Tag: Albany

Cruise ship Sun Princess – Albany WA 9th Jan 2020

Cruise ship Sun Princess – Albany WA 9th Jan 2020. Source information from the Southern Ports website:

Ship Name Date Due Number of Pax Time in Port
Sun Princess 09/01/2020 1,950 0700 – 1600

Port of Albany Southern PortsWhen cruise ship Sun Princess is in Albany, there are a couple of different options available for cruise ship passengers:

  • Book Tours directly on board your cruise ship to guarantee availability (Busy Blue Bus works with your cruise ship for the provision of many of these tours and your cruise ship representatives will contact Busy Blue Bus to confirm arrangements). Questions regarding these tours should be directed to your cruise ship representative, not Busy Blue Bus.
  • Book “Tours on the street”.
    On most cruise ship days, the amazing staff at Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters are down “on the street” near the Albany Visitor Centre selling tours and options on the day. These will vary on the day depending on availability of buses (For example: if your cruise ship company has us doing all the tours from the ship, this may limit what tours we provide on the street). Tours may include our Hop On Hop Off Service, The Gap & Coastal Wonders tour, The Historic Whaling Station, Beer Wine Spirits Tour and more. Please note: Limited seats are available for these tours. Sales are on the day, not prior. Payment can be made with cash or Credit Card (A surcharge applies to all EFTPOS and Credit Card transactions).
  • Private Tours Where you would like a private tour with one of our buses and a chartered driver and/or guide we can quote on this for you.  We only offer this option when all bus requirements from the cruise ship have been confirmed (usually in week prior to arrival of cruise ship to Albany). Where possible we will recommend other suppliers for charter services if we are unable to fulfill your request.

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Busy Blue Bus Tours moves to Stirling Tce

Don’t know where to find us?  We’re coming out of hiding and into our first retail outlet in Albany,

January 2nd 2020

Busy Blue Bus Tours will open the doors at

Shop 1, 96 Stirling Tce in Albany

Opening hours

Mon – Thurs 8am – 5pm

Fri – 8am-7pm

            Sat – Sun and Public Holidays – 10 – 2pm

            Closed Easter Sunday

Busy Blue Bus Tours moves to Stirling Tce Albany.  Call in to talk about your next experience on The Amazing South Coast.  In store see and purchase products from our tour partners like The Lake House Denmark, Mt Romance Sandalwood Factory, photographer Carol Duncan and Albany’s Historic Whaling Station.

Our day and half day tours depart daily for wine tasting, history and discoveries in the National Parks all fully guided.  Our tour guides are passionate locals who know the region and the stories you won’t hear from anyone else! Travel with an Quality Tourism Accredited Business; Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry Winner of Tourism Business of the Year 2019. Relax with us and let us do the driving.

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Cruise ship Regatta – Albany WA 28th Dec 2019

Cruise ship Regatta – Albany 28th Dec 2019. Source information from the Southern Ports website:

Ship Name Date Due Number of Pax Time in Port
Regatta 28/12/2019 684 1300 – 2100

Port of Albany Southern PortsWhen cruise ship Regatta is in Albany, there are a couple different options available for cruise ship passengers:

  • Book Tours directly on board your Cruise Ship to guarantee availability (Busy Blue Bus works with your cruise ship for the provision of many of these tours and your cruise ship representatives will contact Busy Blue Bus to confirm arrangements). Questions regarding these tours should be directed to your cruise ship representative, not Busy Blue Bus.
  • Book “Tours on the street”.
    On most cruise ship days, some of the amazing staff at Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters are down “on the street” near the Albany Visitor Centre selling tours and options on the day. These will vary on the day depending on availability of buses (For example: if your Cruise ship company has us doing all the tours from the ship, this may limit what tours we provide on the street). Tours may include our Hop On Hop Off Service, The Gap & Coastal Wonders tour, The Historic Whaling Station, Beer Wine Spirits Tour and more. Please note: Limited seats are available for these tours. Sales are on the day, not prior. Payment can be made with cash or Credit Card (A surcharge applies to all EFTPOS and Credit Card transactions).
  • Private Tours Where you would like a private tour with one of our buses and a chartered driver and/or guide we can quote on this for you.  We only offer this option when all bus requirements from the cruise ship have been confirmed (usually in week prior to arrival of cruise ship to Albany). Where possible we will recommend other suppliers for charter services if we are unable to fulfill your request.

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Cruise ship Queen Elizabeth – Albany WA 8th Dec 2019

Cruise ship Queen Elizabeth – Albany 8th Dec 2019

Source information from the Southern Ports website:

Ship Name Date Due Number of Pax Time in Port
Queen Elizabeth 08/12/2019 2,101 0800 – 1800

Port of Albany Southern PortsWhen the Queen Elizabeth is in Albany, there are a couple different options available for cruise ship passengers:

  • Book Tours directly on board your cruise ship to guarantee availability (Busy Blue Bus works with your cruise ship for the provision of many of these tours and your cruise ship representatives will contact Busy Blue Bus to confirm arrangements.)
    Questions regarding these tours should be directed to your cruise ship representative, not Busy Blue Bus.
  • Book “Tours on the street”.
    On most cruise ship days, some of the amazing staff at Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters are down “on the street” near the Albany Visitor Centre selling tours and options on the day. These will vary on the day depending on availability of buses (For example: if your cruise ship company has us doing all the tours from the ship, this may limit what tours we provide on the street). Tours may include our Hop On Hop Off Service, The Gap & Coastal Wonders tour, The Historic Whaling Station, Beer Wine Spirits Tour and more. Please note: Limited seats are available for these tours. Sales are on the day, not prior. Payment can be made with cash or Credit Card (A surcharge applies to all EFTPOS and Credit Card transactions).
  • Private Tours Where you would like a private tour with one of our buses and a chartered driver and/or guide we can quote on this for you. We only offer this option when all bus requirements from the cruise ship have been confirmed (usually in week prior to arrival of cruise ship to Albany). Where possible we will recommend other suppliers for charter services if we are unable to fulfill your request.

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The Heart of Busy Blue Bus Tours

Get to The Heart of Busy Blue Bus Tours

We’re moving!   Jan 2020 we’ll be at Shop 1, 96 Stirling Tce in Albany where we’ll be open for business every day . Get to know our products and people.  Find The Heart of Busy Blue Bus Tours

At The Heart we’re keen to meet people face-to-face as they are deciding how to explore The Amazing South Coast.  Whether you’re a local or a visitor ‘we’ll show you more’ of this amazing region!

Let us help you, your family, friends, and guests plan to visit icons like The Gap, The Granite Skywalk, Albany’s Historic Whaling Station on half day tours leaving morning and afternoon every day.  We can also guide guests to some of the best food and wine experiences in Denmark and Mt Barker.  Our full day tours are inclusive of tastings and lunch. Give us a challenge to customise one of our tours just for your group!

The Heart will also showcase the products of our supplier partners.  Events are planned Jan-Apr and you are welcome to join us as we celebrate our tourism partnerships.  Visit our website or Social Media pages, watch for our vehicle, grab a coffee and come in and see us!

Albany 2019: Busy Blue Bus, 2019 (Image by Sabine Albers)

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Winners!

Albany Chamber of Commerce & Industry Business Awards Winner 2019

At a fantastic night at the Albany Entertainment Centre on The Amazing South Coast, the Albany Chamber of Commerce & Industry announced the 2019 business awards. Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters was among a fortunate group of businesses and individuals celebrated on the night.  WE WON three gongs!

Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters is a small business with a broad reach over the southern part of Western Australia and Oct 2019 was recognized in three categories of the ACCI awards.  Director Susan McCabe was invited to the stage three times to accept awards for

Tourism Business of the Year

Business Leader of the Year 

Business of the Year

three people with awards

Susan McCabe with David Steytler (President ACCI), Susan McCabe (Busy Blue Bus), Rick Wilson Member for O’Connor

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Coromal Windsor Caravan Rally Albany WA 14-26 Oct 2019

Coromal Windsor Caravan Rally Albany WA 14-26 Oct 2019

Click to access your copy of our tour brochure) Coromal Windsor Caravan Rally Albany 2019 Tours

(Click to access your copy of our tour brochure) Coromal Windsor Rally 2019 Tours 

The WA Association of Caravan Clubs (WAACCI) is hosting the Coromal Windsor Caravan Rally Albany WA 14-26 Oct 2019.
The rally has been appropriately named the Coromal Windsor 17th National Caravan Clubs Rally Amazing Albany WA in recognition of the major sponsor Coromal Windsor and the City of Albany. The WA Association of Caravan Clubs (WAACCI) is hosting the National Caravan Rally in 2019.The rally will be held in Albany between Oct 14 and 22, 2019 at the Centiennial Recreation Complex, North Road, Albany.

Planning for the event is well underway and the WA Association of Caravan Clubs National Rally Committee is keeping everyone up to date with the progress through their website. Head over to the Coromal Windsor National Caravan Clubs Rally Amazing Albany 2019 website. From there you can:

  • Register using the online registration or download a hardcopy of the registration form to register to attend the rally;
  • Download the regular newsletters;
  • When available, book available tours using a link to the Albany Visitors Centre tour booking site. This will be available closer to the date of the rally; and
  • Keep up to date with the information on the rally through the regular newsletters.

Day tours

An exclusive range of day and half day tours are scheduled during the Caravan Rally in Albany Oct 2019.  Check out the brochure above by clicking on the image or see the schedule below.  Book your departure early to be sure you get a seat on a great excursion with a local guide who will tell you more of the stories of the region. ‘We’ll show you more’!

DATE TOUR Price per person DEPARTURE
15.10.19 Albany History + Highlights $140 9am 1.30pm
16.10.19 Tastes of the Great Southern $189 9.30am  
17.10.19 Gap + Natural Wonders $109 9am 1.30pm
18.10.19 Mt Barker Grape Escape $189 9.30am  
19.10.19 Great Southern Whisky & Gin Tasting

Oranje Tractor Wine Flight

Wilson Brewing Company ‘Grain to Glass’ story

$50

$50

$50

$50

9.30am  
20.10.19 Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk $180 8.30am  
21.10.19 Albany’s Whale Story $140 9am 1.30pm
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Oranje Tractor Wine Tasting 28th Sept 2019

Oranje Tractor Wine Tasting

Oranje Tractor Wine tasting, guided by the owners of the winery.  Enjoy a Wine Flight guided by Murray Gomm. Wines paired with local, seasonal produce.

Your excursion begins at the Albany Visitor Centre where you meet our Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters driver.   The tour departs at 10.30am, Sat 28th Sept 2019 and returns to York St in time to see riders in the Southern Peaks event reach the finish line.  Enjoy your morning relaxed and sipping fabulous wines, selecting something to accompany your meal.

Pam and Murray do things differently! Always thinking of fellow inhabitants on this earth they are on a continuous sustainability journey. Their ‘goal is to craft unique, terroir-specific wine for you to enjoy using practices that care for the earth’. They put effort into four key areas of production including sustainable and organic farming; renewable energy, recycling and re-using and re-vegetation.  You’ll see this as you walk through their extensive organic gardens to the rustic Tasting Room.  The Tasting Room is packed with vintage items and ambient charm, to help you feel relaxed.

Book your tickets now to ensure you get on board with us to Oranje Tractor Wines.   Ask for Maryanne by phoning 98422133.  Visit the Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters website to see our other tour products departing while you are in Albany on The Amazing South Coast!

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Southern Art & Craft Trail Tour 4th Oct 2019

Get on board to meet artists at four venues and see the work of over ten artists in the wildness of Walpole with Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters.

Take the day off and travel with us to see exceptional art works on a most beautiful trail! The Southern Art & Craft Trail 2019 embraces over 86 venues and over a hundred artists exhibiting their work in a three week period in spring on the South Coast.

This is the 17th Art Trail curated by ArtSouthWA and includes towns like Albany, Cranbrook, Denmark, Gnowangerup, Hopetoun, Kojonup, Lake Grace, Manjimup, Pemberton, Torbay and Walpole. Venues are private studios and art spaces opened up for public access, some only for the duration of the event. Artists in their habitats will be available to talk about their work, in mediums including textiles, painting, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, photography and woodcraft.

Take a road trip with Busy Blue Bus and we’ll show you to four venues in or near Walpole in one a day seeing the works of over ten artists and meet with some.  Venues on the tour include Dingo Flat Studio, the exhibition space at Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Petrichor Gallery and the Studio of Marilyn Barrington. See works of Robyn Dale, Anne Luscombe, Penny Bird, Justine Gamblin, Harvey Heil, Elizabeth Edmonds, Marilyn Barrington.  Relax, sit back and let us do the driving; lunch included.

Tour departs Friday 4th October at 8.30am from the Albany Visitor Centre and returns 4.30pm.  Tickets can be purchased online at busybluebus.com.au/tours and cost $78 per person.

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LiveLighter Welcoming The Whales Festival 2019

Information from: http://discoverybay.com.au/latest-news/welcomingthewhalesfestival2019/

The countdown is now on to celebrate the return of migrating whales to Albany waters at the LiveLighter Welcoming the Whales Festival 2019, Saturday 1st June 10am to 2pm.

Following on from the success of the previous two year’s events, the LiveLighter Welcoming the Whales Festival 2019 is fun for all ages with whaley great family activities to enjoy.

It all kicks off at 10am with live music, ocean awareness displays and talks, and delicious food. Plus, join in the official festival opening and welcome to the whales at 10.30am. After the opening, the musical entertainment and festival fun continues all the way through to 2pm.

Spread throughout the Historic Whaling Station grounds, the festival features roving entertainment from Southern Edge Arts performers and music from The Albany Shantymen, The Shantylillies, Alison Parade and The Mist Music.

The SoulSea Mermaids will make an exclusive appearance at 12pm to delight children with their presence, hear mermaid wishes and provide photo opportunities.

Expanding on the festival’s Ocean Awareness theme there will also be an installation of four whale sculptures. These sculptures feature whales which visit our coast line each year and have been decorated by local schools using plastic debris found on our beaches.

For those a little older there will be displays and special guest presenters including Marine Biologists Dr Harriet Paterson and Kirsty Alexander, Greenskills, Keep Australia Beautiful and Parks and Wildlife Service.

Live_Lighter Welcoming the Whales Festival 2019 is a community event proudly supported by Healthway, Discover Albany Foundation, Keep Australia Beautiful, The Amazing South Coast and GWN7. Entry is by gold coin donation.

For further information, please visit our Facebook page or call us on 9844 4021. Please note, for the safety and well being of the animals the Australian Wildlife Park will be closed this day.

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