Places in or around Canberra to pop the question?

By 14 July, 2010 41

Hello All

Well its crunch time! I’m going to get engaged (hopefully)… As I am hopeless with anything romantic I am turning to you all to help me come up with some ideas of places in or around Canberra to pop the question.

I am planning to do it in around November, December as I am still saving for the ring.

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41 Responses to Places in or around Canberra to pop the question?
#1
johnboy10:07 am, 14 Jul 10

Unless you’re VERY sure of the answer hot air balloons are a bad option.

Do you want to be bolted in with 8 strangers for half an hour after that kind of rejection.

Picnic by the lake would be my bet.

#2
MrNurseRatchet10:18 am, 14 Jul 10

I was thinking that the scenic lookout in the centre of Tidbinbilla would be good.

#3
stereo henry10:20 am, 14 Jul 10

buy some television advertising during her favourite program and do a piece to camera (hopefully she prefers late night infomercials as opposed to masterchef or it could set you back some)

#4
gospeedygo10:30 am, 14 Jul 10

The ring her food would be a bad idea.

#5
Jungle Jim10:34 am, 14 Jul 10

I popped the question during a nice quiet and quite romantic weekend away to Gundaroo and the surrounding Canberra wine region. This was at the end of August, so it was still pretty cold out there, but the warm fires at Grazing helped with the romance!

The drive back can also be beautiful, taking the Murrumbateman route with a stop off at Poachers Pantry for lunch. Alternatively, you can take the quick way back, through Queanbeyan, if the answer isn’t what you had hoped.

Best of luck, Hank.

#6
justin heywood10:38 am, 14 Jul 10

I proposed to my wife in a friend’s back garden -we happened to be standing on top of a septic tank. That didn’t mean much to me at the time, but my wife has never let me forget it.

So while we blokes may laugh, the choice of venue is important. I would go for a drive up to the mountains. Kosciusko is pretty spectacular, and there are some pretty cosy and romantic accommodations in Thredbo.

#7
Genie10:52 am, 14 Jul 10

The cheetah lookout spot at the Zoo…. its slighty off the beaten path right in front of a man made waterfall. Its a stunning view !

#8
BimboGeek11:00 am, 14 Jul 10

Mountain top. You don’t have to go all the way to Kosciuszko though, there are some lovely places nearby and again if she says no, you can just walk your separate ways down Mount Ainslie!!

#9
Thumper11:36 am, 14 Jul 10

On the big screen at a Raiders game.

Nothing SHOUTS love like 10,000 Raiders fans…

Seriously, go for an early morning walk somewhere along the lake on a sunny winters morning. Stunningly beautiful and quiet. Just perfect one would think.

#10
prhhcd11:41 am, 14 Jul 10

Definately on a balloon. I was one one when a guy proposed to his girlfriend. It was so romantic. Was so jealous! Better than my partners “lets get married”
Ho hum

#11
p111:49 am, 14 Jul 10

+ for the mountain top idea. It can be harder to plan in advance though, since nice weather is clearly a plus. Personally I think sunset in the way to go, cause I don’t like getting up early.

#12
grunge_hippy12:22 pm, 14 Jul 10

my husband asked me (read: gave me the box, assumed he was asking me) on our couch. so romantical.

trust me, we women remember!

I like the picnic by the lake, summer evening, nice.

#13
la mente torbida12:41 pm, 14 Jul 10

Canberra has so many venues where it is romantic…none of them cost money

#14
amarooresident312:47 pm, 14 Jul 10

I assume you have someone to ask?

If you do, find out what he/she thinks would be the perfect proposal. Then do that.

Enlist one of their close friends to help you find this out if you are not confident about broaching the subject without giving the game away(as long as they can keep a secret!).

Good luck.

#15
bd841:01 pm, 14 Jul 10

Oh write it on a sheet and tie it onto one of the bridges around town that you drive under, totally classy.. Although the number of rock throwing fences on bridges may prevent you doing that..

#16
astrojax1:08 pm, 14 Jul 10

don’t do it!

#17
Noezis1:11 pm, 14 Jul 10

justin heywood said :

I proposed to my wife in a friend’s back garden -we happened to be standing on top of a septic tank. That didn’t mean much to me at the time, but my wife has never let me forget it.
.

So does she always say your marriage has gone to shit? :-) Nah just kidding.

As already suggested, around the lake during a sunset or over dinner. The Boat House by the lake during sunset is stunning, Aubergine, or possibly the revolving restaurant on Telstra tower.

#18
MissPeaches1:18 pm, 14 Jul 10

Go to a place that is special to the both of you already. Maybe somewhere that you have been for a really special dinner or date, something of significance. And introduce something she really likes into the proposal – for example if she has a passion for a colour gift wrap the ring in that colour… Along those lines.

#19
Funky11:22 pm, 14 Jul 10

Take her on a mystery tour.
Tell her you have a surprise for her and go for a drive. Keep her guessing as to the final destination by driving to, but right past, certain locations, (ie past the Black Mountain turnoff, around the roundabout but past Grevillia Park, etc) until you arrive at your final destination.

I did this once many years ago (I think we ended up at the Boathouse for dinner) but it will either build up the suspense, or she’ll think she’s dating an axe-murderer and you’re trying to find the most secluded spot to do her in. lol

:)

#20
p12:22 pm, 14 Jul 10

bd84 said :

Oh write it on a sheet and tie it onto one of the bridges around town that you drive under, totally classy.. Although the number of rock throwing fences on bridges may prevent you doing that..

Nah, the anti rock fence just gives you a good thing to cable tie it to.

#21
Lenny Wonder3:29 pm, 14 Jul 10

Sinsations?

#22
luther_bendross3:43 pm, 14 Jul 10

Two words: Gininderra Tavern.

#23
BundahBoy4:32 pm, 14 Jul 10

Maccas Dickson, after the ice cream cake and before the slippery-slide.

#24
Tonka4:33 pm, 14 Jul 10

If you’re ready to pop the question you should really know the things your significant other loves to do. That should be your guide.

My partner loves flying in helicopters so for my proposal, I chartered a flight through Aquila Helicopters and we flew to lunch at Lamberts Winery. Lamberts were really helpful and accomodating and even mowed a special landing strip for the occasion. Lunch was fantastic and the food and wine were both great. After lunch we did an aerial tour of the LBG area and I popped the question hovering at 1000 feet between PH and the War Memorial.

It wasn’t nearly as expensive as it sounds and was a really awesome and unforgettable experience.

Both Aquila Helicopters and Lamberts were fantastic and easy to deal with. Thanks to them everything went off without a hitch and we had a perfect day.

#25
Hank5:06 pm, 14 Jul 10

Thank you everyone for your suggestions, although towards the end there things got a little crazy.
Just to answer a few enquiries;
Yes I do have someone to ask
I don’t mind spending money
McDonalds is great idea but not for me
Any tavern would be perfect for me, not so much for her
The hot air balloon… not so much, although lovely I would like the moment just to be for us..
The Raiders game…
I do like the idea of some were that has meaning to us both, and the lake and mountains would be perfect
Thanks again for your help, but keep the suggestions coming please

#26
Hank5:07 pm, 14 Jul 10

Tonka said :

If you’re ready to pop the question you should really know the things your significant other loves to do. That should be your guide.

My partner loves flying in helicopters so for my proposal, I chartered a flight through Aquila Helicopters and we flew to lunch at Lamberts Winery. Lamberts were really helpful and accomodating and even mowed a special landing strip for the occasion. Lunch was fantastic and the food and wine were both great. After lunch we did an aerial tour of the LBG area and I popped the question hovering at 1000 feet between PH and the War Memorial.

It wasn’t nearly as expensive as it sounds and was a really awesome and unforgettable experience.

Both Aquila Helicopters and Lamberts were fantastic and easy to deal with. Thanks to them everything went off without a hitch and we had a perfect day.

I love this idea!

#27
Pork Hunt5:12 pm, 14 Jul 10

Parkland surroundings, flowers and ribbons on site…

Mully’s Memorial
Canberra Av Fyshwick

#28
realityskin6:16 pm, 14 Jul 10

Tonka said :

If you’re ready to pop the question you should really know the things your significant other loves to do. That should be your guide.

My partner loves flying in helicopters so for my proposal, I chartered a flight through Aquila Helicopters and we flew to lunch at Lamberts Winery. Lamberts were really helpful and accomodating and even mowed a special landing strip for the occasion. Lunch was fantastic and the food and wine were both great. After lunch we did an aerial tour of the LBG area and I popped the question hovering at 1000 feet between PH and the War Memorial.

It wasn’t nearly as expensive as it sounds and was a really awesome and unforgettable experience.

Both Aquila Helicopters and Lamberts were fantastic and easy to deal with. Thanks to them everything went off without a hitch and we had a perfect day.

How very very cool, never knew such a thing existed in Canberra !~

#29
Thumper6:16 pm, 14 Jul 10

Two words: Gininderra Tavern.

Classy man.

Besides, it’s the Ginninderra Labor Club these days.

:)

#30
26048:26 pm, 14 Jul 10

If she’s keen to get married, and it’s a surprise, I don’t think it matters where you do it. She’ll be stoked regardless.

FTR though I think that even asking her in your own house (if you’ve bought one together already) can be just as meaningful and special as asking in some random park by the lake.

As for the ring, I highly recommend McGlades.

Good luck brother.

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