Canberra Secrets Personalised Tours

Cultural and Theme Tours Food and Wine Tours Half Day or Less Nature and wildlife Sightseeing 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 the soon-to-be-published third edition in 2017), 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. Tours showcase local product and innovative businesses, such as great coffee roasters and fabulous food, as well as other unique Canberra creative endeavours.

Explore the hidden secrets of the capital with the half-day Canberra Highlights tour, tempt your tastebuds with the Cafe Culture walking tour’s sensory coffee and cafe delights, or contact them to create a private, personalised tour to suit. Use the contact form on the Canberra Secrets website to let them know your requirements.


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Captain Cook Memorial Jet shoots water 152m into the air


Experience the Canberra that locals know and love on a Canberra Secrets Canberra Half-Day or Full-Day Highlights Tour; ideal for those wanting to enjoy Canberra’s ‘must-see’ highlights and discover the city’s secrets.

Canberra Secrets will create a tour to suit your interests and time available. Want to know about a particular theme like architecture, heritage, or Indigenous art? Call Canberra Secrets and enquire now!

These half or full-day tours may include:
– panoramic views, with detail about the city’s layout and Walter Burley Griffin’s plan
– memorials on Anzac Parade
– touring throughout the Parliamentary Triangle and Embassy district
– national attractions that could include the Australian War Memorial, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, National Archives, National Gallery, National Library, High Court, National Museum, National Carillon, National Arboretum, National Botanic Gardens. Canberra deep Space Communication Complex
– Question Time at Parliament House (when Parliament is sitting)
– Last Post closing ceremony at the Australian War Memorial
– city architecture
– kangaroo spotting
– Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park
– sights further afield
– secrets about Canberra’s cultural, natural and pioneering heritage.

Afternoon tea included, with a special taste of Canberra.

A lady at a cupping session

From $99 to $125

The small group Cafe Culture Walking Tours by Canberra Secrets ensure maximum enjoyment and taste temptation galore. Take part in a coffee cupping session or a coffee ‘sensory scent experience’ in some of Canberra’s leading cafés.

Enjoy coffee tasting and delightful treats in various cafés, while learning how to discern and identify flavour and aroma of locally-roasted beans. Discover Canberra’s café past and present. You’ll unearth quirky stories as you wander through some of Canberra’s hidden café secrets.

Coffees, delicious treats and light lunch included.

The nation's capital

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.

Marg Wade with a smiling tour group


Join a passionate Canberran to learn some of the hidden secrets around the city centre and the funky suburb of Braddon. This small-group, three-hour easy walking tour takes in the very essence of the city with some Canberra cafe favourites, quirky places, innovative local product with a dash of street art. You will gain local insight, learn a little history and enjoy tasty treats. Visitors and locals alike will enjoy the ‘wow’ experience on this tour.

Can’t make the dates? Funky City Walking Tours can be arranged on alternative dates for groups of up to eight people. Just contact Canberra Secrets to discuss.

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