Boat on a lake under heart-shaped hot air balloon.

Love a local business? Let them know this Valentine’s Day and holiday here in Canberra.

14 February 2020

It’s Valentine’s Day, which gives us an opportunity to ‘Show Canberra Some Love’ by supporting our local tourism and hospitality industry as we celebrate together.

Some businesses have done it tough this summer as a result of the bushfires, smoke haze and storms, but we can help by spending time enjoying our restaurants and attractions.

It’s a good excuse to experience something a little bit different, too.

We’ve put together a few ideas for your consideration this Valentine’s Day, and you can find more at VisitCanberra.

Openair Cinema: 10 Things I Hate About You

This weekend is your last chance to attend the Openair Cinema on Patrick White Lawns by the National Library for the summer. Their Valentine’s pick is 10 Things I Hate About You. Jumanji: The Next Level is showing on Saturday, and The Gentlemen wraps up the season on Sunday.

Canberra Aqua Park

Get your heart racing on the giant inflatable obstacle course at Black Mountain Peninsula. Book online for a session. They start on the hour and run for 50 minutes, with a safety briefing beforehand.

Friday Lates: Game Masters

Pacman, anyone? The Game Masters exhibition will be open late at the National Film and Sound Archive for the last time on Valentine’s Day. Hang out together playing one of the 80 playable games.

Shakespeare by the Lakes

Head to Tuggeranong Town Park’s main entrance gate at Greenway to see a free performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the lake at 6.30pm on Friday or Saturday night. The show continues for another week, at the ANU followed by Manuka, Glebe Park and Patrick White Lawns.

Woo at the Zoo!

Take a special guided tour of the National Zoo & Aquarium to learn about animals in love, from courtship to breeding behaviour. For $80, you will receive all day entry to the zoo, a white rhino and reptile encounter and a glass of champagne or refreshment. Call 6287 8400 to check availability or book into one of the many animal encounters.

Valentine’s Day Under the Moon Dinner at Questacon

Book online for a romantic and exclusive dinner under the alluring full moon in Gallery 8 at Questacon, from 7pm on Valentine’s Day. Tickets start at $96.

Dendy Cinema Valentine’s Day offers

Chocoholics need look no further than Dendy this festival of romance, with their Limited Edition Valentine’s Day Choc Top featuring vanilla, caramel and brownie.


All aboard! Book a GoBoat in February using the exclusive coupon code and receive your second hour on a GoBoat half price. And what says love better than a burger? GoBoat have partnered with local eatery Beef & Barley to gift you $20 towards your meal after you dock for the day.

Balloon Aloft

Be swept off your feet with a gift of a sunrise hot air balloon flight across the capital. After taking in Canberra from above and waking up with the city, you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling back at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

Book a staycation

Take a break without even having to leave your city by booking in to spend the night at one of Canberra’s accommodation options. With a great variety from luxury hotels to self-contained apartments, we’ve got the lot. Hey, it’s one less morning you have to be responsible for making the bed!

Share your love for the capital using #holidayherecbr and tagging @visitcanberra.

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