Bus Trips Around Sydney

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The 132 bus (or the 133 or 131 bus) | The 135 bus | The 136 bus | The 139 bus | The 143 bus | The 156 bus | The 169 bus | The 190 bus
The 225 bus | The 227 bus | The 228 bus | The 229 bus | The 230 bus | The 233 bus | The 238 bus | The 257 bus | The 261 bus | The 324 bus
The 325 bus | The 374 bus | The 389 bus | The 393 and 394 bus | The 395 and 396 bus | The 400 bus | The 441 bus | The 492 bus

One way to see Sydney on the cheap is to ride the buses, especially the ones that travel long distances on scenic routes. I have selected some that run between transport hubs. Note that many of these can be linked together to offer a cheap scenic day out, where you will see a bit of Sydney beyond the tourist strips and the CBD. For timetable information, see the Transport Infoline.

As a rule, buses starting with 1 are in the northern beaches or go there, those starting with 2 service the north shore, those starting with 3 service the eastern suburbs, those with a w go west, those with a 5 go north-west, while those few buses with a 6 are extreme north-west. Those beginning with 7 are school routes, and those beginning with L are Limited Stops buses. Ask before you get on one of those!

The 132 bus (or the 133 or 131 bus)

This runs from Manly Wharf to Warringah Mall and back again. It winds around the shore of North Harbour, gives you views of Middle Harbour,and then travels through some fairly ordinary suburbs to a convenient point to catch other buses. It sometimes uses the route number 133. At Warringah Mall, you need to know that the service starts inside the Mall if you are asking for directions. Note again that this route is often called the 133, though locals still tend to call it the 132. In the evening, it loops back to Manly, rather than going to Warringah Mall, and it is called the 131. This is part of a devilish plot that will confuse enemy paratroopers if they try to use our buses. Or something.

As you leave Manly Wharf, veer to the left, and do not cross the road. This bus comes close to the Spit-Manly walk at several points, so if you tire, this ios what you would be looking for.

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The 135 bus

This is a route that goes from Manly Wharf to the North Head area. Three services run to the North Fort area (leaving Manly at 11.40, 1.40 and 3.40), leaving you a level 700 metre walk to the the end, but with brilliant views right there, not to mention the coffee and refreshments, when the North Fort museum is open. I would suggest getting the bus up and walking back, as the Darley Road hill can be a bit tiring. Just past the hospital, St Patrick's seminary (now a college of catering) and St Paul's College, go left into Marshall Street and walk down to the harbour, as there is an excellent picnic place on the Little Manly headland to the east of the beach. The pool there is good at high tide: to get back to Manly, walk north-west along Stuart Street until you reach the harbour and see Manly Wharf.

As you leave Manly Wharf, veer to the left to catch the bus, and do not cross the road.

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The 136 bus

This runs from Manly Wharf to Chatswood station and back again. Along the way, it passes a number of the northern beaches up to Dee Why (a great place to stop by the beach, with excellent eateries), climbs to Beacon Hill (good views) and Frenchs Forest, then swoops down over Middle Harbour and arrives at Chatswood, where you can transfer to another bus or a train. If you are headed in the Chatswood direction, this is a good way to get there.

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The 139 bus

This runs from Manly Wharf to Warringah Mall and back again. It winds around North Manly and Harbord, and offers scenic glimpses. Not one of the world's great bus rides, though.

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The 143 bus

This runs from Manly Wharf to Chatswood station and back again. It passes over Middle Harbour at the Spit Bridge, and then travels along congested streets through shops, with little to recommend it for the view. It is handy to get to Neutral Bay to swap to other transport, but riding this bus is about as pleasant as wrestling a dingo with both arms tied behind your back.

There is one amazing plus on this trip. As the bus crosses the Spit Bridge, heading for Manly, it goes up Battle Boulevarde, and around a hairpin bend. As it comes around that bend, ring the bell and get off at the next stop. Note the time (buses come about every 15 minutes), cross the road, and walk back, until you come to Edgecliffe Esplanade, and walk along it to enjoy some magnificent views. Then stroll back and catch the next bus, or walk along, and follow Panorama Parade and Ponsonby Parade to Seaforth, where you can find food, coffee etc. (If you are wondering, just about all the streets in this area are alliterative.)

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The 156 bus

This runs from Manly Wharf to Church Point on Pittwater, an arm or Broken Bay and on to McCarr's Creek, on the edge of Kuring-gai Chase National Park. Be warned that you still have 1.5 kms of uphill walk on a busy road before you start to reach interesting parts. There is a restaurant at Church Point: last time I was there, it was fairly mediocre, but it may have improved.

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The 169 bus

This runs from Manly Wharf to Wynyard and back. It passes along Wakehurst Parkway between Seaforth and Frenchs Forest, offering access to walking tracks in that area. The 172 and 173 cover the same route to the Dee Why area, but do not continue on to Manly. There are only a couple of bus stops along Wakehurst Parkway, but there are tracks leading off to a variety of walks, including tracks down to Manly dam, if you are adventurous. More on this later.

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The 190 bus

This runs from Central Railway via Wynyard to Palm Beach and back again. It takes quite a while, but there are some excellent views along the way. It is a limited stops bus until it gets near the end, which means it is faster than other suburban buses.

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The 225 bus

The 225 runs to and from the Neutral Bay ferry wharf to Neutral Bay junction and back down to the Cremorne wharf on Milson Road. You will see some scenery, and transfer from one inner harbour ferry to the other.

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The 227 bus

This bus runs from Alfred Street, Milson's Point, on the western side of the bridge, not far from the Harbour Bridge. Think about catching this bus if you have just walked over the bridge. It goes to the top gate of Taronga Zoo, with a bit of scenery along the way. You can also catch this bus at Neutral Bay Junction.

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The 228 bus

This bus runs from Alfred Street, Milson's Point, on the western side of the bridge, not far from the Harbour Bridge. Think about catching this bus if you have just walked over the bridge. It goes to Clifton Gardens, putting you in a good position for several walks, including the one from Taronga Zoo to Balmoral. You can also catch this bus at Neutral Bay Junction.

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The 229 bus

This is an excellent tourist run, offering you access to views of the harbour over Balmoral and also around the aptly named Beauty Point.

This bus runs from Alfred Street, Milson's Point, on the western side of the bridge, not far from the Harbour Bridge. Think about catching this bus if you have just walked over the bridge. It goes to a point close to the Spit Bridge before returning up Parriwi Road. Perhaps you could try the Spit-Manly walk, but you can also rent kayaks at The Spit, or picnic in the park on the western side, or eat in the restaurants on the eastern side.

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The 230 bus

This bus runs from Alfred Street, Milson's Point, on the western side of the bridge, not far from the Harbour Bridge. Think about catching this bus if you have just walked over the bridge. It goes to Mosman wharf, where you can catch an inner harbour ferry back to Circular Quay. You can also catch this bus at Neutral Bay Junction.

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The 233 bus

The 233 runs to and from the Musgrave Street (Mosman South) ferry wharf to Balmoral.

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The 238 bus

The 238 runs to and from the Taronga Zoo ferry wharf to Balmoral.

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The 257 bus

The 257 runs to and from Chatswood interchange to Balmoral.

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The 261 bus

The 261 runs to and from Chatswood interchange to the Queen Victoria Building. Along the way, it takes you through Lane Cove (a neat place to have lunch), Longueville (good place for quiet harbourside walks and quieter picnics in small harbourside parks) and other assorted places.

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The 324 bus

The 324 runs to and from Circular Quay. Its other terminus is Watson's Bay. The route starts out as rather ordinary, but it skirts Rose Bay, and runs around through Vaucluse. You can use this bus to get to Nielsen Park, among other things.

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The 325 bus

The 325 runs to and from Circular Quay. Its other terminus is Watson's Bay. The route starts out as rather ordinary, but it skirts Rose Bay, and runs along Old South Head Road, past Macquarie Light.

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The 374 bus

The 374 runs to and from Circular Quay. Its other terminus is Coogee. You can take the coastal walk to Bondi from there, or swim. The 373 bus covers much the same route and has the same end points, near enough.

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The 389 bus

The 389 runs from the eastern end of Circular Quay near Phillip Street, through the back streets of Paddington and up to the northern end of Bondi Beach. It's a slow trip that takes you past Pasta Gulch, behind the Australian Museum, and along streets with nice 19th century architecture. A number of other buses leave from the terminus, including the 380 to South Head and Watson's Bay. Other buses take you to the Bondi Junction hub.

The 393 and 394 bus

The 393 runs to and from
Central Railway, while the 394 runs to and from Circular Quay (eastern end near Phillip Street: slow, so try to get an L94, which is faster). They both go to Laperouse, on the shores of Botany Bay. The scenery along the way is nothing to write home about, but there are some nice walks at the Laperouse end.

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The 395 and 396 bus

The 395 runs to and from Central Railway, while the 396 runs to and from Circular Quay. They both go to Maroubra. The scenery along the way is nothing to write home about, but there are some nice walks at the Maroubra end, places to eat, a large picnic area and beaches.

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The 400 bus

This marathon route goes from Bondi Junction to Burwood and back again. Along the way, it passes Randwick and the University of NSW, Maroubra, Sydney Airport, Rockdale railway station, and up through Campsie to Burwood. Not a lot of scenery, but you see a lot of Sydney.

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The 441 bus

I noticed this one by accident when I was walking down from the Art Gallery of NSW to the Royal Botanic Gardens and wondered how the bus driver had got so lost. He was coming up from Mrs Macquarie's chair, and showed the destination Birgchgrove, via the ANZAC bridge. To see the route, look at this route map. This offers you an interesting choice of travel: walk to the Art Gallery, amd when you are finished, catch the 441 bus to Birchgrove and catch a ferry from there back to Circular Quay!

It's only an idea, but look at the ferry timetable, the 441 timetable, and see what you can work out. Make sure that the bus you plan to catch goes to the Gallery, as some of the early buses do not go that far.

The 492 bus

This bus runs from Rockdale via Burwood to Drummoyne and back again. Once again, not a lot of scenery, but you see a lot of Sydney.

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This file is http://members.ozemail.com.au/~macinnis/syd/bus.htm, first created on February 28, 2006. Last recorded revision (well I get lazy and forget sometimes!) was on September 10, 2009. There are still lots more buses to add!


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