Canberra Day tours from Sydney

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  • Canberra AttractionsAustralian War Memorial
  • Parliament House
  • Carillion Bell Tower
  • New Parliament House
  • National Library
  • Captain Cook Memorial Fountain
  • Tour Canberra and see Lake Burley Griffin
  • Detailed and informative commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

Intriguing city precincts

Discover fascinating suburbs off the main tourist route.
After the Second World War, the Australian Government began a formal migration program that has brought more than six million migrants to Australia.

Since then, people from some 200 different countries have made Australia their home bringing with them their cuisine and traditions.  Many of those immigrants have tended to congregate in certain suburbs, which in turn made those suburbs more interesting.

Together, these precincts have helped shape our major Australian cities into the unique urban landscapes they are today.  

In Sydney, head to the inner city suburb of Leichhardt for a taste of Italy. It was once a working class area populated by first and second generation Italian immigrants. ‘Little Italy’, as it’s sometimes called, is centred around busy Norton Street. There are plenty of Italian cafes and restaurants here, as well as bookshops and a movie theatre. The Italian Forum is a group of Italianate buildings with balconies, upmarket fashion shops and cafes all clustered around a central piazza.   

Sydney’s Chinatown is another fascinating area. Located near Town Hall in the city centre, Chinatown is focused around Dixon Street. It’s a pedestrian mall with many Chinese restaurants and grocery stores. A firm favourite for many Sydneysiders is a weekend trip to Chinatown for yum cha. Close to Chinatown is Sydney’s Spanish quarter, where you can find several Spanish-style restaurants and bars.

Melbourne has some intriguing city precincts too. Among these is the bayside suburb of St Kilda. There are more restaurants and bars here than just about anywhere else in Melbourne, and the suburb attracts a distinctly bohemian crowd. The St Kilda Esplanade, which nudges up to a beach and a historic pier, is popular by day, while the restaurant and bar strips really come alive once dusk falls.

The city has its own Chinatown too, centered on Little Bourke Street. This compact area is home to Australia’s oldest Chinese settlement, which dates back to the 1850s. It’s packed with restaurants and Chinese stores.  

Just north of the city centre grid are the suburbs of Carlton and Fitzroy. Carlton is known for its Italian restaurants and cafes which cluster along Lygon Street and its large student population and parklands.

Not far from Perth’s city centre is Fremantle which boasts perhaps the best preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape in the world. Back streets reveal old dockworkers’ cottages, and warehouses converted into trendy apartments.

Major attractions include Western Australia’s earliest convict jail, as well as Fremantle Prison and the Western Australian Maritime Museum.

Also here are the iconic Fremantle Markets, where you can shop for fashion, home wares, antiques and local produce. Treat yourself to Japanese, Turkish, Indonesian, French, or Vietnamese food too.

In Hobart, the state capital of Tasmania, you can find Salamanca Place. This was once the haunt of sailors, whalers, dock-workers and convict labourers. The old Georgian warehouses here act as Hobart’s cultural hub. They are home to art galleries, theatres, cafes, craft shops and restaurants.

The Salamanca Markets take place here every Saturday. Shop alongside the locals for local organic fruit and vegetables, freshly cut flowers, and arts and crafts.

As Queensland’s state capital, Brisbane has its fair share of fascinating precincts too. The small inner-city enclave of West End is one of them. It’s a free-spirited place known for its many ethnic restaurants, cafes, and Asian grocers.

Then there’s the Fortitude Valley whish has now been gentrified. Come here for vibrant cafes, trendy fashion outlets, popular nightclubs, live music venues, renovated pubs, great restaurants, and the city’s very own Chinatown.

In South Australia, the suburb of North Adelaide is crammed with Victorian and Edwardian architecture and the streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, bistros, and six popular pubs.

Northwest of the city centre is Port Adelaide, a historic seaport which is home to some of the finest colonial buildings in the state. There are several museums here, including the National Railway Museum. This houses Australia’s largest collection of locomotive engines and rolling stock.

Australia’s capital city, Canberra, is a relaxed culturally-significant place.

As well as accommodating some of the nation’s major museums and art galleries, Canberra hosts around 80 diplomatic missions from around the world. Most of the major embassies are in the leafy suburb of Yarralumla. You can explore the area by car, or it will take around one hour to cycle the ‘Embassy Tour’ route.

All Australians are reflected in their nation’s capital

Picture yourself unwinding in Canberra, a city in a park with golden autumn leaves, glorious spring blooms and bright blue skies. Hidden beneath the leafy surrounds is a thriving modern city with fun for the kids, a busy calendar of events and festivals, and stylish restaurants, bars and shops.

Explore Canberra’s many national attractions, which hold and share the treasures of our nation. Celebrate Australia’s proud sporting achievements, explore our unique political history, and reflect on stories of bravery and courage.

See our country and people through the eyes of our artists, and experience Australian character through sound and film, books and engaging exhibitions.

Must–see Australian treasures…
See Ned Kelly’s death mask at the National Portrait Gallery, and gaze at scenes from his life at the National Gallery of Australia, where a whole room is devoted to Sir Sidney Nolan’s Kelly painting series.

See Phar Lap’s heart and a Tasmanian Tiger skin at the National Museum of Australia.

Feel what it was like to be an Aussie pilot in Bomber Command flying in a night raid over Berlin, and see everything from the Red Baron’s boots to a large collection of VC medals at the Australian War Memorial.

Re-live some important moments in our nation’s sporting history at the Australian Institute of Sport where you can see sports memorabilia including Michael Klim’s swimming medals from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Kostya Tszyu’s boxing gloves.

Discover a treasure trove of fascinating records, including Australia’s ‘birth certificate’ – Queen Victoria’s Royal Commission of Assent – and our first Constitution at the National Archives of Australia.

Wander around Bob Hawke’s original Prime Ministerial Office, and stand on the steps where Gough Whitlam announced the dismissal of his government at Old Parliament House.

Discover the stories of people who have created the ‘sights and sounds’ of our nation at the National Film and Sound Archive. Displays include The Beatles in Australia, Aunty Jack and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Make sure you allow enough time to linger longer and enjoy all the nation’s capital has to offer, and to tour the surrounding region’s wineries, historic townships, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains.

See your nation reflected in its capital. See yourself in Canberra — there’s never been a better time to visit.