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Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

Sumptuously decorated and timelessly elegant, central Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building is an unforgettable shopping destination. Built in High Victorian Romanesque style in 1898, and now meticulously restored, it stands on the site of the original ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2011

We were in Sydney for a week and bought a two day pass with transport. We definitely got our money's worth! The transport made it very easy to board, trains, buses. The first day we toured the Opera House on the Essential Free Tour, bought the $35 picture package which was well worth the money paid for it. We took the bus to the Sydney Museum-Free and learned about the beginnings of the city, strolled through the Royal Botanical Gardens, stopped by the Government House, visited the Art Gallery NSW and that was free but paid extra for admission to see the 2,000 year old Chinese Terra Cotta soldiers on display. That was incredible! From there we walked to Hyde Park and saw the fountain, took a break for a while, then walked over to the Tower and got in free to view the city, took the OZTrek, that was cool, just like being on Soaring Over California at Disney California. Then after taking in the view and figuring out where our hotel was in relation to the tower, we went to the food court at the tower and had pizza at one of the restaurants. Then took the train back to our hotel.

Day 2- Took the bus to Town Hall, toured that free, walked over through Hyde Park, viewed the Anzac War Memorial, which was temporarily closed, to the Hyde Park Barracks and toured that free. The barracks provided an excellent synopsis of how the country got started. Then we walked back over to the Queen Victoria Building, took the 11:30am tour of the building. This is a great tour with excellent history included! They give you a gift bag with lots of postcards to send to friends/family abroad. Did much more free!

Doing what: Sydney Attraction Pass Including Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2010

We bought the 7 day Sydney card with transportation for myself, my husband and our 22 month child. We recommend doing it as it is a great way to get your moneys worth! Here is what we did in 7 days: Day 1) Picked up card in Darling Harbour, walked around there and went to the Wildlife World, then took the afternoon bus tour and rode the ferry back from Manly beach. We also went up in the tower. Day 2) Opera House Tour in Circular Quay, Jet Boat tour only one of us since one had to stay with the child, and Sydney Museum. We also walked around the Rocks Day 3) Zoo, and the Jet Boat tour Day 4), Blue Mountains, Explorer Bus and Scenic World, then when we got back we did the Aquarium. Day 5) Paddy's Markets, Powerhouse Museum, Hyde Barracks Museum and National Maritime Museum as well as the Queen Victoria Building Day 6) Susannah Place Museum, Harbor Bridge Pylon Lookout Day 7) Royal Gardens Park, New South Wales Art Gallery. It was a busy time and we were still able to meet friends for lunch and dinner and hang out in the parks and enjoy.

Doing what: Sydney Attraction Pass Including Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2013

The hop on hop off tour is a good way to get an overview of Sydney and the Bondi areas; however, two days isn't enough time to really stop and spend time and any of the recommended stops, you end up going back later to visit things such as the ANZAC memorial, St Paul's Cathederal, the Chinese Gardens, and the Queen Victoria Building

Doing what: Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing
March 2014

We enjoyed the trip, but unfortunately the weather was not good and Sydney can look spectacular on a sunny day! We had a problem finding the stop at QVB and when we changed at Central from the Bondi bus to the city bus, no one told us we needed headphones, we missed the first part of the commentary until we noticed other ppl with headphones. I then found them in a box at the front of the bus. The first bus had a loud speaker system. But for these little things we would have given 5 stars.

Doing what: Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
June 2010

I took my young kids on 6 of the Hop-on Hop-off buses, from QVB to Bondi & back. We enjoyed ourselves as it was a novelty, especially the open top aspect. But, for the money, all the buses were pretty dirty, jerky & noisy. I had some trouble really planning the trip so that we didn't have to do a lot of walking or waiting but there was little info on the website. It would have been really helpful to know exactly where the bus stops were, especially at QVB.

Doing what: Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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