Surfside Buslines

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Surfside Buslines logo.svg
Surfside 783 in Burleigh Heads.jpg
ParentKinetic Group
Service areaGold Coast
Tweed Valley
Service typeBus operator
HubsSouthport bus station
Broadbeach South bus station
Gold Coast Airport
Harbour Town Shopping Centre
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
The Pines Shopping Centre
Tweed Heads
Varsity Lakes
Tweed Heads
Fleet423 (January 2022)

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 nine services in the adjoining Tweed Valley of northern New South Wales under contract to the Government of New South Wales.


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

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 by Gold Coast Citybus on 21 February 1995,[4] Springbrook-Mudgeereba Bus Service with approximately twelve buses on 1 March 1995,[5] Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle in September 1998[6] and Coomera Bus Lines in May 2001.[7] Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle was sold to Skybus and rebranded as Skybus Gold Coast in November 2017.[8][9]

In April 2019, Transit Australia Group was purchased by AATS Group, parent company of SkyBus and majority owned by OPTrust.[10] In August 2019, AATS Group was rebranded the Kinetic Group.[11]

Service area[edit]

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


TransLink ticketing applies to all Queensland route and school services.

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

Queensland fares apply to any travel that originates in Queensland and continues into New South Wales or that originates in New South Wales and continues into Queensland.

Translink's go card cannot be used on Surfside's New South Wales services, but 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. Amongst 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 January 2022, the fleet consisted of 423 buses and coaches.[12] 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.[13]


  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. ^ "Surfside Bus Lines" Australian Bus Panorama issue 10/7 April 1995 page 54
  6. ^ "Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle" Australian Bus Panorama issue 14/5 April 1999 page 56
  7. ^ Major bus buys for Kefford & Hill Archived 14 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine Australasian Bus & Coach
  8. ^ "Skybus acquire GC airport service". Australasian Bus & Coach. 16 November 2017. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  9. ^ "SkyBus launches new Gold Coast Airport Shuttle". Skybus. 6 December 2017. Archived from the original on 13 March 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "SkyBus parent relaunched as 'Kinetic'". Australasian Bus & Coach. 8 August 2019. Archived from the original on 20 August 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  12. ^ Surfside Bus Lines Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  13. ^ "Surfside Buslines". Retrieved 2 August 2014.

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