Moonee Valley Coaches

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Moonee Valley Coaches
ParentHigginson family
Commenced operation1964
Service areaNorth Melbourne
Service typeBus & coach operator
Fleet34 (February 2023)[1]

Moonee Valley Coaches is a bus operator in Melbourne, Australia. It operates two routes under contract to Public Transport 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 to Brunswick East.[2][3]

In November 2014, a heritage museum was established within the company's Tullamarine depot.[4]


As at February 2023, the fleet consisted of 34 buses and coaches.[1] Fleet livery is white with red stripes and blue signwriting while some new route buses carry the Public Transport Victoria orange and white livery.


  1. ^ a b "Moonee Valley Coaches & Expo Travel, Tullamarine". Australian Bus Fleet Lists (Bus Australia). Retrieved 1 February 2023.
  2. ^ Victorian Buses in the Eighties Australian Bus Panorama issue 6/8 May 1991 page 14
  3. ^ Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Melbourne: Bus & Coach Society of Victoria. 1991. p. 40.
  4. ^ Preservation at Moonee Valley Coaches Australian Bus issue 67 January 2015 pages 34-35

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