Canberra City YHA

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Things to do in Canberra City YHA

More centrally located than any Dickson hostel, the YHA is the perfect base to explore Australia's capital and its many free attractions. Visit the National Museum of Australia, Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, and Questacon. Walk or picnic beside Lake Burley Griffin, and enjoy views from Telstra Tower or Mount Ainslie. Canberra plays host to plenty of festivals during the year, including Floriade, Multicultural Festival, Balloon Fiesta, and International Film Festival.

At the hostel

$6 BBQ Night!

Watch the sun set and stuff your face with our hostel BBQ nights! 

6:30 pm Friday
The rooftop

Bikes for half-price! $10

Jump on a bike and explore Canberra at your own pace. 

Hire from reception

FREE Transit Bar Karaoke Night

YHA meets at the outside tables at 7PM for cheap pizza and drinks, before going to Karaoke at about 8:30. $5 Basics or $10 Beer and Pizza!

7:00 pm Tuesday
Transit Bar (Under the hostel)

FREE Sangria Social + Live Music

Head up to the roof for a sunset, some sangria and some super-good company. Then we'll head to The Phoenix Bar for some live, local music...and probably more sangria. 

7:30 pm Mondays
On the rooftop!

FREE Trivia Night

Finally a time to let years-worth of useless information shine! 

7:00 pm Mondays
Transit Bar

FREE Movie on the Roof

BYO Blankie and beers, we're havin' a movie night! 

Sunset on Wednesdays
The rooftop!

$5 Pool Competition

Grab your balls, we're playing pool! YHA meets at the outside tables at 7PM for cheap pizza and drinks, before going to Karaoke at about 8:30. $5 Basics or $10 Beer and Pizza!

7:00 pm
Transit Bar

FREE Mt Ainslie Hike

Come wander Canberra with us - fresh air and a fresh perspective on this golden city. Wear comfy shoes as we're tackling Mt Ainslie! 

6:30 pm Sundays
Meet at Reception

Tours & activities related to this hostel

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Canberra Overnight Tour from Sydney

Discover Australia's capital city on this weekend city escape jam packed with Australian culture, history, world class museums and galleries galore

FREE things to do in Canberra

  1. Visit National Museum of Australia and learn about Australia's social history, exploring the key issues, people and events that have shaped this country.
  2. Hike up Mt. Anslie (30 min from War Memorial) to see what a planned city looks like from above. You can spot the kangaroos at sunset and sunrise as well.
  3. Take a tour at the Australian Parliament House and observe democracy in action. Free tours run about 5 times a day, don’t forget to visit the roof top before you leave.
  4. Attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial and listen to the stories about Australian soldiers.
  5. Be inspired by a large collection of Australian aboriginal art works at the National Art Gallery.
  6. Visit the Old Bus Depot Market on Sunday and taste all the free sample that is available. If you are lucky, that could be your lunch.
  7. Check out The Bootleg Sessions at The Phoenix Bar every Monday night from 8pm for some live music performed by Canberra’s up & coming artists.

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Dendy Cinemas
$14.50 movie tickets
$14.50 movie tickets (+ $1 for 3D) at any of Dendy Cinemas national locations. Cinemas located in Sydney (Dendy Opera Quays and Dendy Newtown), Dendy Canberra and Dendy Portside (Brisbane).
The People's Poncho
10% off + Free Shipping
Originally we set out at making a cycling poncho, however we then realised we could provide affordable, practical and credible protection from the rain whatever the outdoor adventure! YHA member receive 10% off and free shipping.
Reid Cycles
5% discount
Get 15% of Reid Cycles bikes and accessories.
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