Major entertainment venues and a burgeoning foodie scene make Canberra’s University District the ultimate student playground
Inspired by the youthful energy of its student community, there’s always plenty going on in the Canberra University area. Shop for your groceries at Belconnen Markets, where vendors flaunt fresh farm produce amidst a riot of colour and the sound of friendly haggling. Update your wardrobe in the high street fashion stores of Westfield Belconnen. Then watch your musical heroes play live at the AIS Arena - an incredible performance space whose stage has been graced by the likes of Sam Smith and Taylor Swift.
For Canberra University locals, exploring the area’s ever-expanding restaurant and bar scene is another favourite pastime. Celebrate a special occasion with tapas and cocktails overlooking the water at Ha Ha Bar, or keep it low-key with traditional pub food and artisan craft beer at The Pot Belly. The Basement is your go-to spot for live music and and a game of pool, while Oscar’s Bakery Café provides hearty breakfasts at student-friendly prices the morning after a big night.
When you need a break from the city hubbub, grab your iPod and get dressed for a run around Lake Ginninderra, or cool off at one of the lake’s scenic swimming beaches instead. For a change of scene, swap the beach for the bush on the winding trails of the nearby Black Mountain Nature Reserve. Don’t miss the view from the top of the mountain’s Telstra Tower. From its 200-metre vantage point, the panoramas of Australia’s capital city are nothing short of spectacular.