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Exploring Canberra by night

6 great things to do in Canberra at night, from wining and dining to sweeping night-time views, guided tours and more.

Explore the best of the capital city's nightlife with this handy guide to exploring Canberra by night.

Want to know where to go out in Canberra?  You’ve come to the right place. Keep yourself entertained in Canberra at night with these fun activities and local attractions.

Organise a night photography tour

Get ready to get snap happy as you embark on a night photography tour of Canberra. Several local groups run tours such as Click Walk Learn, Canberra School of Photography and Penny Koukoulas Photography, allowing visitors to sharpen their skills behind the camera lens as they soak up the sights. Expect to visit iconic locations such as Parliament House and more. 
Don’t want to spend the big bucks on your trip? Bring your own map and camera and explore the city at night with your travel companions, sans guide. It’s a great way to get your bearings in a new place and capture your Canberra memories. 

Take a dinner cruise on Lake Burley Griffin

See the sights of Canberra from another perspective by booking yourself in for a dinner cruise on Lake Burley Griffin. Cruises are run by the Canberra Southern Cross Club on Thursday evenings, offering picturesque views of the lake and prominent Canberra landmarks such as the National Carillon, the National Library and the National Gallery of Australia. 
Bookings are required 48 hours prior to departure for dinner cruises so ensure you plan ahead. 

Go to a show at AIS Arena

See what’s on in Canberra when you visit by checking out the list of upcoming tours and events hosted at AIS Arena. AIS host an impressive line-up of live music, sports, theatre and conventions throughout the year, with names including Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder to name a few.

See the sights of Canberra from the Telstra Tower

If you want to see some of the best views of Canberra, whether it be by day or night, you have to visit the Telstra Tower. Venture up to the viewing gallery (open until 10pm daily) of this telecommunications tower to enjoy 360 degree views of Canberra. 
From almost 200 metres above the ground, expect to see stunning views and spot some of the major Canberra landmarks which are lit up after dark. 
If you’re feeling peckish there’s a café onsite open from 9am – 9pm, serving small bites and hot drinks. 

Explore the local nightlife

Mingle with the locals by exploring the local pubs, clubs and bars. From classic Irish pubs with live music most nights of the week like King O’Malley’s, vibrant nightclubs including Academy and Mooseheads or more relaxed waterside venues and whisky bars such as Walt & Burley and Hippo Co, you’re bound to find a watering hole or dancefloor to suit your tastes.

Go stargazing at Mount Stromlo Observatory

See the stars at Mount Stromlo Observatory, situated just 20km from Canberra. Public astronomy nights run at various times throughout the year offering free talks and stargazing. View the calendar for upcoming open nights. 
For an extra special experience you can also request a private stargazing visit and a behind the scenes history tour for an added cost. 

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