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Best Bus winner announced for August

August’s Best Bus photo competition takes us out to the Australian outback with a sublime sunrise shot of a unique double decker bus

From the cold snap of July’s Best Bus winner, we go to the opposite in the form of the arid Australian outback for our August winner.

Big Bus Darwin managing director Mathew O’Reilly has taken out the August edition of the monthly ABC Best Bus photo competition for his stunning photo of one of his buses completing the trip to Darwin from Sydney.

O’Reilly says the sunrise photo was taken on the Barkley Highway just in the Northern Territory border of an Ankai double decker bus completing the Sydney to Darwin trip.

“The trip is about 4000 kilometres long while I was on my fourth trip up to Darwin on the Ankai bus,” O’Reilly told ABC.

“This Ankai bus is a nice burgundy colour. You get a lot of people in country towns stare at the double decker bus as you go through, but you get used to it.

“We usually camp on our journey and sleep in swags before it gets hotter in the NT and we then stay in motels to keep cool.”

On some of these stretches of vast, empty roads, O’Reilly’s buses can travel for up to 430km at a time. O’Reilly saw the perfect opportunity to pull over and snap a photo of the bus one sunrise.

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This unique opportunity is also open for others, with Big Bus Darwin recently up for sale for the first time courtesy of Link. The iconic business offers open-top, double-decker sightseeing bus tours of Darwin and surrounds as the largest hop-on, hop-off service of the open-top sightseeing bus tours around the world.

As the winner of the monthly competition, O’Reilly will have his photo shown off on the ABC Facebook cover photo slot for the entire month, while he has also received a free 12-month subscription to ABC Magazine.

Don’t forget to send through your Best Bus photos for the months ahead via email and keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details!

Check out the winning photo below!

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