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About Canberra Guided Tours

We Are the Longest Operating Tour Company in the ACT


Canberra is the capital city of Australia and is located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Despite being the capital, Canberra is often overshadowed by other larger and more well-known cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. However, Canberra has a lot to offer visitors, from its stunning natural scenery to its rich cultural heritage.

The team at Canberra Guided Tours is passionate about providing expert guided tours in and around Australia’s National Capital. We first began this venture back in 1961, and are now the longest-operating tour company in the ACT. Each of our team members and tour guides takes great pride in having strong connections to our roots, having been born in, living, or working in Canberra for most of our lives.

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Our pioneering operators, Mary and Jack Dando gave visitors a memorable experience in the Nation’s Capital in the 1960s. The main attractions in the city were slightly different then and were all linked together by a bridge that went over the Molonglo River, now known as Lake Burley Griffin.

A lot has happened since we opened our doors on that faithful day in 1961. Today, Canberra has evolved into a thriving hub for travellers and adventure seekers, and our team couldn’t be more delighted to continue Mary and Jack’s legacy.

Our Mission


To provide our clients with enjoyable, educational, and unforgettable experiences that will last a lifetime, while also promoting Canberra as a world-class destination.

Choose From a Range of

Unique Tour Options

General Interest Tours

General Interest Tours

Discover the Best of Canberra. Explore the city’s highlights, indulge in wine tastings, uncover military and historical secrets, immerse yourself in sports, and marvel at stunning architecture and design.

Best Of Wildlife Tour

Nature And Wildlife Tours

Embrace Australia’s Natural Beauty. Experience the finest wildlife, stroll through lush trees and gardens, adventure in the Snowy Mountains, or enjoy a family fun day outdoors.

Canberra Floriade Tour

Seasonal Tours

Witness the Spectacular Floral Display. Join us for an unforgettable tour of Canberra’s iconic Floriade Festival, showcasing magnificent flowers and gardens in full bloom.

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Bespoke Private Tours And Services

Craft Your Unique Canberra Journey Design an exclusive full-day tour tailored to your preferences, exploring the best of Canberra’s attractions and hidden gems at your own pace.

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Step-On tour Guide

Enhance Your Group Experience. Invite our expert guides to join your pre-arranged transport for a customised and engaging tour of Canberra and its stunning surroundings.

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Multi-city Tours

Sydney to Canberra Day Tour

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Our Guides

Neil hermes

Neil Hermes

Owner, Tour Guide

A scientist by background, Neil has lived in Canberra for over 50 years and has decades of experience in the tourism industry having owned and operated award-winning tour businesses at Uluru and Kakadu in the Northern Territory.

Neil also has extensive experience as a senior national park and wildlife ranger and ornithologist, turning his talents into carefully curated tour experiences that are both educational and fun! He also conducts bird watching tours and wildlife safaris, which you can find on his personal website.


Ian Duckworth

Tour Guide

Ian, a lifelong resident of Canberra since the mid-1960s, takes great pride in the city’s growth and diversity over the years. With his background in parliamentary support, he highlights Australia’s democratic history and the role of the nation’s parliament. As an experienced traveler, Ian understands the value of guided tours and enjoys sharing his personal travel experiences with his guests. He also loves showcasing Canberra’s impressive dining scene and its beautiful natural surroundings, including encounters with kangaroos and crimson rosellas.

Olaf Schuermann

Tour Guide

Olaf, a native Canberran fluent in German, has an extensive background in international economics and finance. As a former public servant, he offers unique insights into Australia’s political and economic history, sharing engaging stories from the Hawke, Keating, and Howard governments. With a passion for travel and badminton, Olaf enjoys connecting with visitors to Canberra and sharing his expertise on the city’s fascinating history.
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Rob Fletcher

Tour Guide


Simon Hermes

Tour Guide

Drawing on his 20-year military career and 15 years at the UN, Simon leads enthralling tours of Canberra. A long-time resident, he delights in sharing his passion for bushwalking, history, sailing, and vintage car restoration with visitors. Join Simon for an unforgettable exploration of Canberra’s rich heritage and natural wonders.

Become A Guide - We’re Hiring!

Are you based in Canberra, and have a passion for history, culture, politics, nature, wildlife, travel, and tourism?

If you answered yes, then becoming a tour guide with Canberra Guided Tours may be the perfect opportunity for you! We are on the lookout for new talent to join our team of friendly, reliable and professional tour guides.

As a tour guide, you will get to share your knowledge and love of Canberra with visitors from all over the world. If you think you have what it takes to be a tour guide with us, then we would love to hear from you!

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