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Canberra Explorer: Australia's Capital City Tour from Sydney

Sydney, Australia

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icon13 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English

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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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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.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Parliament House and the National Museum of Australia
  • Hear the story of the ANZAC troops and memorials
  • 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.
Stop At:  
Mount Ainslie Lookout
Before entering the city, travel to the summit of Mt. Ainslie for a terrific view of Canberra and surrounds. A great photo opportunity!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Australian War Memorial
Visit the Australian War Memorial, where you’ll be greeted by a local guide to start your tour • Learn about the history of the ANZACs as you travel along the boulevard dedicated to the participants of two world wars
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
National Museum of Australia
Enjoy a tour of the National Museum of Australia – it focuses on Indigenous histories and cultures, European settlement and our interaction with the environment
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Australian Parliament House
Take a guided tour of Australia’s Parliament House – you may even get to witness the Houses of Parliament in session • You’ll visit some of its 4,700 rooms and learn more of its architecture, history, artwork and the Australian parliamentary democratic process • See ’The Lodge’, the Prime Minister’s official residence • Travel along the pretty tree-lined streets and see diplomatic homes and embassies of many foreign ambassadors
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
National Library of Australia
Drive by the largest reference library in Australia.
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High Court of Australia
Drive by the High Court of Australia (The supreme court in Australian court hierarchy).
Pass By:  
Lake Burley Griffin
Drive past Canberra’s centrepiece, Lake Burley Griffin, named after the American architect who won a competition to design Australia's Federal Capital, Walter Burley Griffin
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National Carillon
See the Carillon Bell Tower on the edge of the lake, a gift from the British Government to mark Canberra's 50 years as the nation’s capital
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What is the policy on sanitization during Canberra Explorer: Australia's Capital City Tour from Sydney?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Canberra Explorer: Australia's Capital City Tour from Sydney?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Canberra Explorer: Australia's Capital City Tour from Sydney?
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

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Trip to Canberra
, Sep 2019
Our driver was friendly and he gave us some information. The tour was a bit rushed but we were able to fulfill the itinerary. Wish we had more time to buy souvenirs. But the trip was good.
Average in parts
, Aug 2019
Average was the tour guide who met us at the Anzac memorial and only had basic knowledge in the parts he had learnt , ask him anything else other than his script and he hadn’t got a clue. YET John the driver and the drive around was brilliant very knowledgable and fun, he went above and beyond his job, at the end of the day we were the last to be dropped off and instead of dropping us off at the designated stop we were dropped off at our hotel as it was on his route back to base, a big thank you to John
Well worth it...
, Jul 2019
This is not a regular entertainment trip. You visit the ANZAC war memorial, the parliament houses and the national museum. So be prepared for such a spectrum of interests. The drive is pretty long with a (25-30 min.) stop on both ways. Ben, the driver was ok with the information he provided during the ride. The local guide in Canberra, Barbara was a pro with a very knowledgeable and respectful approach to both war memorial and parliament topics. I wish we'd had simply more time to properly see the exhibitions, which were really interesting...
The city is very different from...
revlon f
, 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.
Had a great day out seeing Canberra...
Wayne R
, 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
Our bus was old, seats were...
, 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.
Excellent experience all round - a long...
, Jan 2018
Excellent experience all round - a long day but would highly recommend
Rather disappointing, to be honest...
Irving C
, 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.
Our tour guide, John was very nice...
joel de jesus
, Oct 2017
Our tour guide, John was very nice and accomodating, his knowledge of the tour is impecable. The tour was worthwile
Be prepared for a long bus ride...
Robert W
, 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.

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