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Highlights of Canberra

Highlights of Canberra

Witness the wonderful views of Canberra and the region from the top of Mount Ainslie. Walk through the corridors of power at Australia’s Parliament House. Survey the Parliamentary Triangle and its National Institutions….

The Highlights of Canberra is Canberra Guided Tours’ most
popular tour and it’s not hard to understand why. This experience packs as much
as possible into a single day, giving the client the best possible of
experience and context of Australia’s Capital in the time allowed.


Following pickup at your accommodation in one of our
comfortable vehicles, the tour progresses to one of Canberra’s most beautiful
vantage points at the top of Mount Ainslie. From the lookout, your guide will
explain the growth of a young city, the two-tiered colonial and capital city
history and point out places of interest and key attractions, all while you
survey the tremendous design of Canberra’s architect, Walter Burley Griffin.


From Mount Ainslie, expect a drive through the grounds of
the Royal Military College Duntroon and perhaps to Mount Pleasant where you’ll
be delighted to an alternative aspect overlooking central Canberra.


A brief stop for some history at the National Capital
Exhibition before a journey through the Parliamentary Triangle and then to Old
Parliament House, where you’ll enjoy our own short guided tour to key parts of
this magnificent building showcasing more than 50 years of Australia’s
political history.


From the Old to the New, it’s then just a short journey up
the Hill to New Parliament House, which is where we usually break for lunch at
the Queens Terrace Café, a café with a variety of food options, sure to satisfy
even the most diverse tastes.


Once refuelled, we’ll take you through this living,
breathing hub of Australian Government and democracy. Many of our guides have
worked here in other capacities as political advisors and government officials,
so be sure to ask about the daily happenings of APH.


As mid-afternoon rolls around, we’ll leave New Parliament
House for a drive through Canberra’s diplomatic district where you can spot the
embassies of different countries represented in Australia, after which we
travel to the Australian War Memorial (AWM). We’ll guide you around the central
part of the AWM before you’ll have some free time to observe some of the many
galleries dedicated to showing Australia’s roll in conflict.


The final part of the tour is the Memorial’s Last Post
Ceremony where a dedication is made to those who have fallen in service for Australia.
It often leaves no dry eye.


From the Australian War Memorial, we’ll return you to your
accommodation or place of convenience (we can always recommend somewhere good
for dinner in Canberra).


Key points


·       
Approximately 8-hour tour from pickup to drop off
in a comfortable tour vehicle. Approximately 9:30am pickup.

·       
Witness the wonderful views of Canberra and the
Region from the top of Mount Ainslie.

·       
Walk through the corridors of power and former
corridors of power at Parliament House and Old Parliament House.

·       
Survey the Parliamentary Triangle, Lake Burley
Griffin, National Institutions and embassies.

·       
Explore the Australian War Memorial and
experience the moving Last Post Ceremony.

·       
Lunch available from local café as own expense.

·       
This tour requires a gentle level of walking.


Recommended for

·       
First time visitors to Canberra or those who
haven’t been back in a while.

·       
Those on a short schedule to see the City.

·       
Visitors wanting to see and do as much as
possible in one day.


*Tour schedule may change subject to local conditions.

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Cool Climate Wine Experience

Cool Climate Wine Experience

Tastings at selected wineries in Canberra’s cool climate wine region Learn about the history and development of winemaking in the area.

The Cool Climate Wine Experience is a terrific tour full day
tour, not only because of the magnificent wines you’ll taste and have the
opportunity to buy, at a raft of cellar doors, but also for the beautiful
countryside through Canberra’s wine region. These are real rural landscapes of
Australia and many of our international visitors are often blown away with the
beauty.

Your tour begins with pickup at your accommodation before an
approximately half hour journey to the first winery of the day somewhere to the
north of Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory. We rarely run the same
agenda of wineries day to day, to get the most out of the dozens of
destinations in the region. Many of our clients often comment on how intimate
many of the wineries are, which is a testament to the region, winemakers and
operators.

With Shiraz the flagship for reds and Riesling the flagship
for whites in the Cool Climate Wine Region, as well as a multitude of other
varieties; viognier, pinot noir and cabernet, distinguished wine aficionados
and novices alike are sure to find something to their taste.

The great thing about the Cool Climate Wine Experience is
that each tour runs its own individual course, but normally, we’ll visit two
wineries before lunch at the cosy Murrumbateman Inn (which serves bistro style
food) before some more after lunch. Depending on timings, we’ll visit four to six
wineries on the Cool Climate Wine Experience.

Key Points

·       Approximately 7-hour tour from pickup to drop off
in comfortable tour vehicle. Approximately 9:30am pickup.

·       
Tastings included at selected wineries in
Canberra’s Cool Climate Wine Region (typically between four and six different
cellar doors).

·       
Learn about the history and development of
winemaking in the area.

·       
Travel through the beautiful countryside between
destinations.

·       
Lunch available for purchase at the local
Murrumbateman Country Inn.

Recommended for

·       
Adults (this tour is not suitable for children
as it involves the consumption of alcohol).

·       
Visitors to the region as well as Canberra local
looking for a day out at the wineries with someone to drive!

·       
Wine experts and novices - everyone will have a
great day!

·       
This tour requires a gentle level of walking.


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    Highlights of Canberra Xtra

    Discover how coins are made at the Royal Australian Mint followed by and exploration of the iconic National Museum of Australia. Finish the morning with the view atop Telstra Tower.

    The half day Highlights Xtra tour is a terrific compact tour
    which allows visitors to see and experience some of the highlights of the Canberra,
    that you simply cannot pack into the full day Highlights of Canberra tour.
    Start with a pickup at your accommodation before journeying up Black Mountain
    to Telstra Tower. From both the indoor and outdoor observation decks you’ll
    have panoramic 360 degree views of Canberra and the region! This is the only
    place in Canberra where you’ll get such a view! Your guide will take you around
    the deck informing you about the City, the region and other points of interest.

    From Black Mountain you’ll travel over the Royal Australian
    Mint in the suburb of Deakin. Here you’ll learn about the history of Australian
    currency in the small museum and possibly even witness employees making some
    real coins for circulation.

    The tour concludes with a visit to the National Museum of
    Australia where you can go back in time and take yourself on a journey of
    Australian history and culture. See such things as Pharlap’s heart and the
    fleece of Chris the Sheep (an overgrown sheep who became a Canberra cult hero)!

    Your tour will end with drop off back to your accommodation.


    Key points

    ·       
    Approximately 3-hour tour from pickup to drop off
    in comfortable tour vehicle. Approximately 9am pickup.

    ·       
    Visit Telstra Tower, the Royal Australian Mint
    and the National Museum of Australia (all entry fees included in tour price).

    ·       
    Get the only 360 degree views of Canberra and
    the Region from the top of Telstra Tower.

    ·       
    See where Australia’s coins are made at the
    Mint.

    ·       
    Experience the National Museum.


    Recommended for

    ·       
    Visitors who want to see as much of Canberra as possible.

    ·       
    Those on a tight schedule.

    ·       
    Visitors interested in Museums but don’t have a
    great deal of time.


    This tour requires a gentle level of walking.


    *Tour order may change subject to conditions.




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    Best of Wildlife

    Best of Wildlife

    Enjoy the journey to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve west of Canberra. Learn about & photograph Canberra’s & Australia’s unique wildlife. See & photograph wild kangaroos, koalas, colourful birds and with a bit of luck see emus and platypus.



    Time and time again the Best of Wildlife tour impresses
    those who choose to take part. A half day, afternoon tour, we travel at the
    best time of the day to see some of Australia’s unique animals in the wild.



    The tour begins with pickup at your accommodation before a
    half hour to 40-minute journey through the rural surrounds of Canberra to the
    Deep Space Tracking Station at Tidbinbilla. Here you’ll learn about the
    significant role played by our telescopes in the Apollo missions and first moon
    landing as well as current day deep space tracking.



    From the Deep Space Tracking Station, we’ll travel the short
    distance to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve where some of Australia’s most
    iconic native animals living in the wild. Through the reserve we’ll hopefully
    witness and get close to:



    ·       
    Kangaroos



    ·       
    Wallabies



    ·       
    Koalas



    ·       
    Platypus



    ·       
    Colourful parrots and other birds



    ·       
    Emus



    After hopefully spotting platypus towards the end of the
    tour, you’ll enjoy the 30-40 minute tour back into your accommodation.




    Key points



    ·       
    Approximately 4-hour tour from pickup to drop off
    in comfortable tour vehicle. Approximately 1pm pickup winter months, 3pm pickup
    summer months.



    ·       
    Stops at the Deep Space Tracking Station at Tidbinbilla.



    ·       
    Several stops inside the Tidbinbilla Nature
    Reserve to get up and close to different animals.



    ·       
    Drive through the Hinterland close to the
    south-west of Canberra.



    ·       
    Entry to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve included in
    price.




    Recommended for



    ·       
    International visitors who want to witness some
    of Australia’s classic and unique wildlife in typical south-east mountain
    bushland.



    ·       
    Avid photographers, both novice and expert who
    want to document some amazing wildlife and wilderness.




    *This tour requires a gentle level of walking. Sighting of
    all listed animals is not guaranteed.



     




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      Birds of the Australian High Country

      Birds of the Australian High Country

      This guide is focused on field use to help beginners and experts identify species.For each species the common and scientific names are listed as well as local variations.

      The Australian High Country is located in the south-east of the continent, and extends from the Wollemi National Park and the Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney, through the Kosciuszko and Alpine National Parks and south-west into Victoria, almost to the edge of Melbourne. It includes Canberra and the ACT. This book is a fully comprehensive field guide to the 322 bird species of the High Country, including all common, rare and vagrant species. 

      With photographs from the author and the regions other top-quality nature photographers, each species is illustrated with many variants. This guide is focused on field use to help beginners and experts identify species.For each species the common and scientific names are listed as well as local variations. 

      The main identifying features of each species are described and key facts cover size, habits, habitat, breeding, distribution, voice and status in the region. Distribution maps provide an at-a-glance view of where the birds can be found. The book also includes information on climate and topography, types of habitat, orders and families, residents, migrants, vagrants and highly scarce migrants, topography and the key bird watching sites. The checklist provides complete information on the local status of each species. 

      About the Author

      Neil Hermes has been an avid birdwatcher since childhood. He has had over 40 years association with the Canberra Ornithologist Group, and is the author of over 20 books, including Birds of Norfolk Island and Australia's Endangered Species.

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