- Travel to Canberra Arrive in the capital and enjoy dinner
- Electoral Education Centre visit Choose from a number of program areas depending on the area of interest, age or knowledge level. Choose from House of Representatives, Senate, Referendum and Eligible Elector. Watch a multimedia presentation exploring the history of Australian democracy and take part in hands-on activities to understand enrolment, voting and representation. Vote in a simulated election and count votes to achieve a result.
MoAD (Museum of Australian Democracy) visit
A dedicated volunteer will take you on a guided tour and share their knowledge of the beautiful architecture and stories of how passionate, innovative and controversial the road to democracy has been.
Learn about the development and practice of democracy in Australia by exploring the results of past democratic decisions in an interactive exhibition trail and discover parliamentary procedure through role play in the historic chambers.
- Australian War Memorial visit Explore the Australian War Memorial's shrine, a world-class museum and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in the war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.
- The Australian Institute of Sport and Sportex guided visit Go behind the scenes and discover where Australia’s sporting champions are created and gain a unique insight into the life of elite athletes. Explore the facility and learn about Australia's rich sporting past and glimpse into the window of the future. Finish your tour at Sportex, an educational and engaging sports experience where you can try wheelchair basketball, virtual downhill skiing, rock climbing, football penalty shootouts and more.
- Royal Australian Mint guided visit Watch a short film about how coins are made, then discover some interesting facts about the history of coins in Australia, where you'll learn how coins are designed, before looking out into the factory to see where they are produced. At the end of the tour, you'll get the opportunity to make a legal commemorative $1 coin for the cost of $3 in the Mint Coin shop.
- Government House guided visit Discover what it means to be an Australian citizen, how governments work, and the special role of the Governor-General as you're guided through Government House and surrounding gardens
- National Capital Exhibition guided visit The National Capital Exhibition tells the story of Canberra, from pre-history through to the present day. Reflect on the reasons why Canberra became the federal site, interrogate the runners up entered in the international competition to design the city and consider whether the original design is still maintained in the current city. Complete an activity booklet, consider new designs for the city and explore the exhibition at the end of the program.
- National Museum of Australia visit Explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people. Get to know the real, the treasured, the surprising and the inspirational objects from Australian history.
- High Court of Australia guided visit Discover the history, role and function of the High Court and its architecture. View the Great Hall, which includes an educational display and video area, and often features exhibitions or performances by cultural organisations. Also see the three courtrooms, which are the focus of the building's activities.
- Evening Telstra Tower visit This 195 metre tower provides essential communications facilities for the national capital, including 360 degree night and day views of Canberra's region. Trace the history of Australian telecommunications at the Heritage Museum and see how the tower was created in the auditorium.
- Parliament House guided visit (PEO and Hospitality) Explore the chambers of Parliament (on non-sitting days), Marble Foyer, Great Hall (subject to availability), Members' Hall & Highlights of the Parliament House Art Collection. The PEO role-play gives hands-on experience of how our Parliament works to make Australia a better place to live. Take a half-hour break in the Queen’s Terrace Gallery with the opportunity to meet your member of Parliament (dependent on availability).
- National Gallery of Australia guided visit On this immersive tour, discover highlights from the NGA collection such as Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles, Monet's Waterlillies, Arthur Streeton’s Golden Summer, Eaglemont and the largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world. Tour guides will encourage critical and creative thinking as you analyse, respond to and appreciate art.
- Questacon: National Science and Technology Centre visit Free-fall down a six-metre slide, freeze your own shadow, experience an earthquake or challenge a robot to a game of air hockey. Questacon’s eight interactive exhibitions feature more than 200 hands-on experiences covering a range of science topics, from astronomy to zoology and everything in between.
- Depart Canberra Bid farewell to Canberra as you begin your journey home.
A trip to our nation’s capital is a rite of passage for all Australians. Canberra offers an extensive range of fun and educational activities for all learners.
Canberra travel rebate
The Australian Government understands the importance of a Canberra educational tour within the civics and citizenship curriculum. It encourages and supports Australian schools to partake by offering a financial rebate to all schools who visit Canberra in Years 4 to 12.
The PACER rebate ranges from $20 – $260 per student and is calculated based on the distance from your school to Canberra. Schools need to visit four key attractions including Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial to qualify.
We design tours that meet with the government regulations and can assist with your PACER application. Visit the PACER website for more information or request a quote below to speak with a Program Specialist.