Country towns, lakes, gold mines, Goulbourn, Bywong, the nation''s capital Canberra. Self-Drive Tour with Hotels Car Hire (unlimited kms) Bonus Vouchers. Departs from Sydney. Themes include: New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Departs from Sydney, Fly-Drive Car, Returns from Sydney. + Show more
3 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 nights good standard Canberra hotel (luxury upgrades available)
New South Wales Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
Relax all the hard work has been taken out of your Self-Drive Holiday. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and the security of this popular DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Itinerary.
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Pass by Goulburn, Yass and Murrumbateman en-route to your Self-Drive package holiday in amazing Canberra; spend a day in the awesome Australian War Memorial, see the Australian Parliament live in action on Parliament Hill, take a boat ride on Lake Burley Griffiths past the sky high fountains, discover artistic masterpieces at the National Gallery and museums in Canberra; enjoy cosmopolitan cuisine and the cosmopolitan architecture of the Embassies, visit the National Zoo, Cockington Green, Questacon and the Australian Institute of Sport.
Self-Drive Tour from Sydney, NSW, Australia.
DAY 1 Sydney - Canberra
Heading south west from Sydney today through country towns, ancient lakes and gold mines, splendid rural landscapes and fertile valleys.
On your journey, perhaps experience Liverpool, Campbelltown, Camden, The Oaks, Picton, Appin, Thirlmere, Buxton, Hilltop, Colo Vale, Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale, Bundanoon, Bungonia Gorge, Goulburn (Historic Town, fertile valleys, centre of farming district, one of first Australia's inland settlements, known for merino and wool industry), Lake George, Bywong (Historic Gold Mining Town, authentic site of town that existed from 1895 to 1906), Yass, Hume and Hovell Walking Track Murrumbateman and the extraordinary Art Deco beauty of Canberra City. Direct driving 290km (3 hours)
DAY 2 Discover Canberra
So much to do, so much to see in Canberra. Canberra the truly modern, truly magnificent capital of Australia where the awesome Australian War Memorial elegantly celebrates the honour and the glory of man, not war. Where the cruel, ugly reality of war in the trenches is brought to mind and brought home with love and respect for the vanquished and for the victor with a lesson hard learned. The Australian War Memorial sets the marque high for the capital city and the capital city meets that marque with the people’s house, with Parliament House, sitting high on the hill, and the office of the Prime Minister directly facing the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the War Memorial bringing the full weight of responsibility of government to the mind of the PM. Opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth in 1988, Parliament House is magnificent in the colours of Australia with the blue/green of the gum- haze of the Blue Mountains the predominant colour in the house where the ceilings and windows soar to meet the sky and the galleries house Australian Art and a unique copy of the Magna Carta. Art deco buildings abound in Canberra and alongside Lake Burley Griffin, the National Gallery of Australia shows off magnificent artwork - monuments, public buildings and landmarks stand tall and elegant. People come out to play in Canberra with festivals galore, sailing boats and tour boats on the huge lake, adults young and old glide along the pathways of the great lake in swarms of hired Segways as walkers flex their muscles under the shadow of the tremendous Captain Cook Jet Fountain, shooting high into the sky. I love my Canberra, my capital city in the bush. Canberra is replete with dining options from happy cafes to chic restaurants, teeming with attractions such as Questacon, the Australian Institute of Sport exhibitions, galleries, and gardens and nearby fertile farmlands, villages and the splendid mountains of the outback.
Canberra, The Australian Institute of Sport (see the elite athletes and swimmers at work and at play and take some time out for fun too), The National Zoo (exotic animals from around the world and unique Aussie creatures), Cockington Green (amazing world in miniature set in superb gardens, elegant residences, a British Bobby protecting the honour of the first cricket pitch 'streaker', mini train ride, restaurant/cafe), National Dinosaur Museum (Australia's largest collection of fossils, relics and dinosaurs from prehistoric times), Lake Burley Griffin (boating, blading, Segwaying, cafes and great sights), The Old Bus Station Markets (Glass Studio, make your own art glass object, fresh local produce, wines from local wineries, flowers, crafts, fashion, cafe), festivals and exhibitions (International exhibitions and Floriade in Sept/October is not to be missed), The National Museum (Australian culture, history, galleries, restaurants), The (personal memorabilia, exhibits, displays, active shows, son et lumiere, animated and live storytelling, Victoria Cross medals, Reflection Pool, memorials, Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, wonderful statuary, dioramas, gardens and restaurants in an aura of Art Deco elegance), Parliament House (4,000 art works, see the members of parliament in action in elegantly beautiful building), National Gallery (mainly Australian artwork and sculptures, cafe and gift shop), Australian National Botanic Gardens (native plants, eucalyptus, rainforest and rock gardens), Canberra Museum and Gallery (Sydney Nolan Collection, regional museum and art), National Capital Exhibition (the original plan for Canberra by Burley Griffin, views over Lake Burley Griffin), National Film and Sound Archive (unique and iconic moments in Australia's cultural history), High Court of Australia (tour main courtrooms, cafe), National Library of Australia (exhibitions), National Portrait Gallery (exhibitions, theatrette, portraits of Australians), Old Parliament House and the Museum of Australian Democracy (see the office of the PM, and both houses, historical pics, gift shop), Questacon (interactive science for all the family, national Science and Technology Centre), Canberra Reptile Sanctuary, Royal Australian Mint (tour the mint, see how coins are made and perhaps make your own), The Lodge, Government House, The Embassy District (drive past some big houses in ethnic styles, Embassy of Papua New Guinea, Embassy of China, The Royal Thai Embassy and the original foreign embassy in Canberra, the Embassy of USA), fertile farmlands and mountain villages and historic mine sites are all within easy drive just outside the ACT.
DAY 3 Canberra - Sydney
Taking the road north east from Canberra to Sydney today, pass through country towns, ancient lakes and gold mines, splendid rural landscapes and fertile valleys.
Leaving behind beautiful, elegant Canberra, take to the hills and the open countryside; Gold Creek Village, Cockington Green (spend hours here; see astonishing miniature villages with detailed buildings in various situations and stupendous landscaped surrounds in miniature to suits each element, - village cricket ground, complete with players - the Lochness Monster and the Stig (always a favourite), soccer match, complete with streaker being covered by a bobbies hat, miniature train speeding past lakes and fields and forest through the countryside and a bigger 'ride on train' to carry you around the gardens; picture perfect copies of many of the foreign embassies of Canberra. Perhaps take a picnic), The National Dinosaur Museum of Australia (follow the evolution of life as we know it with the biggest permanent display of some 23 complete skeletons and some 300 displays of individual fossils), Canberra Reptile Zoo, Campbeltown Scenic Lookout (perhaps watch paragliders in the area). Direct driving 290km (3 hours)