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Australia: eSIM Mobile Data Plan

1. Australia: eSIM Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Australia hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Australia. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. All iPhone models launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. Data plan information- APN (Access Point Name): 3gnet Local operator: Optus

From Sydney: Canberra Day Tour

2. From Sydney: Canberra Day Tour

Explore Australia's capital city from Sydney as you enter a new state, leaving New South Wales for the day. A morning tea stop (not included) en route will allow you to stretch your legs and visit a country town before arriving at the ultra-modern Capital. Join a guided tour of the New Parliament House and feel the might and privilege of Australian democracy through this architectural masterpiece costing $1.1 billion. From the inner halls of power to walking on the roof, this is an amazing building. Break for lunch (not included) before choosing where to spend your free time: The National Museum of Australia is controversial and popular, Australia's most modern museum has won national awards with its interactive mix of exhibits and displays highlighting Australia's diverse history and culture. This tour allows time at Floriade between September to October each year. Australia's biggest and most popular flower festival. Canberra's Commonwealth Park is transformed into a tapestry of colour with more than a million bulbs and annuals in bloom at this month-long festival. Rejoin the group for a time of reflection as you discover the legends of Gallipoli, the ANZACs, the sacrifices and losses suffered by Australians in past wars fought around the world at the Australian War Memorial. Drive past Yarralumla for a close look at the many national embassies, each one unique and designed to reflect aspects of the country's culture. Stop for 360 degree views over the capital city from Mount Ainslie and see how this city was well designed. Return to Sydney and enjoy a dinner stop (not included).

Canberra: City Highlights Day Tour with Entrance Fees

3. Canberra: City Highlights Day Tour with Entrance Fees

Witness the wonderful views of Canberra and the region from the top of Mount Ainslie. Visit National Capital Exhibition Centre. Be guided through the corridors of power at Australia’s Parliament House. Survey the Parliamentary Triangle & its National Institutions. Explore the Australian War Memorial and experience the moving Last Post Ceremony. All fees included. Personally guided throughout. This experience packs as much as possible into a single day, giving you the best possible experience and context of Australia’s Capital in a days’ tour.

Australia: eSIM Mobile Data Plan with New Zealand Coverage

4. Australia: eSIM Mobile Data Plan with New Zealand Coverage

Make your trip to Oceania hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Australia and New Zealand. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access 4G or 5G networks and all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4 and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photo to confirm eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Carriers to use: Australia- Vodafone/ New Zealand- One NZ(Vodafone)

Canberra: Electric Picnic Boat Rental

5. Canberra: Electric Picnic Boat Rental

Set sail from the heart of the city in Canberra and cruise along Lake Burley Griffin on an environmentally-friendly electric boat. Enjoy the sun as you enjoy the freedom of piloting a boat on your own. Board your Danish-designed picnic boats, constructed from fiberglass made from recycled PET bottles, and head off into the lake. As you cruise, admire the sights of Canberra, including the Parliament House, National Gallery, and Australian National University. Pack a picnic basket with you to enjoy under the clear blue sky, and bring a cooler for cold drinks. Choose from a 1, 2, or 3-hour rental and have a relaxing afternoon on the water with your friends.

From Canberra: Murrumbateman Wineries Full-Day Tour

6. From Canberra: Murrumbateman Wineries Full-Day Tour

Merry Heart CBR's highly rated wineries tours to Murrumbateman offer a vast variety of tasting quality wine from boutique wineries. Enjoy a delicious lunch, and local dips or a cheese platter, along with snacks, cold soft drinks and water on the bus. During your wine tour, we may stop at some of the best lookouts in Murrumbateman, where you can soak up uninterrupted scenic views. A Canberra winery tour is a fantastic way to socialize and make new friends. You'll have the opportunity to meet other wine enthusiasts, and to share your experiences and knowledge with others. The tour guides are always friendly and knowledgeable, and they will help to create a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, where everyone can feel at ease and enjoy the experience. Whether you're traveling with a group of friends, or simply on your own, you're sure to have a great time and make some fantastic memories. Just book and hop on with this unbeatable value package!

Canberra: Best of Wildlife Tour

7. Canberra: Best of Wildlife Tour

Embark on an enchanting half-day adventure with the Best of Wildlife Tour, operated by Canberra's longest-running tour company. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and come face-to-face with Australia's unique wildlife in their natural habitat. The tour commences with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in a comfortable tour vehicle. Take a picturesque 30-40 minute drive through Canberra's rural landscapes to reach the iconic Deep Space Tracking Station at Tidbinbilla. Learn about the pivotal role Australia played in the Apollo missions, the first moon landing, and ongoing deep space exploration. Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. As you journey through this pristine sanctuary, prepare to encounter Australia's unique fauna, including Kangaroos, Wallabies, Koalas, the elusive Platypus, colourful parrots, Emus, and more. Your expert guides, backed by years of local knowledge, will ensure you have the best opportunity to spot these amazing creatures. The tour concludes with a relaxing drive back to Canberra, with drop-offs at major hotels and motel chains. Return with a wealth of memories and a deeper understanding of Australia's fascinating wildlife and space exploration history. Whether you're an international visitor desiring a taste of Australia's unique wildlife, or an avid photographer in pursuit of capturing the perfect shot, this tour promises an unforgettable experience.

From Sydney: Canberra City Highlights and Floriade Day Tour

8. From Sydney: Canberra City Highlights and Floriade Day Tour

From Sydney take a day trip to explore Australia's capital city, located in the Australian Capital Territory 3 hours south west from Sydney. A morning tea stop (own expense) on the way will allow you to stretch your legs and grab a coffee before arriving in Canberra, Australia's capital. . Drive past Yarralumla for a close look at the many national embassies, each one unique and designed to reflect aspects of the country's culture. Stop for 360 degree views over the capital city from Mount Ainslie and see how this city was well designed. Take a guided tour of the underground Parliament House, and get an understanding of Australia's democracy at work in this architectural masterpiece costing $1.1 billion in the 1980s! From the inner halls of power to walking on the roof, this is an amazing building. It's then off to Floriade, Australia's biggest celebration of spring with thousands of flowers and entertainment next to Lake Burley Griffin. Only running between September to October each year. Australia's biggest and most popular flower festival. Canberra's Commonwealth Park is transformed into a tapestry of colour with more than a million bulbs and annuals in bloom at this month-long festival. Rejoin the group for a time of reflection as you discover the legends of Gallipoli, the ANZACs, the sacrifices and losses suffered by Australians in past wars fought around the world at the Australian War Memorial. Return to Sydney arriving at approximately 8pm with a brief refreshment/dinner (own expense) stop on the return journey.

From Canberra: Winery, Distillery, & Tasting Tour with Lunch

9. From Canberra: Winery, Distillery, & Tasting Tour with Lunch

Explore Canberra's thriving wine regions by indulging in some of its best flavors on this day from Canberra. Taste some of Australia's best wine, food, cheese, chocolate, beers, and spirits on this tour. Visit 2 wineries, with a local spirits and sweets tasting with your small group. Each stop includes a guided tasting by a local supplier and when possible, a behind the scenes tour at select locations. In addition to all the great local producers you'll visit, the tour also includes a relaxed lunch with a wine, craft beer, or cider. Take this time to take in the region's charm.

Canberra: Guided Tour of Floriade Festival with Transfers

10. Canberra: Guided Tour of Floriade Festival with Transfers

Join a guided tour of Canberra’s Floriade festival, where the world of flowers unfolds in a riot of colors and scents. Embark on a vibrant journey through Australia's floral heritage. Marvel at the transformation of the city as 300,000 bulbs bloom into gorgeous bursts of color. In the morning, let your guide whisk you from your hotel to your first destination, the National Arboretum. Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of this tree sanctuary, home to an impressive collection of bonsai and penjing that narrates a visual story of miniature landscapes. From there, traverse to the heart of the Floriade festival. Breathe in the fragrant air as you stroll through this magnificent event. Enjoy a leisurely lunch (at your own expense) amidst the colorful blossoms, as the city’s spectacular array of flora captivates your senses. Continue the floral journey with a visit to the Tulip Top Gardens, a private estate offering an awe-inspiring display of vibrant tulips, an exclusive treat that concludes the guided tour segment of your day. As the day winds down, return to your hotel, or if you prefer, the North Building Civic. With a heart full of floral memories, you are left in a prime location to further explore the wonders of Canberra.

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4.4
(44 reviews)

Good opportunity to have internet sitting still in the plane just after landing. In the city Perth it’s working quite good. There was a problem with the connection in the region of the Wave rock, but it was in the middle of nowhere 😁

The day was amazing . Niel was superb , we got to see so much . He was very informative, funny and very nice person . Thanks Niel

The trip was excellent and tour guide was very knowledgable. I had a great day.

Was a great experience. Cushions would be appreciated. But overall a fun hour.

With exceptional knowledge of all things Our guide made the day very special