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Canberra Nightlife Ideas: 5 Fun Things to Do in Canberra at Night
14 Decembert 2023
Written by Y Suites
canberra nightlife

Located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra is more than just a political hub; it offers some of the most unique Canberra nightlife experiences to its visitors.

When the sun sets over the picturesque landscape of Canberra, you’ll witness the city coming alive and bustling with a plethora of activities and entertainment options.

The typical Canberra nightlife consists of savouring some amazing food, cocktails and, of course, dancing on the dance floor to loud music until your legs ache! But clubbing is not the only thing you can do on a night out.

In this nightlife guide, we’ll explore the adventures you can embark on in Canberra at night, from lively bars to cultural events and outdoor experiences.


Feast on food and fun at Reload Bar and Games

Feast on food and fun at Reload Bar and Games

Image source: Reload Bar and Games

Start off your Friday night after a long, exhausting week of work at this entertaining bar that serves a variety of amazing cocktails, craft beers, non-alcoholic beverages and delicious food.

The moment you step into Reload Bar and Games, you’ll find yourself in a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere with a perfect balance between the excitement of gaming and the relaxed ambience of a social bar. Other than its great food and beverages, this bar comes equipped with a diverse selection of games!

From classic arcade games to the latest console releases, there’s no shortage of options to keep you entertained. You can challenge your friends to a round of Mario Kart while enjoying some live music performances.

Even better – Reload takes the gaming experience to the next level by hosting regular events and tournaments – a perfect opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and win some exciting prizes.

Whether you’re a gaming enthusiast or just looking for a place to unwind with friends, Reload has something for everyone. Definitely a place to visit to experience quintessential Canberra nightlife.


Catch an event at Canberra Theatre Centre

Catch an event at Canberra Theatre Centre

Image source: Canberra Theatre Centre

Australia’s capital city has year-long cultural events and performances planned out, so grab this chance to see for yourself what amazing shows the Canberra Theatre Centre puts together.

Located at Civic Square, the Centre itself is an architectural masterpiece, blending modern design with functionality. It branches into 3 sections known as Canberra Theatre (the main venue), the Playhouse and the Courtyard Studio.

From world-class theatre productions to cutting-edge contemporary dance, classical music concerts to comedy shows, opera performances to circus events, the Centre has it all!

Beyond that, the Centre also participates in major citywide events, such as the annual Enlighten Festival. During this celebration, the Centre becomes a canvas for mesmerising light displays, blending artistic performances with the enchanting atmosphere of the festival.

So, if you find yourself with a free Saturday night, this is the place to be to experience the culture of Canberra. Be sure to pre-book your tickets to ensure you get a spot in their unmissable productions!


Sign up for a night photography tour

canberra's parliament house building

Whether you’re a professional photographer who wants to capture the beautiful landscape of Canberra City or you want some unique posts for your Instagram feed, a night photography tour is the best way to get breathtaking shots of Canberra.

We recommend going for the twilight tours, which will allow you to capture some of the most iconic landmarks, including Parliament House, the National Library of Australia and the National Museum, as the sun sets over the horizon.

Quite a few local groups offer these tours, such as Click Walk LearnCanberra School of Photography and Penny Koukoulas Photography, giving you the opportunity to upskill your camera skills, working with light, angles, perspectives, and your overall technique and creativity.

Most of the tours are customisable; hence, you can pick one which best fits you and your group of friends!


Enjoy a dinner cruise on Lake Burley Griffin

dinner cruise

Enjoy breathtaking views, amazing service and some of the most amazing food from the unique perspective of dinner cruises on Lake Burley Griffin.

Whether you’re with friends, family, or a special someone, the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club dinner cruise is a perfect venue for socialising and relaxing after a long day.

Surrounded by prominent landmarks and set against the backdrop of the city lights, the lake creates a picturesque view when the sun sets as the changing colours of the sky cast a warm glow over the water; it is definitely an experience you should not miss!

The cruise provides the full fine dining experience – from canapes and welcome drinks to a multi-course meal that features local and seasonal ingredients and ends with desserts. The convivial atmosphere on the yacht also makes this an excellent opportunity to network.

The cruise runs for 2.5 hours, and bookings are required 48 hours before the departure, so make sure to secure your preferred slot in advance!


Stargaze at Mount Stromlo Observatory

Stargaze at Mount Stromlo Observatory

Image source: ANU

Many locals highly recommend stargazing if you are looking for something truly unique to do when you visit Canberra.

Located in Weston Creek, the Mount Stromlo Observatory provides a unique opportunity to explore the wonders of the night sky while surrounded by the peaceful ambience of the Australian bush.

The Canberra Astronomical Society often hosts public stargazing events at the observatory, with knowledgeable astronomers leading the tours and providing insights into the celestial objects visible on the night of your visit, the history of the observatory, and the fundamentals of astronomy.

Canberra’s nights can get chilly, even in the warmer months, so it is best to bring warm clothing like a jacket, picnic blanket and some hot drinks while you enjoy the night with friends or family!

Before planning your visit, remember to check the observatory’s schedule for public stargazing events, night tours, or any special astronomical activities to stay updated.


Kick Start The Beginning Of Your Adventure In Canberra With Y Suites!

Strategically located within Canberra, Y Suites on Moore offers university students the ultimate blend of comfort and convenience.

Our accommodation is just a short walk or bus ride away from Canberra’s major universities and convenient amenities like major public transport hubs, supermarkets and more.

And here’s the best part – our all-inclusive rent covers:

✅ Premium, fully furnished student rooms and shared apartments, inclusive of Wi-Fi and utilites

✅ Full access to various common areas for socialising, studying, exercising, playing, and resting

✅ The opportunity to connect with other like-minded students from different prestigious universities through our community events

✅ Excellent security measures that ensures your personal safety

✅ Hassle-free customer service managed by our attentive and well-trained staff

So what are you waiting for?

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to experience how student life should be!



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