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Things to do in Canberra

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From Sydney: Canberra Day Tour

1. From Sydney: Canberra Day Tour

Explore Australia's capital city from Sydney as you enter a new state, leaving New South Wales for the day. A morning tea stop (not included) en route will allow you to stretch your legs and visit a country town before arriving at the ultra-modern Capital. Join a guided tour of the New Parliament House and feel the might and privilege of Australian democracy through this architectural masterpiece costing $1.1 billion. From the inner halls of power to walking on the roof, this is an amazing building. Break for lunch (not included) before choosing where to spend your free time: The National Museum of Australia is controversial and popular, Australia's most modern museum has won national awards with its interactive mix of exhibits and displays highlighting Australia's diverse history and culture. This tour allows time at Floriade between September to October each year. Australia's biggest and most popular flower festival. Canberra's Commonwealth Park is transformed into a tapestry of colour with more than a million bulbs and annuals in bloom at this month-long festival. Rejoin the group for a time of reflection as you discover the legends of Gallipoli, the ANZACs, the sacrifices and losses suffered by Australians in past wars fought around the world at the Australian War Memorial. Drive past Yarralumla for a close look at the many national embassies, each one unique and designed to reflect aspects of the country's culture. Stop for 360 degree views over the capital city from Mount Ainslie and see how this city was well designed. Return to Sydney and enjoy a dinner stop (not included).

Canberra: Beer, Wine, and Spirits Tasting Tour

2. Canberra: Beer, Wine, and Spirits Tasting Tour

After meeting your expert tour guide at the brewery, go inside and explore how beer is made. Take the opportunity to sample some delicious hand-crafted local brews.  From there, visit a local winery and taste the latest vintage and delve into the wine-making process. Treat your tastebuds to some fresh, crisp wines while you're here. The last stop you'll go to is a local independent distillery, where you can indulge in more local products and learn the magical art of making great spirits.

From Canberra: Winery, Distillery, & Tasting Tour with Lunch

3. From Canberra: Winery, Distillery, & Tasting Tour with Lunch

Explore Canberra's thriving wine regions by indulging in some of its best flavors on this day from Canberra. Taste some of Australia's best wine, food, cheese, chocolate, beers, and spirits on this tour. Visit 2 wineries, with a local spirits and sweets tasting with your small group. Each stop includes a guided tasting by a local supplier and when possible, a behind the scenes tour at select locations. In addition to all the great local producers you'll visit, the tour also includes a relaxed lunch with a wine, craft beer, or cider. Take this time to take in the region's charm.

Port Douglas: World Heritage Forest by Skyrail & Scenic Rail

4. Port Douglas: World Heritage Forest by Skyrail & Scenic Rail

Explore the Cairns World Heritage Rainforest on this tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Port Douglas. Experience the beauty of the rainforest from above then enjoy some leisure time in Kuranda before returning by rail. Be picked up from the comfort of your Port Douglas accommodation. Relax on the scenic drive to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway as you get ready to see the rainforest from the air. Board the Cableway and be awed as you glide silently over and through the rainforest on your journey. Admire the flora and fauna beneath as you head for the forest village of Kuranda. Stop at two stations on the cableway. Head out for a walk in the rainforest to spectacular lookouts or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Center. Once you arrive in Kuranda, make use of some free time to explore the village at your leisure. For the return journey, board the Kuranda Scenic Rail train for a ride over one of the world's most picturesque rail routes. Cruise through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning stunning gorges along the way. After disembarking, catch your coach back to your accommodation in Port Douglas.

From Sydney: Canberra City Highlights and Floriade Day Tour

5. From Sydney: Canberra City Highlights and Floriade Day Tour

From Sydney take a day trip to explore Australia's capital city, located in the Australian Capital Territory 3 hours south west from Sydney. A morning tea stop (own expense) on the way will allow you to stretch your legs and grab a coffee before arriving in Canberra, Australia's capital. . Drive past Yarralumla for a close look at the many national embassies, each one unique and designed to reflect aspects of the country's culture. Stop for 360 degree views over the capital city from Mount Ainslie and see how this city was well designed. Take a guided tour of the underground Parliament House, and get an understanding of Australia's democracy at work in this architectural masterpiece costing $1.1 billion in the 1980s! From the inner halls of power to walking on the roof, this is an amazing building. It's then off to Floriade, Australia's biggest celebration of spring with thousands of flowers and entertainment next to Lake Burley Griffin. Only running between September to October each year. Australia's biggest and most popular flower festival. Canberra's Commonwealth Park is transformed into a tapestry of colour with more than a million bulbs and annuals in bloom at this month-long festival. Rejoin the group for a time of reflection as you discover the legends of Gallipoli, the ANZACs, the sacrifices and losses suffered by Australians in past wars fought around the world at the Australian War Memorial. Return to Sydney arriving at approximately 8pm with a brief refreshment/dinner (own expense) stop on the return journey.

Canberra: Electric Picnic Boat Rental

6. Canberra: Electric Picnic Boat Rental

Set sail from the heart of the city in Canberra and cruise along Lake Burley Griffin on an environmentally-friendly electric boat. Enjoy the sun as you enjoy the freedom of piloting a boat on your own. Board your Danish-designed picnic boats, constructed from fiberglass made from recycled PET bottles, and head off into the lake. As you cruise, admire the sights of Canberra, including the Parliament House, National Gallery, and Australian National University. Pack a picnic basket with you to enjoy under the clear blue sky, and bring a cooler for cold drinks. Choose from a 1, 2, or 3-hour rental and have a relaxing afternoon on the water with your friends.

Canberra: City Highlights Day Tour with Entrance Fees

7. Canberra: City Highlights Day Tour with Entrance Fees

Witness the wonderful views of Canberra and the region from the top of Mount Ainslie. Visit National Capital Exhibition Centre. Be guided through the corridors of power at Australia’s Parliament House. Survey the Parliamentary Triangle & its National Institutions. Explore the Australian War Memorial and experience the moving Last Post Ceremony. All fees included. Personally guided throughout. This experience packs as much as possible into a single day, giving you the best possible experience and context of Australia’s Capital in a days’ tour.

Canberra Brewery and Beer Tour in 3 Hours

8. Canberra Brewery and Beer Tour in 3 Hours

Don’t have time to do a full-day tour?  Or you just want to spend a few hours inside some of our best breweries and craft beer venues tasting awesome beer? Organizing a corporate or team afternoon? Are you a visitor to town looking for an easy, safe way to get inside some breweries and taste the full range of craft beers being brewed?  Then this 3-in-3 tour is for you! Available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons means you can get on board, get inside some breweries, experience the local beer scene as part of your other local adventures. The 3-in-3 tour takes you to three great Canberra craft beer locations in about three hours. It includes transportation and plenty of fresh craft beer and cider. After meeting at the Brewery, you get behind the scenes of our local beer community.  As your tours take you inside working breweries, the locations you visit can change each day based on brewery operations and bar hours.  Keep our ears to the ground and know what’s going on to ensure you experience working breweries and get to taste the local beer in the best independent pubs.  

Canberra: Capital Brewery Full-Day Tour

9. Canberra: Capital Brewery Full-Day Tour

This Canbeera Explorer tour takes you to three great craft breweries across the Capital and an awesome craft beer pub. After meeting your guide outside BentSpoke brewpub, it’s off to your first stop, Zierholz Premium Brewery in the industrial suburb of Fyshwick.  Here you will learn all about beer and what goes into making it, with a beer in your hand of course, from the owner and brewer Christoph. With a head full of beer knowledge you get behind the scenes and go deep inside the brewery to see where it all happens.  Out the other side of the brewery and back in the tasting bar, it's time to taste more of their German-inspired beers before you head off to lunch.   Lunch is at The Durham Castle Arms at Kingston.  A stalwart of the Canberra pub scene, “the Duzza” has 10 taps of constantly rotating craft beer and hosts regular tap takeovers and beer “fight clubs”. Grab a burger, schnitzel or choose from a range of other tasty lunch options while enjoying a cold beer during our stay. You will zip out to Capital Brewing for some award-winning beers. With time to squeeze in one more brewery, it’s back to BentSpoke in Braddon.  Opened in 2014 by award-winning brewer Richard Watkins and partner Tracy, marvel at the innovative use of space (not to mention the shiny stainless steel and bicycle-inspired décor) as we sample beers from the seasonally changing 18 taps. With the brewery as a backdrop to the bar, you can even “tour” from the comfort of your table. Finish at approximately 5:30 PM at BentSpoke Brewing Co in Braddon, which is minutes from many of the area’s fine restaurants for a dinner stop to round out One Great Day. Please note, while this is our usual itinerary, the order may change slightly due to brewery operations. Start times are fixed, however, drop-off times can change slightly depending on traffic and other factors. Your guides/drivers do everything they can to have you back as close to the drop off time as promised.

Canberra Airport: One-Way Private Transfer to Canberra

10. Canberra Airport: One-Way Private Transfer to Canberra

1. Select the transportation service you require (choose the vehicle that better fits your needs the number of passengers and luggage. Provide the following information: Full name, flight number, pick-up date and time, and phone number. 2. Save your voucher. Print it or save it on your phone. 3. 48 hours prior to your ride, you will receive your driver's contact info. 4. 24 hours before, we will provide you with the meeting point info to meet with your driver. 5. Meet your driver at the pick-up location. 6. Present your voucher and identify yourself with the driver. 7. Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 SMALL carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage (surfboards, golf clubs, or bikes) may have certain restrictions; please inquire with the operator prior to travel to confirm if your excess luggage is acceptable. 8. Please consider the storage capacity for luggage based on the number of passengers. For larger groups with larger items, multiple vehicles may be more appropriate.

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What people are saying about Canberra

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 38 reviews

Our tour guide Ivy was very friendly and informative. We stopped on the way at a pie shop to quickly grab some food for on the way/lunch. Would definitely recommend getting something as it is a long journey. We enjoyed all of the stops. The War memorial and National museum were our favourites. Would definitely recommend this tour.

This has been one of the best wine tours I’ve ever been on. Ben, our tour guide was so lovely and extremely knowledgeable. Tasted 6-8 wines at both of the wineries we visited. Pizza for lunch, and cupcakes at a local sweet shop was the perfect pit stop. Finish the day at a fantastic distiller. Couldn’t ask for better.

The guide and bus driver were very friendly to us. Especially the guide told us many things about Australian culture on the way to Canberra, as well as visiting period. I had a wonderful journey and will not hesitate to recommend this Canberra day tour to others.

Peter, our driver and guide explained a lot of things about the trip and the places we are visiting. He has enough knowledge about the places we are visiting, so he could well explaining about those places. Thank You, Peter, and Get Your Guide.

Very well organized, enjoyable trip, staff had an excelent knowledge & communication. Worth of value. Will recomend it to everyone.