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June 21, 2003
It is usual for the first bus to depart at 8:40am and the last one at 5:20pm, but heavy traffic, weather, and/or road conditions may cause variations. Once you have your ticket you can reboard the bus at any stop where you see the Red Sydney Explorer Bus sign. For those of us use to driving on the right, remember that the buses will approach the stop from your right when you are standing facing the street. If you are jetlagged, this may take a bit of getting used to.
Examples of stops are: Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Hard Rock Cafe, Queen Victoria Building, Star City Casino, Darling Harbour, the Sydney Aquarium, and the Rocks district. Your Explorer ticket can get you some discounts along the way.
During peak tourism periods, the buses may be crowded leaving Circular Quay so plan an early arrival. An unexpected thrill was a drive through the tunnel under Sydney Harbour and a fast return over the Harbour Bridge. The drivers can suggest general areas to find lunch, but don't try to sell you on specific restaurants.
The drivers do not accept tips. One told me that he was properly paid with his salary. The drivers can also point out the best places to take photos. No food or drinks allowed on the bus. No onboard toilets. Wheelchair accessible.
From journal Australia on Top -- Sydney
August 17, 2001
As I've mentioned in my other articles, Sydney is a very clean city. The buses are no different. In fact they were amazingly clean and nice, a welcome change in comparison to Boston Public Transportation. Additionally, the bus is climate controlled for your comfort.
This bus makes 26 stops around the city. You can get on and off at your leisure all day. It picks up approximately every 10 minutes. There's a taped narration with history. Some of the drivers will actually announce more historical and folkloric information.
If you want to stay on the bus from start to finish, the full circuit takes 40 minutes to complete. The last Sydney Explorer busy departs from Circular Quay at 5.22 pm, but your ticket entitles you to free travel on regular blue Sydney Buses within the same zone covered by the Explorer ticket until 12:00am.
You can also save a few $'s by purchasing a twin ticket to the Sydney explorer and Bondi explorer bus which visits Bondi beach. You use this ticket within a 7 day period, one day for each bus.
Some of the Sydney Explorer stops include:
Sydney Opera House: A must see, daily tours available.
Mrs. Macquaries' Chair: Great photo op, view of the opera house, the city skyline, and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Hard Rock Cafe: What can I say?
Queen Victoria Building: Amazing architecture, and shopping galore.
Power House Museum: Great for kids. Not for adults, though tourist information says otherwise. One great exhibit for adults in the working model of the Straussberg clock.
Darling Harbour: Beautiful harbour, big mall, restaurants, and some other museums and sites.
Chinese Tea/Friendship Garden: Breathtaking gardens, rocks, and waterfalls right in the center of the city. (A separate review coming soon.)
Sydney Aquarium and many other interesting sites. For more info, visit:
From journal 12 Days in Oz - Sydney
Hoboken, New Jersey
November 7, 2000
From journal A few days in Sydney
August 28, 2000
From journal Sydney - the Olympic City