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Uncover Sydney's secrets via transport

Sydney, Australia

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Experience hosted by Michael

3.5 hours
Includes drinks, transportation
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Not just for transit buffs, the tour is a unique way to see the city's iconic sites like a local! During the morning we will take light rail, Sydney's double-decker trains, a ferry under the Harbour Bridge, and a bus across the heart of the city from Central to Circular Quay.

In addition to riding the city's existing transport modes, we will uncover vestiges of long-gone forms of transport such as the oldest train tunnel in Australia and remnants of the Sydney Monorail from the 1980s. We'll also see the construction of Sydney's new light rail system and the Metro subway system, slated to open in 2024. Along the way there will be great photo ops of the Opera House and Bridge from the ferry.

You'll learn about the history of the system, including the City Circle railway designed by the engineer of the Harbour Bridge JJC Bradfield, check out an amazing new sculpture made from the system's old wooden escalators, and find out why Wynyard has platforms 3-6, but no 1 and 2!

*Due to operation changes outside of my control, the itinerary may have to change. Every effort will be made to take all forms of transit, but there is a chance specific services may not be running on a given day.
Other things to note
This tour will allow you to become familiar with Sydney transport, but we will also be walking (about 5km/3mi) during the course of the morning. Be prepared for weather and we'll have a great time :)
Not just for transit buffs, the tour is a unique way to see the city's iconic sites like a local! During the morning we will take light rail, Sydney's double-decker trains, a ferry under the Harbour Bridge, and a bus across the heart of the city from Central to Circular Quay.

In addition to riding the city's existing transport modes, we will uncover vestiges of long-gone forms of transport such as the oldest train tunnel in Australia a…

Michael's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Along the way, we will stop for a coffee or tea for us to enjoy on the ferr...
  • Transportation
    The morning includes all public transport rides associated with the tour, i...
From €32
/ person
Sat, Nov 28
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
€32 per person
€32 per person
Sun, Nov 29
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
€32 per person
€32 per person
Thu, Dec 3
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
€32 per person
€32 per person

Meet your host, Michael

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 35 Reviews
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My name's Michael and I'm a transport designer with a background in architecture and history. Straddling the rails of academia and architectural practice, I am currently completing my PhD on transport development in Sydney while assisting with the design for Sydney's new Metro subway system.

While my accent may betray me as an import, I have called Sydney home over the past eight years. I'm excited to introduce you to the amazing 150-year history of the network that keeps Sydneysiders moving!
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Where you'll be

The tour will start at Darling Harbour where we'll see ghost stations of the Sydney Monorail. Light rail will take us to Central Station to explore the grand building and hear about a battle fought there in 1916. After a quick train trip to Circular Quay, we'll board a ferry under the Harbour Bridge to Barangaroo and walk up to Wynyard under the CBD. Finally, we'll take a bus to Railway Square and walk the Goods Line back to where we began.

Rated 4.94 out of 5 from 35 reviews.

Jeremy
February 2020
Great tour and information about Sydney's past/present/future cultural history and transport systems. A perfect way to experience Sydney and incorporates riding a ferry, train, light rail and bus.
Tyleen
February 2020
Michael has put together a great tour for transit buffs. The best teachers are the ones that are passionate as well as knowledgeable... that’s Michael. If you enjoy transit or city planning then you have to take this tour.
Jon
February 2020
Michael is a fantastic host, very engaging, entertaining and friendly. Along with his unique knowledge, insight and experience he shares a vast mix of history, stories and explanations about Sydney and its transport networks. Throughly recommend this tour for any Transport enthusiast plus all visitors and locals who want to learn and see a new angle to this great city. Well organised, run and great value, really encourage anyone to take part!
Michael is a fantastic host, very engaging, entertaining and friendly. Along with his unique knowledge, insight and experience he shares a vast mix of history, stories and explanat…
Charlie
February 2020
On land, sea and underground, Michael shared his deep knowledge of Sydney’s splendid transportation systems, their history and the current transformation. Michael’s academic and professional credentials are impeccable. Even better, he’s a great companion, eager story-teller, and Sydney enthusiast. Do this!
On land, sea and underground, Michael shared his deep knowledge of Sydney’s splendid transportation systems, their history and the current transformation. Michael’s academic and…
Tet
February 2020
Michael is really passionate and generous about his knowledge of the city's transport system. He was able to make the tour very interesting even though I have no background in the subject whatsoever. Really unique experience. I highly recommend :D
Michael is really passionate and generous about his knowledge of the city's transport system. He was able to make the tour very interesting even though I have no background in the…
Amy
January 2020
Michael is an amazing host with deep understanding of history and architecture of Sydney transportation. Highly recommended for all the visitors and local who are interested learning more about Sydney.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes (we will be walking approx. 3.5km [2mi] during the tour)

Sun protection (sunscreen and a hat; the sun is very strong in Australia!)