Bus Tours from Sydney Explorer

Welcome to the Sydney Explorer Sightseeing Tour


Discover Sydney for yourself on the unmissable open-top sightseeing tour, operated by Sydney Explorer.  

The city’s region has been inhabited for over 100,000 years by Australia's native people, the Aborigines. Captain Arthur Phillips sailed his First Fleet, bearing nearly 1,000 exiled convicts from British prisons, into Sydney Cove in 1788.

The Sydney Explorer Tour has been designed to take you to the best landmarks and attractions that the city has to offer. Built on the hills surrounding Port Jackson (commonly known as Sydney Harbour) the tour will take you to the iconic Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens.

Hop on and hop off at 34 stops throughout Australia’s largest, oldest and most diverse city to see intriguing monuments, cosmopolitan galleries and magnificent museums, and get a 'true blue' taste for Sydney's unique vibrancy.

The Sydney Explorer is affiliated with Big Bus Tours, offering the best way to get around the city and visit several places of interest with your choice of either a 24-hour or 48-hour ticket. The Sydney and Bondi Tour routes are both included in the ticket price, so you can enjoy two different tours on one ticket!

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See the Sights of Sydney


Your tour of Sydney will take you to the city’s most spectacular landmarks, including the magnificent Opera House, a world-renowned, prominent symbol of Australia. Admire the unrivalled view of Sydney Harbour with its stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour Bridge - the world’s tallest steel arch bridge.

Soak up the sights from the comfort and unique vantage point of Sydney Explorer's open-top, double-decker buses, and enjoy your leisurely discovery of Sydney’s famous landmarks and places of interest.

The Sydney Explorer is the most comprehensive sightseeing tour of Sydney, taking you to more tourist attractions and revealing more things to do in Sydney than any other tour.

The Sydney Tour


There are 24 stops on the Sydney Tour, each showing off the most exciting and beautiful parts of the city. Relax on the top deck, and take in the naturally picturesque views of Darling and Sydney Harbour, highlighted by the modern silhouette of the city.

The full Sydney Tour takes 90 minutes, but allow yourself time to hop on and hop off the bus to explore exciting and interesting attractions, including the Australian Museum, Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Tower Eye. Also along the route are beautiful parks and scenic areas such as Hyde Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens - perfect for enjoying a stroll and refreshments!

To change to the Bondi Tour you can hop-off at stop #5, #6 or #15. The tour departs from and finishes at Stop #1: Alfred Street. The first bus departs at 8:30am and from then on buses are scheduled to arrive every 15- 20 minutes until 7:30pm (peak season) and 6:30pm (off-peak season).

Bondi & Bays Tour


There’s no better way to enjoy the Australian sunshine and the stunning ocean views than from the top of a Sydney Explorer double decker bus. This 90-minute tour cruises through the bays that fringe Sydney, including the beautiful Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay and Rose Bay.


One of the highlights of the tour is Bondi Beach, one of Australia’s most famous and world-renowned beaches. This is the perfect stop-off point - you can relax on the kilometre-long stretch of golden sand, enjoy the sunshine, cool off in the waves or hop on a board to have a go at surfing!

There are 10 stops on the Bondi & Bays Tour, and buses depart and finish at Stop A/12: Eddy Avenue. The first bus starts at 9:30am and from then on buses are scheduled to arrive at each stop every 30 minutes, with the tour finishing at 7:30pm (peak season) and 6:30pm (off-peak season).

Hop-on, Hop-off Facility


The hop-on, hop-off facility enables you to get on and off the bus at 34 conveniently located stops to explore places of interest at your leisure. You can take a break from your tour whenever you wish - relax on the harbour, visit attractions and landmarks, or treat yourself to lunch at one of the many ocean-front bars and restaurants.

Enjoy the freedom to plan your own itinerary and see the sights for as long as you like. When you are ready to continue your tour, simply hop on the next bus at your nearest stop. You can hop on and off our open-top buses as many times as you want within the validity period of your ticket. 

Choose the length of your Tour


A 24-hour tour of Sydney is the perfect way to see the city in a short stretch of time. The Sydney and Bondi Tour each take just 90 minutes if you remain on the bus for the entire circuit, so you'll still have plenty of time to visit your choice of the city’s famous landmarks and thrilling attractions.

If you have more time in Sydney, we also offer a 48-hour Ticket. You can hop on the Sydney Explorer Bus Tour to both familiarise yourself with the city and hop from landmark to attraction, all while soaking up the sights from a relaxing, unique vantage point. The 48-hour ticket grants you the option to experience a more detailed exploration of the city, with time to relax and enjoy Sydney’s shops, restaurants, museums and sights.

The 24-hour and 48-hour tickets both offer you the freedom to plan your own day. Throughout the ticket validity period, you can hop on and off the buses at any of the stops, as many times as you like.

Recorded Commentary in a Choice of Languages


The Sydney Explorer Bus Tour offers an entertaining and informative recorded commentary in English, and on selected buses there are 7 different languages available. The commentary explains the city’s historical landmarks and gives an overview of its diverse history.

Available languages:

- English
- Spanish
- German
- French
- Chinese Mandarin
- Korean
- Japanese.

There is also a special kids’ channel narrated by Kev the Kangaroo. Complimentary earphones are available from your driver.