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Catherine McAuley College is well-served by the urban and country bus networks. Students have access to four bus networks: Urban Bus Travel (suburbs of Bendigo), Country Bus Travel and Castlemaine Bus Travel and CMC Charter Service

All enquiries regarding bus travel to Coolock (Junortoun) are directed to the Bus Coordinator Mrs Bekk Tyrrell on 5445 9100 or email  Other useful contacts are:

  • Christians Buses – 5447 2222
  • Regional Country  Bus Co-ordinator – Country Bus Network – 4433 4317
  • VLine – 5440 2739

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 (School Bus Specials)

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.

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.

Castlemaine Bus Travellers

Castlemaine and district travellers are able to access the Castlemaine direct service. Please complete the form below and email to the Bus Coordinator, Bekk Tyrrell at or phone 5445 9100 for further information.

CMC Charter Service

Catherine McAuley College will be introducing a NEW service in 2022. This service will be run directly by the College for students in the areas of Eppalock, Axe Creek, Mandurang, Sedgwick, Strathfieldsaye and Junortoun. It will provide support to the country services in these areas and allow a direct route to the Junortoun campus.

There will be a cap on the number of seats available in 2022. Students that are successful will only travel on this service and will no longer be eligible for the Country Service that they may be currently travelling on. Further information including an expression of interest form will be sent out to the community in the coming weeks. Please contact the Bus Coordinator for further information