Gay and Lesbian-friendly Suburbs in Canberra

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Australia has become a very gay-friendly country and as its capital city, Canberra is leading the way in equal rights and anti-discriminatory laws. There are a handful of gay bars and nightspots in and around Canberra, although patrons are welcomed at most venues, regardless of their sexuality.

Petrie Plaza

Nightclub not to miss is the centrally located Cube on the pedestrianised Petrie Plaza, which is just down the road from the Canberra Centre and opened in the year 2002 as a dedicated LGBT club. Weekly karaoke, drag acts and fundraising nights are accompanied by themed events; where the best dressed often enjoy free admission.

Open from 21:00 and patrons dance throughout the night, past midnight, staying as late as 05:00 the next morning.

Lgbt Gay and Lesbian Venues in the Canberra Area

Barcode Lounge and Bar
Address: 6 / 26 Challis Street, Dickson, Australian Capital Territory, 2602, Australia
Tel:+61 (0)2 6257 7370

The Cube
Address: 33 Petrie Plaza, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 2601, Australia
Tel:+61 (0)2 6257 1110

The Republic Cafe
Address: 20 Allara Street, Civic, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 2601, Australia
Tel:+61 (0)2 6247 1717

Tilley’s Devine Cafe
Address: Brigalow Street, Lyneham, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 2602, Australia
Tel:+61 (0)2 6247 7753

LGBT Festivals

There are festivals throughout the year for gay and lesbian visitors and the Canberra Pride Group organises many of these events. Look out for the Australian National University Pride Week in late September, and the Capital Queer Film Festival in November


The highlight of the gay scene in Canberra is without question the SpringOut Pride Festival each November, which lasts in the region of three weeks and includes an almost endless stream of parties, a rally parade and live music. Events begin on the lawns of the Westlund House and usually culminate with the Bushdance Party.

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