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A new tourism bus

johnboy 13 January 2014 3

ACT Tourism is giving a plug to the latest tourist bus plying the streets of Canberra. This time a fetching double decker:

A new sightseeing, hop on hop off bus service has started operating in Canberra.

The Canberra City Explorer runs daily, servicing 13 stops within the city and Parliamentary Triangle, including Parliament House, National Gallery of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, and the National Museum of Australia.

Visitors can take a full tour and experience the celebrated scenery, landmarks and attractions of Australia’s capital city aboard the open-top double decker bus, or hop on and off at the attractions of their choice.

Tickets for both 24-hour and 48-hour durations are available and allow visitors the freedom to plan their own itinerary and visit the landmarks and attractions at their desired pace. Tickets can be purchased on the bus or from the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre.

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3 Responses to A new tourism bus
ChrisinTurner ChrisinTurner 10:15 pm 22 Jan 14

Even their website makes no mention of costs. Back of envelope – Shane said the government’s free service cost the taxpayer $750,000/year so this new service will need to charge fares totalling more than $2,000/day to make a profit. Getting an average of 100 passengers a day would be rather optimistic but let’s say $20/ticket. That’s $80 for a family! I doubt if it will work without a subsidy. Demand will further reduce when the government fixes the parking shortage at the national venues by introducing pay parking.

Deref Deref 3:50 pm 13 Jan 14

MrPC said :

Do we not have truth in advertising laws in the ACT?

I don’t think there have been truth in advertising laws in Australia for a long, long time. I’ve recently seen ads for those ultrasonic pest eliminators and pills to put in your petrol tank to improve your fuel mileage – both old and well-known scams. No doubt it all comes down to “self” (read “non”) regulation.

MrPC MrPC 3:33 pm 13 Jan 14

That photo of the bus itself is a little puzzling. What makes it the OFFICIAL (all caps and underline) sightseeing tour of Canberra?

Do we not have truth in advertising laws in the ACT?

Or is it actually official, in which case, how many bureaucrats are needed to decide which tour bus is the official one?

It must be official, since it says so in the photo on

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