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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 btyrrell@cmc.vic.edu.au.  Other useful contacts are:

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

Bus Bays at Coolock Campus

See below for bus bay allocations. Staff will assist Year 7 students with finding their bus bay and correct bus.

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

2023 Travel

Travel applications can be made at the School Bus Management System website: https://schoolbus.educationapps.vic.gov.au/

Please find below the 2023 quick reference guide for new travellers, and bus information for new enrolments. All families that have students in Years 7 and 10 in 2023 are required to apply for travel through the School Bus Management System.

PTV Automated process: Families that have students in Years 8, 9, 11 and 12 in 2023 and who are current travellers will be renewed automatically in the system for 2023, but you will be required to accept the offer by logging into your account. If you are a term-based traveller, an application must be completed each term and term fees paid to be eligible to travel.  All travel allocations for 2023 will be sent from 23 November 2022. Please ensure you log in to your account and accept this offer to avoid reallocation of your position.

Applications are now open for new enrolments or students changing campuses; to avoid being wait-listed please apply as soon as possible. All travel allocations for 2023 will be sent from 23 November 2022, so please ensure you log in to your account and accept this offer.

CMC Charter Service

This service is run by the College for students in the areas of Eppalock, Axe Creek, Mandurang, Sedgwick, Strathfieldsaye and Junortoun. It provides support to the country services in these areas and allows a direct route to the Junortoun campus.

There is a cap on the number of seats available in 2023. Students that are successful will only travel on this service and will no longer be eligible for the Country Service that they may previously have travelled on.

The Bus Coordinator we will be in touch with families using this service early in Term 4, 2022 to confirm their place and advise pick up/drop off locations.

Current families using this service are required to submit an Expression of Interest for 2023.

Please contact the Bus Coordinator for further information btyrrell@cmc.vic.edu.au.

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.

The 2023 PTV Student ID and Student Pass Application form is now available. Please click ‘Read important information for Urban Bus Travellers’ below for details and to download the form.

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 btyrrell@cmc.vic.edu.au. or phone 5445 9100 for further information.