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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 or National Portrait Gallery, and the Lodge, home to the Prime Minister. As you approach Canberra, stop in the quaint town of Berrima 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 the historic township of Berrima 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 Gallery of Australia or National Portrait Gallery
  • Take a private tour of the billion-dollar Parliament House, which has 4,700 rooms and many parts open to the public
  • See The Lodge, Captain Cook Memorial Fountain, National Library, National Carillon and High Court of Australia

Why Our Insiders Chose 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.

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What You Can Expect

Canberra Day Trip from Sydney

Parliment House, Canberra

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 historic town of Berrima, located in the Southern Highlands. Take in the town's 19th-century Georgian sandstone buildings as you stretch your legs and perhaps purchase 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 excursion includes a private guided tour of Parliament House, which reopened in 1988 after extensive renovations. The innovative buildings include rooftop gardens with 360-degree views of the city. 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.

Your day trip also features guided tours of the Australian War Memorial, and either the National Museum of Australia or the National Portrait Gallery, depending on current exhibits. Your guide provides fascinating insight into each museum, which present top-notch exhibits that explore Australian culture and history.

Stop at the large red-brick boulevard known as ANZAC Parade, named in honor of ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) troops. The boulevard runs along the main axis between Parliament House and Mount Ainslie.

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

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.


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.

Chin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We enjoyed the trip very much. The guide was terrific.

Margaret P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A very good day trip very well organised trip great driver and coach would use Viator again.

Mark D United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour of Canberra was excellent. It was a great way to see the capital city.

Elliot R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Long bus ride there, company did a nice job when there. Its a very long day . I would recommend taking a helicopter there in the future.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

What a great trip! Our tour guide, John, was wonderful. As a veteran, the visit to the War Museum was very moving and the tour of Parliament was educational. Highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a great long day excursion and is really a whistle-stop tour introducing the highlights. Canberra was beautiful and just as we imagined. The ANZAC war memorial was fantastic - we really needed a week to view it properly. We also enjoyed the visit to the National Art Gallery but again the visit was brief. The driver/ guide was knowledgeable and informative and organised our tour stops well. The specialist guides at the Memorial, National gallery and Parliment were equally knowledgeable which added a different dimension to their venues.

Philip I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Was a great day. Coach driver was very knowledgeable on the drive to Canberra and guide at the war memorial / parliament was very good.

Jack G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Traveling thru the country side to Canberra was breath taking. Once there the visits to the war memorial, Parliament House were interesting. Especially note worthy was seeing the Aboriginal art on display in the museum

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