kangaroo grazing on beach at Esperance

Explore Esperance with an amazing Day Tour

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kangaroo grazing on beach at Esperance

Kangaroos on beach at Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grande National Park Esperance

Explore Esperance

Depart Esperance Town at 9am and travel out to Stonehenge. See a full-sized replica of the original Stonehenge that is aligned to the southern summer and winter solstice.  Walk among the stones and sense the grandeur and be refreshed with morning tea. Come with us to explore the spectacular scenery and beautiful turquoise bays of the Cape Le Grande National Park, best known for its rocky headlands and kangaroos lazing on the white sandy beaches.  Enjoy gourmet picnic sandwiches and wraps with a glass of wine as you look out onto Hellfire Bay. See the ingenuity of innovators who have turned fish waste into artisan fish leather products. Australia’s only fish, shark and stingray leather tannery. Be invited into the gallery and working studio of glass artist Cindy Poole and see her craftsmanship and creativity in bespoke glass artworks. Find out the story behind the Whale Tail on the Esperance foreshore.  Relax in her home garden and enjoy freshly brewed coffee. Complete your exploration of Esperance with a view of Spencer Lake and views of peaceful bays, souring cliffs, pristine beaches and the sprawl of Recherche Archipelago along the Great Ocean Drive.   See Twilight Beach voted “most Popular Beach in WA”. Take in the spectacular vistas – ‘best beaches in the world’.

woman standing on rocks near beach at Hellfire Bay Cape Le Grande National Park

Beautiful Hellfire Bay at Cape Le Grande National Park

Glass art gallery

CIndy Poole at Section Glass Studio

Departures on demand (except public holidays) 9.00am – 5.00pm

 

Departure point – Esperance Visitors Centre

Cost – $189 Adult $180 Concession/Child $701.10 Family  (including entry to Stonehenge, National Park, Mermaid Leather tour, morning and afternoon tea, lunch with glass of wine)

Minimum 10 for departure

Bookings available online or phone our Esperance depot and speak with Ken or Di on 9072 1717.

 

Oranje Tractor Wines & Southern MTB 2018

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What’s your partner doing while you are riding in the Southern MTB events? Taste five Oranje Tractor Wines paired with local produce on a short tour only available on Saturday 22nd Sept.  Departs 11.30am and returns at 1.00pm; limited seating.  Book now!

four glasses of wines with small portions of food

Oranje Tractor Wines – paired tastings of wine and local produce.

On this 90min tour be transported with Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters to Oranje Tractor Wines from the Town Square of Albany. Enjoy a seated tasting of 5 of Oranje Tractor wines, including their Fat Tyre range, paired to local cheeses and other seasonal produce.  Amble through their productive garden before your return to the Town Square.

Tickets $52 per person

Book now online at busybluebus.rezdy.com/240255/wine-flight-at-oranje-tractor 

Explore other day and half day tour options, departing daily from Albany to Mt Barker and Denmark.

Consider one of our 3-day 2-night Short Breaks accommodation package in which Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters has partnered with Albany Best Western Motel.  Try a

  • Porongurup and Mt Barker Short Break exploring the wineries of Mt Barker and the granite mounds of the Porongurup National Park.
  • Perhaps a history excursion on an Historic Albany Short Break, visiting the National ANZAC Centre and Albany’s Historic Whaling Station.
  • Or indulge in gourmet delights and the cool climate wines of the region on a Tasting the Amazing South Coast Short Break. 

Book now online at www.busybluebus.com.au

ANZAC April 2018

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Anzac Albany Festival on April 24-25 2018.

The Anzac Albany Festival will be a free event welcoming locals and visitors to WW1 Australian themed activities, live music and live screening of the Anzac Albany Dawn Service.

Close collaboration with RSL will provide an expanded program of events across the community in addition to the traditional RSL Anzac Day commemorative events.

Anzac Albany Festival hosted at National Anzac Centre and Albany Heritage Park

Visit https://anzacalbany.com.au/anzac-albany-festival/ for further information.

Mount Adelaide (Photo by Sabine Albers)

Mount Adelaide Albany Western Australia

Shuttle Busses

  • Monday 23, 9am – 5.30pm shuttle bus available from Forts Road carpark up to the National Anzac Centre due to NAC carpark being closed (running as required)
  • Tuesday 24, 9am – 7pm, shuttle bus available from Forts Road carpark up to National Anzac Centre
  • Anzac Day, Albany Entertainment Centre to Festival round trip from 4am until 9.30pm
  • Anzac Day, from the Festival to Middleton Beach/Albany Entertainment Centre from 8am – 10am (allows for people who wish to visit the National Anzac Centre/Festival post Dawn Service)
  • Anzac Day, Albany Entertainment Centre to Festival via Forts Road Carpark round trip from 11.30am – 4.30pm
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Busy Blue Bus, Albany Western Australia 2017. (Photo by Sabine Albers)

Sunrise emerging over horizon to light up Middleton Beach Albany

Denmark WA Food & Wine Trail

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Wine & food tasting Denmark

Denmark offers award winning cool climate wine, quality hand crafted beer and some of the freshest produce in the state.  Embark on the Denmark WA Food & Wine Trail to experience the authentic flavours of the region within the Great Southern and on the Amazing South Coast.

The gentle summer temperatures and higher rainfall in the Denmark produce slow ripening grapes that create some of the finest Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.  Sample a range of local wines, distinctive in their cool climate characteristics.

Enjoy seasonal, locally sourced ingredients in menus for breakfast, lunch or dinner at restaurants offering distinctive diversity.  Indulge in freshly made gelato, handmade chocolate, coffee, lovingly finished cake and crafted beer.

Visit Mrs Jones Café, Rockcliffe Winery, Singlefile Wines, The Lake House Denmark, Pawprint Chocolate and Boston Brewing Co and Willoughby Park.  Get there on board a Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters Hop on Hop off bus service operating on long weekends in Jan and March 2018.

On your journey along the trail, absorb the breathtaking views of the tall-timbered forest, forming corridors of light and shadow.  Drink in the views of the ocean and inlet and let the hustle of your busy life fade away.  Discover Denmark and taste the experience.

Get on the trail and let us do the driving! Departures for the Hop on Hop off bus service are Sat and Sun 31st March and 1st April 2018 from Mrs Jones Café. Your $45 ticket is valid all day. Book now at  https://busybluebus.rezdy.com/220583/denmark-food-wine-trail-hop-on-hop-off-bus-service

Contact
Maryanne Marsh

Tour Manager

tour.manager@busybluebus.com.au

Busy Blue Bus
Phone:  9842 2133
Email:  info@busybluebus.com.au

www.busybluebus.com.au

Name the silo sea dragon in Albany

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sky and silos with sea dragon image

FORM public art on silos in Albany

 

Help Name Albany’s Seadragon.

 

There’s a new princess of Princess Royal Harbour. Drifting high above the city and standing sentry over the sound, she’s a stately, whimsical seadragon. A soaring, subaqueous mural taking form across the giant silos at CBH Group’s Albany Grain Terminal. A secret of the sea, literally invisible to the untrained eye, this myth-like creature rendered 35 metres high by street artists Yok and Sheryo marks the south-westernmost edge of Australia and celebrates what’s beyond it.

She’s inspired by the wild coast of Western Australia, where a new species of seadragon has just been discovered, stunning the scientific community and conservationists across the world.

Morphing two of the most extraordinary creatures of the ocean, both rare and exclusive to the coastal waters of south- western Australia, Albany’s seadragon has the bright red hue of the ruby seadragon and the gossamer tendrils of its leafy cousin. She’s coming to life in red, gold and grey. She has a home in the heart of your city. Now she just needs a name…

Send your ideas at publicsilotrail@form.net.au or just comment on the posts on our @FORMWA Instagram, Twitter and Facebook until the 24th March. The winning name submission will win a signed print by artists The Yok & Sheryo.

This is the fourth giant mural by famous street artists to pop up on grain silos across Western Australia as part of the PUBLIC Silo Trail, a creative project by FORM celebrating the State’s regions. The project will ultimately create a trail drawing visitors to regional WA, raising its profile and boosting cultural tourism.  Find out more about the project at publicsilotrail.com.

The PUBLIC Silo Trail is a partnership between FORM, CBH Group and Western Power and is supported by a grant from the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and Lotterywest. FORM is grateful to have the support of the City of Albany on this project.

Find food & wine trails on the Amazing South Coast

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Food & wine on the Amazing South Coast is extraordinary; find these on trails that lead you to the best! The cool climate, high rainfall and slow-ripening processes create a unique environment for the production of exceptional and characteristics flavours.  These flavours are expressed in sought after and highly awarded wines and local produce from the Mt Barker, Denmark and Frankland regions.

To experience these exquisite tastes, you need to know where to find them!  Let technology help!  Load up the TrailsWA app on your mobile device and locate the nearest trails with the swipe of the screen.

TrailsWA homepage

TrailsWA homepage

Search the region before you arrive or just click to find trails near you once your’e settled into your accommodation.

TrailsWA search by region

TrailsWA search by region

TrailsWA search the Amazing South Coast map

TrailsWA search the Amazing South Coast

Click on the pin where you want to explore and see the list of trails to choose from.

TrailsWA Food & Wine Trails list

TrailsWA Food & Wine Trails

Our recommendations on the Amazing South Coast are the Denmark Food & Wine Trail, the Mt Barker Wine & Food Trail and the Albany Picnic Provisions Trail.  If you don’t want to drive, check out the following options on the Busy Blue Bus website www.busybluebus.com.au and we’ll take you there and ‘we’ll show you more!

  • Denmark Food & Wine Trail, Hop on Hop off bus service
  • Mt Barker Grape Escape, full day tour
  • Tastes of the Great Southern, full day tour

Add food & wine to your adventure on the Amazing South Coast.  Visit our website to select a tour that suits at www.busybluebus.com   

Grapes & Gallops 2018

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Let Busy Blue Bus do the driving to Grapes & Gallops 2018!

Race horses and jockeys on the racetrack.

Grapes & Gallops Mt Barker

Book your ticket to travel to the Mt Barker Turf Club for the 2018 Grapes & Gallops event.  Leave the keys behind and get on board Busy Blue Bus with your friends and family for a great day out at the races. We’ll get you there and back again safely and in comfort.

The bus departs the Albany Visitor Centre at 11.30am.  Further pick up points at BCF and McKail Store.  Departure from Mt Barker is 7.oopm with set down at McKail Store, BCF and the Albany Visitor Centre.

Tickets $30 and available online at https://bbbus.bookingboss.com/experiences.cfm

Book now!

Get on board Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters!

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The Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters team is expanding.  Business activity at our Esperance depot is brisk and our people there have more tasks to do than time allows.  We want to ease their workload by adding in some extra hands, hearts and minds to face the challenges there.  We are creating two new positions.

key on keyring with Busy Blue Bus tag

WESTERN AUSTRALIA – Busy Blue Bus, Albany and Esperance, Western Australia 2017. (Photo by Sabine Albers)

The workshop requires a heavy diesel mechanic to work full-time to attend to our town, school and charter buses.  The work involves maintenance, diagnosis and repairs of buses from our small commuter to our larger coaches.  This work will occur in our clean, ordered and well-equipped workshop.  The Workshop Manager is under the supervision of our Operations Manager and has support from our Administration Assistant.

four Busy Blue Bus buses of varying sizes

WESTERN AUSTRALIA – Busy Blue Bus, Albany and Esperance, Western Australia 2017. (Photo by Sabine Albers)

The Administration Assistant is a new role too.  This role is to support the administrative tasks associated with the workshop and relieve our Office Administrator.  The Administration Assistant is answerable to the Operations Manager and supervised by the Administration Officer, working collaboratively with the Workshop Manager from the Esperance depot office.

For both these roles information and the opportunity to apply is available on our website www.busybluebus.com.au go to the Jobs tab at the bottom of the screen.  Further information is available by phoning our Esperance depot on 9072 1717 or calling James 0428 287 028.

Get on board, join our team!

NEW day tour product

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On a NEW day tour from Albany with Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters, ‘swirl, smell and sip’ your way around Mt Barker, part of the Great Southern wine region. Visit five wineries in this cool climate, slow-ripening zone next door to National Parks.  Come on tour now and enjoy a

Winter Down South Special

Meander through back roads to taste outstanding wines from award-winning wineries nestled next door to the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges.  Meet the owners and winemakers in small family-run wineries like Gilberts, Arcadia and Galafrey whose wines rank amongst the larger vineyards of Plantagenet and West Cape Howe.  Wines from these award-winning wineries share characteristics of this district, in which grapes experience slow ripening, allowing for the development of rich flavours and quality grape juice.

The Great Southern region is one of the remotest wine areas of Australia, and Mount Barker is generally regarded as the most important subregion. With marri soils and lateritic gravely and sandy loams, provided from the granite rock backdrop, the region is

Day tour views to Porongurup Ranges from veranda at Arcadia Wines

Mt Barker Grape Escape day tour

suited to Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir.

Relax and enjoy a shared platter lunch of local produce and take part in a private guided winery tour. Drink in the view at West Cape Howe Wines!  Finish with coffee and tastings at Plantagenet Wines, muse over artwork on display at the cellar door of Arcadia and Galafrey. Find a surprise in this unique landscape!

Relax, sit back, and let Busy Blue Bus do the driving as you are taken on a journey through a cool, clean, natural environment that creates hallmark wines. ‘Magical and memorable!’ Departs daily Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 9.30-4.00pm, $189 per person.  Book your tickets now online at www.busybluebus.com.au

Charter Busy Blue Bus transport services

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A first for Busy Blue Bus, we began discussions to film a television commercial for the Seven Network this year to promote our charter transport services. In June we contracted the fabulous Green man Media Productions based here in Albany to produce this for us.

A first for Busy Blue Bus, we began discussions to film a television commercial for the Seven Network this year to promote our charter transport services.  In June we contracted the fabulous Green man Media Productions based here in Albany to produce this for us.

The concept behind our 15 second commercial was to showcase our charter hire services for community groups and events.  Each person exiting from our Yutong bus represents a social group we work with regularly: School Groups, Special Events, Corporate Groups, Festivals, Arts Groups and  Sports Teams.  With a view to highlight our versatility for carrying difference group sizes and equipment on our vehicles.

With the idea confirmed we needed local people to star in our advert.  A call out on our Facebook page for some local personalities lead to us filling a number of these spots, with a special thanks to Lincolns Accountants, Passmore Cycles and Bob’s Bikes for loaning us their staff members for the morning of the filming.

Filming took place at Eyre Park on Thursday 8th June and took less than an hour to complete.  Following a quick briefing to everyone involved a few takes were filmed.  The commercial was filmed as one continuous take to limit the amount of editing required.

Busy Blue Bus TV Commercial

Filming action at Eyre Park for Busy Blue Bus TV commercial

Busy Blue Bus filming

Ready for filming Busy Blue Bus TV commercial at Eyre Park Albany

The above images are from the filming process of our commercial.  We had a lot of fun, learnt a lot and had a beautiful sunny morning out of the office.

Our commercial aired on channel seven on Sunday 16th July during the coverage of the Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles football game.  Over a 12 week schedule our commercial will appear across the Seven Network along the South Coast of WA 220 times!  If you are yet to catch our commercial on your television have a look at the video below.