Service improvements and trials
  • Last updated:
  • 05 Sep 2018

While the responsibility of providing urban public transport services to the Sunshine Coast rests with the State Government, council is in the unique position to be able to advocate for increased investment in the Sunshine Coast to ensure public transport is a viable travel choice for residents and visitors. 

Service improvements

Council's Transport Levy, and partnership with TransLink, has delivered a number of bus service improvements including:

  • more weekend services for routes 600, 619 and 620
  • increased frequency to route 600
  • improvements to routes to 600, 602, 613, 619, 620 and 622
  • a new route between Maroochydore and Kawana (route 614)
  • a new route between Maroochydore and Nambour (route 612)

Council also advocated and assisted TransLink with the restructuring of the Nambour services to deliver a better local service for residents and visitors.

Sunshine Coast University Hospital services

During the 2016-2017 financial year, council successfully advocated to TransLink to introduce new bus services and service enhancements prior to opening the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Sunshine Coast Airport services

In 2010, a new permanent bus service link from the Sunshine Coast Airport to Maroochydore in the south and Noosa in the north commenced. Route 622 is an hourly service providing residents and visitors with direct public transport access to and from the airport.

Public transport trials

Hinterland Connect bus service trial

In December 2007, the Hinterland Connect trial bus service was implemented. The service was jointly funded by council's Transport Levy, and TransLink. The Hinterland Connect service delivers a vital public transport link between hinterland communities of Maleny, Montville, Flaxton, Mapleton and Nambour.

In 2016 the Hinterland Connect service (route 890) was made a permanent bus service by TransLink, and now operates Monday to Friday.

Maleny-Landsborough-Beerwah bus service trial

In 2016-2017, council's Transport Levy and TransLink jointly funded the Maleny-Landsborough-Beerwah bus service delivering an improved public transport service to the Hinterland region. This trial service, commenced in March 2010, was reviewed by TransLink in 2016-2017. The service review led to TransLink adopting some aspects of council's trial service as part of the improved permanent service.

The new permanent service (route 891) now operates between Maleny and Landsborough seven days a week.

Coolum to Nambour Bus Trial 

Funded by the Transport Levy, the Route 623 Coolum to Nambour bus trial[397KB] was launched on 31 October 2011.

Key elements of the service include:

  • operated four return journeys a day, seven days a week
  • reduced travel time and the need for passengers to change buses
  • connected with existing scheduled public transport services for onward journeys
  • an all-stop service running from Springfield Avenue, Coolum via the Sunshine Coast Airport terminal and Bli Bli onto Nambour Hospital and Nambour Rail Station to connect with train and bus services.

After a 12 month trial period, the service had not reached required passenger numbers to be considered for a permanent service, and as such, the trial service ended on 18 November 2012.

Flexilink trial services

On 4 May 2010, council introduced seven Flexilink trial services across the Sunshine Coast region.

On 30 June 2011, following a thirteen-month trial, the following services were discontinued due to low patronage:

  • Buderim to Mountain Creek
  • Kunda Park to Mons
  • Cooroy to Pomona
  • Mooloolah Valley to Glenview

These four services carried very few passengers and did not show an increase in numbers at any time during the trial. The best of these services carried an average of six passengers per month.

For information on continuing Flexilink trial services, please visit Flexilink trial services.

More information

If you would like more information, please contact council's customer service centre.