12 February 2023

How to spend Valentine's Day in Canberra this year

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Valentine's Day

Will you watch a movie at home, go out for dinner or maybe take a boat ride around Canberra on Valentine’s Day? Photo: File.

If you’re someone who loves showing your appreciation towards that special person, whether it be a partner or a friend, this one’s for you.

Valentine’s Day – 14 February – the special day that celebrates love, is coming up (next Tuesday, in case you forgot!).

It’s also the day many choose as the one time each year they buy flowers or chocolates and show their love to their other half, or … the day that many people forget exists, until it’s too late and they’re stuck buying $6 sunflowers at Woolworths and a box of Favourites chocolates because they weren’t organised.

Here are some ways you can celebrate this special day, no matter who you’re with.

READ ALSO Where to dine with your Valentine this year in Canberra

From fancy dinners, to experiences, activities, picnics and more, we’ve got you covered.

Gift giving

If you’re wanting to give more than just supermarket flowers and chocolates, (not that there’s anything wrong with that), why not buy something locally made?

Miss Mustard’s Sweet Treats has got everything from custom cookie gift packs and cookie cakes to cookie hampers, and the best part is, they’re made right here in the capital.

GG’s Flowers & Hampers is also a great business to check out. They have plenty of beautiful fresh flowers that are hand delivered around the capital and hampers filled with local products. Did we mention, they’re also selling rose bears, which are quite fitting for Valentine’s Day?

Check out some of our top picks of gifts here.

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Hale Spa, one of Canberra’s most recommended day spas. Photo: Hale Spa, Facebook.

Try a new experience or activity

Why not take your loved one on an adventure this Valentine’s Day?

If you’re after some ideas, here’s what we’ve got:A massage and day spa experience (Check out our list of day spas here)

Urban Fusion in the city has got packages for you and your partner, you and your friends or even for yourself that involve hot stones, facial and hair treatments, scalp massages and of course complimentary champagne and chocolates.

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Cheesy rom-coms on Valentine’s Day? Yes please! Photo: File.

A movie night

Whether you’re stocking up on snacks and hitting the theatre, or lying down on the couch at home, there’s nothing like watching a good rom-com on Valentine’s Day. Hoyts, Dendy, Limelight and Palace Electric have got you sorted with many options. But, if you have Netflix, I highly recommend Resort to Love, Love Jacked, Valentine’s Day and Purple Hearts.

Ride a GoBoat on Lake Burley Griffin this Valentine’s Day. Photo: James Coleman.

A boat ride around Canberra

GoBoat Canberra has you and your lover sorted, or even you and your friends, (up to eight people) and from $129 per hour, you can watch the sun go down, take some beautiful photos and enjoy a unique experience together and make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one.


A romantic picnic with your partner is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day. Photo: File.

A picnic

There are so many beautiful spots around the Capital to lay out your picnic rug, take out your favourite foods, pop a bottle of wine and watch the sun go down and the stars come out this Valentine’s Day.

Be sure to check out Commonwealth Park, Kingston Foreshore, the National Arboretum, Canberra Nara Peace Park, the Cotter Dam, Haig Park, Gibraltar Falls and Lennox Gardens.


Come and win a prize for your valentine at Kingpin. Photo: Kingpin, Facebook.

An arcade night or escape room

If you’re a big kid at heart, and love spending time shooting hoops, playing air hockey and winning stuffed animals out of a claw machine – Kingpin, iPlay or Timezone might just be the way to go. They also have karaoke rooms, escape rooms, laser tag and bowling – even better! P.S. Kingpin even has a Valentine’s Day package with cocktails, food and game play.

If you love the challenges and are great working in a team with your partner or friends, escape rooms are also a great idea. Check out our list of the ones worth the visit here.

Braddon Merchant is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner. Photo: Iconic Hotels.

Food & Wine

If you want to enjoy a nice dinner, several restaurants in Canberra are hosting Valentine’s Day-themed evenings with delicious food, paired with complimentary glasses of champagne on arrival. Click here to see our suggestions.

Drop your great ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day below.

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