About Bathurst Buslines

Bathurst Buslines is part of the Buslines Group, providing a network of route bus services, together with regional and inter-regional school transport services throughout New South Wales. As a member of the Buslines Group, it represents one of Australia's largest and oldest bus operators and has become a name synonymous with the highest standards of safety and service.

Buslines Group provides a network of route bus services, together with regional and inter-regional school transport services throughout New South Wales. The original company was founded on 25 March 1926 by John Alan Gilbert and began bus operations under the name of John A Gilbert Pty Limited. In 1943 John A Gilbert acquired Tamworth's bus services and in 1946, Berrima and Orange joined the group. Today, the company, known as the Buslines Group, also includes services in Ballina, Bathurst, Berrima, Dubbo, Forster, Griffith, Lithgow, Northern Rivers, Orange, Tamworth, Ulladulla and Wingham. These subsidiaries and affiliated businesses form a network of quality bus services which is unparalleled anywhere in Australia. This unique public transport operation provides the skills and resources that enables Buslines to achieve clear leadership in the public transport industry, especially in the key areas of customer service, safety and quality.

The Buslines Group is committed to a philosophy of excellence and this, in turn, runs through every division of the company. Its promise to provide people with the highest standard of service is one which Buslines is uniquely positioned to deliver.

Buslines Group operates a fleet of 380 vehicles, servicing a large network of bus routes in major country towns throughout New South Wales. The Group's operations carry over 15 million customers annually and employ more than 500 staff, each of whom are committed to providing a bus service that is safe, reliable and comfortable for all customers.

Welcome to Bathurst Buslines

Founded in 1815 on the banks of the Macquarie River, in the Central Tablelands, Bathurst is officially recognised as Australia’s oldest inland town. Throughout its almost 200 year history, the city has flourished as an important centre of commerce, supporting a region rich in resources. Bathurst’s boom town status began with the first discovery of gold at Fish River in 1823. By the mid 1860s Bathurst township had become the colony’s major regional centre for the gold mining industry.

In 1862 Cobb and Co, from Victoria, set up the first organised transport service in the region. Based in Bathurst, Cobb and Co provided a mixture of gold freight, mail and passenger transport to and from outlying towns and rural settlements. Following the gold rushes, Bathurst found new impetus in coal mining and later in the agricultural industry as it became the production and packaging centre of Robert Edgell’s famous Australian food brand.

More recently, Bathurst has become a major centre of education as the headquarters for Charles Sturt University and an important regional location for TAFE and a range of highly regarded primary and secondary, public and private schools. It is also home of the Mount Panorama circuit which has hosted the nationally and internationally renowned Bathurst 1000 motor race since 1938. Today, Bathurst continues to enjoy strong growth due to its on-going importance as a commercial and educational centre and its appealing lifestyle which combines the very best aspects of a vibrant city and relaxed country living.

Public transport for Bathurst’s permanent population of 35,000 and its large number of visitors is served by Bathurst Buslines. Formerly known as Jones Bros Bus Company, the service was established in Lithgow in 1922 and purchased the Bathurst operations in 2004. The services operate extensively throughout the Bathurst area, including intertown links to Wallerawang, Portland and Lithgow. The company also offers a comprehensive school bus service as well as group and school excursion charter.