Fantastic Aussie Tours

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Fantastic Aussie Tours
Parent Jason Cronshaw
Commenced operation 1974
Headquarters Katoomba
Service area Blue Mountains
Service type Bus & coach operator
Depots 1
Fleet 13 (May 2015)

Fantastic Aussie Tours[1] is an Australian bus company in the Blue Mountains.


In 1974, John Cronshaw purchased Katoomba Scenic Tours and rebranded it Golden West Tours. In the 1980s, an alliance was formed with Bus Australia with the business renamed Fantastic Aussie Tours and the Bus Australia livery adopted.[2]

On 11 February 1990, Fantastic Aussie Tours commenced operating a service between Sydney and Armidale commenced under contract to CountryLink as a replacement for the Northern Tablelands Express with Denning coaches in a joint venture with Manly Bus Service.[3][4][5] In 1992, Fantastic Aussie Tours commenced operating a double-deck service.[6] In July 2010, it began operating a City Sightseeing franchise. It was initially operated by Leyland Atlanteans and is currently operated by former Lothian Buses Alexander Volvo Olympians.[7]


As at May 2015, the fleet consisted of 13 buses and coaches.[7]


  1. ^ Golden West Holdings Pty Ltd Australian Securities & Investments Commission
  2. ^ Blue Mountains tourism legend John Cronshaw retires Visit Blue Mountains 9 April 2014
  3. ^ "Manly Coach Tours" Fleetline issue 180 July 1990 page 116
  4. ^ Manly Bus Service History Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  5. ^ Golden Manly Management Services Pty Ltd Australian Securities & Investments Commission
  6. ^ "Fantastic Aussie Tours" Fleetline issue 207 October 1992 page 197
  7. ^ a b Fantastic Aussie Tours Australian Bus Fleet Lists

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