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Time13 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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 Travelers Choose 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.
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.

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, Jul 2018

It is quite a long journey by bus from Sydney, but Canberra is well worth seeing. We started with a panoramic view from above the city which was a useful introduction. We then visited the ANZAC memorial, a gallery of Australian art, including some aborigine and finished off in the parliament buildings. We had a very knowledgeable guide, but unfortunately she supplied a bit too much detail.

J
, Jul 2018

This trip is not worth it at all. The tour guide was absolutely TERRIBLE!!!!!!!! She spoke very softly and therefore could not hear anything she said. She hurried us through everything it was really bad. The driver dropped us off blocks from our hotel, after letting every one else off at their hotels and directed us in the wrong direction to walk to our hotel!! We left at 7 am and we got left off at 10 PM!!! WAY TO LONG TO BE ON THIS BUS!!! I do noy recommend this

t
, Apr 2018

The visit to the war memorial is a good one. There were too many things to see and learn there. Perhaps more time can be dedicated for us to visit.

R
, Apr 2018

Took our American friends for a tour of our Capital and all were really impressed by the great overview we got. A bird's eye view from Mt Ainslie, guided tours by an amazing guide, Bernard, of the War Memorial, Art Gallery and Parliament House, and a quick drive around the embassies were all included. The only downside was the sometimes lack of knowledge of our driver/guide who had unfortunately been given short notice of his duties for that day and had not had time to brush up on his information.
A long day but certainly worth it.

K
, Apr 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!!

M
, Mar 2018

Great tour and super simple logistically! Very informative.

S
, Feb 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.

l
, Nov 2017

The tour itself is ok but due to the long journey from Sydney, most of the time we are on the road. This trip is highly recommended for those who are really into Australia history and interested in the arts. 6 hours on the road is probably the killing factor.

L
, Oct 2017

The trip was really long. Our driver/guide was John, who is very humorous and informative, he took great effort in keeping us awake in the trip. However, we cannot experience much in Canberra, since the drive was so tiring. The highlight would be the area where we got to see the embassies from countries around the world, which were incredible. One surprising fact after the trip was that we found out how videos recorded by ourselves at the Parliament House was muted, we can hear the wind blew but no voices, that was really scary :

J
, Aug 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.


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