By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy QOCS

BUS FANS far and wide will be making the trek – hopefully and if permitted – to Rocklea, Queensland, this October to help celebrate a very special 25th anniversary at the Heritage Bus Expo, organisers have announced.

“We look forward to seeing you all there on Saturday October 16th,” club president Nick Wilson stated, regarding the upcoming commemorative QOCS event.

Members and supporters will be pleased to learn preparations for the organisation’s commemorative retro-bus expo are coming together well, with the event to be held at Bus Stop Sales, 1543 Ipswich Road, Rocklea on Saturday, 16 October, 2021 between 9.30am and 2.30pm, it’s confirmed. 

According to event organisers, it will celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Queensland Omnibus & Coach Society Inc organisation, which held its inaugural meeting on 14 July, 1996, at Brisbane Council’s Garden City bus depot. 

"We expect to have the largest display of heritage buses ever assembled in Queensland, and it will be a rare opportunity to inspect and ride upon various makes and models," said QOCS club president, Nick Wilson. 

"At this time, we have over 20 vehicles booked in. 

"The event is open to all members of the public and we have confirmed the attendance of Mark Bailey MP, [Queensland] Minister for Transport and Main Roads, and [Brisbane] Councillor Ryan Murphy, chair of Council’s Public and Active Transport Committee," he explained. 



Thankfully with 'busies' being affable people largely, the event is far from being some uber-restrictive elitist shindig, with organisers welcoming those who own a heritage bus and would like to bring it along for the day. 

To do so please advise club secretary Nigel Collins on secretary@qocs.org.au (or telephone 0413 379 552) before Saturday, October 9, as vehicle bookings are essential. 

"We look forward to seeing you all there on Saturday October 16th," Wilson stated. 



The Queensland Omnibus & Coach Society Inc.(QOCS)  is a not-for-profit organisation preserving passenger transport history since 1996, it explains. 

QOCS is a "group of dedicated volunteers who actively restore and preserve historic buses, research public transport history, and participate in community events across the state of Queensland, Australia," it states. 

Unlike other automotive groups, the club itself owns a fleet of 19 historical buses and coaches that range from 1948 to 1989 models, it confirms. These vehicles are preserved by QOCS volunteer members for the benefit of future generations, it says. 

The club is largely funded by donations and in-kind support from generous suppliers and members of the community, it confirms. 

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