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City Sightseeing Sydney

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by Todd Newton (subscribe)
Published January 15th 2014
See Sydney through the eyes of a tourist
City Sightseeing Sydney Queen Victoria Building
Queen Victoria Building (Creative Commons).

Most of us have been to the Sydney CBD. We've visited some (or maybe all) of Sydney's most treasured tourist locations.

But most of us haven't really seen Sydney like the tourists do.

Double-decker buses ride along and stop at some of Sydney's most favoured locations for tourists.

These 90 minute tours are run by City Sightseeing.

Sydney Botanical Gardens
Sydney Botanical Gardens (Creative Commons).

City sightseeing buses (Sydney) run on two routes. The first is known as the 'Red Route'. It leaves Circular Quay and drives within the streets of the city. Some of the stops on this route include;
  • Circular Quay (Alfred Street)
  • Town Hall (Queen Victoria Building)
  • Kings Cross
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Hyde Park
  • Australian Museum
  • Powerhouse Museum
  • Darling Harbour
  • The Rocks
  • Circular Quay

The second bus route is known as the 'Blue Route'. It travels from Central Railway Station to Bondi Beach via Chinatown and Sydney Tower and then circles back to the city via Rose Bay and Double Bay before the tour ends at the Australian Museum.

A third route also runs outside of Sydney in the Blue Mountains where you can hop off at Scenicworld and ride the cable cars. Or you can gaze at the Three Sisters. .

City Sightseeing Blue Mountains
City Sightseeing Blue Mountains (Creative Commons).

A seat on the top deck of the Sydney and Bondi buses will grant you a 360 degree view of all the sights there are to see, since there are no walls or roof on the top deck.

As you pass each stop, an Australian television and radio personality will entertain you and provide commentary that is sure to inform you during the trip.

Tours are very frequent with buses for Sydney CBD leaving every 15-20 minutes. Buses for Bondi leave every 30-45 minutes.

City Sightseeing Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach (Wikimedia Commons).

Ticket Prices

Adult- $40 (24 pounds)
Children- $26 (15 pounds)
Students- $36 (21 pounds)
Senior- $31 (18 pounds)
Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children)- $113 (66 pounds)

A ticket is valid for 24 hours and can be used on both Sydney and Bondi tour buses. If you choose to hop-off at a stop, you can use your ticket to hop back on a later tour bus.

48 hour tickets are also available;

Adult- $60
Family Pass- $170

Tours run from 8:30am to 7:30pm.

A trip on the City Sightseeing bus will let you experience Sydney with the eyes of a tourist.
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Why? Sightseeing
When: 8:30am- 7:30pm
Phone: (02) 9567 8400
Where: Sydney CBD, Bondi, and Darling Harbour
Cost: See article or website
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