Looking for a fun night out in Canberra, minus the drinking? Try some of these activities!

Get close to nature

The nation’s capital and its surrounds offer some of the country’s most peaceful camping grounds and walking trails. Camping at The Cotter is particularly beautiful and requires no booking.  You can get campsite maps and other info from Camping in the ACT.

Canberra’s clear fresh nights are also perfect for stargazing. For an extra good view of the Southern Hemisphere’s skies, head to Mt Stromlo Observatory on one of their free public stargazing nights.

Check out some sports

Get a taste of Aussie sporting culture at Canberra’s GIO stadium, the place to catch a night game of Rugby.  Or, for cricket matches and AFL, see what’s on at Manuka Oval.

See live music, events, and films

In January and February, enjoy some premium ice cream with your films at the Ben & Jerry’s OpenAir Cinema, on the on Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia.  Or, in November, head to the beautiful National Botanical Gardens for The Sunset Cinema.

If you’re a photography buff, or just looking for the best view of the national capital, the viewing gallery at Canberra’s famous Telstra Tower (aka Black Mountain Tower) is open until 9pm.

It’s also always worthwhile checking what’s on at the AIS Arena, the home of concerts, theatre performances, conventions, conferences, gala dinners, expos and indoor sports.

Canberra’s live music scene is full of local and up-and-coming artists.  Checkout BMA magazines Gig Guide for all the best acts.

Get some shopping in

For a little late night shopping on a Friday evening, Night Markets Canberra is open until 9pm and the Canberra Centre is also open until 9pm Fridays.