Canberra tours

Discover Canberra and the Capital Region on a tour from a balloon, on water, wheels or even on horseback.

Tours are run by passionate and knowledgeable local experts to suit a variety of interests. Visit major attractions and go sightseeing from a hop on hop off bus. Delight in a touching experience with animals. Be guided through a sporting facility with elite athletes. Ride a segway or take a guided bike ride.

Most national attractions offer free tours. Ask at their front desk, or visit their websites for details. If you need directions and help to set off on your own adventure, be sure to drop in to the Visitors Centre for maps, tips and local knowledge. 

For free and independent travellers and those who love to explore on their own, we've also great options for self drive and touring routes

Michael Milton Big Foot Adventure riders discover Canberra by night riding to the Carillon on Aspen Island on a guided tour

Adventure and Outdoors

Get your heart pumping with more active endeavours in the national capital. Our region is designed to transform with the four distinct seasons and offers parks, gardens and natural expanses perfect for relaxing or exploring your adventurous side.

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An aerial view from a balloon basket of national attractions including the National Portrait Gallery, The National Gallery of Australia and the High Court of Australia

Air tours

View the layout of Canberra from up high and take in many of the attractions and mountain ranges surrounding the city. There really is no better way to fully appreciate the capital’s charm than from a hot air balloon as the early morning sun fills the valley and lakes with soft morning light.

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Cultural and Themed

Discover a different side to Canberra on your next trip. Take a tour to learn more about our thriving truffle industry, join a segway tour around the Parliamentary Triangle or be bold and try rock climbing, abseiling and caving in the ACT and surrounds.

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A ranger gazes at a koala sitting in a fork of a tree at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve near Canberra in Australia

Nature and Wildlife

Venture further afield from Canberra and explore the geology, flora and fauna and natural history of the region. Take a guided fishing trip to the bountiful rivers and alpine streams nearby, cycle the back roads or relive the glory days of steam trains. Join an organised tour with expert guides and hosts to show you the region.

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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Walking and biking

Hire a bike and discover one of the most cycle-friendly cities in Australia. Cruise the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, explore trails through through parks and forests, or challenge yourself at Mount Stromlo Mountain Bike Park.

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A stand up paddle boarder pauses to admire the view and a passing hot air balloon on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

Water tours

Canberra has three major lakes, two major rivers, creeks and urban wetlands. The jewel of the crown in the city design is Lake Burley Griffin offering recreation opportunities throughout the year. Hire watercraft and explore the lakes on your own or be taken on a guided tour with paddle boats, sailing boats and water craft. When you'd like to sit back and relax, join a lake cruise to see the city sights on a whole new level. 

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