Nothing compliments a night out with your sweetie quite like a gorgeous view to take in along with your love. Here are some of Canberra’s greatest viewpoints to take a meal, drink, dessert or just to escape the busy streets and appreciate your time together and the world around you.
As pleasant as it sounds, this lookout provides fantastic views of our beautiful city whilst also paying a fitting tribute to the country’s military efforts. Less frequented than the more popular Mount Ainslie and Black Mountain, this will be a little quieter and calm for your date.
One for the military buffs, Mount Pleasant is reached by a short drive through the Royal Military College, Duntroon that will take you to the top of the mountain. The lookout is home to the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery National Memorial. The focal point of the memorial is two giant artillery guns built in 1820 sitting either side of the main lookout point. The mountain is also a designated saluting location with the well-known 21 gun salute occurring here on ceremonial occasions.
It is here that lies the grave of William Throsby Bridges, the first Commandant of Duntroon and the only Australian soldier who perished in World War I to be buried in Australia.
Better visited during the day, this view is best served with a scoop of ice cream or tasty snack picked up on the way out after breakfast or lunch to enjoy while taking in the history and the view of the capital.
Mount Ainslie Drive, Majura
Mount Ainslie is the perfect opportunity to achieve some fitness goals. You’ll be rewarded with the beautiful view of the precisely-planned Canberra after getting a little exercise in. A popular pastime for many Canberrans, walking up Mount Ainslie is something many hope to achieve.
Along the walk, you’ll be accompanied by the various flora and fauna that preside on this giant hillside and serves as a wonderful representation of Australian nature.
Mount Ainslie is approximately 846 metres high, so make sure you plan for the outdoor date with plenty of water and engage in sun-smart activities like wearing hats and sunscreen on those hot summer days.
Park your car at the Australian War Memorial and follow the signs to start your trek to the top. Once you’ve reached the top, you’ll be blown away in realising the full impact of Canberra’s planning. There’s nothing quite like getting a full view of just how precise that plan was.
There are plenty of seats and viewing points providing panoramic views of the city once you’ve arrived.
100 Black Mountain Drive, Acton
To pair with this view, a delicious picnic dinner or late night sweet treat is the perfect fit. The most well-known landmark throughout Canberra, Telstra Tower is something you can see across the city and can be thought of as Canberra’s Empire State Building, Big Ben or Burj Khalifa. It is one of our defining landmarks, a structure that clearly identifies you are now in the capital city.
Drive up the mountain at night and park your car, sit on the hood and get that wonderful view of the northern side of Canberra. After dinner or your snack, head inside Telstra Tower to see this enormous structure and get those 360 degree views of the rest of Canberra and beyond. Telstra Tower is open from 9am-10pm every day and doesn’t cost much to get in.
A perfect late night date.
RED HILL LOOKOUT
Red Hill Drive, Red Hill
Driving through one of Canberra’s more affluent suburbs, Red Hill, you will soon arrive at its very own lookout.
A picture-perfect setting to take a treat to eat up to the top. Another option is to book in at the Little Brother Café that sits at the top of the hill and does not disappoint with its views of the city or with its fantastic food.
The observation area provides a detailed story of Canberra as ‘the garden city’ it was known way back when the city’s design was first imagined by Walter Burley Griffin.
Take in the view, take in a coffee at the café and enjoy a day witnessing the city below as you peacefully watch the day go by.