canberra and it’s not somewhere you hear much about in deference to Sydney, Melbourne, etc. I am keen to visit one day and this gives me a great place to start, so thanks!
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  12. Jo says:

    Farmers market is always fun – even if you are just browsing. I wish we had some here in Delhi. My hubby and I are always looking for fun stuff to do around town and always disappointed at the dearth of options.

  13. Great list! I write this from Canberra right now 🙂 Agree that there are so many fantastic and beautiful parts of the city, from walking along the lake to the many amazing galleries and museums. Black mountain, Tidbinbilla, so many beautiful ways to spend a day!

  14. Rhonda Albom says:

    I’ve never been to Canberra. I may visit there on my next trip to Oz.
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  15. So cheerful and upbeat. Love the leggy pictures, they are just too cute. Couples can have a lot of fun on vacation, contrary to popular expectations. Enjoyed your post, as I always travel with my husband.

  16. We know Canberra well and agree that the National Art Gallery, the other art galleries and museums are well worth seeing. Some nice food action is happening too.
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  17. Not really thought of Canberra as a holiday destination. I’ve been many times but always for business functions and ceremonies and all my children have visited with school excursions over the years. It just hasn’t been a ‘holiday’ destination I’ve thought of before. Mmmm…. thinking now
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  18. Upeksha says:

    I went to Canberra many years ago. (Not as part of a couple). Good to know of places to go if I go again with my better half! #theweeklypostcard
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  19. I’ve never been to Canberra but I’d love to visit Australia – would be great to see some photos of the town too
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  20. Not only have I been to Canberra, I used to live there – a long time ago. I have family there now, so D and I visit from time to time. Without doubt the best two things to do are cycling around Lake Burley Griffin and visiting Tulip Tops farm, just across the border in NSW, at tulip time.
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  21. I think I’ve forgotten what romance if after being together with 26 years and having teenage children to run after! Love your ideas though Lyn, and I just might have to round up my hubby and whisk him away for some romance in Canberra! Love the piccies 🙂
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  22. Ruth says:

    My husband and I like to explore new restaurants, markets and festivals. This is why I think I would like Canberra ;0)
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  23. We always have tons of fun a farmers markets.
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  24. Melodie K says:

    This is the most cheerful series of couples photos I’ve seen in some time, kept me smiling all the way through the post. Happens that our anniversary is next month so these ideas are in time to help me plan the celebration. But no need to wait . . . since there is a super local cafe where we can (as you’ve termed it) “cuddle up” as soon as tomorrow!
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  25. These photos of the couples are absolutely stunning! Love all your ideas for a couple, I often travel with my bf so this is such a great post I need to bookmark!
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