Hiring the community bus

All community organisations that hire the Surf Coast Shire community buses have a shared responsibility to ensure the safe operation of the buses.

Council is a registered bus operator with Bus Safety Victoria and the rules below are in compliance with the Bus Safety Act.

Who can hire a bus?

Not for profit groups in the Surf Coast Shire, for activities of their group.

How many people can fit on the bus?

The 12-seater bus will fit up to 12 people, including the driver. The 28-seater bus will fit up to 28 people, including the driver.

What are the costs?

  • 12-seater bus: $1.07/km (inc GST) plus fuel. Plus $5 cleaning surcharge.
  • 28-seater bus: <400km $155, >400km $310, Youth Groups $62. Plus $5 cleaning surcharge.

Booking a community bus

  1. Check availability:
  2. Email Booking Officer at info@surfcoast.vic.gov.au

Picking up the keys

Keys can be picked up from the following locations during business hours. Collect the keys at the agreed time from the locations listed below:

Key Collection Pickup & Drop Off Bus

Torquay bus

Council Offices, 1 Merrijig Drive Torquay

Torquay Depot
130 Messmate Road, Torquay

Anglesea Bus

 Anglesea Community House


Anglesea Community House,

Entrance 4, 5 McMillan St Anglesea VIC 3230

Lorne Bus

LorneVisitor InformationCentre
15 Mountjoy Pde, Lorne

Lorne Community Connect
Mountjoy Pde, Lorne

Winchelsea Buses

Hesse Rural Health
8 Gosney St, Winchelsea

Hesse Rural Health,
8 Gosney St, Winchelsea

Picking up the bus

Collect the bus at the agreed time from the location listed in the table above. Don’t forget to fill in the driver’s checklist before you leave (this can be found on the booking form).

Returning the bus

Return the bus to where you got it from at the agreed time – don’t forget to complete the driver’s checklist when you return the bus.  Failure to do so will incur a $50 addition to cost of hire.

Driver's bus return checklist

Returning the keys

Return the keys and the driver's checklist at the agreed time once you have returned the bus.

Paying the hire fee

An invoice will be sent to your community group within 2 weeks. Payment is appreciated within 4 weeks.

Child Safety

Surf Coast Shire is a child safe organisation, and the wellbeing of children and young people will always be our priority. If you are an organisation that provides services / programs to children and young people, you must understand your obligations under the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 and the Child Safe Standards.