Donric Group

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Donric Group
ParentRichard Baird
FoundedMarch 1980
Service areaVictoria
Service typeBus & coach operator
Mission Beach
Fleet267 (March 2020)
OperatorSunbury Coaches
Coach Tours of Australia
Organ’s Coaches
Trans North Bus & Coach
Bowen Transit

The Donric Group is an Australian owner of bus and coach companies in Victoria and Queensland. The group comprises 5 companies with over 250 vehicles and 300 staff.


The Donric Group was formed in March 1980 when Don McKenzie and Richard Baird purchased eight school buses from WJ Treweek to form the Sunbury Bus Service.[1]

In 1989 Coach Tours of Australia was established as a coach charter company.[2] In March 1989 Sweet's, Bacchus Marsh was purchased and renamed Bacchus Marsh Coaches.[3]

In 1994 Swanlink Coachlines, Swan Hill was acquired with two V/Line contracts.[4] It was sold in November 2007 to the Pickering Group, owners of BusBiz.[5]

In 2000 Thege Coach Charter, Ballarat was purchased and renamed Gold Bus Ballarat.[6] In 2001 Begonia City Coaches, Ballarat was acquired and incorporated into Gold Bus Ballarat. In October 2007 Organ's Bus Service, Kyneton was purchased.[7]

In June 2010, Trans North Bus & Coach in North Queensland was purchased. In July 2010, Coopers Bus Service of Mirani and G&JE O'Neill of Finch Hatten were purchased, followed in October 2010 by Hasties Bus Service of Innisfail, and in January 2011 Henderson's of Ayr. All have been brought under the Trans North Bus & Coach brand.[8]

In September 2019, Bacchus Marsh Coaches and Gold Bus Ballarat were sold to Christians Bus Co. Don McKenzie sold his interests in the remaining Donric Group businesses to Richard Baird, who took 100% ownership of the Donric Group.


Companies which have been acquired by the Donric Group include:

Companies currently operated by the Donric Group include:



As at March 2020 the Donric Group operated 267 buses and coaches.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Melbourne: Bus & Coach Society of Victoria. 1991. p. 63.
  2. ^ About Us Archived 25 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine Coach Tours of Australia
  3. ^ "Sweet" Australian Bus Panorama 5/1 July 1989 page 40
  4. ^ "Swanlink Coaches" Australian Bus Panorama 10/9 July 1995 page 40
  5. ^ Swanlink Coachlines Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  6. ^ "Gold Charter Coaches" Australian Bus Panorama 16/4 February 2001 page 53
  7. ^ Organ's Bus Service Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  8. ^ a b Trans North Bus & Coach Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  9. ^ Donric Group Australian Bus Fleet Lists