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Parking at the RUC

Are you looking for parking near the city that won’t cost you an arm and a leg? Parking at the RUC is now available for a little as $6 per day if you book in for the year, or $8 per day if you book monthly.

Parking is available from Monday to Friday and there are no limits on entry or exit times.

Just a short ride, scooter or walk from Civic and Braddon, you can park here and save your money for the more important things in life!

To secure one of 30 parking spots, complete the form below, or get in touch with Alyson at for more details.

Parking at the RUC

  • Please select the months you would like to book a spot

The RUC is back

The RUC is pleased to announce that we will be reopening the RUC this Saturday 30 May – finally!

We will follow the advice provided by ACT Health and the Australian Government and we will act in the best interests of our patrons and staff. The RUC will be enforcing the 20 person per room capacity (including on the deck, under our new heaters) and ensure strict social distancing measures are adhered to.

We strongly encourage bookings and there will be some rules in place:

  • A 2-hour maximum seating timeframe for all guests.
  • Guests are required to be seated and having a meal from the RUC menu.
  • We will be offering a slightly reduced food menu, but don’t worry, all of our members club favourites and bar snacks will be available.

What we need from our members:

It’s essential that our members help us out to make sure everything runs smoothly and in line with the ACT Government’s requirements:

  • When you arrive, please wait at the entry to be seated.
  • As table service is the only option on offer at this stage, please don’t line up at the bar for regular bar service.
  • Maintain the standard 1.5m social distancing measures with guests and staff at all time.
  • Please do not come into the club if you are or have recently been unwell. We’d love to see you at another time.
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided. Please use it!
  • When you’ve finished your drinks and food, we kindly ask that you move on so we can accommodate as many members as possible.

To book, you can enquire online, email, Facebook message or call the Club. Please note you do not have a reservation until you have received a confirmation. We will do our best to accommodate as many members as possible with a maximum individual booking number of 20 people.

We are excited to welcome you back to the RUC soon!

Letter from the Board

Dear Members,

What a rollercoaster ride 2020 has been so far!  One thing is for sure, it has kept all of us on the edge of our seats.


Your Board meets at the beginning of every calendar year to refresh our strategy, and plan for maximising opportunities and navigating any risks that we might face.  Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine those risks would include a global pandemic and total closure of the premises for an unspecified period of time.  But part of the role of the Board and the management team is to stay focussed on the opportunities no matter how uncertain things may seem, and the last few weeks have demonstrated just how amazing the RUC team is at doing that.


Even though our premises are having a disco nap, the team has been busy.  The place is squeaky clean and the service offering has never been so innovative.  Who would have thought the humble Club meat raffle would have such a following as an online spectator sport?  Our ticket sales are three times what they were pre-COVID, and the entertainment only gets better every week (what will Axel wear next?!).  Virtual Trivia has been such a sell out that it has spilled over onto Wednesday as well as its usual Thursday night.  Our Remote RUC Sunday Seshs have been going off.  And our amazing community of members has flocked to social media to connect, share a laugh and a couple of virtual drinks. Maybe, just maybe, we might even keep some of our Remote RUC innovations going after the pandemic passes.


The RUC is really well placed to open up again with minimal risk to our members.  We have heaps of space, and can divide it up in all sorts of ways to keep groups separate.  All of the government recommendations and regulations are currently being analysed by our team, and a plan is being put together about the best way for us to reopen.


From the Board and the management team, we want to thank you all for your support during the shutdown.  You have all kept the RUC well and truly alive during its hibernation, and we are looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming everyone back (in a socially distanced way) very soon.  Stay tuned!


Alisa Taylor, President

On behalf of the Board and management team

The Remote RUC

Welcome to the Remote RUC, a place for our members to meet online. Our doors may have forced shut but we’ve remained committed to providing weekly events to the RUC community.

Join us for one of our four weekly events, open to all RUC members.

Remote RUC Meat Raffle

Each Friday, Members will have the chance to win one of 8 meat trays, or our major prize of 2 meat trays and a drinks package.

$5 gets you a strip of 5 numbers. We will be randomly assigning numbers when you buy your tickets online.

There is even a special reward for those that buy early bird tickets! Buy your ticket between 6.30am and 6.30pm on Thursdays and you will receive a free sleeve into the special early bird raffle draw.

We will be drawing the raffle live on the RUC Turner Bowls Facebook page, so tune in at 7pm Friday to see if you will be one of our winners of the Remote RUC Meat Raffle.

If you are one of our lucky winners, your prize will be delivered straight to your door if you live in the Inner North or Inner South of Canberra (within an 8km radius of the club). If not, we will organise for you to pick up your meat tray from the RUC grounds on Saturday.

Tickets available from 6.30am on Thursday to 6.30pm on Friday night.

Buy your tickets here 

Remote RUC Trivia

Join us for Remore RUC virtual trivia night!

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, members will have the chance to join us as we transform our usual FREE Trivia Night into “Triv-VR” night!

All you will need to play is a computer or laptop, and an internet connection. The event links are on Facebook but don’t worry if you do not need to have your own Facebook account to participate. You will answer questions online, honor system will be in place! There are even some prizes that will be given to the ultimate Trivia know-it-alls!

You can see more information about the events here

Remote RUC Sunday Sesh

Every Sunday the Remote RUC brings you a Sunday Soul Sesh!

You BYO beverage, and we’ve got the music covered.

Liquid Sunshine Sound System will be bringing you soul funk and disco through a live Facebook stream so you can sit back and enjoy your Sunday.

Get your Sunday boogie on.

Tune in between 4pm to 5pm this Sunday here

Remote RUC Happy Hour Heros

We’re now delivering a remote RUC happy hour to those most deserving of a cold one at knock off. Each week we have been picking a local business and treating them to a delivery of beer and RUC merch.

If you’ve got suggestions on who should feature in our next Happy Hour Heroes let us know!

The RUC COVID-19 Update

Current as of 8:30 am 18/03/2020

On Monday morning ACT Chief minster Andrew Barr declared a state of emergency in the ACT following the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

We will follow advice and recommendations provided by ACT Health and the Australian Government and we’ll act is in the best interests of our patrons and staff.

The advice we are currently getting from the ACT and Federal Governments is that venues and clubs such as the RUC should remain open, but patrons and staff should exercise caution and monitor the situation as it changes.

The Club will be closed only at the direction of a regulatory authority or by resolution from the Club’s Board of Directors.

The banning of organised events with crowds of over 500 people has caused the suspension of Super Rugby and the immediate future of the NRL and AFL are unclear. As it currently stands, the John I Dent Cup will still be starting in just under two weeks.

We remain dedicated to providing sports fans in Canberra the best possible viewing experience and will work hard to ensure we can offer a safe and comfortable environment at the RUC.

There are no current restrictions on Australians participating in or attending local sports and bowling is a great non-contact and hygienic way to stay active. However, in any team environment there will be increased proximity and duration of physical contact that can facilitate the transmission of respiratory and gastrointestinal pathogens. We kindly encourage anyone concerned about their health to exercise extra caution when bowling. Read more