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Published: 13/07/2021


A red double-decker hop-on/hop-off sightseeing bus has already been sold, with another five on the market, the company confirms.

The fleet is not sustainable without international visitors, and domestic tour and coach company Fantastic Aussie Tours (FAT), which owns them, cannot afford to maintain the fleet without government help, it explains.

FAT managing director Jason Cronshaw says the indefinite closure of Blue Mountains Explorer Bus followed several closures during the Covid-19 pandemic and the 2019-20 bushfires before that.

Cronshaw - who also owned international tour company Christian Fellowship Tours – says the fleet had become untenable.

"While of course we’re thankful for the recent NSW Government rescue package, it won’t save us," Cronshaw said.

"Without international tourists it’s just not viable.

"We’re running a 77-seater bus with one or two people. It costs us $3.50 per kilometre on a 26km circuit and tickets are $49 for an all-day pass. The maths just doesn’t add up," he explained.

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