Sunbus

The following list is of known buses both current and those previously operated by Sunbus.

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Depot Address/s: CAIRNS - 7 Macpeak Crescent, Smithfield, Qld.
MAGNETIC ISLAND - 44 Mandalay Avenue, Nelly Bay, Qld
ROCKHAMPTON - 82 McLaughlin Street, Glenmore, Qld.
SUNSHINE COAST - 9 Bonanza Court, Marcoola, Qld.
TOWNSVILLE - 30 Bombala Street, Garbutt, Qld.
Livery: Light Blue with White roof
Website: www.sunbus.com.au

SUNBUS GROUP - Queensland.
Capricorn Sunbus (Rockhampton), Marlin Coast Sunbus (Cairns), Sunshine Coast Sunbus (Marcoola), Townsville Sunbus (Townsville) are all part of Transit Australia Pty. Ltd.
Adopting the successful business strategies of its parent company in the United Kindom, Transit Australia commenced operating high frequency mini bus services in provincial Queensland in 1995 as part of the State Government's public transport reform process.

A little history....Transit Australia (Sunbus) won contracts for Ipswich, Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton during the mid 1990's leaving most operators to reluctantly sell out. Sunbus were mostly interested in operating a new network of regular commuter route services. Sunbus were not well prepared to operate the school services which came with the many operators they acquired, although they did for a while. Sunbus sold the school buses and subsequently contracted these runs in Ipswich, Cairns and on the Sunshine Coast to Stagecoach (another U.K. based company). In Townsville, Hermit Park and Campbell's retained school contracts under sub contract agreements. Whilst in Rockhampton, Sunbus only took over the former Rockhampton City Council services. The rest remained with other local operators, such as Young's.

When Stagecoach did not make the money they expected and also having a manager defrauded them of a large sum. Stagecoach sold their Ipswich operations to the Pulitano Family. Pulitano's combined the operation with their recently acquired Doyle’s/Westside Bus Co. operation in the neighbouring area of Redbank and Camira. Pulitano's later acquired Sunbus Ipswich. The Sunshine Coast school bus operation was sold by Stagecoach to Buslink, a combination of the owners of Buslink, N.T. and Warrnambool Bus Lines, Vic. The Stagecoach Cairns operation was sold to Love’s Bus Service of W.A.

Sunbus took over the former Hagan's City Bus operation during early 2003. Hagan's handed back their license due to Queensland Transport rejecting requests for higher subsidies, and thus Garden City Sunbus was formed.

November 2008 saw the purchase of the Magnetic Island Bus Service. In March 2009, the Pulitano Group t/a Bus Queensland purchased Garden City Sunbus (Toowoomba), buses were transferred to the new operation which started on April 1, 2009. For fleet details on the former operation, please refer to Garden City Sunbus

On lease at the Sunshine Coast from Surfside Bus Lines, Gold Coast during the second quarter of 2007 were (738) Volvo B12BLE.Bustech VST, (742) Volvo B12BLE/Bustech VST and (743) Mercedes Benz O500LE/Bustech VST.

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