Darwin Shore Excursion: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Darwin City, Australia

From USD 28.19

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 days (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Paper ticket
  • Offered in: English


Swap your cruise ship for a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Darwin on this sightseeing shore excursion. Select a 24- or 48-hour pass and explore the city in the Top End at your own pace. Board the open-top double-decker bus from the cruise terminal at Fort Hill Wharf and disembark at any of the 11 stops around Darwin, or simply stay on the bus for a 60- or 90-minute narrated tour. Visit the Military Museum, Botanic Gardens, Doctors Gully, Crocosaurus Cove and more!
  • Darwin hop-on hop-off bus shore excursion
  • See fabulous views of Darwin from the open top of a double-decker bus
  • Visit the Waterfront Precinct, Military Museum, Cullen Bay Marina, Doctor’s Gully and Crocosaurus Cove
  • Get on and off at 11 convenient stops, including the cruise ship terminal
  • Choose from 24-hour or 48-hour hop-on hop-off tickets

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

This bus tour leaves from right outside the cruise terminal and has 11 stops all around Darwin.

What's Included

  • 24-hour pass
  • Pre recorded commentary on board
  • Food and drinks
  • Not covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Top End Visitor Information Centre
    6 Bennett St, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia

    Purchase Tickets from the Hop-on Hop-off Booth at corner of Smith and Bennett st.

Pickup points

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Start time

Opening hours

  • 4/1/2021 - 3/23/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 09:00 am - 03:00 pm

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Tour starts at Stop 1 - Tourist Info Centre on Bennett Street Guest can board at any stop at any time. 70-minute tour: 9am – 12.00pm, every 35 minutes 90-minute tour: 12.30pm last bus departs at 3pm, every 45 minutes.

What To Expect

When your ship pulls into port in Darwin, design your own sightseeing itinerary on a shore excursion. Board your open-top double-decker bus at Fort Hill Wharf, conveniently located outside the cruise terminal. Buses depart every 30 minutes for the 1-hour morning route with 11 stops, and every 45 minutes for the 1.5-hour afternoon route, which includes East Point Reserve and an additional stop at the Military Museum.

Listen to entertaining on-board commentary for the entire route, or hop off to spend as long as you like at various attractions around Darwin. Select a 24- or 48-hour pass and see Darwin Waterfront Precinct, Crocosaurus Cove, Doctors Gully, Cullen Bay and the Marina Military Museum. See the Itinerary for a full list of hop-on hop-off bus stops.

This excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Darwin. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
Darwin hop-on hop-off bus stops: • Smith St Mall • Doctors Gully • Crocosaurus Cove • Cullen Bay Jetty • SKYCITY Casino • Mindil Beach Sunset Market • George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory • Darwin Military Museum • Parap, a suburb of Darwin • Darwin Waterfront Precinct

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants aged 0 to 4 years travel free of charge
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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55 reviews
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Great first impressions of Darwin city.
shemmum, May 2023
Enjoy the Hop on bus in Darwin. Great way to get a first look of the city and areas you may wish to investigate further. Loved the commentary….it was interesting but very funny too. Saved my poor legs and got us from the cruise ship and back again safely. Highly recommend. Tickets can be bought from driver.
A great tour
Trevor_M, Mar 2023
Great value for money. Commentary was great. The drivers were courtesy and helpful Would do this tour again
Excellent service that...
Rob_M, Mar 2023
Excellent service that covered all points of interest around the Darwin and suburban area. My one issue is the condition of some of the buses which featured either no air conditioning or ineffective air conditioning (in hot humid conditions in March) and in some, loud engine noise and jerky transmissions.
Darwin or bust!
Christina_L, Mar 2023
Excellent excursion if you are on a cruise ship and visiting for the day - or longer. They brought in extra buses to accommodate the crowd. Great overview of the area and a wonderful stop at the Museum & Arts Gallery of the Northern Territory (free! but worthy of a donation), where you get to meet "Sweetheart". Great displays of the native wildlife; I never have seen such huge and beautiful seashells!
Easy way to get around 😅
Darrell_F, May 2022
Great way to see the town. did one loop to find everything then stopped at where I liked. Good commentry
Bus company went all out for cruise passengers
Ed_D, Feb 2020
Wonderful ride around the beautiful city of Darwin. The bus company went all out by having a bus waiting at the cruise terminal, increasing frequency to every 20 minutes, and including the run out to the Military Museum all day rather than just the afternoon. We enjoyed the museum as well as the stop at the Bombing/Royal Flying Doctors Museum. Excellent day!
Great way to see Darwin
Alison_D, Dec 2019
We were on a cruise ship, so this was a very convenient way to see Darwin. We enjoyed the commentary, and all the sights, especially the Royal Flying Doctors.
Great day in Darwin
Rita_M, Nov 2019
The Hop On Hop Off Bus in Darwin served many purposes. We got a great tour around the area plus I was able to find a place to have a manicure!
It was a hop on hop off bus but we...
Nick_G, Feb 2018
It was a hop on hop off bus but we made the mistake of booking it on a bank holiday so Darwin was ostensibly 'closed'
I bought the tickets online before...
Susan I S, Jan 2018
I bought the tickets online before we arrived in Darwin. It would have been nice to know that everything in the city was closed for New Years Day when I purchased the tickets. There was no reason to take the bus.
Highly recommend it the driver was...
Yves Pierre D, Aug 2017
Highly recommend it the driver was very friendly and helpful. The bus was just next to the ship terminal and made it easy to find. It was a very hot day so seen the tour was a great option. And been able to hop on hop off was ideal.
This is a nice way to see Darwin and...
Robert P, Mar 2017
This is a nice way to see Darwin and environs in 1 day, unfortunately, there just isn't a lot in Darwin to 'hop off' and see! We we in Darwin for a day on a cruise. It's an easy to walk from the cruise port to the city center, where the bus starts - just walk along the breakwater, across the man-made lagoon, up the glass elevator, and you're practically there. The morning busses 9a, 10a, and 11a do a 60 minute loop, but the only stop worth 'hopping off' is at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. The afternoon busses 12p, 1:30p, and 3p do a 90 minute loop that include the East Point Military Museum. The best strategy for a 1 day visit would be to start with the 10a loop, 'hopping off' at the museum for an hour, and returning to town on the the 11a bus. Then, taking the 12p bus out to the military museum, returning on the 1:30p bus.
Good tour, but the cruise terminal stop...
Susan_R, Mar 2017
Good tour, but the cruise terminal stop was very busy and had to wait in the heat.
if on a cruise ship you can pick up...
Janice_E, Dec 2016
if on a cruise ship you can pick up the bus with your voucher near the ship. We paid the shuttle bus to get to the hop on hop off tour starting point in city center. also I believe the senior rate was the same as Viator, so no savings, The Hop on Bus was a great way to see the city. Narration was good and there were plenty of stops.
There was not much to hop off for in...
Karen_I, Nov 2016
There was not much to hop off for in Darwin. Since we had never been there, it was a good choice.
See all the famous sights including...
Tracy S, Oct 2016
See all the famous sights including Opera House, Bondi Beach etc etc with full commentary.
Service was good information was...
Shirley T, Sept 2016
Service was good information was informative and we had a very pleasant day
Definetly a great trip. Very...
Natalie_G, Aug 2016
Definetly a great trip. Very informative and lovely to sit on the top deck, friendly drivers - very helpful. So much easier than walking!
The Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour was...
June_S, July 2016
The Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour was excellent, but we were upset that we had paid you 40 each on line when everyone who bought a ticket in Darwin only paid 30. June Sue Yek
the bus was not in very good working...
andrew c, June 2016
the bus was not in very good working order.It broke down and the replacement bus had a broken door. The driver and staff were very good.