Canberra:

Population: 358,222(31 March 2011) (8th)
Density: 428.6/km  (1,110.1/sq mi)
Established: 12 March 1913
Area: 814.2 km (314.4 sq mi)
Time zone:
Summer (DST)
AEST (UTC+10) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location:
  • 286 km (178 mi) SW of Sydney
  • 669 km (416 mi) NE of Melbourne
  • 1159 km (720 mi) E of Adelaide
  • 1203 km (748 mi) SSW of Brisbane
  • 3726 km (2,315 mi) ESE of Perth
  • State District:
  • Molonglo,
  • Ginninderra
  • Brindabella
  • Federal Division:
  • Canberra
  • Fraser
  • Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
    19.7 °C 6.5 °C 616.4 mm

    Canberra is the capital city of Australia. With a population of over 345,000, it is Australia's largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory, 280 km south-west of Sydney, and 660 km north-east of Melbourne. A resident of Canberra is known as a "Canberran".

    The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities. It is unusual among Australian cities, being an entirely planned city. Following an international contest for the city's design, a blueprint by the Chicago architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin was selected and construction commenced in 1913. The Griffins' plan featured geometric motifs such as circles, hexagons and triangles, and was centred around axes aligned with significant topographical landmarks in the Australian Capital Territory.

    The city's design was heavily influenced by the garden city movement and incorporates significant areas of natural vegetation that have earned Canberra the title of the "bush capital". The growth and development of Canberra were hindered by the World Wars and the Great Depression, which exacerbated a series of planning disputes and the ineffectiveness of a sequence of bodies that were to oversee the development of the city. The national capital emerged as a thriving city after World War II, as Prime Minister Robert Menzies championed its development and the National Capital Development Commission was formed with executive powers. Although the Australian Capital Territory is now self-governing, the federal government retains some influence through the National Capital Authority.

    As the seat of the government of Australia, Canberra is the site of Parliament House, the High Court and numerous government departments and agencies. It is also the location of many social and cultural institutions of national significance, such as the Australian War Memorial, Australian National University, Australian Institute of Sport, National Gallery, National Museum and the National Library. The Australian Army's officer corps are trained at the Royal Military College, Duntroon and the Australian Defence Force Academy is also located in the capital.

    As the city has a high proportion of public servants, the federal government contributes the largest percentage of Gross State Product and is the largest single employer in Canberra. As the seat of government, the unemployment rate is lower and the average income higher than the national average, while property prices are relatively high, in part due to comparatively restricted development regulations. Tertiary education levels are higher, while the population is younger.

    Batemans Bay Full-Day Tour from Canberra Including Kayaking more_vert
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    Enjoy this full-day tour to Batemans Bay from Canberra. With hotel pickup and drop-off, take in the views on the 2-hour drive. Once you arrive, visit Pebbly Beach to relax before your choice of lunch options (not included) and embark on a 2-hour kayaking adventure with your guides. Lastly, returning to Canberra.

    Begin your tour with Canberra hotel pickup at 7am. In a comfortable vehicle, travel through farmland and pastoral properties before reaching the historical town of Braidwood. Get out to stretch your legs and continue on through the temperate forest and down Clyde Mountain. Keep an eye out for lyre birds and tree ferns all the way to Batemans Bay, the gateway to the Eurobodalla Coast. This journey takes about 2 hours.

    Here, meet your kayaking instructors who will help you explore the pristine waters of Cullendulla Sanctuary in stable, glass bottom kayaks. From your kayak, spot stingrays on the sand flats and fish in the mangroves. The area is rich with wildlife and indigenous history. Your 2-hour kayak adventure includes snacks, photos, and all equipment.

    At 12pm, hop in the shuttle to transfer to the town of Batemans Bay, where your guides will share their advice on what restaurants and cafes you can enjoy during your free time. Enjoy an hour to dine or explore. Afterwards, drive through Murramarang National Park on your way to Pebbly Beach, most famous for kangaroos lazing in the sand. Relax in the afternoon on the beach before you return back to your hotel in Canberra at about 5:30pm.

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    Canberra Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise more_vert
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    Canberra is a beautiful city of lakes, parks, national buildings and colorful tree lined streets surrounded by bush land and mountains. To view this remarkable planned city from a balloon provides a unique perspective. No other way of seeing Canberra so effectively brings together designer Walter Burley Griffin’s vision and how it has been translated into the vibrant capital that Canberra has become. Your experience starts with meeting at the Hyatt Hotel 30 minutes before sunrise and ends after landing with a traditional sparkling wine celebration and commemorative ‘Flight Certificate´. All flights last between 45 minutes and 1 hour.

    Your flight experience begins early in the morning at the Hyatt Hotel, centrally located on Commonwealth Ave, a two minute walk from Parliament House.

    You'll meet just before dawn as this is the best time to fly. From the Hyatt you are taken to the launch site. It takes around 20-25 minutes for the balloon to be inflated and standing upright ready for boarding. You are welcome to help with the setup of the balloon or simply stand back and take photos as your aircraft takes shape and comes to life.

    Dawn lift-off! As the new day dawns, you will ascend into the sky in your colourful balloon. Your balloon will float gently along the breeze, whilst in your basket you will feel completely secure with very little sensation of movement. During your flight you may find yourself drifting just above the treetops then moments later effortlessly ascending to heights of 2000-feet or more.

    Photography from the balloon is encouraged and you will be rewarded with stunning shots of Canberra, providing you with years of fond memories.

    After approximately one hour you will be greeted by your ground crew as you touch back down to earth. The balloon is packed away with lots of laughs, then you hop back into one of the vehicles and return to the Canberra Hyatt. Enjoy a glass of Australian sparkling wine as you are presented with a commemorative flight certificate as part of our traditional ballooning celebration.

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    Australian Institute of Sport: The AIS Tour more_vert
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    Visit one of Canberra’s most popular tourist attractions, the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport), and go behind the scenes of the country's premier elite sporting precinct on this 1.5-hour tour. With a guide, you'll be taken you through world-class facilities where you might even catch some of Australia’s top athletes in training. Select a tour time when booking.

    Your tour starts at the AIS Visitor Centre, where you'll meet your guide for your immersion into athletics in Australia.

    Learn about sports in a hands-on way with Sportex, an educational and engaging sports experience where you can try wheelchair basketball, virtual downhill skiing, rock climbing, football penalty shootouts, and more. Sportex is included as part of every AIS tour.

    Try out a selection of interactive activities such as testing your accuracy, speed, and strength with the ball-skills tester or reaction timer, plus explore educational exhibits such as the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Heroes and Legends, and Sports Science.

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    3infun Canberra Attraction Pass Including the Australian Institute of Sport, Cockington Green Gardens and Questacon more_vert
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    With a 3infun Canberra Attraction Pass you can visit three of the best attractions in Australia's capital -- the Australian Institute of Sport, Cockington Green Gardens and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. The 3infun Attrractoin Pass is valid for 12 months from date of purchase for single entry at each attraction with a bonus return visit to one of the participating attractions included.This pass gives you 3 times the excitement, 3 times the action and 3 times the fun!

    Whether you want to size yourself up against some of Australia’s elite athletes at the Australian Institute of Sport, venture into the delightful miniature world of Cockington Green Gardens or try your hand at some of the 200 exhibits and experiences at Questacon, 3infun is serious fun for all ages.

    The Australian Institute of Sport (The AIS)
    Australia's premier elite sports precinct. A place that cannot be found anywhere else in Australia. Throughout, the year, the AIS opens its doors to over 200,000 visitors from Australia and overseas.

    Only minutes from Canberra's CBD with plenty of free car and coach parking, the AIS is set amongst 65 hectares of native bushland and offers an insight into Australia's sporting past and a window into its future. Discover Australia's sporting powerhouse. Sport is Australia's passion, so get into the spirit and find out what it takes to become a high perfomance athlete with a behind-the-scenes tour of the AIS, where the country's best athletes train.

    Cockington Green Gardens
    Venture into the delightful and fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings featuring more than 30 different countries, set within beautifully landscaped gardens. Then complete your visit by taking a ride on the ever popular Miniature Steam Train.

    Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
    At Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, you'll experience science in extraordinary ways. There's something for everyone in Questacon's eight galleries. Bend your mind and muscle in Excite@Q as you free fall down a six metre slide, challenge a robot to a game of air hockey or test your reflex speed against a friend. Inspire your inner scientist with Q Lab's ever-changing array of intriguing experiments, explosive demonstrations and interesting displays. The youngest scientists will enjoy Mini Q as they play, discover and learn in a gallery specifically for 0-6 year olds. No visit is complete without watching or starring in a Spectacular Science Show, presented each day. With over 200 interactive exhits to explore, at Questacon you'll discover the smarter way to have fun.

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    Batemans Bay Full-Day Tour from Canberra Including Indigenous Experience more_vert
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    Enjoy this full-day tour to Batemans Bay from Canberra. With hotel pickup and drop-off, take in the views on the 2-hour drive. Once you arrive, visit Pebbly Beach to relax and interact with wildlife before your choice of lunch options (not included) and embark on an amazing 2-hour guided Indigenous tour with your knowledgeable guides. Lastly, returning to Canberra.

    Begin your tour with Canberra hotel pickup at 7am. In a comfortable vehicle, travel through farmland and pastoral properties before reaching the historical town of Braidwood. Get out to stretch your legs and continue on through the temperate forest and down Clyde Mountain. Keep an eye out for lyre birds and tree ferns all the way to Batemans Bay, the gateway to the Eurobodalla Coast. This journey takes about 2 hours.

    Here, meet your guides and get set for a great experience visiting flora and fauna rich Pebbly Beach - part of the lush Murramarang National Park, continuing on to the seaside town of Batemans Bay for an hour of free time in which you may like to use to find a bite to eat, before embarking on to Cullendulla Nature Reserve where you will be taken on foot by your guide on an eye opening Indigenous tour... here you will  Spot and collect local bush tucker, Learn to throw a spear, Take part in a spiritual smoking demonstration, Identify useful plants for weaving and textiles, Talk totems and stories, Make fish trap examples and See middens in the forest. The area is rich with wildlife and indigenous history. Your 2-hour kayak adventure includes snacks, photos, and all equipment.

    Finally you will be returned back to your hotel in Canberra, arriving at approximately 5:30pm.

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    National Museum of Australia: Ultimate Museum Experience more_vert
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    Discover where Australia's stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia.
    Enjoy a personalized introduction to the collections of the National Museum of Australia, located in the Australian capital of Canberra. Get the Ultimate Museum Experience with a fascinating one-hour guided tour of the museum, and breakfast or lunch in the museum's cafe. Your meal is accompanied by one glass of wine, beer or a non-alcoholic beverage, and you can take in views of Lake Burley Griffin waterfront from the cafe and a $20 shopping voucher at the Museum shop. Afterward, feel free to browse the museum's exhibits on your own.

    The National Museum of Australia is where Australia's stories come alive. Located on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin, the Museum's stunning architecture provides an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people. Get to know the real, the treasured, the surprising and the inspirational objects from Australian history. See some of the nation's most popular and important objects all in one place, from Phar Lap's heart and the Holden Prototype No.1 to bark paintings and ochre used by Aboriginal artists over 50,000 years ago.

    Striking building and architecture - The National Museum of Australia opened in 2001 in a building designed by Melbourne architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Peckvonhartel, following an international design competition. The building reflects the many intertwined stories that make up Australia’s history.

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    National Museum of Australia: First Australian Tour more_vert
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    Visit the National Museum of Australia and experience the world’s oldest living cultures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    The best way to see and experience the National Museum of Australia is to take a guided tour.  Our highly knowledgeable guides bring the objects to life by explaining the history and stories behind them.  Guided tours in languages other than English are available by request.

    FIRST AUSTRALIANS TOUR departs at 3pm daily. This tour provides an insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' history, cultures, spirituality and connections to country, with a focus on the First Australians gallery. Guided tours in languages other than English are available by request.

    The National Museum of Australia is where Australia's stories come alive, the Museum opened in 2001 in a building designed by Melbourne architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Peckvonhartel, following an international design competition. Located on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin, the Museum's stunning architecture provides an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people. Get to know the real, the treasured, the surprising and the inspirational objects from Australian history. It is a place that celebrates Australia’s people and culture of storytelling. 

    See some of the nation’s most popular and important objects all in one place: from Phar Lap’s heart and the Holden Prototype No.1 to bark paintings and ochre used by Aboriginal artists over 50,000 years ago.

    Our guides are highly knowledgeable about the Museum and can explain the history and stories behind the objects on display in the galleries. Our guides provide interpretive tours, designed to enhance the visitor experience and facilitate questions and conversations on subjects of interest. Guided tours make the most of everything your guests will see and experience at the National Museum.

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    National Museum of Australia: Museum Highlight Tour more_vert
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    Visit the National Museum of Australia and experience the Museum Highlights Tour.

    The best way to see and experience the National Museum of Australia is to take a guided tour. Our highly knowledgeable guides bring the objects to life by explaining the history and stories behind them. Guided tours in languages other than English are available by request.

    MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS TOUR: This tour offers an excellent introduction to the Museum’s galleries and is a great way to enhance your experience at the Museum, especially if you are short on time.

    Striking building and architecture
    The National Museum of Australia opened in 2001 in a building designed by Melbourne architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Peckvonhartel, following an international design competition. The building reflects the many intertwined stories that make up Australia’s history. One of these tangled threads is represented in the dramatic orange loop that rises 30 metres above the Museum’s entrance. The building design won the prestigious Blueprint Architecture Award for the world’s Best New Public Building of the Year in 2001.

    During your visit to the National Museum of Australia, you also have the opportunity to discover where Australia's stories come alive. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in the centre of Canberra, the Museum's stunning architecture offers an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people. Explore the Museum's permanent galleries and see some of the nation's most popular and important objects all in one place.
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    Multi-Day Snowy Mountains and Sapphire Coast from Canberra more_vert
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    Discover the unspoiled beauty of the Snowy Mountains and Sapphire Coast in southern New South Wales on this 6 day, intimate, guided small group, eco-certified tour. Hike in spectacular national parks, sample multi award-winning cuisine, and custom-add activities to design the tour to suit you. Take advantage of Jeff and Janine’s passion for the outdoors, and their knowledge of the flora, fauna, and history of their own backyard. Depart from the nation’s capital, Canberra, and Relax, Reconnect and Refocus, on this nature-based holiday with a difference.

    Day 1
    Morning pick-up from your Canberra accommodation before a leisurely drive south in time for lunch in the Snowy Mountains. Choose a 1hr Segway or a 6km walk along a peaceful river before checking into your cozy mountain lodge in the picturesque village of Thredbo. Enjoy some local wine and cheese before dinner at the lodge.

    Day 2
    Hike into the Australian Alps to the top of Australia! (13km return). See unique alpine flora, enjoy 360-degree views from Mt Kosciuszko and experience the dramatic vistas that are unique to the high country. Enjoy dinner in Thredbo village and relax back at the lodge.

    Day 3
    Enjoy a scenic drive from altitude to sea level through stunning national parks to Green Cape Lightstation. Listen to an intriguing commentary on the history of the lighthouse before dinner and drinks in the heritage listed lightkeepers’ quarters where you will be staying for the night.

    Day 4
    Hike a 9km section of a magnificent coastal track with a refreshing swim and gourmet picnic lunch at the end. Stop at a ‘secret’ location for a 2hr guided Magical Oyster Tour before checking in to your stylish beach house accommodation.

    Day 5
    Choose a 2-hour guided stand-up-paddleboard (SUP) experience or just discover wonderful Tathra on foot or by bike. After lunch overlooking the ocean, head north to the colorful village of Tilba and visit a boutique Aboriginal art and craft gallery. Relax in the beautiful seaside town of Narooma before dinner with views of Montague Island.

    Day 6
    This morning enjoy a 2-hour guided kayak experience on the Tomaga River or a relaxing coastal walk. Have lunch on the picturesque Clyde River before making your way back to Canberra via the historic village of Braidwood.

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    Sunsets and Serenity Small-Group Pedal Kayak Tour in Canberra more_vert
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    Glide over the water in our safe, easy to use pedal kayaks into the heart of Canberra for unique water views of the nation’s iconic buildings and grand parades. Take a break at a lakeside beach for drinks and nibbles to soak it all in. Then follow the setting sun beckoning you back past water birds, the light dancing on the water, framed by the surrounding forested peaks, to bid the day a fond farewell.

    Come to the end of the day, it’s time to kick back and enjoy the freedom and serenity of the lake in the late afternoon light.

    After fitting you with a life vest, running through a few safety instructions and a bit of practice with the pedal-drive system, we set off to quietly glide past sedges where the water birds dart in and out in search of food and shelter.

    The exact route we follow depends on a bit of weather conditions that day and what you want to see.  Your relaxing lake kayak cruise will normally include:

    • Soaking up the grand vistas at the heart of Canberra – Parliament House and ANZAC Parade, the National Carillon on Aspen Island, lakeside sculptures, the imposing National Library, High Court buildings, Avenue of Flags
    • Pulling up for a break at a lakeside beach and picnic table to enjoy some drinks and nibbles;
    • Learning the story behind the colourful architecture and spiral sky loops of the National Museum of Australia;
    • The freedom to meander, relax and soak up the late afternoon light dancing on the water with the setting sun behind distant mountain ranges

    With your hands-free to record the serene moments on your camera our slow kayak cruise gives you time to enjoy the rhythm and freedom of the water.

    About our kayaks:

    Thanks to millions of years of penguin fin evolution and a few smart guys at Hobie, the kayak pedal-drive system (or Mirage drive as Hobie calls it) propels you through the water with ease – using your leg muscles, not your arms. Our kayaks also come with the new very comfy adjustable “Vantage” seats. Add in a very stable boat design, fingertip rudder control, dry hatches to store jumpers, cameras, phones… and kayaking was never made easier. It is hands-free, and the easiest way to get around on water with human power!

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    All Encompassed Canberra Small-Group E-Bike and Kayak Tour more_vert
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    Experience the best of Canberra and its central lake on an electric bike and on the lake itself in a pedal kayak. Discover the beauty and nature of Australia’s capital gliding through its lakeside parklands. Keep your e-bike to explore more of the city at your leisure before re-joining us to go island-hopping on an afternoon pedal kayak cruise, making this trip your Best. Day. Ever...!

    Part 1 – your electric bike journey (11am to 1.00pm.) 

    Your electric bike journey starts at the beginning, in Reconciliation Place - with stories of Australia’s First Nations peoples and their enduring connection to the country. Our bikes will glide us around the lake through parklands to take in the vistas of the mountains beyond.  

    Leaving the heart of the city behind its time to meander along quiet cycle paths.

    Part 2 –Self-guided electric bike trips around Canberra (1.30pm to 4pm). Equipped with a map and advice from your local guide you can choose to keep your electric bike for the afternoon (included in the tour price) to go and explore some of our other national attractions or lakeside cycle paths in your own time. If you love a bushland ride you can do the whole western lake cycle path circuit in about one hour, plus stops.  You can then return the bike to us at the start of the kayak trip near the National Museum at 4pm. This e-bike hire option is only available on the Canberra All Encompassed tour.

    Part 3 – your pedal kayak cruise (4pm to 5.30pm).

    After fitting you with a life vest, running through a few safety instructions and getting some practice in with the pedal-drive system, we’ll set off for a glide around the lake and enjoy exceptional water views of the city, the lake islands and the surrounding forested peaks.

    The exact route we follow will depend on the weather conditions that day and what you want to see.  Your relaxing lake kayak cruise will normally include:

    • Learning about the lake, its wildlife and the antics of the water-birds
    • Discovering the story behind the colourful architecture and spiral sky loops of the National Museum of Australia
    • Pulling up for a short break to explore a lake island or lakeside beach
    • The freedom to meander, relax and soak up the afternoon light dancing on the water

    With your hands free to record the serene moments on your camera our slow kayak cruise gives you time to enjoy the rhythm and freedom of the water.

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    Island Hopping with the Waterbirds Small-Group Pedal Kayak Tour in Canberra more_vert
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    Just a few miles from the centre of the city and a thousand miles from care… let the forest lined shores of western Lake Burley Griffin and its bird loving islands and beaches transport you to the serene world of Aussie nature. With a safe, easy to use kayak to glide you through the water and a friendly local guide introducing you to the wildlife, it is the most relaxing way to explore the extraordinary wildlife of Canberra.

    fter fitting you with a life vest, helping you get to know how easy it is to use the kayak pedal drive system and a quick safety briefing, we'll set off for a relaxing kayak cruise of western Lake Burley Griffin.

    The direction we go depends a little on the weather conditions that day and what you want to see or experience. Your guide will let you know the options…it is a big lake.

    On our relaxing circuit around the lake you can experience:

    • The freedom and serenity of the lake – with the afternoon light dancing across the water
    • The amusing antics of the water birds diving into the lake for fish, and ducking for cover in the reeds – and at some times of the year, raising their chicks at the water's edge
    • The majestic background of Canberra’s surrounding forested peaks and mountain ranges, with just a few of our iconic national buildings poking their noses above the lake edge forests
    • The sail boats, rowers and dragon boat paddlers practicing their skills
    • A short break on a lake island and/or a sandy lakeside beach to explore a bit and take it all in

    About our kayaks:

    Thanks to millions of years of penguin fin evolution and a few smart guys at Hobie, the kayak pedal-drive system (or Mirage drive as Hobie calls it) propels you through the water with ease – using your leg muscles, not your arms. Our kayaks also come with the new very comfy adjustable “Vantage” seats. Add in a very stable boat design, fingertip rudder control, dry hatches to store jumpers, cameras, phones… and kayaking was never made easier. It is hands-free, and the easiest way to get around on water with human power!

    Expect to get your feet wet getting in and out of the kayaks. (We can lend you some special “wet feet” shoes and socks – washed every night). And hey, its Canberra – it can get cold any time of year, especially on the water, so do bring a warm jumper, warm headwear or scarf if cold or windy, and a sunhat and sunscreen if sunny. Sunglasses are very useful.

    In severe weather we may cancel the tour if it is deemed by the tour leader to be too risky at the time of departure. In this case we will offer to reschedule you on the next available tour, provide credit for another tour, or give you a refund.

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    Inside the Heart of Canberra Small Group Electric Bike Tour more_vert
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    Welcome to the heart of a nation. Mix a gorgeous central lake and rolling parklands with iconic national buildings, epic art, and grand vistas….and you have a very good day! Add in easy to use electric bikes, cycle paths and a local guide to reveal the stories of this city and you have a really great day! Take this tour for an easy and fun way to get to know the nation’s capital

    Your electric bike trip starts at the beginning: in Reconciliation Place, with stories of Australia’s First Nations peoples and their enduring connection to the country.

    It’s a short ride to the nearby National Portrait Gallery and High Court precinct, where the story of Australia is still unfolding — as your guide will reveal along the way. 

    Riding along parkland terraces your pedal assist electric bike glides you with relative ease up the hill to Parliament House for stunning hilltop vistas, and a few stories about what goes inside “the big house” as the locals call it.

    Freewheeling back down the hill we take some lesser known routes through side gardens and tree lined boulevards to emerge at the National Gallery of Australia where we take a short break to experience some epic outdoor art.

    Crossing over the Kings Avenue bridge we pause at Aspen Island and the 50m tall National Carillon (bell tower), soaking up views across the central lake to the mountains beyond. It’s a cruisy ride along the wide, smooth RG (Bob) Menzies path around the lake. You can catch Bob for a selfie later where he is frozen in time on one of his Prime Ministerial morning walks.

    Pausing at the terraces below the grand ANZAC Parade we learn how the city was designed to fit into the surrounding landscape, and why at its heart you find a triangle.  Then gliding through tree lined paths of Commonwealth Park we return to the lake and to the Captain Cook monuments showing his journeys of exploration.

    To complete our circuit of the central lake we head over Commonwealth Bridge, pausing to glimpse into the lives of an Australian of the Year, or two, to arrive at the Avenue of Flags.  Diving up the blue stone “slot” of Commonwealth Place we emerge back at Questacon (the science museum) where our 12-kilometre circuit of discovery ends. With a bunch of insider tips from your guide you are now more than ready to enjoy more of the best the nation’s capital has to offer.

    After the trip you can choose to take a stroll to one of three nearby cafes for coffee or lunch. Or mosey on through the art galleries or exhibitions at the National Library, or go for some hands-on exploration of science and technology at Questacon.

    About our bikes: If you can ride a bike you can ride an electric bike. No licence needed! Our easy-to-use electric bikes make riding a breeze for all levels of fitness… so you can focus on what’s out there and not on the pedal pushing. All fun and no sweat!

    We provide helmets, instructions and a chance to practice on the bikes before we set off. The bikes are equipped with comfy seats and handlebar bags for your phone, camera and other essentials. We stick mainly to cycle paths well away from the cars and take plenty of stops so you can learn how the city ticks and take in the vistas.

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    Canberra: Half Day Afternoon Wildlife and Electric Bike Tour more_vert
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    Meet koalas, wallabies and other native animals in their natural forest and wetland habitats at the spectacular Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Watch for the potoroos (mini kangaroos) scurrying past you, or the platypus and water birds swimming happily in the wetland ponds. Then hop on an electric bike for a gentle 5km glide in the park — pausing to say g’day to the kangaroos, of course! Along the way your guide will reveal the secret lives of the animals and the rich history of the area and we’ll even call in at the nearby NASA communication station to find out how they track space craft in our solar system. This is a thrilling day out for anyone looking to escape the city for a day and get back to nature.

    Climb aboard a comfortable 8-seater passenger van with your local guide for a picturesque 45-minute drive to Canberra’s southwest, crossing the mighty Murrumbidgee River and venturing into the mountains beyond. Your local guide will introduce you to this beautiful mountain region, its history and its natural and cultural significance and will be happy to answer any questions you have during the drive.       
    We will take a short break to stretch our legs at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Visitor Centre; here you can enjoy a coffee or a cool drink or maybe explore the gift shop. A 10-minute drive will transport us to the predator-proof sanctuary deep inside the park where your guided wildlife walk will begin. The walks are suitable for everyone (i.e., they’re flat and suitable for all weather) and the boardwalk sections will take you across dreamy wetland lagoons.

    You can choose to walk a little, or a lot, it’s up to you. We offer a short guided walk (about 250 metres) to see the koalas, wallabies and other wildlife close to the sanctuary carpark or, equipped with a map and a pair of binoculars provided by your guide, you can set off on a longer self-guided walk along the well-signposted paths in the sanctuary to spot more wildlife.

    After the wildlife walks, it’s time to ‘ride with the 'roos!’ After donning your helmet, we’ll spend a few minutes getting ourselves acquainted with our electric bikes before setting off. The 5km ride back through the forests and past open grasslands are gentle and easy, as we will stay on the quiet internal park road. After spotting Australia’s most famous animal, we’ll head back to the Visitor Centre. 

    If you prefer not to take part in the e-bike ride portion of the tour, your guide can drive you to the kangaroo grazing grounds and the ‘lookout’ instead, where you can get up close to the 'roos and soak up the serenity of the mountains in the afternoon light.

    Before or after visiting the nature reserve (dependent on weather conditions on the day), we’ll call in to visit the NASA deep space communication station where the huge antenna dish keeps us in touch with distant spacecrafts exploring our solar system.

    We will then head back to the city, where we’ll be glad to drop you directly at your accommodation, as long as it is within 20km of the city centre. Please let us know where you’ll be staying when you book the tour.

    Please note: In the event of bad weather that may prevent a safe e-bike trip, we’ll head over to the NASA Space Centre first for a longer visit to explore the displays about the planets, the Apollo moon missions and the Mars rover. We still offer the guided wildlife walks in wet weather and provide raincoats and umbrellas as required, so please dress appropriately!

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    Canberra: 2 Hour Discover the Nature Capital by Electric Bike Tour more_vert
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    Hop on an electric bike for an easy, breezy ride along Lake Burley Griffin's scenic cycle paths. Glide past the iconic buildings and monuments lining the lake, continuing past rolling parklands and mountain vistas to emerge at a cosmopolitan lakeside cafe. With something new to explore around every corner, a relaxed tour on two wheels is one of the best ways to discover one of Canberra’s best-loved outdoor attractions.

    Our ride starts on Parkes Place West in front of the National Library at Reconciliation Place, with stories of Australia’s First Nations people and their enduring connection to the country.

    Joining the lakeside cycle path, your pedal assisted electric bike glides you along the heart of the nation's capital, passing through the colourful avenue of flags and around the central lake where you’ll see the Captain Cook Memorial Water Jet, which shoots a tower of water 150 metres into the sky.

    We’ll stop regularly to soak up the grand vistas of the city's national buildings framed by the glimmering lake in front and forested peaks behind — keep your camera handy to capture the epic views.

    After getting to know the heart of the city we’ll head into the parklands around the lake to uncover the natural character of the capital. Perhaps we’ll meet some friendly black swans and water birds cruising the lake's shoreline, while also learning more about the wildlife that calls the lake and its nature parks their home.

    Emerging out of the parklands to a strip of lakeside cafes is the perfect excuse for a short break to sample a coffee or try an exotic smoothie (drinks and snacks are at your own cost). While you relax, your guide will be happy to share local tips on how to experience the best of Canberra.

    It’s a short but scenic ride to complete this 15-kilometre circuit around the lake, pausing along the way to admire a lakeside sculpture or two, or just smile at the antics of the local water birds.  

    With safe and serene cycle paths, stunning natural beauty, and great coffee, it’s no surprise the locals love cycling around our gorgeous lake!

    About our bikes: If you can ride a bike you can ride an electric bike. No licence needed! Our easy-to-use electric bikes make riding a breeze for all levels of fitness… so you can focus on what’s out there and not on the pedal pushing. All fun and no sweat!

    We provide helmets, instructions and a chance to practice on the bikes before we set off. The bikes are equipped with comfy seats and handlebar bags for your phone, camera and other essentials. We stick mainly to cycle paths well away from the cars and take plenty of stops so you can discover the true nature of the city and take in the vistas.

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    Canberra: 7 Hour Canbera Discovery, Tidbinbilla Wildlife and Electric Bike Tour more_vert
    $139.00 AUD Book
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    If a lakeside bike ride combined with the chance to spot koalas and kangaroos sounds like your type of day, this is the tour for you! Get to know Canberra alongside a local guide for a full day of outdoor fun. Glide around Lake Burley Griffin's scenic cycle paths on an electric bike before heading to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve for a guided walk amongst the local wildlife — making this one unforgettable day in Canberra.

    Our journey starts in front of the National Library at Reconciliation Place, with stories of Australia’s First Nations peoples and their enduring connection to the country. Then it’s time to hop on our electric bikes.

    Joining the lakeside cycle paths, on your pedal assist electric bike you’ll glide along the heart of the nation's capital, passing through the avenue of flags and around the central lake. You’ll be able to soak up the grand vistas of the city's national buildings framed by the glimmering lake in front and forested peaks behind. 

    Leaving the heart of the city we’ll head into the parklands around the lake to uncover the natural character of the capital. Emerging from the parklands we’ll cycle by a strip of lakeside cafes — the perfect time to take a short break and maybe grab a coffee or try an exotic smoothie (drinks and snacks are at your own cost).

    A short ride around the lake completes the circuit, pausing to admire a lakeside sculpture, or just to smile at the antics of the water birds. After completing the cycle circuit you’ll have time for a quick lunch at one of the cafes near the start/finish point. 

    Next up, we’ll hop on board the comfortable passenger van to start our scenic 45-minute drive into the mountains southwest of Canberra to the spectacular Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Your local guide will introduce you to this beautiful mountain region and explain its natural and cultural significance.       

    We’ll take a short break to stretch our legs at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Visitor Centre where you can explore the wildlife displays, enjoy a coffee or a cool drink, or explore the gift shop. A 10-minute drive transports us to the sanctuaries deep inside the reserve where your guided wildlife walk will begin. 

    You can choose to walk a little or a lot — it’s up to you. We offer short guided walks to meet the koalas, wallabies and other wildlife close to the sanctuary carpark.

    After the wildlife walks you have the choice to either hop on an electric bike for an easy and magical "ride with the 'roos" back through the park, or get back into the vehicle for a stop at a grassy field to check out more kangaroos and soak up the mountain scenery.

    Before or after visiting the nature reserve (dependent on weather conditions on the day), we’ll visit the NASA Deep Space Communication Complex to learn about the search for life in the universe and the distant spacecraft exploring our solar system.

    Then it’s a scenic trip back across the river to the city, where we’ll be glad to drop you directly at your accommodation, as long as it is within 20 kilometres of the city centre. Please let us know where you’ll be staying when you book the tour.

    Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for all the latest happenings in the city and for recommendations on what else to see, do, and eat during your stay in Canberra.

    • $139.00
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    CanBEERa Explorer: Capital Brewery Full-Day Tour more_vert
    $160.00 AUD Book
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    Our Canbeera Explorer tour takes you to 3 great craft breweries across the Canberra and an awesome craft beer pub.
    This tour includes all your transportation, lunch and plenty of fresh craft beer and cider!

    Our Canbeera Explorer tour takes you to three great craft breweries across the Capital and an awesome craft beer pub.

    When: Saturdays, 11am-5pm. 
    Pick up:  11:00am We meet at BentSpoke Brewing Co, 38 Mort St. Braddon.
    Duration: approximately 6+ hours.

    Number of guest per tour: maximum 10 people per tour (contact us for information on larger groups).

    Inclusions: Behind the scenes tours of each brewery, a heap of fun facts about beer, a good number of beer and cider tastings throughout the day, an amazing lunch, transport in our air conditioned buses, snacks and water, and an awesome tour guide.

    What to bring: sturdy enclosed shoes, camera.

    Itinerary

    1. After meeting your guide outside BentSpoke brewpub, it’s off to our 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 we 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 we head off to lunch.  

    2.  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.

    3. A short trip back into town takes us to the Wig & Pen Tavern, Canberra’s oldest craft brewery, which opened in 1994.  Here we will chat with head brewer, Alan, explore the brewery, learn about cask conditioning and have a peek in the barrel room.  We then retire to sample more of their wares in the bar, which was once the green room for the Llewellyn Hall concert venue where the brewery now resides.

    4.  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: approximately 5:30pm 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. Our guides/drivers do everything they can to have you back as close to the drop off time as promised.

    • $160.00
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    Capital 3in3 - 3 Craft Beer Hotspots in 3 Hours more_vert
    $120.00 AUD Book
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    Our Capital 3in3 tour takes you to 3 great Capital craft beer hotspots in three hours.  Includes transportation and plenty of fresh craft beer and cider!

    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?

    Organising 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 our 3 x 3 tour is for you!  Available on Friday afternoons means you can get on board with us, get inside some breweries, experience our 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 three hours. Includes transportation and plenty of fresh craft beer and cider.
    When: Fridays and Saturdays!

    Pick up: 2.00pm inside the Bentspoke Brewery, 8/38 Mort St, Braddon

    Duration: approximately 3 - 4 hours.

    Number of guest per tour: maximum 10 people per tour (contact us for information on larger groups).


    Inclusions: Behind the scenes tours of each brewery, a heap of fun facts about beer, a good number of beer and cider tastings, transport in our air conditioned buses, snacks and water, and an awesome tour guide.

    What to bring: sturdy closed shoes, camera.

    Itinerary
    After meeting at the Brewery, we get behind the scenes of our local beer community.  As our tours take you inside working breweries, the locations we visit can change each day based on brewery operations and bar hours.  We keep our ears to the ground and know what’s going on to ensure you experience working breweries and get to taste our local beer in our best independent pubs.  

    Drop off: approximately 5:30pm , back at Bentspoke Brewery.


    Please note, while this is our usual itinerary, the order may change slightly due to brewery operations. Our guides/drivers do everything they can to have you back as close to the drop off time as promised.

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    Canberra Brewery Winery and Distillery Tour more_vert
    $140.00 AUD Book
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    Can't decide on your favourite beverage and need to satisfy a variety of tastes? A visitor to town looking for an easy, safe way to explore a range of venues and sample some awesome locally produced drinks?

    Then our Triple Treat tour is for you!  Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, you can get on board with us, get behind the scenes of some great venues and experience the best of our Capital's drinks scene.

    The Triple Treat Tour takes you to three great Canberra venues in one great afternoon. Includes transportation and plenty of fresh craft beer, cider, wine and spirits.

    When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday (other days available on request)! 

    Pick up: 1:30pm outside the BentSpoke Brewery, 8/38 Mort St, Braddon
    Duration: approximately 4 hours.

    Number of guest per tour: maximum 10 people per tour (contact us for information on larger groups).

    Inclusions: Behind the scenes tours of each venue, a heap of info about our local producers and their stories, a good number of beer, wine and spirit tastings, transport in our air conditioned buses, snacks and water, and an awesome tour guide.

    What to bring: sturdy closed shoes, camera.

    Itinerary: After meeting at the Brewery, we take you behind the scenes to explore how beer is made and sample some hand-crafted local brews.  From there, we visit a local winery, taste the latest vintage and delve into the wine-making process.  Our final stop is a local distillery, where we indulge in more great local product and learn the art of making great spirits.

    Drop off: approximately 5:30pm , back at BentSpoke Brewery.

    Please note, while this is our usual itinerary, the order may change slightly due to venue operations. Start times are fixed, however drop off times can change slightly depending upon traffic and other factors. Our guides/drivers do everything they can to have you back as close to the drop off time as promised.

    • $140.00
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    Canberra Private Chauffeured Airport Transport more_vert
    $24.75 AUD Book
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    Pre-book your chauffeur in Canberra and enjoy stress free transport to/from Canberra Domestic Airport and the Canberra CBD. Enjoy the convenience and comfort of chauffeured cars in Canberra. Supremely reliable service in clean, modern vehicles. Friendly and professional drivers!

    Canberra specialists in chauffeured transport and tour services. The preferred mode of ground transport for discerning travelers, business executives and government agencies.

    Offering exceptional service and supreme reliability, your friendly and professional driver will ensure you arrive at your destination on time and stress free.

    Operating a medium sized fleet of carefully selected vehicles and drivers, you can be assured of an uncompromised standard of excellence and truly personalized service. Drivers soon become known to regular clients and special efforts are made to keep track of your regular transfer points, preferred drivers and any other individual requirements.

    Forget about battling the traffic and enjoy your ride in a luxurious modern chauffeured vehicle.

    Airport Transfers
    Airport Meet & Greet
    Personalized Tour Services
    Supremely Reliable
    Clean Modern Vehicles
    Safe & Professional Drivers

    • $24.75
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