Things to do in Canberra

Canberra can seem pretty quiet when you first move up, but there’s a lot of stuff to do when you look around. There’s a very short list below of the many things that are one.

Definitely not comprehensive – if there are other things out there you’re interested in, have a look – it probably exists in some form.

If you have any additions, feel free to post suggestions in the comments section and I can add them.

General ‘what’s on’ sites:

The RIOT Act’s Entertainment section.

The official tourism site. has its own meetings, as well as being useful for highlighting other stuff going on.


The Front.

The Phoenix.

Gorman House Arts Centre.

Smith’s Alternative Bookshop.


National Parks Association of the ACT.

ACT walking for pleasure.


Canberra Bushwalking Club.

Johnny Boy’s walkabout blog.

Other stuff:

Comedy ACT

IntheTaratory has occasional summaries of upcoming events that are quite good.

Tango Social Club of Canberra runs milonas and links to classes, and El Boliche is a regular tango practica.

Street Chess is a tournament every Saturday from 11 am – 2:30/3pm, at King O’Malleys.

Bad! Slam! No Biscuit! is a poetry night monthly at the Phoenix.

The Word Co-op has readings and events.


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