So you’ve decided to come to Canberräng. Firstly, great choice! Read on for some tips for your stay…
Apart from the Lake George Winery, all our venues are fairly central around the inner parts of Canberra. If you choose accommodation that is close to Civic (our main city precinct), you’ll be well-placed for food and drink options, plus you’ll probably find yourself a short ride away from the late night venue as well. In Civic you’ll find the Canberra Centre for shopping (including supermarkets), plenty of great restaurants, cafes and bars, a novelty carousel, plus the bus and light rail interchange.
If you’re looking to Air BnB, you might want to look for places in the suburbs of Braddon, Turner, O’Connor, Ainslie or Dickson.
Here are a few hotel options to get you started:
- Mantra on Northbourne (solid choice and a short walk to Civic, 5 minute drive to late night)
- Rex Hotel (walk/light rail to Civic, 4 minute drive to late night)
- Mantra MacArthur Hotel (light rail to Civic, 2 minute drive to late night)
- Hyatt (art deco glam and right next door to Albert Hall, our Saturday night venue)
- Ovolo Nisho (trendy vibes and central location, walking distance to Civic, 8 minute drive to late night)
- YHA (excellent central location in Civic, great for those on a budget, 8 minute drive to late night)
- Novotel (short walk to Civic, 4 minute drive to late night)
- Avenue Hotel (walking/light rail to Civic, 5 minute drive to late night)
- Pavilion on Northbourne (light rail to Civic, 2 minute drive to late night)
The Sunday afternoon event is held at the Lake George Winery, which is about a 40 minute drive from the Old Bus Depot Market (our Sunday morning venue). If you don’t have a car with you (or if you’re keen for wine), you can book a ticket on our dedicated bus. The bus schedule is as follows:
– 1 pm departure from Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston to Lake George Winery
– 5 pm departure from Lake George Winery. Bus will drop dancers back to the Old Bus Depot Markets and then any remaining dancers will be taken to A Bite To Eat in Chifley, our Sunday night venue.
There is no bus later in the evening from A Bite to Eat back to Kingston, so you’ll need to make your own arrangements. It’s about a 15 minute drive back to Civic from the café.
You’ll need to book your $10 bus ticket in advance on our Trybooking website. Please note that Canberrang passes do not include a bus ticket, so you’ll need to add that separately to your basket.
If you’re going to dance hard, chances are you’re going to be pretty hungry! Civic and neighbouring Braddon have some really great finds, so here are some local favourites to give you some ideas:
- BentSpoke Brewing Co, Braddon: Born and brewed in Canberra.
- CBD Dumpling House, Civic: Dumplings galore.
- Baby Su, Civic: Fried chicken of dreams.
- Lazy Su, Braddon: Modern Asian eating house.
- A Bite To Eat, Chifley (and our Sunday night venue): cosy, eclectic décor and delish dinner offerings (including pretty great schnitzels).
- Civic Asian Noodle House, Civic: Cheap and cheerful with life-affirming laksa
- Bar Rochford, Civic: Hidden upstairs with cool ambience and cooler cocktails, plus some pretty impressive small plates.
- Monster Bar, New Acton: Trendy with local and seasonal produce perfect for sharing.
- Molly, Civic: Secret speakeasy (look for the light bulb) with moody vibes, jazzy tunes and an impressive whisky list.
- Sonoma, Braddon: Best bread ever. Big call, but we’re standing by it. Also try the sweet pastries.
- Frugii, Braddon: I scream, you scream, we all scream for local icecream.
- Messina Gelato: Yeah yeah, we finally caught up and have our own branch.
- Sweet Bones, Braddon: Vegan sweet treats.
- Lonsdale St Roasters, Braddon: C-o-f-f-e-e (and bacon & egg rolls).
- Dobinsons, Civic: I like pie, I like cake.
- Rye, Braddon: Scandi-inspired breakfasts.
- Barrio Coffee Collective, Braddon: C-o-f-f-e-e.
- Grease Monkey, Braddon: Good for burgers and a casual hang.
- Teddy Picker’s, Campbell: Breakfast of champions.
- Mocan and Green Grout, New Acton: So darn trendy it hurts, but local produce and fair trade coffee abound.
- Brodburger, Kingston Foreshore: Delish burgers (choose your own cheese!), order on the phone app to beat the wait.
Canberra traffic is pretty chill so if you have a car, you’ll easily be able to navigate around with minimum fuss and short drive times. Don’t panic about the roundabouts.
If you don’t have a car, then you still have plenty of options – you can cab it, grab an Uber, or even share/snag a ride with new-found Canberräng friends!
You can also check out our public transport network (we have buses and a shiny new light rail) to get to some venues.
If you’d like a seat on our shuttle bus to the Lake George Winery event (40 minutes out of town), you’ll need to book it in advance online.