September 27, 2016
Take an easy tour of Canberra’s top spots on ACTION’s tourist loop. Experience one good thing after another as you hop on and hop off the bus and take in an abundance of character at Australia’s inspiring national attractions.
Only a short trip from the city, you can hop off at the Australian War Memorial for anywhere from an hour to a full day. Explore the many galleries on a guided tour, wonder at the relics, or discover inspiring stories from our war history. The youngsters can experience story time or The Discovery Zone.Visit Australian War Memorial
Home to the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre and breathtaking surrounds, this is the perfect spot to jump off and take a walk around Lake Burley Griffin or Commonwealth Park – which is also home to vibrant Floriade in spring. Across Northbourne Avenue, grab a relaxed bite to eat or enjoy a beverage at the shipping container precinct of Westside Acton Park.
An iconic representation of Australia’s democratic system, Parliament House sits proudly atop Capital Hill. The impressive building provides insight into the workings of our government via guided tours. You can also see stunning artworks, historic documents, glorious gardens and the striking 81-metre steel flag mast.Visit Parliament House
Next stop, the National Museum of Australia stands majestically on an outcrop overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. Inside, the museum houses many of Australia’s rich and diverse stories. Every gallery and exhibit is carefully curated to appeal to all walks of life and all age groups. A welcoming café and generous surrounds ensure a wonderful day out.Visit National Museum of Australia
Check out the native and exotic animals and sea life up close and personal at National Zoo & Aquarium. The zoo offers hands-on experiences, where you can pat a cheetah, feed a bear or encounter a tiger – if you dare. Take a tour, absorb the sights and sounds, then set up a picnic in the picturesque grounds.Visit National Zoo & Aquarium
The bus will take you up the hill to the stunning National Arboretum Canberra, which is a 250-hectare site of rare and endangered trees from Australia and around the world. A visual feast, the site offers excellent walking trails, picnic spots and expansive views at any time of day. Fly a kite, climb the Pod Playground, view the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, or relax at the café or shop.Visit National Arboretum Canberra
As you enter the Australian National Botanic Gardens, the air instantly freshens as you reconnect with nature. A vast and beautiful collection of Australia’s native plants, enjoy an easy wander through rainforest gully, the Asteraceae garden or the Red Centre garden. Chill out in the sunshine on the Eucalypt lawn or enjoy a coffee in the café.
You can then return to the city bus station, where you can take in the sights and flavours of Canberra’s city centre, Civic.Visit Australian National Botanic Gardens
The Tourist Loop (route 81 on weekdays and 981 on weekends) operates seven days a week. Find the timetable on the Transport Canberra website. Purchase a MyWay card for a cost-effective tap on and tap off option. Buses also accept cash fares.
ACTION also operates a free City Loop (route 101), which runs from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday with buses around every ten minutes. It’s free and you don’t need a ticket to board.
The buses are accessible and can accommodate wheelchairs, prams or strollers.