Canberra has a wide range of entertainment to enjoy at night-time for locals and tourists, however sometimes it can be fun to do something a little bit different than the norm. Something that you will be talking about with your friends for weeks after, and every time you reminisce about that night out in Canberra! Check out these tour options below, next time you wish there was something "different" to do at night-time around the Capital. After a spooky tour however, you may wish you had just gone to the movies instead!
Join Tim the Yowie Man on a night tour - if you dare! Image: Tim the Yowie Man Facebook
Tim the Yowie Man is a local legend - and likes to talk about local legends! This fascinating history buff with a sense of the spooky, takes people on tours around historical sites in Canberra and the surrounding region. Some of his regular "haunts" in Canberra are the National Film and Sound Archive, Old Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial and churches, funeral homes and haunted hotels in the region. He also does tours further afield to Collector and Lake George, as well as overnight tours - if you don't want any sleep! Check out his Facebook for new events and photos of previous tours and mysterious orbs!
Old Parliament House also run Ghost Hunters torchlight tours each month, with genuine stories of "death, mysterious occurrences and dastardly deeds". According to the guide, the Security Guards of today always rattle their keys when they walk through at midnight, as they feel a presence of someone sitting there - somewhere. See here for details.
Who you gonna call? Walk through the corridors of Old Parliament House by night, on a Ghost Hunters tour. Image: Original photos from Museum of Australian Democracy Facebook
Mysterious Moonlight Tours in Queanbeyan is another way to completely freak yourself out, exploring the streets of Queanbeyan and learning about its grisly past. Queanbeyan has a long and interesting history, with over 175 years of tragic and intriguing stories to tell - with convict tales, bushranger holdups, unexplained deaths, murders and some very mysterious happenings occurring over this time. Local author Nichole Overall takes visitors on a walk around the historical areas of the city, with tours held throughout the year (however usually not winter), with special tours at Halloween and other nights of the dead. See here for details.
Join a tour and walk the streets of Queanbeyan. Image: Mysterious Moonlight Tours Facebook (Photo credit: Guest of the tour Tony Ajspaldo)
Mount Stromlo Public Observatory Nights offer a glimpse of what is happening in the sky above. Guests will be given a "tour of the universe", with astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory pointing out the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon and beautiful star clusters and nebulae, using several telescopes. If you have an interest in astronomy, and even if you don't, you will be fascinated by the strength of the telescopes and the science behind each planet. Bookings are essential and entry is by gold coin donation. Due to the higher elevation, a warm jacket is recommended. See here for details.
Learn something new at Mount Stromlo. Image: Mount Stromlo Facebook
The Australian National Botanical Gardens offer night tours throughout the year, particularly for the school holidays, major events, or for night photography of the gardens. It is a good opportunity to see what happens in the gardens after the boom gate closes, with nocturnal animals hopping amongst the scrub and animals foraging in the undergrowth. Popular night tours throughout the year include the afterDark Firefly Tours in the school holidays, Bush Tucker afterDark tours and Aglow Light and Dark Night Tours during the Enlighten Festival. See their Facebook events page for details.
Aglow Light and Dark Night Tours at the Australian National Botanical Gardens. Image: ANBG Facebook
Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary hold Twilight Tours each week so that visitors can observe the nocturnal animals that come out at night. The sanctuary is a protected nature reserve, with an electric fence all around it to keep the predators out and the native wildlife in. The idea behind the reserve is to preserve the land and the animals just as it would have been over 100 years ago. The Twilight Tour takes 2 hours and in this time you may see sugar gliders eating nectar, possums moving from tree to tree, Bush Stone-Curlews searching for insects, owls in the trees, hundreds of frogs croaking in the ponds and maybe even an Eastern Bettong or Eastern Quoll. See here for details.
These night tours are a fun way to experience the city by night, as well as learning a few facts (and spooky tales!) along the way. Just don't look behind you...
Go for a Twilight Tour under the big open sky at Mulligans Flat Wildlife Sanctuary. Image: Mulligans Flat Facebook