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“Travel the Blue Mountains”

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus
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US$33.53*
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Blue Mountains Hop-on Hop-off Tour with Optional Scenic World Rides and Waradah...
Ranked #2 of 12 Tours in Katoomba
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Explore the Blue Mountains - Your Way! The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus is the ultimate hop-on hop-off bus tour of the Blue Mountains. With 29 brilliantly located stops across Katoomba and Leura, we give you the freedom to explore this spectacular World Heritage wilderness on Sydney's doorstep - all at your own pace. The Explorer Bus is more flexible than a day tour, cheaper and less stressful than renting a car, and much more fun than trying to cover all the sights on foot. Our great-value passes give you unlimited travel all day, making it easy to put together your own perfect day in the Blue Mountains. With buses running every half hour, you'll have plenty of time to hit all the highlights. We'll drop you at the door of star attractions like Scenic World and the famous Scenic Railway, and give you as long as you like to hang out with our beautiful Three Sisters. Want to stretch your legs on a bushwalk? Simply hop off the Explorer Bus and we'll meet you at the other end! If you're coming up by train, we pick you up right outside Katoomba Station - and we don't waste any time taking you straight to the big views. Instead of throwing away 45 minutes of your day walking through town to Echo Point or Scenic World, simply jump on the big red Double Decker bus and we'll get you to the cliff top quicker than you can drink a cup of coffee. While you relax and soak up the unbeatable views from the top deck, our friendly drivers will entertain you with a running commentary of fascinating local facts and stories. And at the end of the day, we'll get you back to the train or your hotel with time and energy to spare. Grab your slice of freedom. Start planning your perfect day in the Blue Mountains now.
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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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“Travel the Blue Mountains”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We decided to not hire a car for our six day stay in Katoomba and found the Explorer Bus meant we weren't disadvantaged at all in our endeavors to get around all the sights to see in the area. Thanks to Jimmy, David, Damien and Garth, our drivers at different times and days during out stay.

Visited May 2014
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Jason C, General Manager at Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
Hi Judith C,

So glad you enjoyed your visit to the Blue Mountains, have you been on the Red Decker company hop on hop off bus in Hobart - worth riding as well on a day off even though in your home town.

Glad you did not hire a car and found it more relaxing.

Welcome back anytime

Regards,


Jason
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Bengaluru, India
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“Expensive but very convenient”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

*) The Explorer bus stops are pretty easy to locate, as they are well-signed, and the drivers tell you where to go and what to look for.
*) The Buses run in loops.
*) The drivers are helpful, punctual and informative.
*) Although expensive, but very convenient.
*) Try to sit in front of the upper deck for better views.
*) Would suggest HOHO bus to install wipers on the glasses, gets hazy in minor rains.
*) Starting point is very conveniently located opposite Katoomba Raliway Station.
*) I took Trolley Tours for Jenolan Caves, but found Explorer Bus guys to be more professional and experienced, with proper regard to the convenience and timings.
*) You see the ticket office as soon as you come out of Train Station. Here you can exchange your Link Ticket for the Hop-On-Hop-Off ticket-cum-booklet.
*) If at any stop you want to get down, press the red button at the poles in the bus after the previous stop is gone, and your stop is yet to arrive.
*) Buy Blue Mountains Explorerlink Ticket ($49.80) from any station Station, which includes your journey to Katoomba, a full day pass on the Hop On Hop Off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus and a return from Katoomba. You cannot buy any of the train tickets in advance, you have to buy them only on the day of travel.
*) Download the timetable of Blue Mountains Line (Central to Katoomba & back) to plan your day well:
http://www.sydneytrains.info/timetables/#landingPoint
*) From Central take the train to Katoomba. From Katoomba, hop on to Blue Mountains Explorer Bus.
*) Travel Time from Central to Katoomba: 2 hr 13 mins
*) The first Explorer Bus of the day leaves Katoomba station at 9.45 am.
*) The first and last stop on the Explorer Bus route is just across the road from Katoomba Station. Look for the red Bus Stop sign in front of the Mountain Ridges Cafe. If you arrive on a Cityrail Explorer Link ticket, simply exchange your Link tickets for your guidebook before you first board the bus from their office located right in front as soon as you come out of Katoomba Station. You can also purchase your ticket for the Scenic World here, its nothing but a blue wrist band and with this you can go directly to the rides. This blue band is scanned at entry to the various rides. You do not have to stand in queue for tickets, but you do have to queue for rides.
*) Tickets: Unlimited Discovery Pass - The ultimate Scenic World experience. Includes unlimited rides on the Railway, Skyway, Cableway and Walkway. Adult: $35.00.
*) It you have time, it is not a bad idea to spend a night in Blue Mountains area, the place is worth investing time in. The whole area is very beautiful and well-maintained.
*) Katoomba has a lot of cafe and eateries, so its a nice place to have breakfast before you explore Blue Mountains.
*) The Guide book is your ticket for the Hop On Hop Off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. If you are standing on a particular stop and waiting for the Bus, this Guide Book is what you have to wave to the Bus Driver to signal him to stop. And the Guide Book contains wealth of information about the area, just spend a couple of minutes to get acquainted with the organization of the guide book.
*) Hop off the bus at Stop 9. This is the Stop for Scenic World.
*) The Explorer Bus will pick you up from the coach parking area right outside Scenic World. The Explorer Bus Stop is well marked and is in the Coach Parking area near Coach Bay 1. So you should have no trouble finding it on your way back.
*) Hop on to the bus from the same place where it dropped you. Look for bus timings in your Guidebook. Hop off at Stop 15. Honeymoon Lookout. Bus stop is on the opposite side of the read to the lookout, when hopping off the bus wait for the bus to depart before crossing the road. From there I did the W5 Walk which starts from Honeymoon Lookout, goes through Cliff Top Walk, Three Sisters and finally ends at Echo Point. Approximate distance is 1 km, grade is easy, time required is approximately 40 mins, but could vary with your stamina (Australians have a very good stamina). Covers a good amount of rainforest and ferns, views but no waterfalls. This is one of the most popular walks in the area.
*) The last stop of this Walk is Echo Point itself which is an amazing lookout, it offers two levels (floors) of lookout. The Visitor Centre at Echo Point is a good place to pick up information, maps and souvenirs of the Blue Mountains. There are public toilets here too. The Three Sisters can be viewed from the main lookout or the Queen Elizabeth or Prince of Wales Lookouts on the lower levels. A walk from behind the Visitor Information Centre will lead you to the top of the Three Sisters via Honeymoon Bridge from the Giant Stairway.
*) It is recommended that you do this walk from Stop 15 back to Stop 14 because it’s easier to find the bus stop at Echo Point than at Honeymoon Lookout. IMHO, I was not particularly impressed with the walk, I found the deep rainforest via the BoardWalk in Scenic world more fascinating and easy to walk. But then W5 is the first walk/trail I had done in my entire life so I do not have any reference for comparison either.
*)Be carful about the timings of the HOHO Bus, they operate only till 5:30 PM.
*) If you have time, make sure you take the entire circuit in the HOHO bus, the entire route is very scenic. I did it twice sitting on the front seat on the top floor. Awesome experience and perfect way to end the day sitting down, after walking all day.
*) The HOHO bus leaves you at the same place where it picked yoy up from. Opposite Katoomba Station. If you have time before your train leaves, there is a Subway nearby which has vegetarian options (Veg Patty & Veg Delite) and take-aways.

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Visited April 2014
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Jason C, General Manager at Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
Good morning PurnimaJain,

Thanks so very much for your very detailed report on your visit. More like writing for a travelers guide book, I am sure others will benefit from this detailed information, so glad you had a great day.

Thanks again,

Regards,



Jason
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Los Angeles, California
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“Perfect way to see everything!”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

Highly recommend this service. Buses were clean and safe. Drivers were friendly and very informative and they ran on schedule. You make your own schedule; see and do what you want. I prefer this over a tour bus. Enjoy the Blueys!

Visited May 2014
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Jason C, General Manager at Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
Hi Caliadveenturer,

Thanks so much for your review and comments and so glad you enjoyed and are encouraging others to enjoy the Blueys!

Jason
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Perth, Australia
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“Explorer bus driver sets new heights”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

We recently took the Explorer bus around the scenic and unique Blue Mountains.For those who have limited time this can be special or a frustrated wait between buses.Especially if you get the wrong advice.Fortunately our driver was "Jimmy".He speaks a little of every language,instantly putting a smile on everyones face.After a quick chat he ascertains the needs of each passenger and they go on their merry way, seeking out a short walk or the hike they had in mind.He is there to greet them, using all of his expertease to drop them near a departing train to the city, or other.We had a great time and saw lots of what has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.You have to spend time just standing in one spot to feel the tranquillity.There are more than one Explorer bus, so there is no wasted time between buses.Just loved it,Thankyou "Jimmy",you are a credit to both Explorer buses and the community in general.

Visited April 2014
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Jason C, General Manager at Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
Hi Brenda D,

Thanks so much for your detailed review and comments, I will ensure Jimmy sees them. So glad you enjoyed your day and enjoy the rest of your travels.

Regards,



Jason
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“Very good guides but pricey”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

We got the train from Central and the hop on hop off bus. The drivers are lovely and give you loads of info plus the map. We thought it was a pricey option for us however as we only went to the Scenic rides area and spent quite a long time there so only quickly rushed 2 more stops. Echo point and Scenic area most interest for our family - not sure it was worth the money as must have been a bus/cab or walk to cover the short distance. Research before you go and decide if worth the money. My kids enjoyed the rides and main lookouts / canopy walk.

Visited April 2014
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Thank Familyhols66
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Jason C, General Manager at Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
Hi Familyhols66,

Thanks for your feedback, I am sorry that you feel it was a little pricey and especially that you did not get the make the most of your pass by hopping on and off at more of the stops. Sounds like you enjoyed Scenic World however, thanks again for your feedback and enjoy the rest of your family holidays.

Jason
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