Canberra’s best day tour! Encompasses all the highlights of Canberra. Witness the wonderful views of Canberra and the region from the top of Mount Ainslie. Visit NCA 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.
We start with customer pickups at major Canberra hotels and motels. For visitors from outside town we pickup at the Jolimont Bus Centre, between 9am to 9.30am depending on the pickup schedule.
One of Canberra’s most beautiful vantage points at the top of Mount Ainslie. From the lookout, your guide will explain the growth of a young city, the two-tiered colonial and capital city history and point out places of interest and key attractions, all while you survey the tremendous design of Canberra’s architect, Walter Burley Griffin.
Expect a drive through the grounds of the Royal Military College Duntroon - Australian Army's officer training establishment and perhaps to Mount Pleasant where you’ll be delighted to an alternative aspect overlooking central Canberra.
Discover some further history of Canberra along with an up close look of Lake Burley Griffin & the Captain Cook Memorial.
After a journey through the Parliamentary Triangle, we head to the Old Parliament House - home to the 'Museum of Australian Democracy" where you’ll enjoy our own short guided tour to key parts of this magnificent building showcasing more than 50 years of Australia’s political history.
From the Old to the New, it’s then just a short journey up the Hill to New Parliament House. Get a guided tour through Great Hall, Senate, and House of Representatives Chambers. We usually break for lunch at the Queens Terrace Café, a café with a variety of food options, sure to satisfy even the most diverse tastes.
As mid-afternoon rolls around, we’ll leave New Parliament House for a drive through Canberra’s diplomatic district - first passing by "The Lodge" - the primary official residence of the Prime Minister of Australia. We continue the drive through Canberra’s diplomatic district where you can spot the embassies of different countries represented in Australia.
We’ll guide you around the central part of the Australian War Memorial before you’ll have some free time to observe some of the many galleries dedicated to showing Australia’s role in conflict. The final part of the tour is the Memorial’s Last Post Ceremony where a dedication is made to those who have fallen in service for Australia. It often leaves no dry eye
Arrive back at your accommodation or the Jolimont Bus Centre.
Highlights of Canberra Tour schedule may change subject to local conditions. This tour requires a gentle level of walking.
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We usually break for lunch at the Queens Terrace Café. A café with a variety of food options, sure to satisfy the most diverse tastes and dietary preferences.
Typically on the Highlights of Canberra Tour, guests will have 1-2 hours to spend at the Australian National War Memorial, including the experience of the last post ceremony.
What is included in the tour price is always specified in the tour programme. However specifically for Highlights of Canberra tours,
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Time and time again the tour impresses those who choose to take part. Travel at the best time of the day to see some of Australia’s unique animals in the wild.
You and up to six in your group (7 in total) can have an exclusive wine tour for the day.
Fully private & bespoke experiences according to your areas of interest. Experience the very best that Canberra & the region has to offer in a full day’s touring.
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