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ABC crowns special Best Bus March winner

March’s ABC Best Bus winner, brought to you by VDI, is based out on the beautiful beaches of Australia’s west coast

The March edition of Best Bus, sponsored by VDI, takes us back to the scenic coastal locations around the country that make Australia such a popular tourist destination.

Won by Paul Watkins from Kinetic, the photo of a Mercedes-Benz/Irizar coach along the coast of Esperance, Western Australia is a stunning photo in a superb location.

Yet Watkins wasn’t the only person to submit to ABC a wonderful photo of a bus or coach for the March edition of Best Bus.

Lachlan Pickering, the CEO of Swan Hill Bus Lines, submitted a breathtaking drone photo of one of his buses heading over the heritage-listed Swan Hill bridge over the Murray River. Taken in December, 2022 during floods, the photo is a very worthy honorary mention.

Liam Green also impressed with his photo of a new King Long at Connect Coaches, while Rod Butcher’s image from the Mount Connor lookout includes an eye-catching reflection of Uluru. To finish the finalists, Steven Stavridis once again submitted a great shot of a StavLink Transit coach on the move.

None of these finalists could match Watkins, who won for his photo of a Mercedes-Benz/Irizar i6 coach in Esperance. The bus is part of a new fleet that arrived in Perth at Kinetic in late 2022, with the bus being filled with cruise ship passengers.

“With Esperance being one of my favourite destinations, I jumped at the chance to drive the bus and take a photo,” Watkins told ABC.

“Twilight Beach is in the background, we proceeded to tour Cape Le Grand National Park the next day and see its stunning beaches.”

Following his win, Watkins has received a free 12-month subscription to ABC Magazine, while the winning photo is live as ABC’s Facebook page cover photo for all of March.

If you want to be like Watkins and have your best photo shown off courtesy of Best Bus, brought to you by VDI Australia, then don’t forget to send through your photos for April and the rest of 2024 via our website or by keeping an eye on our Facebook page for more details.

Image: Paul Watkins
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