Visit the nation's fabulous capital — Canberra — on this full day tour from Sydney. Canberra effortlessly blends imposing monuments and architecture with lakeside gardens and open green spaces. A guided tour of Parliament House is included.

AUD $189pp

Canberra Day Tour from Sydney by Coach
Runs: Monday and Friday
Departs at: 7.40am
Departs from: Selected CBD hotels
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

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Featured guest review:

‘The tour of the Australian War memorial, the Australian Museum and Parliament House were superb. The highlight for me was seeing a live parliamentary session. The drive back and forth from Sydney is a little tiring, but we slept on the way back. Our tour guide was phenomenal. I do recommend this tour as it does its best to cover much of Canberra within one day.’ Joshuacroos

Tour highlights

  • Enjoy panoramic views of Canberra and the surrounding region from Mount Ainslie
  • Marvel at one of the world’s most beautiful purpose-built cities
  • Take a guided tour of the Australian War Memorial, which commemorates Australia’s fallen service personnel and those who have served the nation in times of conflict
  • Visit the National Museum of Australia
  • Join a guided tour of Parliament House — the seat of Australian democracy
  • See The Lodge — the official residence of Australia’s prime minister
  • Pass by the Captain James Cook Memorial, the National Library of Australia, the Carillion Bell Tower, and the High Court of Australia.

What's included

  • Guided group tour
  • Services of a knowledgeable local guide
  • Informative commentary
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Guided tour of the Australian War Memorial
  • Guided tour of Parliament House
  • Entry to the National Museum of Australia (subject to current exhibits)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board your coach.


Adults: AUD $189pp
Children (4 to 14 years): AUD $95pp

There is no charge for children under the age of four, however spare seats are subject to availability on the day of your tour.

What you can expect

This Canberra Day Tour from Sydney offers visitors who are pressed for time the chance to see the nation’s fabulous capital — Canberra — in one amazing day out. You’ll explore some of Australia’s most important cultural institutions, including the Australian War Memorial and the National Museum of Australia. You’ll have the services of a passionate local guide to show you the highlights of the city, and travel in air-conditioned comfort — with the convenience of selected Sydney CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off.

Once CBD hotel pick-ups are completed, your Canberra Day Tour from Sydney will get underway. You’ll head south from the city in comfortable air-conditioned coach transport, complete with complimentary Wi-Fi. The drive to Canberra takes around three hours. You’ll pass through rural countryside dotted with small farming communities, and stop to enjoy morning tea and perhaps a ‘true-blue’ Aussie meat pie (own expense). [More]

Before too long you’ll arrive in Canberra, which has changed beyond all recognition over the past two decades. What was once largely a bureaucratic enclave occupied by a transitory workforce, is now a dignified, refined and leafy city — home to 430,000 people and packed with world-class cultural institutions and monuments that reflect the nation’s civic pride.

The city has more than forty galleries, museums and exhibition spaces. You’ll visit the emotive Australian War Memorial for a guided tour, and enjoy free time at the National Museum of Australia.

Your Canberra Day Tour from Sydney also includes a guided walk through spectacular Parliament House. If parliament is in session, you may be lucky and see the proceedings!

You’ll also enjoy a drive past many of the city’s key cultural and historical landmarks, including Commonwealth Park, Old Parliament House, the foreign embassy precinct, the Lodge, the Captain James Cook Memorial and Lake Burley Griffin.

This Canberra Day Tour from Sydney ends back in the New South Wales capital with drop-off at your point of departure.

Please note: The itinerary provided may change due to weather conditions and operational requirements.

Guest reviews

  • Joshuacroos (20/8/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    The tour of the Australian War memorial, the Australian Museum and Parliament House were superb. The highlight for me was seeing a live parliamentary session. The drive back and forth from Sydney is a little tiring, but we slept on the way back. Our tour guide was phenomenal. I do recommend this tour as it does its best to cover much of Canberra within one day.

  • Markplim25 (3/3/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    Its more than 3 hours from Sydney. It was our 3rd time in Sydney and we have done the blue mountain tours and hunter valley tours. We had an extra day and wanted to go somewhere new. The long trip was bearable because we had a wonderful driver in our bus who was very informative and funny. We had a stopover in a diner that serves meat pies. They will advise you to have takeout food there since there will not be enough time for you to eat for lunch during the tour. Before arrival in Canbrerra, you will be taken to a lookout point overlooking the city. Nice scenery and you can appreciate the city more. Then we went to the War Memorial and Museum. We were told to eat our lunch before the tour starts at 1pm. All of us went to the cafe beside the Memorial to eat. After lunch, we went to the entrance of the War Memorial to wait for our guide at around 1pm. We were there for about 15mins before we realized that the elderly gentleman who was just standing there was our guide. I am sorry to say this but not only did we start late but he was very slow in speaking and explaining things. We ended up rushing everything to make up for the time lost. I personally like the War Museum and would have wanted to stay longer but that was just not possible. Compared to Sydney, Canbrerra is quite smaller and slower pace. More like a provincial city than the Capital of Australia. It was a very long day but highly educational.

  • Kevin Hook (26/1/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    Our driver was reliable and friendly. Australia day in Canberra is amazing. Good excellent and amazing.

  • Radka H (16/12/2017) – Via TripAdvisor

    Very nice day out of the Sydney, although the journey takes three hours there and three hours back, it is worth it. Our guide lady in the city was Barbara who has a lot of knowledge, you can ask her anything and she will give you right answer. Our tour guide man who took us to the Canberra and back was Tony, and he gave us a lot of useful information during our visit, was very pleasant and knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour to everyone who wants to learn a bit more about Australia. And we also saw some kangaroos near Canberra!!!

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed pick-up time.

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This tour operates in all weather conditions.