Canberra Secrets Personalised Tours

Cultural and Theme Tours

It started with a book!

Canberra Secrets offer personalised tours that provide you with a true local perspective of what makes this city tick. They highlight the secrets and the quirky within — from national attractions, through to the city’s thriving café culture and wonders of the bush capital.

Based on the successful Canberra Secrets publications by Margaret Wade (1999, 2003 and 2018), these small-group tours are the keys to unlocking Canberra’s heart and soul.

Canberra Secrets philosophy is to not only highlight the obvious, but also those behind the scenes, showing you little known and quirky aspects only locals might know; many that are off the beaten tourist track.

Explore the hidden secrets of the capital with the half- or full-day Canberra Highlights tour, or contact Canberra Secrets to create an exclusive private, personalised tour to suit.


Tour Guiding Association


From $189 to $220

Canberra Highlights Tours by Canberra Secrets Tours, showcase Canberra’s very best. You will see the city’s sights, national attractions, and also get a healthy dose of local secrets.

Your tour will be designed to suit your interests and may include:
View from Mt Ainslie, learning about Walter Burley Griffin’s plan
Travelling past memorials on Anzac Parade and throughout the Parliamentary Triangle
Viewing national attractions (and visiting some) including Parliament House, Museum of Australian Democracy, National Archives, Australian War Memorial, National Museum, Carillon, Botanic Gardens,
Question time in Parliament House
City architecture
Last Post closing ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

What you receive:

Friendly and knowledgeable guide passionate to share the secrets of the capital
Modern, comfortable vehicle
Flexible tour options — tell us what you are interested in seeing, we will tailor the perfect tour
City hotel pick up and drop off
You will tap into 20 years of research and promotion of Canberra on radio, television and in print
Afternoon tea
A fabulous experience of Canberra
A really enjoyable and fun time, that will leave you wanting to discover more of Canberra Secrets.

If you’d like something different, please email or give Canberra Secrets a call. You are getting a tour with the very best – passionate Canberran, font of knowledge, author Marg Wade. You’ll discover and see quirky things about Canberra that you won’t learn anywhere else.

These Personalised Tours are perfect for visitors who simply want to enjoy the best of Canberra, private and corporate groups, new residents, or those with limited time. Your tour will be crafted to ensure you enjoy Canberra as the fun, thriving, dynamic city that it is.


In Canberra for Floriade and looking for more spring delights? Then jump on board!

Canberra Secrets is offering these special seasonal small group tours between 15 September and 14 October 2018.

On these full day tours you will experience:
– sensational spring colour at Tulip Top Gardens (30 mins drive from Canberra)
– stunning gardens and intricate miniatures at Cockington Green Gardens
– patchwork forests and sensational views of the National Arboretum
– nature’s delights of the Australian Botanic Gardens
– city views from Mount Ainslie

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M16 Artspace

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Pool hall

Canberra Olympic Pool


Custom made terrariums

Moxom and Whitney

Braddon, Canberra

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National Portrait Gallery

Parkes, Canberra

Plane heading upward into the sky

Capital Warbirds

Yarralumla, Canberra

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