Canberra - Australia's Capital City Icons
You’re travelling to Canberra today – Australia’s capital city and home to a number of important landmarks and historic buildings. To ensure you get the most out of the day, your Driver Guide will provide expert commentary throughout the journey.
On the way to Canberra you’ll stop in the quaint little township of Berrima. Here you can treat yourself to morning tea (own expense) or take a short stroll through the village and along the river.
Before you get to Canberra you’ll visit the summit of Mt. Ainslie in Canberra’s National Park. From here you can take in the view of this unique city and surrounding mountain ranges. A great spot to take a few photos.
Australian War Memorial
Your first stop in Canberra is the Australian War Memorial, our memorial to those who lost their lives in the wars of the Commonwealth of Australia. You’ll be deeply moved as you wander through the shrine and come to realise the enduring impact that war has had on our society.
Please note: Lunch can be purchased at cafes.
National Gallery of Australia
Now you’ll visit the National Gallery of Australia. Opened in 1982, it houses major works by Australian and international artists. Look out for Jackson Pollack’s Blue Poles, purchased amid much controversy in 1973 by the government for A$1,300,000. Please note at times this may alternate with a visit to the National Museum of Australia (subject to current exhibits).
Next you’ll take a guided tour of Australia’s Parliament House. Subject to sitting times, you may even get to witness the Houses of Parliament in session. Opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1988, the building was designed to represent two boomerangs and boasts an 81 metre flagpole at its peak. During the tour you’ll visit many of its 4,700 rooms and learn more of its architecture, history, artwork and the Australian democratic process.
After Parliament House you’ll take a look at the Prime Minister’s official residence, the Lodge. Built in the mid-1920s, the Lodge is a 40 room Georgian style mansion set on 18,000 square metres of majestic gardens. There’s many a story to be told of the Prime Ministers who have lived in the Lodge and your Driver Guide will share some of these stories with you along the way.
You’ll also get to see the National Library, the origins of which go back to 1901, however the building that you see today was opened in 1968. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, it is the largest reference library in Australia with up to 10V million materials on its bookshelves.
Lake Burley Griffin
As you drive around each of the key landmarks in Canberra you’ll see much of its centrepiece, the man-made Lake Burley Griffin. While many national institutions are located on its shores, the Lake and its beautiful parklands, walking tracks, cafés and restaurants, provide the ideal location for recreation.
Carillon Bell Tower
In the heart of Lake Burley Griffin, on Aspen Island, you’ll see the Carillon Bell Tower. This stunning gift from the British Government to mark 50 years as the nation’s capital, stands 50 metres tall and is home to 55 bronze bells. The chiming of the bells can be heard across Lake Burley Griffin into the heart of Canberra city.
Full Day Tour
Approximately 13.5 hours
Mon & Fri from 7.15am, Sydney (pick-ups at selected hotels)
9.00pm approximately, Sydney
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
Find out more
- Guided tour of Parliament House
- Entry to War Memorial
- Entry to National Gallery OR National Museum
- Experienced Driver Guides
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Jacket in the cooler months
Low level of fitness required.
|9.45am||Berrima (morning tea)|
|12.15pm||Mt. Ainslie Lookout|
|1.30pm||Australian War Museum|
|2.15pm||National Museum or National Gallery|
|6.05pm||Goulburn (meal break)|
Canberra Australia's Capital (J11)
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
|Hotel||Pickup Location||Pickup Time|
|Crescent on Bayswater||Front of Hotel||7.15am|
|Sydney Harbour Marriott||Front of Hotel||7.25am|
|Sheraton on the Park||Castlereagh St entrance||7.30am|
|YHA Central||Front of Hostel||7.35am|
In Sydney, you will be picked up by your specific touring vehicle an commence your day tour without the need to go to a centralised departure point to swap vehicles.
Please use the tool below to find the nearest pickup location from your hotel and advise your chosen pickup with your booking. Alternatively, please ask at time of booking.
Find your hotel pick up time
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