There are many advantages for taking a tour when visiting somewhere new – you get that unbeatable insider knowledge, a unique experience that would be a nightmare for you to organise on your own, and best of all, you don’t have to plan all the little details.
Canberra is home to a diverse range of tours that will have you eating, drinking and exploring your way across Australia’s capital. Here’s our pick of some of the most unique tours to take in Canberra.
1.Abate your hunger levels
If you haven’t worked out by now that Canberrans LOVE their food, then we’ve got just the tours that will convince you of this fact. The Cafe Culture Walking Tour will let you participate in a cupping session and coffee tasting of locally-roasted beans across Canberra’s award winning cafes. Discover Canberra’s hippest emerging snack spots with a City/Braddon Food Tour, run by local blogger Eat Canberra – you’ll graduate with a Masters in Delicious Canberra Eats.
2. To drink in Canberra
If you’re feeling in the mood for a tipple or two, then The Luxury Distillery Experience from Local Spirit will be right up your alley. Line your tummy with a burger from Grease Monkey before enjoying tastings from Underground Spirits, The Canberra Distillery (accompanied by an amazing view at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre), Baldwin Distillery and White Rabbit Cocktail Room.
And wine lovers, we could never forget you! Make the most of Canberra’s close proximity to cool climate vineyards and let someone else organise the dessie. Try out the VIP Canberra Grape Escape with Executive Drivers or organise a tour that takes you from door to door with Black Glass Wine Tours. Guaranteed good times ahead.
3. To see Canberra in a new light
Take to the skies to see Canberra from a completely new angle. Whether it’s a the thrill of a flying in a Yak-52 across Canberra and its surrounds with Capital Warbirds, a Canberra Helicopters ride that will take you from a ‘Lap of the Lake’ to the Brindabella Ranges and back or watching the city wake up with a sunrise balloon flight from Balloon Aloft or Dawn Drifters – you’ll have a new found appreciation for Australia’s capital.
Check out Canberra’s iconic attractions through the lens of a camera by heading on a Parliamentary Triangle photography tour with the Capture Canberra Photography team.
Discover the Aboriginal interpretation of the beautiful Canberra landscape with a tour run by Dharwra Aboriginal Cultural Tours. Learn about bush foods at Mount Taylor, discover historic artefacts on a 4WD tour of Flea Creek, and interpret Black Mountain’s changing landscape with an expert Aboriginal guide.
4. To expend some energy
Make the most of your visit to the Bush Capital with a bit of outdoor adventuring. Discover blue waterholes across the Brindabella National Park with Blue Skies Adventure Tours, go climbing and abseiling on Canberra’s most famous granite slabs, Booroomba Rocks with K7 Adventures and discover Namadgi National Park’s peaks and lookouts with Local in Nature’s walking tour.
Wanting to get active in the city? Join the team from Mulga Bicycle Tours on a guided tour of Canberra’s Highlights (with a lunch stop at the Kingston Foreshore) or Twilight Ride which includes fish and chips by the lake and the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.
For the ultimate outdoor indulgence, make a weekend of it with a camping safari run by Naturewise at Tidbinbilla – spend the night in a private wilderness camp tucked away in a hidden valley after a full day of four-wheel driving, guided walks, meeting native Australian animals and taking in stunning scenic views.
To book a tour or find out more, head to the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre at Regatta Point.