Sunset Coast Explorer Bus
Sunset Coast Explorer – a free hop-on hop-off coastal bus service that will run every Saturday and Sunday for 13 weeks over spring and summer.
|Bus Stop||To Scarborough(Southbound)||To Whitfords(Northbound)|
|Whitfords||In front of Whitford Public Library|
|Hillarys||Hillarys Boat Harbour north side carpark|
|North Beach||Between James Street and Malcolm Street|
|Scarborough||Outside Scarborough Beach Pool entrance|
As WA’s only open-top bus, passengers can soak up the views and sunshine from this weekend, with the service running between Whitford City shopping centre and Scarborough and stopping at Hillarys Boat Harbour and North Beach.
“If we come out with the numbers to show a level of viability, then we can work out a price and a vehicle and this time next year we can put it back out there.”
He said as the Ocean Reef Marina continued to take shape, the route could eventually continue further north, also stopping at Mullaloo.
He said he looked forward to welcoming people back on the bus for a “joy ride to take in the views”.
“You will never get a better view than from the top of the bus,” he said.
“You will be 3m above all other cars, looking right across the beaches and the ocean.”
Perth City Tours has operated for the past 17 years, because of closed borders and a lack of international visitors.
“Jon and City Tours Perth have been long-standing members of the tourism community, heavily investing any profits back into their business to provide a professional multilingual open-top tour of Perth,” she said.
“WA consumers just do not access this service. It appeals mainly to visitors who need this type of tour to provide history and orientation when arriving in Perth.
As I live on the Sunset Coast, I felt if we could find a sponsor we could offer a free service and redeploy the bus, so I approached both the councils for support.
“Currently there is not a similar scheduled bus route here and certainly not an open-top bus because this is the only one in WA.
“While this service alone does not guarantee the future of the open-top bus, we are hopeful the service will be well-received by the public and pave the way for further support beyond summer.”
Both Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob and Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin reiterated their support for the initiative, which they said aligned with their strategies to increase tourism and support local businesses.
This includes welcoming beachgoers, shoppers, people looking for cafe and bar experiences, or those wanting to check out Hillarys Boat Harbour, also home to the Aquarium of WA, or the recent $100 million redevelopment of Scarborough.
Have good weekend & take a bus ride down the sunset coast !!!:)