About Us

Your Partners in Exploration

We’re here to help you explore the Blue Mountains World Heritage Wilderness your own way.  Our Hop-on Hop-off service combines the ease and convenience of a tour, the freedom of having your own transport, and the unique personal welcome of having an old friend show you around.

It's time to Start Exploring!

We created the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus to fix common touring headaches.

Like a tour, we take you to all the most important viewpoints, waterfalls and tourist attractions. But instead of rushing you from one place to the next, we give you complete freedom to explore at your own pace.

With buses running every 45 minutes, the Explorer Bus makes it easy to get to famous landmarks like the Three Sisters, Scenic World and Leura Cascades. We pick up at many of the best hotels and restaurants in Katoomba and Leura, and our big red buses are a welcome sight to weary walkers returning from hikes in the stunning Blue Mountains National Park.

A Brief History

The first ever Explorer Bus pulled out of Katoomba Station in April 1986, carrying just two passengers. Since then we’ve grown to become an essential piece of the puzzle for independent travellers like you, who want to see the best of the Blue Mountains in a short time.

In the beginning we only ran on weekends and public holidays. Today, the Explorer Bus runs 365 days of the year, and gives you easy access to all the most important sights in Katoomba and Leura.

Our Drivers are Awesome!

Read our reviews on TripAdvisor and you’ll see that the same message comes up over and over again: our drivers are the friendliest, most helpful, most knowledgeable team in the Blue Mountains. There’s a good reason for that.

We don’t hire any old bus driver and then expect them to magically become good tour guides. Instead, we hand-pick genuine local characters – people who know how to tell a story, know the Blue Mountains like the back of their hands, and love to share their knowledge of this fantastic place. Then we train them to be the safest, most reliable, most courteous drivers and guides in the Blue Mountains.

If you’re coming to the Blue Mountains for the first time, every one of our drivers will go the extra mile to help you find your way to the best experiences. Whether you want to explore bushwalking tracks, learn about local history and culture, discover our vibrant arts scene or wander through beautiful gardens, our drivers are here to help you make the best of your time.

Local Heart, Global Soul

The Blue Mountains Explorer Bus is part of Fantastic Aussie Tours, a proudly independent, family-owned business which has been based right here in the Blue Mountains since 1974. We run tours and holidays all around Australia and all over the world. Travel is in our blood, and we know what it takes to make our guests feel right at home.

From the people in our Katoomba tour booking office to the drivers who’ll show you around, all of our staff are locals who are passionate about helping you plan a brilliant day in the Blue Mountains. We love what we do, and we can’t wait to welcome you to this beautiful place we call home – the Blue Mountains, Australia’s most accessible wilderness.

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We are Covid Safe

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus is a Covid Safe business. Our vehicles and workspaces are meticulously sanitized and we maintain a level of cleanliness above expectations. We ask that when you are travelling with us, you observe social distancing, regularly wash your hands and use the hand sanitizer provided in our booking office and vehicles, and if you are unwell please do not travel. You can find more information here transportnsw.info/covid-19

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Purchase your Bus Pass today – you won’t be disappointed.

What People are Saying

“We cancelled our rental car and used the Explorer Bus instead. The buses came very often, and we didn't have to look for parking or find our way. This place is so spectacular. A day is too short!”
Michael & Lisa
Singapore
“I've come to the Blue Mountains 4 times, and every time I take the Explorer Bus. It's such a good deal and the drivers always give me something new to see!”
Victoria
Russia