Sunbus Townsville

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Sunbus Townsville
Sunbus logo.svg
Sunbus Townsville Bus.jpg
ParentTransit Australia Group
Service areaTownsville
Service typeBus operator
HubsCastletown Shoppingworld
James Cook University
Stockland Townsville
Townsville CBD
Townsville Hospital
Willows Shopping Centre
Fleet87 (June 2013)

Sunbus Townsville is the principal bus operator in Townsville, Queensland operating services under the Translink (Queensland)| scheme in Regional Queensland. It is one of Sunbus' operations.


In April 1996, Harry Blundred, the proprietor of Thames Transit in the United Kingdom, commenced operating the route services in Cairns.[1][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 2010 the operation expanded with the acquisition of Hermit Park Bus Service.[5][6]

In April 2019, Transit Australia Group was purchased by AATS Group, parent company of Skybus and majority owned by OPTrust.[7] In August 2019, AATS Group was rebranded the Kinetic Group.[8]

Service Area[edit]

Sunbus operates from Pallarenda in the north, Kelso and Stuart in the south, plus Kirwan and Thuringowa Central in the west. The area with the largest service coverage, are the suburbs of Annandale and Douglas.


As of June 2013 the fleet consisted of 87 buses.[9] The fleet livery is light blue.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Private Operators" Fleetline July 1995 page 130
  2. ^ "Transit Australia" Australian Bus Panorama 11/7 April 1996 page 48
  3. ^ "Private Operators" Australian Bus Panorama 13/1 August 1997 page 22
  4. ^ Buslink Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  5. ^ Hermit Park Bus Service Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  6. ^ Transit Australia Group buys Hermit Park Bus Company Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Transit Australia Group
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Skybus parent relaunched as 'Kinetic'". Australasian Bus & Coach. 8 August 2019. Archived from the original on 20 August 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  9. ^ Sunbus Townsville Australian Bus Fleet Lists