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FOR THE SEC­OND con­sec­u­tive year, Queens­land’s Kan­ga­roo Bus Lines (KBL) has won the top prize un­der the ‘Tourism: Tours and Trans­fers’ cat­e­gory, at a 2018 Sun­shine Coast Busi­ness Awards gala event held in Novem­ber.

The Tourism Award recog­nises Kan­ga­roo Bus Lines for its out­stand­ing team­work, busi­ness man­age­ment, in­no­va­tion and fo­cus on fu­ture growth.

Cel­e­brat­ing 40 years last year, Kan­ga­roo Bus Lines has been, “de­liv­er­ing su­pe­rior ser­vice and experiences to our clients for 35 years and count­ing,” it states.

Estab­lished in 1978, it is a fam­ily owned and op­er­ated or­gan­i­sa­tion that has ex­pe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant growth since its hum­ble be­gin­nings of nine buses, op­er­ated from a pri­vate res­i­dence ser­vic­ing the More­ton Bay district.


The past 40 years has seen the or­gan­i­sa­tion evolve to en­com­pass a range of “trans­port so­lu­tions and experiences through­out the greater Queens­land re­gion and be­yond,” it states, and has been “a leader in in­dus­try, in­no­va­tion and sus­tain­abil­ity”.

With its head of­fice lo­cated just north of Bris­bane at Burpen­gary – be­tween the CBD and Sun­shine Coast – its pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity is home to more than 100 im­mac­u­lately pre­sented, mod­ern ve­hi­cles, a state-of the art work­shop and a pas­sion­ate and ded­i­cated team, it says.

CEO Dar­ren Web­ster said, “We’re very proud that this is our sec­ond year in a row win­ning at the Sun­shine Coast Busi­ness Awards.”

“It’s a pretty great feel­ing to be recog­nised for our team’s hard work and com­mit­ment to all our Sun­shine Coast clients and be­yond,” he added.


Kan­ga­roo Bus Lines was up against a strong group of eight fi­nal­ists, all of which were judged on their writ­ten ap­pli­ca­tions and fi­nal­ist panel in­ter­views.

Web­ster said: “Our team sub­mit­ted a 5,240-word ap­pli­ca­tion and, in the fi­nal­ist panel in­ter­view, we seized the op­por­tu­nity to present our new short cor­po­rate video on our KBL YouTube chan­nel.

“It cap­tures an in­ti­mate, be­hind-the-scenes look of our com­pany and show­cases our trans­port evo­lu­tion.”

Web­ster re­it­er­ated the sur­prise he had when they were an­nounced the win­ner due to the high num­ber of in­no­va­tive and grow­ing busi­nesses who had ap­plied.

“The win was not ex­pected. We had heard the Awards this year had a record num­ber of ap­pli­cants, field­ing 150 per cent more en­tries than last year.

“Achieve­ments like this are not reached with­out the en­thu­si­asm of our man­age­ment team and our team of ded­i­cated driv­ers at our Sun­shine Coast de­pot.

“We’re ex­tremely ex­cited to be tak­ing home yet an­other pres­ti­gious award and look for­ward to the new year ahead,” he ex­plained.

“It’s a pretty great feel­ing to be recog­nised for our team’s hard work and com­mit­ment.”

Above: Win­ners are grin­ners. The KBL team scoops a top tourism award– for the sec­ond time in a row.

Be­low: Kan­ga­roo Bus Lines grew from nine buses ser­vic­ing the More­ton Bay area.

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