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.