Sunbus Cairns

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Sunbus Cairns
Sunbus logo.svg
ParentTransit Australia Group
Service areaCairns
Service typeBus operator
HubsCairns City
Palm Cove
Smithfield Shopping Centre
Stockland Cairns
Stations1 (Cairns City bus station)
Fleet51 (June 2013)

Sunbus Cairns, previously Marlin Coast Sunbus, is the principal bus operator in Cairns, Queensland operating services under the TransLink (Queensland) scheme in the Cairns region. It is one of Sunbus' operations.


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.

In April 2019, Transit Australia Group was purchased by AATS Group, parent company of Skybus and majority owned by OPTrust.[5] In August 2019, AATS Group was rebranded the Kinetic Group.[6]

This is a separate operation to Love's Bus Service Cairns which is also owned by the Kinetic 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.

Bus routes[edit]


As of June 2013, the fleet consisted of 51 buses, primarily Bustech bodied Volvo B12BLEs, Bustech MDi and XDis.[7] The 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. ^ "Skybus Operator to Acquire Transit Australia Group - Bustech not Included". Australasian Bus & Coach. 2 April 2019. Archived from the original on 22 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Skybus parent relaunched as 'Kinetic'". Australasian Bus & Coach. 8 August 2019. Archived from the original on 20 August 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  7. ^ Sunbus - Cairns Australian Bus Fleet Lists