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13 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English

Overview

When in Sydney, a full-day tour to Canberra provides a fascinating overview of Australia’s national capital, one of the few planned cities in the world. Designed by visionary architects, Canberra is home to renowned institutions including the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia, Parliament House, and the Lodge (the Prime Minister’s official residence). Stop for morning tea, lunch and dinner (own expense), and enjoy guided tours of key sites. Admire the town of Berrima, the Goulburn region and views from Mt Ainslie en route to Canberra.
  • Full-day tour to Canberra from Sydney
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Parliament House and the National Museum of Australia
  • Hear the story of the ANZAC troops and memorials
  • See The Lodge, the Prime Minister's residence in Canberra, and other important government sites
  • Enjoy panoramic views from Mt Ainslie
  • Learn about Canberra's history and culture from the knowledgeable guide
  • Includes pickup and drop-off from select Sydney hotels
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.

Itinerary

Hotel Pickups:

7:15am Crescent on Bayswater
7:25am Vibe Hotel Sydney
7:35am Sheraton on the Park (Castlereagh St entrance) 
7:45am Sofitel Wentworth Sydney

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Reviews

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r
, Mar 2018

The city is very different from Sydney. The tours were all interesting enough but it’s the little facts like the story behind the aboriginal embassy and the requirement that no building can be higher than the Parliament House and the dead kangaroos by the roadside that make the trip worthwhile.

W
, Mar 2018

Had a great day out seeing Canberra very well worth the visit although it is a long day but would do it again

M
, Feb 2018

Our bus was old, seats were uncomfortable and the wifi did not work. The bus operator asked us not to use the washroom. We stopped for coffee and were told to buy lunch as we had very little time to eat it upon arrival in Canberra. In Canberra, we visited 2 museums and a Parliament and the visits were great, albeit a bit rushed. We spend some time driving through the Embassy Row and headed back to Sydney. We stopped for dinner and the problems started. Bus driver was working on the bus and we had to wait outside in the heat on the side of the road. No wifi, in spite of assurances that it will be reset. Then, air conditioning failed few times, and came back on full blast! It was getting dark outside and our bus driver had to turn off the cabin light, because his hibeams were malfunctioning. Arriving near the airport, our bus turned onto a side road and stopped. It wasnt safe to drive and we had to get off and wait for another bus to pick us up. Our new bus driver, at first, wasnt keen on returning us to our pick up location, but we convinced him otherwise! You can walk together from the next stop, he told us. We disagreed and he reluctantly took us to the hotel. We arrived in our room at 10:30pm. Really not impressed.

C
, Jan 2018
E
, Jan 2018

Excellent experience all round - a long day but would highly recommend

I
, Nov 2017

Rather disappointing, to be honest. The weather didn't help rainy but it was a very long day and only interesting in parts. We enjoyed the War Memorial but would like to have stayed longer as it is actually a terrific museum with all sorts of exhibits Lancaster bomber etc.. The modern art gallery was a waste of time - something that exists in all cities and could have been done in one's own time - if required. The Parliament was also interesting. However, our guide at all 3 places was a softly-spoken local 91 year- old with a tendency to personal anecdote and rambling. We felt embarrassed at the art gallery as virtually all the coach just went off and there were just 4 of us who stuck with him - partly because it would have been so obvious if we'd left! There were other sources of irritation. We seemed to be constantly crossing paths at refreshment places with 2 other coaches who hogged all the seats and shouted at each other noisily all the time. We also got fed up with our driver reminding us repeatedly that he was legally obliged to have a break every so often. We get it! Not quite a wasted day - we saw some wild kangaroos in the fields - but very disappointing.

E
, Oct 2017

Great tour!

j
, Oct 2017

Our tour guide, John was very nice and accomodating, his knowledge of the tour is impecable. The tour was worthwile

R
, Oct 2017

Be prepared for a long bus ride, however the scenery is interesting to see. You will be stopping once on the way to Canberra for a tea break. The next stop is a short stop at the top of a vista point for pictures. You will then be driven into Canberra for a tour of the War Memorial. You will have a lunch break before the tour given by a volunteer with vast knowledge of the of the memorial. After the memorial, you will be taken to the Parliament building and given a tour by the same knowledgeable volunteer. The final part of the tour is a ride through the embassy row. Then you will be on a bus for the ride back to your pickup point. Be aware that the bus is very comfortable to ride in and the driver will be talking to you about the areas you are driving through--keeping you involved in where you are going.

m
, Sep 2017

Beautiful Canberra! A must for history lovers. Very educational and informative. A bit tiring travel time but worth it. Tour guide/driver did his job very well.

T
, Apr 2017

I'm giving it four stars instead of five because of our driver/ guide. We stopped for morning tea/coffee and was told it would be a good idea to pick up lunch also, the problem was they didn't have suitable lunch food. So we headed to the War Memorial and waited 40 minutes for the daily guide there to show up. Our driver never said how long it would take when we asked he would say oh! She's on her way, so 40 minutes later she arrived at 1:10pm, we arrived at the memorial at 12:30pm enoungh time for us to eat at the cafe there if the driver would have shared the information with us. The memorial and our guide was a must see the guide was knowable and friendly, she also escorted us around the art museum and Parliament houses, she was shocked and upset to hear we hadn't had a designated time for lunch and since it was now approximately 4:00pm we were starving she did say she would pass this information onto her boss. On the way back to Sydney we stopped and was able to eat dinner. Overall a great tour, very long day but worth it, if only we had time for lunch

S
, Apr 2017

Canberra is about Three to three and a half hours away from Sydney, so this trip was a little rushed.
Our guide - a Gentleman by name Mr. Bernard was a treasure trove of information, and without him pointing it out, we would have definitely missed some of the finer details of the War Memorial and Parliament Building. We shall remember Mr. Bernard's descriptions for a long time to come.
My ONLY suggestion is that the Trip can leave an hour early and return an hour late -- so that we can see Canberra a little more leisurely with a few more details.

s
, Apr 2017

I am sorry to say but Canberra is not really much to see. The war memorial and art gallery were impressive but a town should be much more than that. Maybe it's a spoiled european in me with thousand years of history on every corner. The most memorable were our driver sorry I am not sure was his name Glen - he had laringytis 2 days prior to this trip and our guide shamefully forgot her name too, maybe Barbara. Glen was encyclopedia man. I was really impressed with his knowledge and ability to talk for 3 hours during our trip from Sidney to Canberra. Thumbs up for Glen :. I learned so much about Australia from him and I am greatfull for that. He was worthwhile all 3 hours to and back from Canberra!

M
, Jan 2017

The day was long, but the tour was great! I do not think there is enough to see in Canberra for a dedicated visit of several days there, but it is a must see destination and the day trip I took provided a comprehensive overview of the city. If you are an art buff and want to spend hours at a time gazing at pictures you might want to book several days in the city, but the day long tour from Sydney was sufficient for me when my time in Australia was so limited.

A
, Jul 2016

Quite amazing

E
, Jun 2016

Our tour driver Darryl was very knowledgeable and shared lots of stories of Australia. It made the time fly by on our journey. Our guide Bernie was a treasure find - extremely insightful! Bernie showed us the War Memorial Museum, National Art Gallery, and Parliament. Just a great time! This is a must-see. You will value the history!

M
, Feb 2016

Fantastic tour! Michael was a lovely guide - funny, punctuate and a good driver! Such an educational and valuable tour it was. Would recommend to wear comfy clothes :

r
, Nov 2015

This was a good day trip from Sydney to see the Capital City of Australia. There are numerous stop offs along the way which is useful. The war monument was fantastic, such a lovely display with the statues and facts of the World Wars. The Art museum was definitely a good shout with very interesting Aboriginal exhibitions on display. Then Parliment House with the Senate and the MPs was interesting, how they form law and the people vote each other in etc.

A
, Jul 2015

Our Canberra guide was extremely knowledgeable. The bus driver and attendant were friendly and went out of their way to provide a great experience. The entire day was well worth it.

K
, Jun 2015

Great value....learned alot


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