Warren Barber with Coolangatta Hotel's new bus.
Warren Barber with Coolangatta Hotel's new bus. Blainey Woodham

Hotel patrons ride on the big red bus

YOU could be forgiven for thinking you were in downtown London when walking out the front of Coolangatta Hotel on a weekend evening to hale a ride home.

The hotel has started running a new courtesy bus service, but it's not your standard ride.

Standing two storeys tall and built in 1971, the bright red Leyland double-decker bus no doubt stands out as it travels up the coast to Broadbeach and back on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to pick up and drop off hotel patrons.

Warren Barber with Coolangatta Hotel's new bus.
Warren Barber with Coolangatta Hotel's new bus. Blainey Woodham

Warren Barber, hotel consultant and manager helped the publican come up with the idea and sourced the bus from Melbourne. Yeah we got it driven up from Melbourne but I believe it used to operate in Sydney," Mr Barber said.

"It would have been a long old trip up here, the thing only does 69kmh, I think three drivers brought it up."

The service will run between the hotel and Broadbeach, stopping south-bound at Nobbies and Burleigh on the way.

But never fear, if you are at any bus stop on the Gold Coast Hwy just hail the bus down when it is heading south it will pick you up.

The bus can hold up to 59 passengers.

"The big bands should fill her up, it is a great initiative to get the northern patrons down here safely as well," Mr Barber said.

To ride Cooly Hotel's vintage bus, view the timetable at coolyhotel.com.au.



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