Vivid Sydney Disruptions | Note that during the Vivid Sydney event (May 24 - Jun 15, 2019) the Big Bus Sydney service will experience a number of timetable changes. These are noted in our Vivid Sydney Detour Leaflet.
About The Big Bus Sydney & Bondi Explorer Tour:
Kick back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Australia's largest city aboard the Big Bus Sydney & Bondi Explorer Tour. This popular sightseeing service lets you discover top attractions at your own pace for either 1 or 2 days. There's two dedicated sightseeing routes, one for Sydney and another for Bondi Beach.
Jump aboard a Sydney tour bus to explore locations throughout the city centre such as Darling Harbour, The Rocks and Dawes Point. Join the Bondi sightseeing route for a journey that encompasses Dover Heights, Rose Bay and Double Bay. In between each of the 33 hop-on hop-off bus stops you'll be treated to a multi-lingual audio programme.
- All Year Round, Daily.
- Digital Audio: English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
- Kids channel also available on selected buses.
help Route Information:
- A full list of tour timings and stops are contained in the Map Download - View Here.
- Both routes: 1.5 Hours (1 full circuit).
- Audio Guide (Headphones Included).
- Printed Tour Map & Leaflet.
- Free On-Board Wi-Fi.
- Free Mobile App (Download On Bus).
This handy hop-on hop-off sightseeing service is the only one of its kind in the capital of New South Wales. Every day of the year their open-top double decker buses chart a course around two diverse and exciting routes: Sydney and Bondi Beach.
Red Sydney Route:
The Sydney Route covers key districts throughout city centre, including the CBD, Darling Harbour, Woolloomooloo and Potts Point. At some point during your travels be sure to check out the lively wharfage along Cockle Bay (stop 19), the bustling markets and food scenes of The Rocks (stop 23), and beautiful green spaces such as the Royal Botanic Gardens and Barangaroo Park.
Blue Bondi Beach Route:
Connect onto the Bondi route by exchanging buses at any of the following three stops: 3, 4 & 12. You'll start by journeying through Paddington suburb (hop-off available) and past Centennial Park. After crossing Bondi Junction you'll then pass along Bondi Road towards Bondi Beach Terminal, where you can disembark for easy access to the famous beach. Stay on the buses a little longer to reach the northern end of Campbell Parade.
Continuing further along the Bondi route takes you up through Dover Heights then onto Rose Bay, where you can step off next to the Royal Sydney Golf Club. The final location to check out on this route is Double Bay, an affluent suburb filled with top restaurants, boutiques and cafes.
Rocks Walking Tour:
Big Bus Sydney offer all Premium and Deluxe ticket holders a free walking tour of The Rocks. Join a local guide on this 90 minute exploration of the site of the first European settlement in Australia. You'll hear compelling stories as you stroll down cobbled laneways, historic pubs and modern cafes and galleries. It departs daily at 11:00 from stop 1 (Circular Quay).
Deluxe Ticket Inclusions:
As well as providing 2-day access to the double decker buses, Deluxe ticket holders can ascend Sydney Tower Eye (OR access Madame Tussauds) and explore the famous harbour with Captain Cook Cruises.
Option 1 | Sydney Tower Eye:
Enjoy the best views in town from Sydney Tower Eye's 360° Observation Deck - the city's tallest building. In addition to general admission, experience the fun 4D Cinema pre-show. The Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck is open 7 days a week 365 days a year. To gain entry, present your Sydney Explorer Deluxe ticket to staff at the admissions counter.
- 100 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000.
- October 3 - April 25: 09:00 to 22:00 (last entry at 21:00).
- April 26 - October 2: 09:00 to 21:30 (last entry at 20:30).
Option 2 | Madame Tussauds:
Madame Tussauds Sydney features an all-star cast of the world’s best known personalities, including A-list celebrities, sporting icons, rock legends, world leaders and an array of home-grown Australian legends. Strike a pose for the cameras and be part of the action!
- 1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000.
- Standard Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (last admission 17:00).
Captain Cook Sydney Harbour Cruise:
Experience the world's most beautiful harbour with a Captain Cook 1.5 hour sightseeing cruise. Scope out amazing photo opportunities from the open-air deck and learn about Sydney from the live onboard guide. During this single loop cruise you'll pass Sydney Opera House, the eastern suburbs, harbour beaches, islands and national parks before returning to Circular Quay.
To start your cruise, present your Sydney Explorer Deluxe ticket to staff at the Captain Cook office at Wharf 6, Circular Quay 15 minutes prior to cruise departures.
Captain Cook Cruises Wharf 6, Circular Quay, Sydney NSW 2000.
Up to 13 departures daily from 09:45 until 16:05. Please refer to timetable available from the bus driver. The boats cast off every day except December 25th and Good Friday.