• Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
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Take a full-day tour from Sydney to explore Canberra, the fascinating capital city of Australia. Enjoy guided tours of key sights including the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, the National Museum and the Lodge, home to the Prime Minister. As you approach Canberra, stop in the quaint town of Sutton Forest and snap photos from Mt Ainslie. Your guide shares the backstory behind the design of Canberra, conceived of by visionary architects and one of only a handful of planned cities in the world.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip from Sydney to Canberra
  • Visit Sutton Forest 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 Art Gallery or National Museum of Australia
  • Take a private tour of the billion-dollar Parliament House, which has 4,700 rooms and many parts open to the public
  • Drive by The Lodge, Captain Cook Memorial Fountain, National Library, National Carillon and High Court of Australia

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

What You Can Expect

Canberra Day Trip from Sydney

National Gallery of Australia

Begin with early morning pickup from your Sydney hotel and start the 3-hour drive to Canberra in your climate-controlled deluxe coach. Stop halfway in the quaint town of Sutton Forest located at the Southern Highlands to stretch your legs or perhaps purchase or morning tea (own expense).

Snap panoramic photos of Canberra from Mt Ainslie, then drive into central Canberra where you drive by important civic monuments such as National Library of Australia, the High Court of Australia, National Carillon bell tower and the Captain Cook Memorial Jet (fountain).

Your first stop in Canberra is the Australian War Memorial, the memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives in the wars of the Commonwealth of Australia. You will have a private tour with a guide through the shrine and honor the people who have sacrificed their lives during the wars. The continues with a guided tour of either the National Art Gallery or the National Museum of Australia (depending on the exhibit) where your guide will provide fascinating insight into the museum, which present top-notch exhibits that explore Australian culture and history. 

Your excursion includes a private tour with a guide of Parliament House, which reopened in 1988 after extensive renovations. The innovative buildings include rooftop gardens with 360-degree views of the city. You maybe even get to witness the Houses of Parliament in session (subject to sitting times). 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, stopping briefly en route at a restaurant where you can purchase dinner. Your tour ends in the evening when you are returned to your Sydney hotel.

Customer Reviews

Karen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We had a great trip to Canberra with the best guide of our whole extensive trip. Tony was so knowledgeable and entertaining. He kept us on schedule which was packed full of interesting sights. The ride to and from Canberra was great with pretty scenery and one of our only chances to spot kangaroos in the wild, especially on the return trip at dusk. Canberra was a beautiful city and he gave great commentary and even took us around to all the embassies. There were separate guides for the war memorial, parliament and art museum. This was a full day of sightseeing and we loved every minute of it. Even spotted some exotic birds on Mount Ainsley. Tony was the best!!

Melissa F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great tour and super simple logistically! Very informative.

Shelly H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This is a really nice tour to get a great overview of Canberra in just one day. The War Museum is amazing and I wish we'd had more time there, but we saw all the highlights and got a lot of information on the Australian government. Great experience.

Jennifer H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The Canberra day trip was phenomenal. Danny was the tour guide for the day, and he was informative and personable. It was well organized and educational. On this tour, individuals have the opportunity to visit the Australian War Memorial, the Museum of Art, and Capitol Hill. It was a great experience and truly an awesome time! I highly recommend this tour.

Katy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Our tour guide was great! We had a long trip to make from Sydney to Canberra and he talked almost the whole way, filling us travelers in on the history and facts of not just Sydney and Canberra, but of all the little towns we drove though. This tour was a great way to get to see the highlights of Canberra. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone!

anthony c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

this was a very rewarding experience especially the war museum i spent almost 2 hours there if was so wonderful went to the capital which was also a very nice tour would do it again in a heart beat

Jean Paul G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

The guide was very knowlegble and the city is beautiful and the war memorial was very emotional.

vgibson67

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

This was a great tour if you are interested in the government and history of Australia. It was a long drive but the driver gave us lots of information about what we would be seeing. The War Memorial is very serene and the museum has a lot of good exhibits. Over to the Art Museum with a quick tour. The Aboriginal display is vet noteworthy. Last stop was Parliament. Again the local guides were fabulous and very knowledgeable. Long day but I really enjoyed it.

Amanda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

An excellent day out - but a long one.
I had never been to Canberra before and I loved the War Memorial and the National Gallery and Parliament was interesting. Not long enough at any of them difficult to fit in to one day but a very good flavour. It has encouraged me to want to go back for a couple of days next time.
Great stop at the bakery at Berrima on the way down and at the pie shop in Gouldburn on the way back.

JAMES M M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very impressive sights in Canberra, War Memorial is amazing. Relaxing easy way to see the city which is impressive.

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