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Published December 23rd 2018
It's new, it's free and stress free as well
Free shuttle bus around canberra
Source: National Museum of Australia (NMA)


Canberra's free shuttle bus which transports visitors on a convenient loop from easy parking areas to some of Canberra's most loved cultural attractions and places of interest began operations on December 20, 2018. Just in time for the tourist season.

This is such a boon, as Canberra's tourist attractions are notoriously widespread and interstate drivers find it confusing driving in all those circles. I suspect that some of the locals find it frustrating as well.

Cultural Loop Shuttle Bus Canberra
National Museum of Australia (NMA)


The Culture Loop shuttle bus is a joint six-month pilot venture among 10 organisations and runs seven days a week from 9am to 5pm with nine conveniently situated stops.

The bus route stops at:

Canberra Centre, 17 Akuna Street, Canberra City (near Myer), 6247 5611

National Museum Of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, 6208 5000

National Film And Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, 6248 2000

National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point, Commonwealth Park, 6272 2902 and Canberra And Region Visitors Centre, Regatta Point, Commonwealth Park, 1300 554 114

National Library Of Australia, 20 Parkes Place, Parkes, 6262 1111 and Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes, 6270 2800

Museum Of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, 6270 8222

Australian Parliament House, Federation Mall, Capital Hill, 6277 5399 West Basin, Henry Rolland Park, Corkhill Street, Acton

Canberra Museum And Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra City, 6207 3968


Cultural Loop Shuttle Bus Canberra
National Museum of Australia (NMA)


The shuttle bus, which will take about one hour for a round trip. Visitors can park once and ride the shuttle to their favourite venues and experience all the great exhibitions, galleries, collections, stories and event that Canberra has to offer.

Dr Mathew Trinca, director of the National Museum of Australia which has led the Culture Loop initiative said there has been 'unprecedented collaboration between the cultural institutions and other organisations to improve the visitor experience in Canberra,' through this service.

The Culture Loop service will be provided by Capital Touring Services Pty Ltd.

Cultural Loop Shuttle Bus Canberra
National Museum of Australia (NMA)


The bus has a seating capacity of 39 people (plus 22 standing) with wheelchair access, air conditioning, front and centre double doors, and accessibility for people using mobility aids

For more information including a map and timetable, click here .

For international tourists, it is worth noting that a number of Australian cities offer free transport.

Melbourne has a free tram but only in the CBD. Click here for more information .

Melbourne also offers some free transport to shopping centres. Click here.

Perth has a free transit zone.

Adelaide has a few free transport options including an iconic tram Click here.

In Hobart, there is a free bus to Salamanca Markets, which can be a hard place to park. Click here.

Brisbane has a number of free loop bus services,Click here.

If there are other free options I have missed, please add them to the comments section below.
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Why? Free and stree free and means you don't need your car
When: Trial period is 6 mths but lets hope it becomes a fixture
Phone: See website for details
Where: Around the cultural trail in Canberra
Cost: FREE
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