Wonderful nature parks, scenic views, a secret rose garden, and escapes to the bushlands are just some of the things to see and do on your romantic Canberra getaway. Spend a day exploring Black Mountain Nature Park. The largest of Canberra's 27 nature parks, Black Mountain is home to Black Mountain Tower, a city landmark, and the Australian National Botanic Gardens. For those interested in a true bush walk, there are several different access points including the top of Black Mountain drive. If your goal is simply to wander, the Aranda Bushlands is a small section of the park, which is enjoyable for walkers, cyclists and horse enthusiasts. If physical exertion is not the order of the day, drive to the tower and enjoy the view. The entire city is laid out before you.
Like a secret garden, the Gardens at Old Parliament House are tucked away behind a huge cypress hedge with a gate opening to a brilliant display of roses. In 1932, two hundred rose bushes were planted with some exotic trees as part of the private recreation area for parliamentarians. This number has been added to over the years. From spring to autumn, you will be overwhelmed by the magnificent perfume of the roses. As well as the roses, there are ashes, maples and other shady exotic trees to picnic under.
Escape to the bushlands with the Pinnacle Nature Trail. Nestled behind Canberra's northern suburbs and pastureland, Pinnacle Nature Trail is another of the city's wonderful secrets. This is true bushland. The many trails take you past rocky outcrops, knee-high golden grasses, reed beds and gum trees. The kangaroos and wallabies love it here, and it is easy to see why. A short walk to the top offers views of Black Mountain while an ancient tree provides shade, and a few strategically placed boulders make the perfect benches. This is great for a hike, horseback ride or a quiet picnic among the local wildlife. With so many romantic things to do, you might just fall in love with Canberra too.
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