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How to Spend 3 Days in Canberra

How to Spend 3 Days in Canberra

Australia’s capital city packs a lot of high-quality experiences into its relaxed, natural setting. Home to museums and galleries, outdoor pursuits at Lake Burley Griffin and in the bush-clad hills, and delicious dining and drinking, Canberra is more than just the country's political heart. Here are some ideas for what to do in Canberra.

Day 1: Explore the Cultural Attractions

Spend your first day in Canberra getting an overview. Politics buffs might enjoy a guided tour of Parliament House and the chance to see Australian politicians shouting at each other. A lot of culture, history, and architecture of note can be found on the northern side of the lake at the National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, Questacon National Science and Technology Centre, and—on the lake's other side—the National Museum of Australia and the Australian National University. Touring via a hop-on, hop-off bus is especially convenient, whereas an electric bike tour is a fun way to cover a lot of ground.

Day 2: Check out the Views

Start with a hot air balloon ride over the lake. The colorful balloons, common over Canberra, are a peaceful way to see the city, lake, and mountains. Afterwards, pick a mountain and go exploring. At the foot of Black Mountain is the Australian National Botanic Gardens. After exploring there, walk up Black Mountain, which is 770 feet (235 meters) higher than Canberra’s 1,893-foot (577-meter) altitude, and ascend the Telstra Tower for views. Alternatively, head to the Australian War Memorial at the foot of Mount Ainslie, which is 869 feet (265 meters) higher than Canberra. Walking up Mount Ainslie you can often spot kangaroos.

Day 3: Beer, Wine, and Dine

The area around Canberra is full of wineries. Take a day trip out to the nearby Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales countryside to learn about southeast Australian wines, see the rolling landscape, and sample food. If beer is more your thing, you’re in luck as Canberra is home to many craft brews. Join a brewery or brewpub tour to sample some of the best. For dinner and drinks on this final night in Canberra, head to the central Civic area for the city’s best restaurants and nightlife.

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Canberra Brewery Winery and Distillery Tour

Canberra Brewery Winery and Distillery Tour

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This brewery, winery, and distillery tour is ideal for groups with varying tastes, as you can try a range of alcoholic beverages in one afternoon. There’s also no need to nominate one of your party as the designated driver, with mini-bus transportation, so everyone can relax and have fun. Learn how local drinks are made, taste what you fancy, and get the chance to purchase more for later.
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  • 4 hours
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CanBEERa Explorer: Capital Brewery Full-Day Tour

CanBEERa Explorer: Capital Brewery Full-Day Tour

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Learn about Canberra’s brewing tradition with a visit to three craft breweries and a craft beer pub. Meet local brewers, learn about craft beer production, tour the breweries, and of course, taste a variety of local beers and ciders. The tour includes water, snacks, and a delicious lunch with options including burgers, schnitzel, and more.
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  • 6 hours
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Building + Architecture Tour (10am + 2pm Daily)

Building + Architecture Tour (10am + 2pm Daily)

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Get the most out of your visit to the National Museum of Australia by joining a guided tour of its highlights. An expert guide will take you to some of the most significant items and displays in the museum, and tell you stories about their meaning and history. You’ll gain a greater insight into contemporary Australia through learning about its past.
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Capital 3in3 - 3 Craft Beer Hotspots in 3 Hours

Capital 3in3 - 3 Craft Beer Hotspots in 3 Hours

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Beer lovers will enjoy this relaxed tour that visits three Canberra craft beer hotspots in three hours. With transportation included, you don’t need to worry about getting around after a drink (or several). As this is an afternoon tour, you can continue the merriment into the evening with your new friends. There’s a limit of ten participants, so everyone will get personalized attention from the expert local guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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