When should I get to Canberra, and what can I do in Canberra before the tour?

We suggest that you get to Canberra a few days before the tour starts, as there is a lot to see and do in the nation’s capital! It would take too long to list everything here, so take a look at this awesome website http://visitcanberra.com.au/  You will need to be in Canberra at least the day before the tour departure, as we depart Canberra at 8:30am on Day 1.

How do I get to Canberra?

NSW Train Link runs several services a day, departing from Sydney Central Station and arriving into Canberra Kingston Station. From Canberra Kingston Station, you will need to get a taxi to your accommodation.

Murrays Coaches run hourly services from Sydney Central Station (they can also pick up at Sydney International airport), arriving at Canberra Jolimont Centre (downtown Civic). You may have to get a taxi from the Jolimont Centre to your accommodation.

QantasTiger Air and Virgin airlines fly to Canberra from many cities and towns in Australia. Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways also fly into Canberra from many places around the world. From Canberra Airport, you can get a taxi or a shuttle bus to your accommodation.

Where should I stay in Canberra?

Our favourite place to stay in Canberra is the Pavilion on Northbourne. It is a gorgeous hotel, with a quality bar and restaurant in the middle of a huge, green, leafy atrium. It is in a great location, and is walking distance to the CBD, as well as the yummy restaurant districts of Dickson and Braddon.

If mobility is an issue, be sure to inquire about their Apartments and One Bedroom Suites which have walk-in showers. They also have fully accessible, Easy Access accommodation in their partner hotel, The Aria, which is right next door on Dooring St.

The Pavilion on Northbourne is delighted to offer Gang Gang Tours’ guests a 15% discount off the best available rate at their lovely establishment in the heart of Canberra. Information on how to book at the special discounted rate is shown below.

There are a number of ways that you can make a reservation with them:

By phone – You can call their central reservations team on 1800 828 000 (Free call from within Australia) or (+61) (2) 6247 6888 from overseas. When you call, let their friendly team know you wish to book using the booking code “EXCLUSIVE” and they will make your reservation.

Online – You can book via their website www.capitalhotelgroup.com.au using your special code: EXCLUSIVE

  1. Select the property you wish to book by clicking on the book now tab.
  2. Select the Hotel and date you wish to book and click ‘search availability’
  3. Click the promotion code drop down and enter your special code of EXCLUSIVE
  4. Your rate will then appear and you can continue with your reservation.

All bookings made via their website require payment at the time of reservation. No credit card surcharges will be applied.

By email – You can email their central reservations team at reservations@capitalhotelgroup.com.au with the dates and details of your bookings.

***Make sure you book DIRECTLY with the hotel in one of the ways above, to be guaranteed the best possible rate available.***

If you are driving to Canberra, The Pavilion on Northbourne can provide secure parking for guests at $10/day, subject to availability. This is by far the cheapest parking in Canberra!

What will the weather be like?

On our Altitude to Sea Level tour, you will be travelling from the top of Australia at 2228m, down to sea level. The Australian Alps can receive snow at ANY time of the year, and in the summer months, it can reach 40 degrees Celsius on the coast. That’s why we recommend that you pack for all weathers! But that doesn’t mean you have to bring a whole lot of stuff. Have a look at our “What do I need to bring?” section below to help keep your packing light.

What do I need to bring?

SNOWY MOUNTAINS HYDRO MAJESTIC TOUR and THE SAPPHIRE COAST TOUR

Comfy walking shoes
Small bag or daypack for the bus, as your luggage will be in a separate luggage trailer
Water bottle for the bus
Raincoat or umbrella
Warm jumper or coat, as it can get cold in the Snowy Mountains at any time of year!
The dress code for any eateries that we patronise is definitely casual.

ALTITUDE TO SEA LEVEL TOUR 

Essential:
20 – 25 litre daypack
2 x 1 litre water bottles
Sunscreen
Wide brim sun hat
Sun glasses
Long sleeve, lightweight hiking shirt
Long, lightweight hiking pants (convertible OK)
Hiking socks (preferably wool)
Sturdy hiking shoes or boots (not brand new!)
Warm layer – wool or fleece jacket or pullover
Lightweight waterproof breathable shell jacket (e.g. Goretex)
One pair of thermal underwear (preferably wool)
Prescription medications to last the length of the tour e.g. medications for asthma, anaphylaxis, angina, epilepsy etc.

We strongly suggest:

Swimming costume and towel (essential if you are participating in any of our water activities)
Thongs (flip-flops) or sandals
Lightweight beanie or “Buff” (A “Buff” is a thin, long neck tube which can also be used as a beanie, headband, scarf or sun protection for the neck)
Lightweight gloves – e.g. fleece or merino
Sense of adventure!

Optional:
Lightweight waterproof breathable shell pants (e.g. Goretex)
Gaiters
Walking poles
Rash vest/swim shirt (for water activites)
Cap
Bike pants and jersey
Small first aid kit
Fly net
Waterproof cover or liner for daypack
Torch (flashlight)
The dress code for any eateries that we patronise is definitely casual.

How much luggage can I bring?

We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible, and limit your luggage to your daypack or handbag, plus one soft bag, backpack or suitcase. Only your daypack or handbag will be with you in the mini bus. Your other bag will be in the luggage trailer with other tour supplies and equipment.

What if I don’t want to participate in an optional activity listed on the itinerary/booking form (Altitude to Sea Level Tour)?

If you do not want to participate in one or more of the optional sporting activities available, there will always be something else for you to do. Depending on where we are that day, you might choose to browse through the shops, go for a swim or a walk along the beach, or just relax and read a book while you enjoy the view. There will always be a bushwalk option, and at some destinations, there will also be self-guided walks and other activities available. Your friendly tour guide will also be full of suggestions!

What will be the age and fitness of the other guests be on your scheduled tours?

Our tours are designed to suit those in the 30+ age range, but of course, we don’t have set age limits. As an Altitude to Sea Level, you will enjoy being outdoors and active while on tour and trying new things. All of our guests will enjoy travelling in a comfortable mini bus, seeing beautiful sights, eating good food, and maybe having a drink after dinner before you retire to your quality private room. Our Snowy Mountains Hydro Majestic and Sapphire Coast guest guests will enjoy travelling at a slower pace and walking very short distances to attractions.

On our private customised group tours, we welcome people of all ages, including families and children.

Do I need travel insurance?

International guests will need travel insurance. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information on travel insurance requirements.

How do I contact Gang Gang Tours when I am in Australia?

If you are an international guest, we strongly suggest that when you land in Australia, you purchase an Australian Telstra SIM card for your phone. These can be purchased at the airport, post office or at a Telstra shop. We recommend Telstra because they have the best coverage in the areas we will be travelling to. As soon as you have your Australian phone number, you can call or text us on 0412 173 430 so we can then correspond by phone. Please note, that even with Telstra, you will not receive 100% coverage all day, every day, as we are often in beautiful, unspoilt national parks!