Saturday Community Bus
The Saturday Community Bus is a community bus service operating in the northern areas of the Shire on Saturdays. It was started by a group of local residents because there is no public transport beyond Hurstbridge. The bus is driven by a dedicated team of volunteers.
The bus travels from Hurstbridge Railway Station to Panton Hill, Smiths Gully, St Andrews, Cottles Bridge and back to Hurstbridge. It is a great way to visit the St Andrews Market, or venues such as the Panton Hill Hotel, without having to worry about parking or driving.
The bus can seat up to ten passengers. Pre-bookings are not accepted.
When planning your day out, see The Artisan Hills website for ideas about places to visit.
The bus is sponsored by the St Andrews Market and supported by Nillumbik Shire Council. Passengers are asked to donate a gold coin which goes towards running costs.
By law, seatbelts must be worn by all passengers on this bus.
This means that the bus cannot transport babies and young children who require age-appropriate baby capsules or booster seats. While we regret any inconvenience this might cause families wishing to travel on the bus, we must comply with the law.
The Saturday Bus has 12 seats (including the driver) so is categorised as a private vehicle and is subject to private vehicle law. All laws that apply to seatbelt use in private vehicles, also apply to our bus. More information is available at the VicRoads website.
Catch the bus to St Andrews Market
The Saturday community bus now stops at the St Andrews Market . A concrete bus stop pad and bus shelter have been installed at the lower market entrance.
Visitors who drive to the market are asked not to park in front of the bus stop. The Saturday community bus needs clear access to the bus stop to be able to pick up and set down passengers safely.
The new timetable will operate until further notice.
You can pick up a printed copy on board the Saturday Bus or at the general stores at St Andrews, Panton Hill and Smiths Gully.
You can download a copy(PDF, 129KB) or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9433 3723 if you would like a copy posted to you.
Total Fire Ban days
The Saturday bus will not run on days of Total Fire Ban. Updates will be posted on the Saturday Community Bus Facebook page.
The St Andrews Market is closed on days of Total Fire Ban.
Volunteer drivers needed
The Saturday bus is a wonderful community service that relies on a team of volunteers to keep it going. We are always keen to hear from community minded people who would like to join out team. If you would like to become a volunteer driver, call 9433 3723 or email email@example.com.
Passengers with specific access requirements (including wheelchair users) are asked to call 9433 3723 by the Wednesday before they intend to travel.
Saturday bus on YouTube
There is a short film about the Saturday Bus on YouTube.