Australia captain James Horwill praised the British and Irish Lions after they wrapped up a 2-1 Test series victory in Sydney.
The Wallabies recovered from a 19-3 deficit to fight their way back to within three points at the beginning of the second half.
However tries from Jonathan Sexton, George North and Jamie Roberts then blew Australia away as the Lions bounced back from their 16-15 defeat in Melbourne last weekend.
Horwill endured a difficult week after the IRB appealed the original dismissal of his citing for a stamp on rival captain Alun Wyn Jones, but conceded that despite the loss the tour had been an amazing experience and important for Australian rugby.
"We had too many errors early on and we gave them a head start. We started the second half like we wanted to start the first half. We let them get away with it and they were too good," said Horwill.
"You've got to give them credit - they played very well and were the better team tonight.
"We just had to hold onto the ball and build pressure and we didn't do that. We let them into the game and we let them execute the way they wanted to and they scored points.
"It was a bit disappointing from us in the scrum. We'd done so well in the first two Tests but we let ourselves down there a bit. We've got to work on that.
"I'd like to congratulate the Lions on their victory tonight and on the whole tour. The Lions tour is what rugby's about. The whole month they've been here has been an amazing atmosphere throughout Australia.
"I'd like to say thank you to the fans. Lions tours aren't the same without their fans and they've really brought a colour and excitement to rugby. Thank you.
"We dug deep and we tried as much as we could. To our guys - put your heads up high and let's keep working."