A vintage bus museum doesn't immediately spring to mind when you think of Leichhardt, but twice a month, in a lane near the quiet end of Norton street, you will find the Sydney Bus Museum delighting young and old alike. You may have already seen some of the Sydney Bus Museum's bus collection out and about in the city for special events including Australia Day, where they offer free trips (donations gratefully accepted) around the city.
The Sydney Bus Museum reopened in its new Leichhardt location in mid-2016. The museum and its operating vehicles are run and maintained entirely by volunteers. It was closed for several years prior to that after its previous incarnation as the Bus & Truck Museum in Tempe until 2009. The museum is now housed in the over 100-year-old Leichhardt Tramshed which also served as a government bus depot.
A trip to the Sydney Bus Museum allows you to sp,end as much time as you want wandering through the collection where you have the ability to walk through a large amount of the collection.
Visitors are offered a free return vintage bus ride to the QVB building in the city. You can also base yourself in the city and catch a vintage bus to the museum and then return to the city when you are finished.
Entry to the Sydney Bus Museum includes a return trip to the QVB building in Sydney CBD
The Sydney Bus Museum primarily houses vintage Sydney Buses and bus-related paraphernalia, but you will also find vintage London buses and miscellaneous vintage vehicles including taxis, trucks, and some quirky vehicles like a postal vesper truck and a semi-trailer bus.
For more information about the Australia Day vintage bus service and other special events, check out the Museum's events.
Tips for Vistors
The Sydney Bus Museum is located in an old warehouse so it is entirely undercover, but on hot days it can get quite warm (especially in the top decks of double-decker buses). Choose a cooler day to visit if you can.
The museum is only open on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, so you will need to plan your visit. Be sure to check out the opening days before you go.
Cold drinks are available in the Museum's shop, but no food. So bring a picnic lunch with you for the nearby Pioneers Memorial Park or use the vintage bus trip into the city to grab some lunch (The Galleries food court is a convenient nearby option for something fast).
There is literally a hand-full of parking spots on site, but you should be able to find a park in a nearby street. Access to the museum on Derbyshire Rd is from Norton Street, and then William Street.