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Sightseeing in Sydney by Public Bus

Watson's Bay Beach

Interesting Bus Routes in Sydney

Taking a day trip by local bus is a good cheap way to see a city.  We did this on our visits to both Rome and Paris last year and it was fun getting away from the main city areas and seeing a bit of everyday life.

I don’t have a car so regularly get around Sydney by public transport.  On a world standard I think  our bus system is pretty good. Sure the buses  are always late in peak hour but when you are a traveler these things matter less. If you plan on riding the buses in Sydney you are best to get pre-paid tickets. These are now required for bus stops in the City and many main suburbs. You can buy them from convenience stores and some news agencies.  Check the  searchable list of bus ticket sellers for the closest place to you.

The best tickets for visitors are the My Multi 1 which gives unlimited bus and ferry rides and the main inner train network. If you are in town for just a few days or there are two of you it might be better checking the My Bus Travel Ten tickets. An adult travelTen is currently $16-26 for 10 trips. Single trips $2-4.30

Northern Beaches

If time is not a problem then the bus from Wynyard to Palm Beach, the L90 is a good option. It’s express part of the way and takes in almost all the Northern beaches on its trip to Palm Beach.  Palm Beach is home to the popular Aussie TV Soap “Home and Away”.  There is  a great pub at Newport, the Newport Arms that you might like to consider for an afternoon drink.  The beer garden is one of the nicest you will find anywhere.

Church Point

Church Point - Creative Commone - Original uploader was Mfunnell at en.wikipedia

The E86 to McCarrs Creek and Church Point will have you thinking you have left Sydney and wandered into some sort of paradise miles away from the city.

It is also the stop off point to get to the Pittwater YHA which I highly recommend! You could also take a ride on the Church Point Ferry 

The 229 bus from Milson’s Point (where you are if you walk to the other side of the Harbour Bridge) goes to Beauty Point and takes in some lovely harbour-side homes and scenery.  It also goes  past Balmoral Beach which is a nice place to have a picnic lunch.

Eastern Suburbs

doyles watsons bay
The 324 from Circular Quay to Watson’s Bay will take you past all the multi million dollar houses in Rose Bay and Vaucluse. The bus goes past Nielson Park which is a lovely sheltered Harbour beach and a great stop for a swim in warmer months.   Alternatively you can stay on the bus till it terminates at Watson’s Bay and then take a walk to the Gap – an infamous Sydney Lookout (and sadly suicide spot) and have fish and chips in the Harbour Park or beach. There are also some nice walks here… and of course in true Aussie style a great pub and beer garden ;-)


Darling Street Balmain

Darling St Balmain

The 442  bus goes from the Queen Victoria Building to Balmain Wharf. Balmain is an old original working class suburb that over the last decade has been gentrified and these days is home to million dollar homes, some great cafes and interesting shops.

From here you can catch a ferry back to Circular Quay which makes a really nice half day out.

Read more about the bus system in Sydney and the fares

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