Canberra is located 175 miles (282 km) southwest of Sydney, about a 3-hour drive in your comfortable climate-controlled coach. Start early with morning pickup from select Sydney hotels, then settle in and enjoy the scenery along the route. Your guide provides informative commentary about the sights throughout your tour.
Stop in Berrima to stretch your legs and perhaps purchase morning tea, then pass through Goulburn, one of Australia's premier sheep and wool regions. From the summit of Mt Ainslie, take in sweeping views over the handsome city and its surroundings.
On your full-day tour of the national capital, expect to take a guided tour of the National Museum of Australia and a driving tour to see the Captain Cook Memorial Jet (fountain), National Library of Australia, National Carillon bell tower and Commonwealth Park.
Learn about Australian governance during a private guided tour of Parliament House, which features innovative buildings designed with rooftop gardens and city views. If Parliament is in session, you can view the upper or lower Houses of Parliament.
Drive by The Lodge, which is the official residence of the Prime Minister. Then continue past the High Court of Australia and tree-shaded boulevards where many foreign embassies are located.
Have about an hour to visit the Australian War Memorial, a monumental museum that details Australia’s participation in major 20th-century wars with moving exhibits. You’ll also take in ANZAC Parade, a boulevard built in honor of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) troops.
Your coach leaves Canberra in the late afternoon, stopping for a short dinner break during your return drive to Sydney. Your tour ends in the evening when you are returned to your starting point in Sydney around 9pm.