Marlin Coast Sunbus

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Sunbus Cairns/Marlin Coast Sunbus
ParentTransit Australia Group
Service areaCairns
Service typeBus operator
HubsCairns City
Palm Cove
Smithfield Shopping Centre
Stockland Cairns
Fleet51 (June 2013)

Sunbus is the principal bus operator in Cairns, Queensland operating services under the TransLink (South East Queensland) scheme in the Cairns region.


In 1995 Harry Blundred, the proprietor of Thames Transit in the United Kingdom, was awarded the operating rights to route services in Cairns by the Government of Queensland.[1] It initially was a joint venture with Beach Bus and West Cairns Bus Service, but Blundred took full control shortly after.[2]

As part of the deal Sunbus was also responsible for the operation of school bus services in the region, however these were sold in 1997 to fellow British bus operator Stagecoach.[3][4]

In April 2008 Blundred sold Marlin Coast Sunbus along with the other Sunbus operations to Transit Australia Group.

Service Area[edit]

Sunbus operates from Palm Cove and Trinity Beach in the north, and as far south as Gordonvale and Edmonton. The area with the most coverage is along the Captain Cook Highway between Smithfield Shopping Centre and Cairns CBD.


As at June 2013 the fleet consisted of 51 buses, primarily Bustech bodied Volvo B12BLEs, Bustech MDi and XDis.[5] Fleet livery is light blue.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Showbus gallery


  1. ^ "Private Operators" Fleetline July 1995 page 130
  2. ^ "Transit Australia" Australian Bus Panorama issue 11/7 April 1996 page 48
  3. ^ "Private Operators" Australian Bus Panorama issue 13/1 August 1997 page 22
  4. ^ Buslink Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  5. ^ Sunbus - Cairns Australian Bus Fleet Lists