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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:13 hours (approx.)

Canberra Day Trip from Sydney

Explore beautiful Canberra, Australia’s capital city, on a full-day trip from Sydney. Visit famous sights including the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, the National Museum or National Portrait Gallery, and the Lodge, home to the Prime Minister. Enjoy guided tours of key sights along with plenty of stops for photo ops in one of the few planned cities in the world, designed by visionary architects. Check out the charming town of Berrima and get spectacular views from Mt Ainslie as you approach the city.


  • Full-day trip from Sydney to Canberra
  • Visit the historic township of Berrima in the Southern Highlands for morning tea (own expense)
  • Get panoramic views of Canberra from the summit of Mt Ainslie
  • Take a guided tour of the Australian War Memorial and hear the history of ANZAC troops
  • Follow your guide on an illuminating tour of either the National Gallery of Australia or National Portrait Gallery
  • Take a private tour of the billion-dollar Parliament House, which has 4,700 rooms and many parts open to the public
  • See The Lodge, Captain Cook Memorial Fountain, National Library, National Carillon and High Court of Australia

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You see the sweep of Canberra from Mt Ainslie as you arrive, then delve into Australia's history, culture and politics with guided tours of the nation's major institutions. The Australian War Memorial features a deeply moving museum and incredible views down ANZAC Parade to Parliament House.

What You Can Expect

Canberra Day Trip from Sydney

Parliment House, Canberra

Your full-day tour starts with morning pickup from your Sydney hotel. Set out for Canberra aboard your comfortable air-conditioned coach, listening to your guide’s informative commentary about the sights you pass.

Halfway through the 3-hour drive, enjoy a stop in the Southern Highlands at the historic town of Berrima. Purchase morning tea, stretch your legs and take in 19th-century Georgian sandstone buildings and shops.

Continuing on, your coach climbs to the summit of Mt Ainslie where you get panoramic views over Canberra. Look for the large red-brick boulevard named ANZAC Parade, in honor of ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) troops. It forms the main axis between Parliament House and Mount Ainslie.

As you drive through central Canberra, your guide points out important civic monuments such as National Library of Australia, National Carillon bell tower, the High Court of Australia and the Captain Cook Memorial Jet (fountain).

Your day trip includes guided tours of the Australian War Memorial, and either the National Museum of Australia or the National Portrait Gallery, depending on current exhibits. Your guide provides fascinating insight into each museum, which present top-notch exhibits that explore Australian culture and history.

You also get a private guided tour of the stunning Parliament House, which reopened in 1988 after extensive renovations. The innovative buildings include rooftop gardens with 360-degree views of the city. Later, drive past The Lodge, which is the official residence of the Prime Minister. As Australia’s political and administrative center, Canberra houses various foreign embassies and other key national institutions.

After taking in the many highlights of Canberra, head back to Sydney in the late afternoon, with a stop en route where you can purchase dinner. Your tour ends in the evening when you are returned to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Well organised - the driver/guide was superb. However one rushed hour at the War Memorial Museum was not really enough.

Ting MN

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Guides are very friendly and knowledgeable. We really enjoy the trip and gain a lot knowledge pertaining to Canberra.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was the day it rained in Sydney - but we were in Canberra, where the weather was clear. If you have any interest in war museums, allow yourself as much time as possible in the one here. The entry level is for WWI and WWII. The lower floor covers every war and armed conflict Australia has been involved in, from the Boer War to the present day. The museum is incredible - so much to see, so many outstanding displays. From the museum we went to the National Gallery of Art, and then to Parliament, where we sat in on sessions of both House of Representatives and Senate, followed by a drive thru the embassy section. I also have to say that we had one of the world's great bus drivers, Ralph with AATKings. Excellent driver, very knowledgeable and friendly. We stopped in Berrima for a breakfast break excellent food and at Trappers Bakery in Goulburn for dinner - a famous place with very good food. They stayed open for us, as we got there about the time they normally close. I highly recommend this tour as a way to see the capital of the country. The only reason I could see for actually staying in Canberra is if you have to be there for Parliament, or if you want more time for the war museum. It's not a town for tourists. But it's definitely worth a visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

it was very interesting, the bus was comfy, driver and guide very nice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Long day but pretty scenery and nice tour of Canberra especially being able to visit th Parliament. You can't do that in the US

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was a great day out - the guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information. The time at the War Memorial was too short though - recommend skipping the short trip to the Art Museum and just spending more time at the War Memorial. Overall a really nice trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Really enjoyed our trip to Canberra, visiting the Museum, the House of Parliament and Senate, etc. Our tour guide was absolutely excellent. We were so pleased that we had decided to do this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

02 tour guildes, especially Mrs. Barbara are very informative and helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The tour was informative, interesting, and amazing! Julian, our driver, was very informative. driving was very good too and good time management. Barbara, our guide was very knowledgeable, passionate and informative. She definitely knows Canberra very well. i would highly recommend this tour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Stuart was firstly a very careful and good driver. He had a good script and an engaging style. Full marks.
The guides were good and worked hard to give us a full experience.
I forgot my glasses on the coach. They were found and I collected them without a problem.
Great service!
Lister Fielding

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