If you’re looking to take in the sights, but don’t have the time—or the right shoes—for a full-fledged walkabout, you can make the most of a Sydney hop-on, hop-off tour. You’ll still have the flexibility to stop and walk around at most major landmarks and attractions, so you’re going to see all the city has to offer—and you can do it in your most comfortable pair of thongs. After all, your frequent stops at the beach may require easy access to barefooted bliss.
Bask at Bondi Beach
Yes, the white sand and turquoise waters of Bondi Beach are just as magnificent as a lifetime of postcards has led you to believe. When you board the Hop-On, Hop-Off City & Bondi Bus Tour, prepare yourself for a day of wriggling your toes in the sand and cheering on surfers. In addition to stopping at one of the most famous beaches in Sydney (and perhaps the world), you’ll also be given the opportunity to tour the bustling streets of Chinatown, soak in the city from the Sydney Tower Eye, marvel at the interior of Paddington Town Hall, and ogle the shops and sights of Rose Bay. Isn’t bus life a beaut?
Sightsee in Sydney Harbour
If the thought of being on a bus feels less like a fun arvo and more like you’re back in primary school, opt for an exhilarating hop-on, hop-off boat instead. Begin your seaside tour of the city with the Hop-On, Hop-Off Explorer Cruise at Circular Quay. After you board a spacious rocket ferry in the harbour, you’ll cruise along and marvel at iconic sights like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Rocks district. Looking for something a bit more off the beaten path? Break up your sea voyage with stops at the Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, or Shark Island. Once you’ve snapped a few pictures and enjoyed morning tea at a local café, clamber back on board and continue enjoying the sights with a touch of sea breeze.
Roam Through the City Centre
Urban explorers will find this particular Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour to be the stuff of city legend. From aboard a double-decker bus (thanks, England), you’ll zip through Sydney’s sunlit streets while catching stunning views of the city. Whether you choose to view the ancient anchors inside the Maritime Museum or prefer to marvel at the Victorian architecture of Sydney Town Hall, you’ll have the chance to enter into some of the most iconic destinations in town.
No matter if you wind up at Bondi Beach, the Harbour, or the city centre, this is one way to experience Sydney that will put a smile on your face—and maybe a bit of sand in your shoes. Just consider the sediment a free souvenir.