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Catherine McAuley College is well-served by the urban and country bus networks.

All enquiries regarding bus travel to Coolock (Junortoun) are directed to Mrs Audra Petri – 5449 3466 or  Other useful contacts are:

  • Christians Buses – 5447 2222
  • Regional Country  Bus Co-ordinator – Country Bus Network – 4433 4317
  • VLine 5440 2739
  • Bendigo Coachlines – Castlemaine Bus Service – 5446 3144

Click to read important information for new travellers in 2020 and existing travellers in 2019

Country Bus Network – School Bus Management System (SBMS)

Students who reside in areas serviced by the School Bus Management System, including some areas of Strathfieldsaye, are eligible for country bus travel.

The School Bus Management System has been introduced with the view to streamlining and improving the school bus application process for parents, students, schools and bus operators.  The changes will mean that the eligibility assessment, application processing and fare collection (where required) currently undertaken by Bendigo South East College will be centralised and looked after by PTV to support these improvements.

Travel applications can be made at the School Bus Management System website:

Travel on the country bus network is free to eligible travellers. 

Urban Bus Travel

Coolock (Junortoun) is well serviced by a network of buses from all areas of Bendigo. Please refer to the current timetable to check for the best option for your student. Travel on these buses is paid by using tap on tap off MYKI or by purchasing a yearly student bus pass.

How to Purchase a Bus Pass  

It is not compulsory for travellers to have a bus pass; casual travellers can use a tap on tap off MYKIPurchasing a pass is a two-step process – firstly families must:

  • Obtain a Student Travel Concession Card, forms are available from the General Office, or from
  • Complete the form and affix two passport sized photos (grade 6 school photos are acceptable).
  • Attend the General Office at Coolock or St Mary’s to have the form signed by College staff, then attend Bendigo Station to purchase the card and MYKI bus pass.

Conveyance Allowance

Travellers who reside more than 4.8kms from the College may be eligible for Conveyance Allowance. This allowance is only available to those travellers who have purchased a bus pass.

To claim the allowance please see form below.  This form is to be completed and returned, along with the receipt for the bus pass, and returned to the Finance Office, St Mary’s, Barkly Street, Bendigo.

Castlemaine Bus Travellers

Castlemaine and district travellers are able to access the Castlemaine direct service. Please contact Mrs Audra Petri for further information.

Coolock (Junortoun) Urban Timetable

The 2019 Timetable is now available. It is helpful for students if they know the bus bay before they wish to commence using the bus.