Rediscover your backyard with 18 tours locals will love

Posted 24 May 2019

Story by Visit Canberra

Whether you want to gain a new level of knowledge from an expert or appreciate new vantage points, you can see the very best of Canberra on one of our impressive tours.

Discover more about Canberra’s food and wine, improve your photography skills, explore the Australian bush, or learn more about our Aboriginal culture and our heritage. Join a more adventurous tour and see Canberra and the region from the air, the water, a bike, a bus, atop a horse or balanced on a segway.

To help you get the most out of your visit to Canberra, we’ve put together a list of some great tours that will help you gain a new level of knowledge about the capital from the best people in the business.

 

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1. Electric bike tour with Canberra Urban Adventures

Take a tour with a difference with Canberra Urban Adventures – a family owned and operated partner of Urban Adventures, a member of the Intrepid Travel Group. Your local tour guide will share local knowledge about Canberra and the nature of the bush capital, with a little adventure. Choose from an electric bike tour around Lake Burley Griffin, or the popular Ride with the Roos tour at Tidbinbilla.

 

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2. Explore the Canberra District Wine Region with Canberra Winery Tours

Roam the region’s cool climate wineries with the knowledgeable team at Canberra Winery Tours. You’ll be treated to a wine tour to remember – with comfort, extensive knowledge, great food and of course – wines you won’t forget. Choose from one of their pre-packaged tours, or contact them to have a tailored tour created for your needs.

 

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3. Hot air balloon ride with Balloon Aloft

There’s no better way to fully appreciate Canberra’s charm than from the air with the multi-award winning Balloon Aloft, Canberra’s original balloon ride operator. Equal parts exhilarating and relaxing, a hot air balloon ride is one of the best ways to see this remarkable planned city and its changing carpet of seasonal colours.

 

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4. Learn the secrets of Canberra with Canberra Secrets Personalised Tours

Canberra Secrets offer personalised tours that provide a true local perspective of what makes Canberra tick. Their experienced guides highlight the secrets and the quirky within — from national attractions through to the city’s thriving café culture and wonders of the bush capital. There’s even a kangaroo spotting tour. Explore the hidden secrets of the capital with the half-day Canberra Highlights tour, or contact them to create a private, personalised tour to suit.

 

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5. Discover Canberra’s delicious delights with Eat Canberra Food Tours

Discover some of the best eats and hidden gems in Canberra with the Eat Canberra team. Eat at six venues in five hours along the Lonsdale ‘Eat’ Street, or balance the scales with a walking food tour throughout the inner city suburbs. If sweet is your thing, then the Eat Canberra Sweet Tooth Tour will have you sorted.

 

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6. Experience Canberra’s natural surrounds with Mulga Bicycle Tours

Safe, serene and stress-free, Mulga Bicycle Tours offer fully supported small-group bicycle tours in and around Canberra – from day tours exploring the capital to multi-day overnight tours where you’ll enjoy delicious local produce, comfy beds and a focus on safety.

7. Discover where sporting champions are created at the Australian Institute of Sport

Go behind the scenes on an award-winning 90 minute guided tour of Australia’s premier elite sports precinct, the AIS. Included in the tour is a visit to Sportex, one of Australia’s leading interactive sports exhibits, set amongst a first-class collection of sporting memorabilia. Try wheelchair basketball, virtual downhill skiing, rock climbing, football penalty shootouts and more.

8. Go bush with Blue Skies Adventures Tours

Offering affordable tours including half and full day Canberra tours and overnight camping adventures, Blue Skies Adventure Tours offers great experiences for a wide range of visitors. Explore the nature and wildlife at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, or go bush with the Blue Waterholes tour.

9. Experience the highlights of Canberra with Canberra Guided Tours

Allow the passionate team at Canberra Guided Tours show you the best of Canberra’s major attractions. Their team of experienced and professional guides, some multilingual, all with a love and passion for the city will unveil Canberra’s museums, government institutions, galleries, wineries and award-winning attractions.

 

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10. Go boating with GoBoat Canberra!

Experience Canberra from a sustainable, silent picnic boat on Lake Burley Griffin with GoBoat Canberra. Rent a GoBoat for a special occasion, a quiet picnic, or an outing with a group of friends. Enjoy a unique adventure, exploring Canberra’s famous lake and all its waterside attractions from the comfort of your own Scandinavian-designed boat.

 

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11. Experience the ultimate family sleepover with ‘A Wild Night Out at Tidbinbilla’

Each autumn and spring ACT school holidays, stay overnight at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve at the Wildfest Pop Up Wilderness Family Camp. Explore the vast nature reserve with ranger-guided activities like wildlife spotting, spotlighting, fireside talks and marshmallow roasting, and stay overnight in well fit-out tents surrounded by nature and wildlife.

12. Discover Canberra’s beer scene with Dave’s Brewery Tours

Canberra’s only specialist Craft Beer and Micro Brewery Tour Operator, Dave’s Brewery Tours takes you inside Canberra’s finest breweries where you can taste, touch, smell, hear and learn about every part of the beer making process. Covering the capital’s full beer scene, Dave’s team use their industry knowledge and relationships to give you more than the traditional cellar door experience.

13. Soar to new heights in a helicopter over Canberra

For the ultimate luxe experience, Canberra Helicopters provide helicopter charter and scenic tours across Canberra. Take their ‘Lap of the Lake’ tour to see the iconic architecture of the Parliamentary Triangle and the beauty of the Lake, or take the ‘Pialligo Estate Experience’ for an afternoon or evening of flight, food and wine at one of Canberra’s most famous foodie destinations.

14. Taste the best of Canberra’s product with Local Spirit

You can taste and enjoy Canberra’s high-quality products, meet the maker and see how it’s all produced with a Local Spirit tour. Take the ‘Ultimate Canberra Tour’ to experience some of Canberra’s best cafés, wineries, breweries, distilleries, smokehouses and restaurants.

 

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15. Zoom around Lake Burley Griffin with SegGlideRide

Strap on your helmet and get set for a tour-with-a-difference with SegGlideRide. These self-balancing transporters are easy to master – simply lean forwards to go forward and lean backwards to stop. You’ll explore Canberra’s stunning foreshore and discover the famous landmarks and iconic buildings along the way.

16. Sniff out the truffles with The Truffle Farm Canberra

Rug up and join in on a truffle hunt during truffle season (June – September) at The Truffle Farm Canberra. Learn about the history of the truffle and watch truffle dogs in action, then learn how to harvest and handle the truffles before they make their delicious way to market. Finally, enjoy a truffle tasting. Yum!

17. The ultimate Museum experience at the National Museum of Australia

Treat yourself to the ultimate experience at the National Museum of Australia with a one-hour highlights tour of the Museum with a dedicated Visitors Services Host, a main course meal and a glass of wine at the stunning waterfront Museum Café and a $20 shopping voucher at the Museum Shop.

 

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18. Walk on the wildside at the National Zoo & Aquarium

Become a zookeeper for the day! The Walk on the Wildside Tour visits the majority of the animals and can include meeting and feeding Red Panda, interacting with meerkats and designing food puzzles for monkeys to solve. This unique encounter is once-in-a-lifetime and is not something an average zoo visitor would have the opportunity to see or experience.

Daily tours are also offered at the Australian National Botanic GardensAustralian War MemorialMuseum of Australian DemocracyNational Gallery of AustraliaNational Museum of Australia, National Portrait GalleryParliament House and the Royal Australian Mint to help you embrace our culture and history.

For more information about Canberra tours, visit visitcanberra.com.au/tours

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