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I enjoyed the trip but would have definitely liked more time at the war memorial. Due to the driver getting lost, we did not have the time there we should have had, and that was the place that interested me most.
Unfortunately arrived in Canberra 40 mins late, probably due to severe overnight storm in Sydney. Local guide spent too long at memorial, so that we were unable to see any of the war museum (our main reason for tour). Did not have much time at the art gallery either, and saw very little. Parliament house tour was good. Needed a bigger coach. Ours was about a 28 seater and was full. It seemed to struggle with the load and probably was another reason we arrived so late.
At the first stop at a roadside gas station the driver told us to buy a sandwich, as there would be no place to get lunch. The cafe near the war memorial was under construction, but there proved to be a temporary replacement, where we could have gotten better food than a sandwich. Also, we didn't go to the National Museum, as mentioned in the viator description. The national Gallery however was interesting and the 90 years old guide at the houses of parliament was entertaining, to say the least.
The war memorial was stunning, unfortunately we did not have enough time to see all of it. I didn't go in with the tour guide as I didn't want to wait 30 minutes while people had lunch. Even with the 30 minutes extra I didn't quite manage to see the whole place. The national art gallery houses some great pieces of art, unfortunately again time was limited. Parliament house was the only tour I stayed with the guide. I was not impressed, found the tour dull. If you do want to go to Canberra then I would suggest an overnight or 3 day tour. There is more to see than these 3 places and worth taking your time over.
This tour is interesting.
I really liked the fact it combines commentaries from both the driver and the local guide. Both are very pleasant to talk to and deal with, and definitely very knowledgeable. You can different perspectives of both the city and history.
Would have prefer the tour to included the meal or the morning tea it its pricing, but otherwise, no complaints.
Driver was great but the tour was too rushed. Probably too much driving and a lot to squeeze in . Better to overnight in Canberra .
I was disappointed to be told that I could not be picked up at my hotel only to find that another guest staying at the Wentworth was .... the trip itself was good but not enough time to explore as much as i had hoped
Happy with bus driver but the tour guide, could have been a little less patronizing. The information at each exhibit could have been a little more condensed so that we could see more things. We felt very rushed, even at lunch. The food was good at the lunch stop but restaurant was slow and we weren't given a lot of time to eat.
The driver/guide was always on a rush.
Not much highlight, boring.
Canberra does not have much, but at least made it more exciting.
I wanted to see Canberra, since it was the only "state" in Australia that I hadn't been to. My wife thought the whole thing was boring, and in some ways she was right. Long trip (almost 3 hours by bus each way). We stopped at a pretty bad place for lunch (not included, we had to buy our own and the recommended place was really bad). Stops were at an overlook to see the whole city (nice), war museum, art center (pretty bad) and parliament (also boring since it wasn't in session).
On the way back we ate at MacDonald's. We live in the States and never eat at MacDonald's. That tells you what the food options were like. If you take this tour best to bring your own food!
It was a nice trip however; we were behind from the start due to traffic. With this we were not given the time to eat once we got to Canberra. We should have spent more time at the Australian War Memorial as opposed to the Parliament House or National Museum. With our tour being late there was far too much rushing around. We did have to skip Mount Ainslie in order to save time. I would switch the cities around that we stopped at and make our first stop the city we rested in on the way back. There was a Subway Restaurant and a couple of other eateries where we could have picked something up in the morning since we were not able to eat in Canberra. Overall I enjoyed the trip but I would not do this itinerary again as is.