Nightlife Australia is nothing but a mixture of diverse cultures, music, dance, parties and celebration now under tropical conditions with an exotic sun, now under freezing conditions. The incredible diversity of Australia can be seen in its nightlife. Go to the main cities such as Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Darwin to find bars and clubs similar to the ones in Europe, United Kingdom, America and South east Asia.

Melbourne. A seriously funky place thriving with culture, Australia’s most livable city features some of the country’s best nightlife.

When it comes to choices, the major party areas are Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, Smith Street in Collingwood, Chapel Street which spans from South Yarra to Windsor, and of course, Melbourne’s CBD.


As the largest city in Australia, Sydney is not short of amazing bars and clubs to dig your heels into. But with the lockout laws imposed in the past few years, you’ve got to be a bit smart if you’re looking to party all night long.

Controversially The Star, Sydney’s casino, is exempt from the NSW government’s lockout laws. What this means for you is Marquee. A great classic style club in the heart of The Star that often draws big acts like Hardwell, Armin Van Buuren and Will Sparks.

Byron Bay

Even though Sydney’s beaches are pretty famous, you haven’t experienced Aussie beaches properly without basking in Byron’s. If you want sick live music near the beach, Beach Hotel is the place you’ve been looking for.

If you want some serious dancing, head to Cheeky Monkey’s where they encourage you to dance on the tables and get a bit wild. They even have an awesome event on every night! From paint, parties to dance competitions with $300 cash in prize money up for grabs you can’t resist being cheeky at cheeky’s.

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast in Queensland is truly a city of golden coastlines, and if you want to explore the nightlife right next to one of their pristine beaches, you can’t go past Surfers Paradise. Start your night off at the Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, known locally as “Tha Beery” where you can sing and dance along to old style R ‘n’ B, sink some standards for next to nothing and with six pool tables, you’ll never want to leave!


If you’re looking for cheap, Cairns has some of the best and most budget-friendly nightclubs in Aus! The big hostel Bars are a must go for beers and beats – Nomads, Calypso is a great backpackers hangout featuring beers and pool tables.

Gilligan’s is a kingpin in the Cairns party scene. Boasting some of the biggest events in Cairns such as dinners and sinners, if you’re looking to party like a drunken sailor, Gilligan’s does it better than everyone else.


If you need a cooling down from the famous Darwin heat then Chilli’s Backpackers is cheap and chock-a-block with fellow travellers ready for chugging some bevvies and tearing up the D floor.

Shenanigans (known as ‘Shags’ by the locals) is also a popular Irish pub that will shower you with cheap quality drinks. They’ve got great ‘stick to your ribs’ Irish pub classics for a pretty reasonable price that seem to match perfectly with a fresh pint of Guinness. They also have live music 6 nights a week as well as trivia and karaoke so there’s always a good time to be had at Shags.