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Australian Capital Territory

Consider a bespoke or tailor made holiday to Canberra with this itinerary between Sydney and Melbourne.

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Australian Capital Territory

In days of yore, Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne scrapped over the right to be called the Capital City!  In the end, neither was deemed suitable as both were on the coast, as were all the other major cities at the time.  In 1908, the area was chosen to be home to the Country’s Capital, and a new city was born.  The name is derived from the Aboriginal word ‘Kamberra’ – meaning meeting place. The city designer was a gentleman by the name of Walter Burley Griffin, a Chicago architect who won an international design competition!  The provisional Parliament Building was opened in 1927, in what was then a treeless paddock. Visit Canberra en route during a drive between Sydney and Melbourne.

Day 1: Sydney

Day 4: Woollongong

Day 5: Canberra

Day 7: Snowy Mountains

Day 9: Lakes Entrance

Day 10: Melbourne


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Being such a small region, the Australian Capital Territoy is best combined with New South Wales and Victoria for a driving holiday – below is just one idea for such a trip.

Day 1 – Sydney

Welcome to Sydney where we suggest at least 3 nights in a central hotel. Start off with a harbour cruise; this will give you your bearings whilst enjoying your morning coffee or cocktail. Agility permitting, the Bridge Climb is highly recommended.

Sydney 3 nights

Day 4 – Sydney to Woollongong

After collecting your hire car, set off south with a choice of routes.  The direct route takes you along the Federal Highway, taking approx three hours to reach Canberra.  However, on this suggestion, we take you along the spectacular coastal drive, with an overnight stop at Woollongong. 

Woollongong 1 night

 Day 5 – Woollongong to Canberra

Parts of your drive today are quite literally ‘clipped on’ to the side of the cliff.  Turn inland through KangarooValley, on to Goulburn and finally to Canberra. Two nights in the capital city.

Canberra 2 nights

 Day 7 – Canberra to Thredbo, Snowy Mountains

2/3 hours south of Canberra, and you’ll find yourselves in the SnowyMountains – part of the Great Dividing Range.  Spend two nights at Thredbo or PerisherVillage.

Snowy Mountains 2 nights

 Day 9 – Thredbo to Lakes Entrance

Return to the Monaro Highway, turning south to CannRiver.  Here you’ll rejoin the Princes Highway, turning west to Lakes Entrance.  You’ve now moved out of New South Wales and into Victoria. 

Lakes Entrance 1 night

 Day 10 – Lakes Entrance to Melbourne

Four hours drive, and you’ll find yourself in Melbourne, alternatively you may choose to stop at Phillip Island en route.

 Australia is full of alternatives, and this journey is no exception.  Or, let someone else take the wheel, and take part in a two night/three day exclusive tour from Sydney to Melbourne or vice versa.  Overnight stops are in the Snowy River Valley, and Gippsland Lakes with morning and afternoon tea/coffee, and meals included.


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Little Gems

Uniquely, the Parliament Building in Canberra is open to the public, whether the House is sitting or not. Imagine being able to do that in the UK!


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