Free Sydney Buses, a Great Way to See

the Best Tourist Attractions in Australia

If you want to see the best Australian icons or do some shopping, free Sydney buses can make the experience very easy and pleasant. And you will really enjoy great tourist attractions in Sydney.

Not all buses are free. Look for the green 555 shuttle that will get you around the Central Business District (CBD)or City. The bus makes a loop from Central Station to Circular Quay and along George Street and Elizabeth Street, in both directions on each street.

You can use these buses for free every day. They are not for going to work. They are more for tourists or for anyone who needs to move around in the City during off-peak hours.

They start running later in the morning, after 9.30 and stop at 3.30 in the afternoon. On Saturdays and Sundays you can catch the shuttles up until 6 in the evening. On Thursdays they run up to 9 at night. This is because you can do shopping in Sydney till late on Thursdays.

How to Make the Best Use of Free Sydney Buses

Here are some of the best attractions in in the City that you can reach:

Darling Harbour

The bus stop is at Queen Victoria building, very close to Darling Harbour. You will spend a great, fun day in this amazing recreational facility. The places to visit are the Powerhouse Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Aquarium or the Sydney Wildelife.

The Rocks

free sydney buses can take you to the rocks - night view

You can hop off the shuttle at Circular Quay and walk to The Rocks, which is the place where Sydney was born.

And it is the place where the most recognisable Australian icons are: the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

free sydney buses can take you to the opera - night view

Historic Macquarie Street

From Circular Quay, you can take the shuttle that goes along Elizabeth Street, get off at Martin Place and go to Macquarie Street.

free sydney buses take you to the italian boar in front of sydney hospital

You will have the New South Wales Parliament building on your left and the Sydney Hospital on your right.

But just in front, you will see the statue of the Italian boar with its yellowish nose. Wonder why?

Because everyone rubs it, hoping for good luck. It is a gift from an Italian lady whose father and brother were doctors at this hospital. Throw a coin or two when you rub its nose, if you want good fortune coming your way.

Other historic buildings on this street or close by are the Mint, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, St James Church.

Hyde Park

This is a great green area in the middle of the city. Lie on the grass, watch people playing chess on the huge chess board, take a photo in front of the Archibald fountain or admire the magnificent St Mary's cathedral.

hyde park and st marys cathedral - get there by free sydney buses

Then walk to the southern end of the park to visit the Anzac War Memorial, which commemorates the heroism and courage of people involved in combat actions.

The Australian Museum is just across the street and is definitely worth a visit.

Central Station

If you go back to Elizabeth Street, the free Sydney buses will take you to the largest railway station in Australia, Central station.

free sydney buses start at central station

The station is where free Sydney buses start their routes.

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