With the big V-Day coming up, you’re probably thinking, what do I plan for my partner on this annual day of romantic intention? The capital city has something for everyone this year, from fun day activities to night time cuisine, you’d think it’s time for something different than just dinner and a movie, right?
Hot Air Ballooning
Why not start the day off with a sunrise in a hot air balloon, flying high over the picturesque sights of the city and beyond. While sipping on some complimentary champagne too. While quite expensive to hop aboard, on the clearest of days, it could be a once in a lifetime endeavour up for purchase.
Big Splash Water Park
Beat the Summer heat this year by taking a visit to Canberra’s only water park, which includes attractive water slides of all levels of adrenaline and excitement. Will you be able to tackle the Speed Coaster, or are you more of a Splash Island kinda adventurer?
Kayak Lake Burley Griffin
Join in the latest aquatic craze with The Paddle Hub, Canberra’s finest stand-up paddle board and kayak rental service on the beautiful Lake Burley Griffin. Located at the YMCA Aquatic Recreation Centre, come get your boating skills on and get fit with your partner while you do it.
Cockington Green Gardens
If you’re looking for an experience completely different, on the other end of the spectrum this miniature garden and building display will let you wander a crafted wonderland like no other. Whoever said you had to visit England to see their iconic old fashioned villages?
Versailles: the National Gallery of Australia
Come see some of France’s most historic monumental art, sculpture and design at the Versailles Palace. Perfect for an insight into Marie Antoinette’s, a regal experience without need for an exxy flight.
Wee Jasper Caves
So you’re more of an avid explorer I take it? This Valentine’s Day you and your partner want to go somewhere less populated? Well Wee Jasper, located about 1.5 hours west of the city, is your place of interest, with ancient caves to explore and spend the day hiking and picnicing in the lush quiet town.
Pack the mosquito repellent, the champagne and the snacks, its time to go to the movies. The Open-Air cinema, which is located on Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia overlooking Lake Burley Griffin, is always a more lively experience than your average cinema. The highlight for this year for V Day is the screening of the classic film Dirty Dancing. Hurry though, cause tickets are selling fast, predicted to sell out! tickets here.
Dining in Dickson
Just north of the city lies the suburb of Dickson, where on Wooley Street, is restaurant after restaurant of different cuisines. From Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican, Mediteranian, you name it. This is the place to be if you want a nice sit down V Day dinner with your partner.
Say you both enjoy the late night life and want to go a bit fancy this year? Molly is an underground bar that offers both great drinks and canapes for those who want to dress up, get a little bit fancy, and sip your way into the night. Prohibition style.
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