Surfside Buslines

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Parent Transit Australia Group
Service area Gold Coast
Tweed Valley
Service type Bus operator
Routes 74
Hubs Southport bus station
Broadbeach South bus station
Gold Coast Airport
Harbour Town Shopping Centre
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
The Pines Shopping Centre
Tweed City bus station
Stations Beenleigh
Varsity Lakes
Depots Coomera
Tweed Heads
Fleet 392 (May 2015)

Surfside Buslines is an Australian bus operator on the Gold Coast in Queensland. It operates 53 services under contract to the Government of Queensland under the TransLink banner. It also operates eight services in the adjoining Tweed Valley of northern New South Wales under contract to the Government of New South Wales.

Surfside operates Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle, operating coach services from the Gold Coast Airport to hotels and theme parks. Surfside Buslines is part of the Transit Australia Group.


Until June 1989 Surfside was owned by Greyhound owner Russell Penfold when it was sold to Joe and Tony Calabro with 56 buses.[1][2]

In 1993 Tweed Bus Service was purchased with 51 buses,[3] followed in February 1995 by Gold Coast Citybus,[4] in September 1998 by Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle[5] and in May 2001 by Coomera Bus Lines.[6]

Service area[edit]

Surfside operates from Beenleigh on the north of the Gold Coast as far south as Pottsville in northern New South Wales.


Queensland services[edit]

Route From To Via Notes
700 Broadbeach South Tweed Heads Burleigh Heads extended to Gold Coast University Hospital 00:00 - 05:00 when G:link not operational Monday - Friday
704 Helensvale station Sea World Southport & Harbour Town Shopping Centre
705 Broadbeach South Sea World Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise & Broadbeach
709 Helensvale station Griffith University station Harbour Town Shopping Centre & Gold Coast University Hospital
710 Helensvale station Griffith University station Gold Coast University Hospital
711 Southport bus station Sanctuary Cove Runaway Bay
712 Southport bus station Coombabah Labrador & Harbour Town Shopping Centre
713 Southport bus station Paradise Point Harbour Town Shopping Centre & Coombabah
714 Griffith University Helensvale station Gold Coast University Hospital, Arundel & Pacific Pines
715 Southport bus station Helensvale station Arundel & Pacific Pines
716 Helensvale station Studio Village Village Way & Studio Drive
717 Helensvale station Pacific Pines Gaven Heights
718 Helensvale station Santa Barbara Hope Island
719 Southport bus station Paradise Point Griffith University, Gold Coast University Hospital, Harbour Town Shopping Centre & Runaway Bay
720 Helensvale station Coomera station Dreamworld, Movie World & Wet n Wild
721 Coomera station Ormeau station Upper Coomera
722 Coomera station Ormeau station Pimpama
723 Helensvale station Coomera station Oxenford
725 Helensvale station Coomera station Upper Coomera
726 Coomera station Coomera Waters Foxwell Road
727 Helensvale station Coomera station Reserve Road
728 Beenleigh station Ormeau station Jacobs Ridge & Yatala
729 Beenleigh station Ormeau station Ormeau Ridge
731 Southport bus station Broadbeach South Gold Coast Arts Centre, Chevron Island & Isle of Capri
735 Southport bus station Nerang station Nerang & Ashmore
736 Broadbeach South Nerang Nerang & Highland Park
737 Southport bus station Ashmore Benowa & Southport Park
738 Broadbeach South Gold Coast University Hospital Ashmore, Ashmore TAFE & Griffith University
739 Nerang station Griffith University Ashmore & Gold Coast University Hospital
740 Surfers Paradise Nerang Chevron Island & Ashmore TAFE
741 Southport bus station Broadbeach South Benowa & Ashmore
742 Southport bus station Molendinar Ashmore
743 Broadbeach South Nerang station Pappas Way
744 Nerang station Broadbeach South Highland Park
745 Broadbeach South Nerang station Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
746 Nerang station Yarrimbah Drive My Centre Nerang
747 Southport bus station Robina station Bundall
748 Nerang station Robina Town Centre Tallai & Gilston
749 Nerang station Dugandan Street My Centre Nerang
750 Robina Station Broadbeach South Bond University & Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Varsity Lakes
751 Robina station Broadbeach South Markeri Street
752 Robina Town Centre Broadbeach South Markeri Street & Ron Penhaligon Way
753 Burleigh Heads Broadbeach South Varsity Lakes station & Bond University
754 Burleigh Heads Broadbeach South Varsity Lakes & Mermaid Waters
755 Robina Town Centre Broadbeach South Robina station & Merrimac
756 West Burleigh Broadbeach South Miami & Burleigh Waters
757 Reedy Creek Burleigh Heads Varsity Lakes Station
758 Robina Merrimac Robina station
759 Varsity Lakes station Robina station Reedy Creek
760 Tweed Heads Robina station Gold Coast Airport & Varsity Lakes station
762 Tallebudgera Drive The Pines Shopping Centre Palm Beach
763 Lakeswood Estate The Pines Shopping Centre Elanora
764 Currumbin Park Burleigh Heads The Pines Shopping Centre
765 Robina Town Centre The Pines Shopping Centre Christine Avenue
766 Currumbin Waters The Pines Shopping Centre Galleon Way, Ware Drive, Murtha Drive & KP McGrath Drive
767 Tugun Heights The Pines Shopping Centre Currumbin
768 The Pines Shopping Centre Tweed Heads John Flynn Private Hospital
769 Reedy Creek The Pines Shopping Centre Burleigh Heads & Varsity Lakes
777 Gold Coast Airport Broadbeach South Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach Limited stops service
N732 Carrara Surfers Paradise Ashmore & Nerang NightLink service
N750 Robina Broadbeach South Broadbeach & Bond University NightLink service
TX1 Tweed Heads Dreamworld Palm Beach, Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise, Wet'n'Wild & Movie World Themepark limited stops service
TX2 Broadbeach South Movie World Surfers Paradise, Wet'n'Wild Themepark limited stops service
TX3 Broadbeach South Dreamworld Themepark limited stops service

New South Wales services[edit]

Route From To Via Notes
601 West Tweed Kingscliff Coolangatta, Tweed Heads, South Tweed & Chinderah
602 Tweed Heads Banora Point Tweed Hospital & Tweed City
603 Tweed Heads Pottsville Tweed City, Chinderah, Cudgen, Kingscliff, Salt, Casuarina, Bogangar, Cabarita & Hastings Point
604 Tweed Heads Hillcrest Tweed Hospital, Tweed City, Dry Rock Road & Vintage Lakes
605 Tweed Heads Murwillumbah Tweed City, Terranora, Tumbulgum & Condong unable to carry local passengers between
Condong & Murwillumbah due to
licence restrictions
606 Tweed Heads Fingal Banora Point, Oyster Point, Oxley Cove & Heritage Caravan Park
607 Tweed Heads Flame Tree Park Tweed City, Machinery Drive & Banora Gardens
608 Tweed City Bilambil Heights Tweed Heads, Coolangatta, The Quarterdeck, Kennedy Drive & West Tweed


Bustech MDi in South Tweed painted in the old blue & yellow livery in August 2008
TransLink liveried Bustech MDi in Tweed Heads in August 2008
Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle liveried MotorCoach Australia in January 2008

Queensland Services[edit]

TransLink ticketing applies to all Queensland route & school services.

New South Wales Services[edit]

Surfside has its own zone and fare system for New South Wales services.

Cross Border Travel[edit]

Queensland fares apply to any travel that originates within Queensland where travel is going to continue into New South Wales or that originates within New South Wales where travel is going to continue into Queensland.

Translink's go card is not available for use on Surfside's New South Wales Services, however go card can be used on Queensland services that start or finish at the Tweed Mall.


In the 1970s Surfside built up a fleet of Leyland Nationals. In the 1980s some Volvo B59 and Volvo B10Rs and Volvo B10ML articulateds were purchased. Following the sale to the Calabros, large numbers of ex ACTION Volvo B58s, MAN SL200s and SG192 articulateds were purchased to replace the Leyland Nationals. Amogst the buses purchased with Tweed Bus Service were Leyland Tigers and Hinos. To replace the Gold Coast Citybus fleet, ex Brisbane Transport and TransAdelaide Volvo B59s and ex State Transit Authority Mercedes-Benz O305s were purchased.

From the mid 1990s Surfside began to standardise on Mercedes-Benz and Volvo chassis for its route bus fleet and Hinos for school buses. Initially bodied by external suppliers, since 1998 all buses have been bodied by the Calabro's Bustech. Since 2008 all purchases have been Bustech MDi and XDis integral buses. Surfside has also received a steady flow of second hand buses including from the Calabro's Sydney operations, Busabout and Hawkesbury Valley Buses. Since 2013 Surfside Buslines have also received eight Bustech CDis double deck buses.

As at May 2015, the fleet consisted of 392 buses and coaches.[7] Vehicles are registered in both New South Wales and Queensland, although the fleet is utilised interchangeably, particularly the school bus fleet. The only restriction is the different ticket machines used in each state.

Under Russell Penfold ownership, Surfside had an orange with blue stripe livery. The Calabros introduced a blue with yellow livery.

Since 2008 all deliveries and repaints have been in TransLink colours, with blue body, green ends, a green and blue wavy stripe down each side and the TransLink logo toward the back. This is also being applied to the vehicles used in New South Wales to facilitate easy transfer between depots, albeit without the Translink decals. The Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle coaches are painted orange.

In 2007 Australian diecast model company Trax Models released a 1:76 scale model of a Mercedes-Benz 709D Reeve Burgess minibus in Surfside livery.[8]


  1. ^ "Stateliner takes over Greyhound" Australian Bus Panorama 5/5 March 1990 page 23
  2. ^ "Surfside Bus Lines" Australian Bus Panorama issue 6/6 February 1991 page 45
  3. ^ "Surfside Bus Lines" Australian Bus Panorama issue 9/5 January 1994 page 40
  4. ^ "Surfside Bus Lines" Australian Bus Panorama issue 10/7 April 1995 page 54
  5. ^ "Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle" Australian Bus Panorama issue 14/5 April 1999 page 56
  6. ^ Major bus buys for Kefford & Hill Australasian Bus & Coach
  7. ^ Surfside Bus Lines Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  8. ^ "Surfside Buslines". Retrieved 2 August 2014. 

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