Explore the significant, quirky and unique side of Canberra’s spaces and places as you join one of the many interesting walking and bus tours hosted by local Churchill Fellows and knowledgable Canberrans! 

Following the Fellows' Reception at the Shine Dome on Friday evening there are three local tours to choose from. On Saturday we have offered two walking tours designed primarily for partners and guests not attending the conversations at the Shine Dome.

On Sunday morning - after enjoying breakfast at University House and viewing the art exhibition at the Churchill Trust - we invite you to choose from 14 different tours and activities around Canberra, before joining us at the High Court to hear Churchill Fellows in Concert. While lunch is not catered for on Sunday, we will provide a number of recommendations depending on the various locations you may find yourself in.

Places are limited on these tours with bookings offered on a first in, first served basis, however short waiting lists will be offered should a tour reach capacity. We will then advise you if a vacancy becomes available.  With the assistance of local Fellows, we will do our best to arrange either bus or shared transport. 

Please book for your tours using this link:

In addition, there are many other activities, events and exhibitions in Canberra during the Covention weekend for partners and family to enjoy! See more activities.




Why is the Shine Dome not Shiny? 

About:  A Canberra landmark since its construction in 1959, the Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome has received numerous awards and is one of seven projects the Royal Australian Institute of Architects has nominated to the World Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture. The first Canberra building to be added to the National Heritage List for its historical and architectural significance, the Shine Dome and its custom-designed furniture were created to reflect the inquiring and innovative nature of science. Reflecting some of the more adventurous architectural ideas of that time, the dome was conceived before Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin existed, before microchips, and before manned space travel. Fondly referred to by locals as the Martian Embassy, it remains one of the most unusual buildings in Australia. Join Phil Greenwood to find out why...

Time: 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Meeting Point: Shine Dome Foyer

No. of Places: 5 - 20

Cost: Included in Registration


Heritage Ghost Tour at the National Film and Sound Archive

About:  Join Canberra historian and journalist Tim the Yowie Man (yes that is his real name!) for a rare look behind the fascinating and often spooky history of the National Film and Sound Archive headquarters, a landmark art deco building which originally housed the Institute of Anatomy. The NFSA is just across the road from the convention Shine Dome venue. Tim's tours sell out fast, so be quick to book this!

Time: 7pm - 8:30pm (and subject to interest, 8:30pm - 10pm)

Meeting Point: National Film and Sound Archive entrance (across the road from the Shine Dome)

No. of Places: 15 - 22

Cost: $45 per person (additional to convention registration)


Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary 

About: Experience Australia’s woodlands like they were hundreds of years ago – teeming with unique nocturnal wildlife whose chorus is now rarely heard. See species like Eastern Bettongs, otherwise extinct on the mainland of Australia, but being recovered thanks to innovative partnerships and a supportive Canberra community. Step across the fox-free threshold to see or hear bettongs, sugar gliders, curlews, wallabies and maybe even echidnas at night. Please wear sturdy shoes for walking in the bush. 

Time: 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Meeting Point: Bus leaving from University House at 7:15pm, return 10:00pm, or visit the Mulligan's Flat website for driving directions.

No. of Places: 15 - 25

Cost: Included in registration


SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER (for those not attending the convention talks)

ANU Heritage Highlights 

About: Take a walk full of tidbits about architecture, politics, landscapes and goings on at our National University with ANU Heritage Officer Amy Jarvis.

Time: 11am - 12:30pm

Meeting Point: University House Foyer

No. of Places: 5 - 30

Cost: Included in Registration


Old Old Acton Tour 

About: Acton has a long history dating back to the early traditional custodians of the Canberra region, whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history. Following the arrival of Commonwealth surveyors in 1909, Acton Settlement was to become Canberra's first 'suburb', and remained the administrative and social centre for the next forty years. Join historian and author Allen Mawer for the Old, Old Acton tour. This will be a leisurely walk taking us around the lower and upper Acton Peninsula, peering back into the early history of the area through comparing old photographs with new vistas.

Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm 

Meeting Point: University House Foyer

No. of Places: 5 - 20

Cost: Included in Registration



Breakfast on Sunday morning will be served from 8am - 10:30am in the Common Room and Central Gardens of the ANU University House, including a welcome from ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt, and the 'handing over of the cigar' at 9am. We invite you to also stroll across the road to the Churchill Trust House to say hello to staff and view an exhibition of Art by local Churchill Fellows - opening from 8am. In most cases the tours below will begin from 10:30am (with some buses leaving at 10:15am). Bookings are required. 


Church Service at The Presbyterian Church of St Andrew followed by Tour

About:  Known as the “Church at the heart of the nation, with the nation at its heart”, the Church of St Andrew is a prominent landmark in Canberra, situated on State Circle, directly opposite Parliament House. It was built as the National Presbyterian Cathedral Church and was opened in 1934 by the then Governor General Sir Isaac Isaacs. Both the beautiful neo-gothic sandstone church and the adjoining Georgian brick Manse, known as St Andrew’s House are heritage listed. Join a tour of these, and the recently opened “Living Stones” exhibition to learn more about the history of the Church and the lives of some of the Church’s pioneers who were also instrumental in the development of Canberra.

Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm 1 hour service followed by morning tea and a Cathedral Tour

Meeting Point: Bus leaving from Churchill Trust (ANU) at 9:15am, or meet for the 9:30am service at St Andrews Cathedral 1 State Circle, Forrest (on the corner of State Circle and Canberra Ave)

No. of Places: 5 – 25

Cost: Included in registration


CSIRO's Innovative Bioproducts Labs

About: An immersive experience entering into real working laboratories to see first-hand the work being carried out by CSIRO’s Innovative Bioproducts Group in the area of breath diagnostics and in particular the development of an Early Asthma Warning Device. This tour will be led by research scientist and Churchill Fellow Trevor Rapson, along with Dr Tara Sutherland (Team Leader, Bioinspired Materials). For safety reasons participants must wear closed shoes (i.e. no thongs or sandals). 

Time: 10:30am - 11:30am and 11:30am - 12:30pm

Meeting Point: Bus leaving from Churchill Trust (ANU) at 10:15am, or driving directions will be provided.

No. of Places: 2 - 10

Cost: Included in registration


Jerrabomberra Wetlands - Birds, Bugs and Community Action

About: Come along and join ACT Churchill Fellow Dr Siwan Lovett, Director of the Australian River Restoration Centre, and friend Lori Gould, Manager of Jerrabomberra, to explore a wetland in the middle of Canberra that is bursting with life and community spirit.  This will be a lovely morning out in nature, filled with lively conversation and stories about migratory birds, trialling carp traps, bush tucker and how to reconnect people with nature.  

Time:  10.30am - 12.30pm 

Meeting Point: Bus leaving from Churchill Trust (ANU) at 10.15am, or meet at 10:30am at the wetlands (2 Dairy Road Fyshwick).

No. of Places: 15 - 50 

Cost: Included in registration


ACT Fire & Rescue Demonstration at the Emergency Services Agency (ESA) 

About: ACT Fire & Rescue will be hosting an event at their world class training facility at Hume to showcase some of the learning’s that ACT firefighters have brought back from their studies overseas. These skills now benefit the ACT and Australian community and include fire investigation techniques, Urban Search and Rescue, vertical rescue, Hazardous materials clean up, driver training and firefighter fitness. This will be followed by a visit to the ESA Open Day. For safety reasons, enclosed shoes will be required to safely access all areas of the facility.

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm 

Meeting Point: Bus (seating 12) leaving from Churchill Trust (ANU) at 10:15am, or meet at the Emergency Services Agency at the end of David Warren Road in Hume, at 10:30am. 

No. of Places: 30 maximum

Cost: Included in registration 


Calthorpes' House

About: Built in 1927, Calthorpes’ House provides an authentic view into the lives of a middle class family and the early days of Canberra.  Collection Manager and Churchill Fellow Jennifer Elton will lead a tour of the house and discuss how her fellowship research has been applied to the conservation methodology to care for the building fabric and collection material.  In doing so, extending the life of this ‘artefact’ and the history it holds.

Time: 10:30am - 11:30am and 11:30am - 12:30pm. Guests will enjoy morning tea and discussion after the first and prior to the second tour. 

Meeting Point: Bus leaving from Churchill Trust (ANU) at 10:15am or meet at Calthorpes' House at 10:30am (24 Mugga Way, Red Hill).

No. of Places: 5 - 10 per tour 




Australian War Memorial Tour
About: The Australian War Memorial combines a 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 war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society. This tour will showcase highlights of the collection, including the First and Second World War exhibitions, the Hall Of Valour, Aircraft Hall and Anzac Hall, with a focus on aspects relating to Sir Winston Churchill's legacy.

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Meeting Point: Bus leaving from Churchill House (ANU) at 10:15am, or meet in the orientation gallery to the left of security at the front entrance at 10:30am.

No. of Places: 10 - 25

Cost: Included in Registration


National Museum of Australia 

About: This guided tour provides an excellent introduction to the Museum, exploring highlights from each of the five permanent galleries. The tour will include the Open Collections in our First Australians gallery gives visitors a special ‘behind the scenes’ look at more than 2000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects in our collection. The tour runs for 1hr and 15mins, leaving time for your own exploration.

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Meeting Point: Bus departs Churchill Trust (ANU) at 10:15am, or meet at the information desk in the National Museum entrance foyer at 10:30am.

No. of Places: 10 - 25

Cost: Included in Registration



Mt Stromlo Observatory

About: Join ANU Heritage Officer Amy Jarvis for a tour of Mt Stromlo Observatory. One of the oldest institutions in Canberra, Stromlo is the home to a world-respected community of astronomy and astrophysics researchers. The new Visitors Centre has something for everyone with science exhibits, a kids zone and info about Mount Stromlo’s rich history of tragedies and triumphs. 

Time: Sunday 29th October 10:30am - 12:30pm

Meeting Point: Bus departs Churchill House (ANU) at 10:15am, or driving instructions will be provided.

No. of Places: 20 - 50

Cost: Included in registration


Discover the National Library of Australia Tour

About:  Join a National Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading Rooms and public spaces.

Time:  10.30am-11.30pm and 11:30am-12:30pm

Meeting Point: Bus leaving from Churchill House (ANU) at 10.15am, or meet in the National Library Foyer at 10:30am/11:30am

No. of Places: 5 - 15

Cost: Included in registration


Dombrovskis at the National Library: Journeys into the Wild Exhibition

About:  Peter Dombrovskis was one of the world's foremost wilderness photographers. His powerful, reflective and deeply personal images of the unique Tasmanian wilderness had a lasting impact, changing the way Australians think about their environment.

Time:  10.30am - 11.30am 

Meeting Point: Bus leaving from Churchill House (ANU) at 10.15am, or meet in the National Library Foyer at 10:30am

No. of Places: 5 - 15

Cost: Included in registration


Treasures Gallery at the National Library

About: Come face-to-face with some of the Library’s greatest treasures and Australia’s greatest stories. Early maps and atlases, books, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, photographs and objects all feature in the Treasures Gallery.

Time:  11.30am - 12.30pm 

Meeting Point: Meet in the National Library Foyer at 11:30am, or travel in on the bus leaving from Churchill House (ANU) at 10.15am

No. of Places: 5 - 15

Cost: Included in registration


Tour of Ante Dabro’s Sculpture Studio

Ante Dabro received his Churchill Fellowship in 1982 to study both the traditional and ceramic shell methods involved of casting of sculpture. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb ,and lecturer in sculpture at the ANU School of Art from 1971– 2004, he is one of the major exponents of figurative sculpture in Australia. Ante Dabro has worked on many commissions, including the Royal Australian Navy Memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra and the La Pérouse Memorial in Paris, as week as a commission by the Winston Churchill Trust to sculpt a bust of Winston Churchill, viewable outside the Trust house Balmain Crescent, Australian National University.

Take this rare opportunity to visit this working sculptors studio.  Ante will lead the group through his Studio and discuss the processes involved in creating his Sculptures and pieces.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Meeting Point: 25 Scherger Drive, Fairburn, ACT

No. of Places: 20 people


Don't forget about the Churchill Fellows in Concert at the High Court from 1:30-3:00pm 



If you have registered and paid for a tour we will be refunding your ticket. 

Canberra Glassworks Tour

About: Canberra Glassworks is Australia’s only cultural centre that is wholly dedicated to contemporary glass art. Canberra Glassworks provides artists with state-of-the-art equipment; intensive workshops taught by leading glass artists; studios and mentorship programs; and a unique context to explore, develop and realise new work. Join glass artist and Churchill Fellow Peter Minson to interact with other glass artists, learn about glass making and the heritage of Canberra’s Kingston Powerhouse - a building of industrial and architectural significance that is a landmark on its lakeside setting.

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Meeting Point: Bus leaving from Churchill Trust (ANU) at 10:15am, or meet in the Glassworks Foyer at 10:30am. 

No. of Places: 5 - 20

Cost: Included in Registration


Quirky Canberra Tour 

About: Join Canberra historian and journalist Tim the Yowie Man for a look beyond the concrete edifices of the Parliamentary Triangle. Visit places not listed in guidebooks including top secret places of espionage, a hidden war bunker and the grave of the only Australian solider fatally wounded at Gallipoli to be repatriated. Tim's tours sell out fast, so be quick to book this!

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Meeting Point: Bus departs from Churchill Trust (ANU) at 10:30am

No. of Places: 15 - 24 

Cost: $25 per person (additional to convention registration)





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