Centrally located with food, bars, hotels and apartments right on its doorstep, historic Manuka Oval is a handy spot to watch world-class cricket in Canberra.

A sporting capital

Canberra’s Manuka Oval plays host to international, national and local sporting fixtures throughout the year. The impressive oval has a seating capacity of 13,550 and a historic feel – it has been part of the Canberra landscape since the 1920s.

The oval offers a great, intimate view of the match, plus you can admire the surrounding mature cypress, poplar, oak and elm trees, the tower of St Christopher's Cathedral and Red Hill from the ground.

Manuka Oval will host a great range of affordable games this summer including:

BBL - Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers – 21 Dec 2019

BBL - Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades – 15 Jan 2020

Women's T20I - India v England – 31 Jan 2020

Women's T20I - Australia v England – 1 Feb 2020

Women's T20I - Australia v India – 2 Feb 2020

ICC WT20 World Cup – England v Thailand – 26 Feb 2020

ICC WT20 World Cup – West Indies v Pakistan – 26 Feb 2020

ICC WT20 World Cup – Australia v Bangladesh – 27 Feb 2020

ICC WT20 World Cup – Sth Africa v Thailand – 28 Feb 2020

ICC WT20 World Cup – England v Pakistan – 28 Feb 2020

Where to pre-game

Before you head to the oval, there are plenty of options for a pre-game drink – all within 10 minutes’ walk of Manuka Oval. You’ll be welcome at Public Bar, or enjoy a cocktail or whiskey upstairs at Polit Bar in Manuka.

Head in the other direction for Joe’s Bar or the industrial-chic Kennedy Room. Perhaps a pub is more your style, so try Canberra’s original watering hole, the Kingo (Kingston Hotel).

Beat the crowds and head to the oval early to enjoy delicious delicacies at the pop-up eatery and bar, Midwicket Deck, on the eastern side of the ground.

People enjoying beverages at Public Bar in Manuka, Canberra
Pre-game drink or post-game meal, Manuka’s Public Bar is an easy stroll from Manuka Oval

Grab a bite post-game

After an exciting match, it’s time to grab a post-game meal and relive the highlights. Stroll across to Manuka for family-friendly Grill’d, Malaysian food at Abell’s Kopi Tiam, Belluci’s Trattoria for Italian fare or rustic Urban Pantry. Head to Kingston for authentic Indian meals at Bollywood Masala or tasty Asian dishes at Portia’s Place.

A little further away, you’ll find a huge array of dining options and bars to explore on foot at Kingston Foreshore.

For something a little bit fancy, try Aubergine or Rubicon at Griffith shops, five minutes’ drive from Manuka Oval. Or how about some Mediterranean delights at Pomegranate or Japanese-inspired fare at Lilotang at Burbury Hotel.

Stay close by

Manuka Oval is very central to the bustling Manuka and Kingston precincts, and less than 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre, so your accommodation options are endless.

All within walking distance, you’ll find Manuka Park Apartments with its bright one and two-bedroom apartments, Rydges Capital Hill, and the classy East Hotel + Apartments.

EAST Hotel in Canberra’s trendy inner south really is a home away from home
EAST Hotel in Canberra’s trendy inner south really is a home away from home

Getting to the oval

Park in the surrounding streets or at Manuka or Kingston’s main shopping areas. On game days there are usually paid parking zones available.

Transport Canberra often run free buses from main interchanges to the oval on game days.

Make a weekend of it

Given how much there is to see and do in Canberra, it’s worth booking a weekend tied around your sporting event. You can explore the national attractions, the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston on Sundays, the beautiful Canberra Glassworks, catch a movie in Manuka or try a Segway tour around Lake Burley Griffin.

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