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1 Day Canberra – Australia’s Capital City Icons By AAT Kings ( J11 )


  • Mt. Ainslie
  • Australian War Memorial
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Parliament House



En Route

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.

 Mt. Ainslie

Before you get to Canberra you’ll have a morning break at Suttons Forest and then 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, where you’ll be greeted by a local guide to commence your tour. The memorial commemorates 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. You may stay longer here if you would like to see more, but note, you will not visit the National Gallery of Australia. Your Driver Guide will return to collect you after the other guests have visited the Gallery.

Please note: Lunch can be purchased at cafes.

 National Gallery of Australia

Visit the National Gallery of Australia with your local guide. 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).

 Parliament House

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 parliamentary democratic process.

 The Lodge

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, as well as pointing out some of the foreign embassies.

 National Library

You’ll also drive past 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, cafes and restaurants, provide the ideal location for recreation.


Full Day Tour

Approximately 13.5 hours


Mon & Fri 7.15am, Sydney (pick-ups at selected hotels)


Sydney, 9.00pm approximately


  • Admire views from Mt. Ainslie
  • Reflect at Australian War Memorial
  • Visit National Gallery of Australia OR National Museum of Australia
  • Experience Parliament House
  • View Lake Burley Griffin
  • Marvel at the Carillon Bell Tower
  • Experienced Driver Guides
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in the cooler months

Fitness requirement

Low level of fitness required.


Times are approximate. Schedule may be rearranged on the day.
7.40am Depart Sydney
12.15pm Mt. Ainslie Lookout
12.45pm Lunch
1.30pm Australian War Museum
2.15pm National Museum or National Gallery
3.25pm Parliament House
6.05pm Goulburn (meal break)
9.00pm Sydney


Free hotel pick-ups

Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge on selected tours 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.

Pick-up points
Hotel Pickup Location  Pickup Time
Crescent on Bayswater Front of Hotel 7.15am
Vibe Hotel Sydney Front of Hotel 7.25am
Sheraton on the Park Castlereagh St entrance 7.35am
Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Front of Hotel 7.40am

In 2017 hotel pick-ups may be affected by major road works. Please call 1300 228 546 to confirm your pick-up location and time 24-48 hours prior to your travel date. Pick up times are valid from 1 April 2017.


The AAT Kings Difference

Since 1912, AAT Kings as a tour operator has been helping people from all over the world discover and explore Australia and New Zealand from top to bottom. With a broad range of holiday options including Guided Tours, Short Breaks and Day Tours, AAT Kings are the holiday experts. You can relax in the comfort of knowing you’re in the best of hands. We’ve got over 100 years of experience in taking care of absolutely everything so that you can get on with creating great new memories.

At AAT Kings we strive to represent the very best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. Our people are warm, friendly, engaged and enthusiastic. We love a laugh and a good story. We celebrate our great characters and our authentic personalities. We are always respectful, we deliver brilliant service and we are proud of our heritage and culture.

Our goal every day is to share Australia and New Zealand with our guests and to bring these two amazing countries to life.

Come and see Australia and New Zealand with us!

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