Nowra Coaches & Premier Motor Service - South Nowra

The following list is of known buses both current and those previously operated by Nowra Coaches & Premier Motor Service - South Nowra.

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Accreditation: Nowra Coaches Pty Ltd, Acc No. 9629 & ACTBS059TC (ACT), South Nowra
Depot Address/s: 10 Investigator Street, South Nowra
Service Runs: Nowra Coaches:
724 Bomaderry - Central, South, East, West Nowra
732 Bomaderry - Bay & Basin
733 Bomaderry to Jervis Bay
Nowra - Ulladulla
Premier Motor Service:
Sydney - Melbourne
Sydney - Eden
Sydney - Brisbane
Brisbane - Lismore
Brisbane - Cairns
Website: www.nowracoaches.com.au/

John King purchased Nowra Coaches from Bill and Audrey Gill in December 1987 with 13 vehicles. The fourteen Nowra district school runs of Sampson's Tours were taken over on 2 August 1988, doubling the fleet to 29 vehicles.

The Casino 99 express coach service from Sydney to Brisbane was taken over from Hadfield's Bus Service, Engadine on 1 January 1989 with Denning Landseers NV68BA & NV70BA. The operation continued to run from the Hadfield's depot. Nowra MO 9510 Nissan Civilian was repainted into Casino 99 livery to operate a shuttle service from Nowra to Parramatta. Nowra Coaches sold the Casino 99 operation and the two landseers after a short period of operation to Richardson, Richmond.

NCT Tours & Travel is an Asian inbound tour operation founded by Nowra Coaches in 1990. It operates out of a travel agency located on Sussex Street in Sydney CBD and generally has its own separate fleet of smaller vehicles in Nowra livery with NCT signage.

Nowra Coaches became involved with Auburn Bus Service as of 1 August 1990, trading as Auburn Coaches. This arrangement ceased soon after in September 1990 with Auburn Coaches selling out two ways to Crossleys and E Street Bus Service. From 2 October 1990, Auburn Coaches resumed operations with routes 59, 405 and 406 ex E Street Bus Service, owned by John King of Nowra Coaches and John Cerezo. Several vehicles were transferred from Nowra to Sydney for this venture, including one of the rebodied Worldmasters, an ex Canberra AEC Swift and the ex North & Western Vikings. These returned to Nowra after John King sold his interest in the business as of 1 February 1991. King retook full operation of the services in February 1993, only to sell them to Baxter's Holroyd Bus Lines on 8 March 1993.

Pioneer Motor Service was purchased from the Haigh family on 1 May 1995 with 13 vehicles. This included the Sydney to Eden coach service, two school runs from Nowra to Ulladulla and the Stewart Place booking office.

The interstate express services of Kirkland Bros, Lismore were taken over on 15 June 1996 with five Setra S228DTI double-deck coaches. This consisted of three daily return services from Sydney to Brisbane and offices in Brisbane, Surfers Paradise and Sydney.

Four months later the Sydney to Coffs Harbour to Brisbane coach service was taken over from Sydfox Pty Ltd t/a Lindsay's Coach Service, Boambee on 27 October 1996 with two Denning Landseers and two Denning Landseer Double-Deckers.

Pioneer Motor Service changed their name to Premier Motor Service on the Sydney to Brisbane route in October 1997 after a court with Greyhound Pioneer. This name was later adopted for the entire operation. The last vehicles with Pioneer Motor Service sign writing were vehicles on local services at Nowra.

As from 14th June 2001, the two main Wollongong bus operators Rutty's Bus Service Pty Ltd, Figtree and John J Hill Pty Ltd, Wollongong & Shellharbour were taken over by Nowra Coaches to form Premier Illawarra. Several vehicle transfers between the Nowra and Wollongong operations occurred shortly after the take over. Although the companies remain separate, they have close ties under the Premier Transit Group banner and Premier Motor Service Coaches are regularly allocated to the Figtree depot (later replaced by Unanderra depot) for charter & railway replacement work.

The non-commercial school run from Nowra - Longreach - Burrier was taken over from WC & CK Sharp at the beginning of the 2006 school year with no vehicle. Nowra then purchased the remainder of Sharp's operation (minibus charter and RSL club shuttles) in June 2007 with Toyotas MO 2794, TV 1486 & SQE 970.

Premier Motor Service expanded into the Gold Coast with the take over of Surf City Coaches Pty Ltd, Southport with 11 coaches in July 2007. Vehicles at Premier's Rocklea depot in Brisbane were transferred to Southport in mid-July.

The Lismore to Brisbane coach service was secured from Kirkland's Buslines (Buslines Group) on 1 April 2008 with TV 3057 & TV 3058 Mercedes-Benz O404-3s.

Some vehicles began to be sign written "Premier Shoalhaven", in lieu of "Nowra Coaches", from 2009 onward.

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