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Step off the beaten track with these unique tours of Canberra

Updated 24 May 2022

Uncover local flavours on a winery tour, immerse yourself in the capital’s landscape on a photography tour, or learn new skills with a tour that starts with axe throwing.

A man serving gin

Eat and drink your way through the region

The best things come in threes and this adventure into the capital’s favourite flavours is no exception. Indulge in wine, gin and chocolate with the Vin & Gin Tour.

Visit three local cellar doors and enjoy lunch before having dessert with a regional chocolatier and a cheeky drink at a gin distillery. Including lunch and all tasting fees, this small group day tour runs Friday to Sunday.

A woman walking across a hill overlooking Lake Burley Griffin and the National Arboretum.

See Canberra through a camera

See Canberra through the lens of your camera with Capture Canberra Photography Tours. Master light capturing techniques as you soak up the capital’s stunning landscapes and get creative as you snap unique architecture.

A natural behind the camera, the guide will share tips and tricks throughout the tour and provide advice on the best vantage points. Design your own photo tour to tailor the session to your interests or skill development goals.

Two men in a nature reserve

Learn about Ngunawal culture

Join Dhawura Tours on a journey through Ngunawal land, travel back in time to become a part of ‘The Dreaming' and learn about Aboriginal culture. Listen as local Ngunawal Traditional Custodians interpret sites of significance and connect with the diversity of landscapes, wildlife and natural bush in the Canberra region.

Customised tours are available or choose an interactive workshop to learn the art of traditional weaving, how to cook with bush tucker or the foundations of the Ngunawal language.

Three people riding bikes past a silver sculpture

Discover the city by bike

Hop on two wheels for an inspired tour of the highlights of Canberra featuring intriguing stories, local know-how and all the best photo spots. Canberra is a city best experienced by bike and this half-day tour covers many of the capital’s historical, cultural and natural delights.

Ride along a mix of bike paths, quiet streets and roads at a relaxed pace. A guide, bike, helmet and small bike bag to carry gear is all included. The best bit? The route is mostly flat with some gentle inclines so riders of all abilities can enjoy the day.

A group of friends dining at Rizla, a restaurant in Braddon.

Taste the capital with walking food tours

Treat your taste buds to the best local fare with Eat Canberra Food Tours. Choose between a smorgasbord of options including exploring Braddon’s foodie precinct, finding the best local produce at the farmer’s market and indulging your sweet tooth. Rest assured, whichever tour you choose is guaranteed to have one delicious dish after another.

Two axes in front of wooden targets

Experience Canberra as the Vikings would have wanted

Axes and Ales – the ultimate combination. Learn the art of axe throwing with the crew at Axxe before challenging your mates to a ‘friendly’ competition. Once you’ve finished channelling your inner Viking, go behind the scenes at two of Canberra’s most popular breweries. Enjoy guided brewery tours, dig into a pub lunch and find your new favourite brew with craft beer tastings.

A golfer with two kangaroos

Get a hole in one on a group golf tour

What could be better than 18 holes of golf complete with carts, drinks, nibbles and a guide to help you negotiate the scenic course? Add a post-game meal at Poachers Pantry plus private transfers and you’ve got the perfect day with Classic Capital Golf Tours.

Analyse your shots over a two-course lunch featuring Poachers Pantry’s signature smoked meats before raising your glasses in honour of the winner with a bottle of vino from the on-site winery. The Gift of Golf Tour also includes a framed photo of your golfing group.

A blue hot air balloon above parliament house.

See Canberra from above

Take to the skies to see Canberra from a completely new angle. Discover the thrill of a flight with Canberra Helicopters as you do a ‘lap of the lake’ or head out to the Brindabella Ranges. If you prefer a peaceful start to the day take in the sunrise with a hot air balloon flight from Balloon Aloft or Dawn Drifters.

Two woman paying their respects at the tomb of the unknown soldier under an impressive golden dome.

Tailored tours reveal Canberra Secrets

Author Marg Wade spent decades researching her Canberra Secrets guidebooks. So the plunge to imparting her vast knowledge of the city as a tour guide offering private, tailored experiences was the natural next step. She’ll expose the hidden gems and secrets only a local knows on her tours that take in national attractions, cultural heritage, food and wine and city sights.

Tour of the National Botanical Gardens being conducted with a guide dog present.

Chat with the experts at Canberra’s attractions

Tours are also regularly run at the Australian National Botanic GardensNational Arboretum CanberraMuseum of Australian DemocracyNational Museum of AustraliaNational Portrait Gallery and the Royal Australian Mint. Book visits and tours ahead of time to secure your spot.

National Museum of Australia outdoor map of the nation

Red Explorer Loop Bus

Hop on and off at key attractions with the Red Explorer Loop Bus. On this one-hour route you can take in favourite spots including Mount Ainslie, the National Triangle and the embassy precinct. Running Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, all-day tickets for this bus start from just $25.