Explorer Bus Review
It takes more than one day to see all the sights around Sydney and
a good option for travel is the Bondi Explorer Bus. Taking in some of
the best inner harbour bays, such as Rose Bay and Watsons Bay, and then
going on to the iconic beaches of Bondi, Bronte Beach and Coogee Beach,
the trip is an important link in the Sydney tourism chain.
The Bondi Explorer Bus is a hop on hop off style which allows passengers
the opportunity to take their time at particular stops. While an entire
circuit of the bus route takes just on 2 hours to complete, buses pass
each stop every 30 minute,s which gives more than enough time to properly
enjoy each area. For example Watson Bay is not just a great scenic attraction,
with small craft anchored just off shore and fabulous views of the city
in the background, you can also grab some very delicious fish and chips
from the famous Doyles outlet at the wharf, enjoy a stroll through the
park and then take a walk along The Gap Lookout for fabulous views of
the Pacific Ocean. You can hop off at stop 10, which is Watsons Bay
and walk along The Gap path to Stop 11, taking in the wonderful ocean
are also a couple of attractions where the bus will make short stops
so passengers can take a few photographs. These quick stops are not
official stops but are a very important addition to an excellent tour.
One of the most outstanding views of Sydney Harbour is seen at the
Rose Bay Convent. The Rose Bay Convent was built in 1882 and sits high
above Rose Bay, which is known officially as the home of the first Australian
International Airport, being the starting port for the first international
flights by sea planes. Now home to the Kincoppal - Rose Bay School of
the Sacred Heart, a short stop for photographs at Rose Bay Convent and
magnificent views from this stop is one of the highlights of the Bondi
Bondi Explorer Bus also passes the Macquarie Lighthouse. An imposing
figure overlooking the ocean, the Macquarie Lighthouse is significant
in that it is the first lighthouse built in Australia. There was a flag
staff erected on the site just one year after the arrival of the First
Fleet into Sydney Harbour. A sandstone lighthouse structure was completed
in 1818 and was visible seaward for 22 miles. Due to poor quality sandstone,
this structure had to be replaced and in 1883 the present lighthouse
was officially commissioned. The bus driver will make a quick stop for
a minute or so at the Macquarie Lighthouse so you can get a photo of
the historic site.
Of course it's Bondi Beach that is the centrepoint of the whole journey.
This is Australia's best know beach and is iconic, being the home of
some of the most famous and influential people in Australia. The beach
faces the open sea and at times can be quite dangerous, with powerful
rips that can drag the unwary swimmer into dangerous waters. If you
go for a swim at any of the beaches along the route, please swim between
the flags and stay safe.
Bondi is a great place to stop for lunch as the Explorer bus stop is
right on the Esplanade, across the road from many food outlets and restaurants.
There is a nice park on the foreshore and of course the beach itself
is something of a major attraction in it's own right.
Bondi Beach you travel through to Bronte Beach, which is smaller yet
very photogenic and then to the beautiful Coogee Beach, which is the
last stop along the ocean. Coogee Beach is a safer swimming beach as
there is a small rock outcrop in the bay which protects and calms the
waters inshore. Very picturesque, Coogee Beach is a fabulous spot to
grab a coffee and enjoy the scenery.
Once you leave the beaches, the Explorer Bus takes you to stops at
Royal Randwick Racecourse, Fox Studios and the Sydney Cricket Ground,
then the fashionable Oxford Street, Hyde Park and finally Martin Place.
There are 19
stops in all and you may board the bus anywhere along the route.
Tickets are available direct from the driver with an all day pass costing
around $39 for an adult and $19 for a child. (Prices are set by Sydney
Buses and can change without notice.) Your ticket can also be used on
the Sydney Explorer Bus which covers the inner city attractions.
Bondi Explorer is a fabulous way to see many of the tourist areas not
within walking distance of the city. The price seems high, but once
you take the tour, you can appreciate the cost involved of operating
a specialist bus such as the Explorer. If you were to take a full day
tour by bus to anywhere else around the country, the price would be
considerably higher than this hop on hop off style transportation, plus
you have the advantage of enjoying each stop for as long as you want,
not tied down to a time schedule. It is actually exceptionally good
Plan on taking all day to get the most from the journey. We recommend
taking as much time as you want to enjoy the sights at Watsons Bay and
The Gap. The views are superb and this stop is probably the best on
the route. The Bondi Explorer is highly recommended by us and is an
important link in Sydney tourism transportation.
All photographs on this page were taken by and copyright to funtours.com.au.
They were taken during a day trip on the Bondi Explorer with the intention
for use on this review page. As you can see from the photographs, both
amateurs and serious photographers can get some pretty amazing shots
by taking the Bondi Explorer Bus. We also recommend starting early from
Circular Quay to fully utilize the cost of the day ticket and to hop
on and off at as many stops as possible. Sydney is a beautiful city
and the Bondi Explorer bus takes you to some of the best places on offer.