Moonee Valley Coaches

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Moonee Valley Coaches
Moonee Valley Coaches bus at Moonee Ponds junction on route 506, 2012.jpg
Volgren bodied Mercedes-Benz O405NH at Moonee Ponds junction in October 2012
ParentHigginson family
Service areaNorth Melbourne
Service typeBus & coach operator
Fleet32 (May 2019)

Moonee Valley Coaches is a bus and coach operator in Melbourne, Australia. As a Melbourne bus company, it operates two bus routes under contract to the Government of Victoria.


Pressed Metal Corporation Australia bodied Metrotec Delta 16.210 in Essendon in April 2013

In 1964 Ray Higginson bought a bus serving Dawson Street, Brunswick. By 1966, the business was named Moonee Valley Bus Lines, and in 1969, a partnership with Joe Bellafiori was formed.

Charter services commenced in 1968, expanding to Australia wide touring and camping tours in 1970 when the first new dedicated charter coach was bought. The early 1970s saw more expansion with the purchase of Nuline Bus Service, Caulfield. In 1985, the partnership was dissolved with Bellafiori taking Nuline Bus Service and Higginson Moonee Valley. In 1987, Cunningham Bus Lines was purchased with route 503 Essendon station - Brunswick East.[1][2]

In November 2014, a heritage museum was established within the company's Tullamarine depot.[3]


As at May 2019, the fleet consisted of 32 buses and coaches.[4] Fleet livery is white with red stripes and blue signwriting while some new route buses carry the PTV livery.


  1. ^ "Victorian Buses in the Eighties" Australian Bus Panorama 6/8 May 1991 page 14
  2. ^ Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Melbourne: Bus & Coach Society of Victoria. 1991. p. 40.
  3. ^ "Preservation at Moonee Valley Coaches" Australian Bus issue 67 January 2015 pages 34-35
  4. ^ Moonee Valley Coaches Australian Bus Fleet Lists

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