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30 ways to spend February

Amanda Whitley

“There’s nothing to do in Canberra over summer”

That’s where you’re wrong. Here are 30 ways to spend February.

Want more? Read our December instalment here and our January instalment here, both of which include heaps of year-round options.



A selection of brunch dishes at Ricardo’s Cafe in Jamison. Image: Tess Godkin.

Explore your local shops and head to the suburbs for brunch.


Pat an alligator and see more than 50 species of reptiles and frogs at Canberra Reptile Zoo.


Retreat from the heat and see a classic film at the National Film and Sound Archive.


Cheer on the PM’s XI when they take on England in the Prime Minister’s T20 match at Manuka Oval on 2 February.


Delve into Canberra’s Secrets—Marg Wade offers everything from kangaroo spotting tours to walking food tours of the city. 



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Cool off at Phillip Ice Skating Centre—lessons and skate hire are all available on site and their pool is ready and waiting.


See the handwritten journals of Burke and Wills, Australia’s first gold medal for women’s swimming, the landmark papers of Edward Koiki Mabo and more at the Treasures Gallery at the National Library of Australia.


Head to Weston Park for family fun—ride your bikes on the cycle track, play Bocce or Pétanque or enjoy the water playground and wading pool.


Bloc Haus. Credit: Lee/Molonglo Group.

Try indoor bouldering at BlocHaus—think rock climbing, but without ropes or a harness, and on shorter walls, protected by padding on the ground to bounce off.


eightysix’s Caramel Popcorn Sundae. Image: supplied.

Eat at one of Canberra’s hatted restaurants. Aubergine or Ottoman Cuisine both scored two hats in the 2018 Good Food Guide, while The Chairman & Yip, Eightysix, Italian & Sons, Lilotang, Monster Kitchen & Bar, Otis Dining Hall, Pulp Kitchen and Temporada all picked up one.


See the forest for the trees at the National Arboretum Canberra, with its 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. Let the kids loose on The Pod Playground.



Drink in the views (and the wine) at Canberra’s first true rooftop bar, Howling Moon.



Move it! Search the HerCanberra ACTIVE Directory to find a way to move your body.


Inflatable World Kambah

Cool off in one of Canberra’s coolest indoor play areas.



The Hamlet on Lonsdale Street, Braddon.


Enjoy some of Canberra’s best street food and check out some homegrown art and jewellery at The Hamlet on Lonsdale Street in Braddon.


Remember the sacrifice at the Australian War Memorial. Each day at 4.55pm AEST, you can absorb the powerful and sombre Last Post Ceremony which honours one of the 62,000 who gave their lives in service.



Indulge your inner caffeind and take part in one of The Cupping Room’s cupping sessions. The flagship store of 2015 World’s Best Barista, ONA’s Sasa Sestic, these guys are serious about their coffee.



Enjoy a drop of our very own Canberra brews with names such as the Barley Griffin, Mort’s Gold and Braddon Bitter at BentSpoke Brewing Co. in Braddon.


Explore NewActon, making sure to head to Hotel Hotel to dine at Monster Kitchen and Bar. Snap a selfie on the grand staircase in the Nishi building while you are there.


Credit: Martin Ollman

Take a hot air balloon flight and finish with a traditional champagne celebration at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra.


Join a SegGlideRide tour around the Parliamentary Triangle and Lake Burley Griffin and master the art of riding this self-balancing two-wheeled machine.


Bar Rochford. Photography by Martin Ollman.

Enjoy a drink at Australia’s Best—Bar Rochford—according to Australian Gourmet Traveller. While you’re there, stay for the food—it’s every bit as good.


Go for a dip in the historic Manuka Swimming Pool and enjoy the character and Art Deco style of Canberra’s very first public swimming baths.


Stock up on fresh vegetables at the Capital Region Farmers Market.

Sample some of the region’s freshest produce at the Capital Region Farmers Markets at Exhibition Park, where you can buy fresh produce direct from the growers and makers.


Questacon: it’s not just for kids!

Free-fall down a six-metre slide, freeze your own shadow, experience an earthquake or challenge a robot to a game of air hockey at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.


Image: Martin Ollman

Celebrate Canberra’s vibrant melting pot at the National Multicultural Festival—one of Australia’s biggest and most diverse celebrations. 16 to 18 February.


Go bush! Strap on the sneakers for one of Canberra’s best walks.



Explore Canberra’s food scene with one of EatCanberra’s food walking tours.


Head to the Actew AGL Royal Canberra Show. 23 to 25 February.


Keep cool at one of Canberra’s aquatic centres or pools—whether you like an indoor heated experience or an outdoor dip.


Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author