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January Best Bus winner unveiled

The first Best Bus winner for 2024 takes us across the ditch in Best Bus’ first international winning photo

In its history, Best Bus has showcased iconic photos of buses and coaches around Australia, stopping by landmarks and catching the perfect conditions.

The first Best Bus winner for 2024 breaks new ground, with the winning photo, courtesy of Paul Williams, showcasing a beautiful bus in a scenic New Zealand location.

Williams’ winning shot was picked out of a field full of many great photos, including Brett Hewitt’s eye-catching photo of a Firefly coach next to a locomotive.

Katie Habgood from Sid Fogg’s Coaches in NSW also provided a variety of wonderful photos that were honourable mentions, including shots of the operator’s new Volvo/Irizar fleet Coober Pedy, Uluru and Mt Connor.

Yet none of these strong entries surpassed Williams’ iconic capture of a Pacific Tourways Ultimate coach with Aoraki Mt Cook in the background.

The photo, taken at Glentanner Park, showcases the mountain in its full glory behind the coach.

Williams says Pacific Tourways operates six of these luxury 20-seater 13.5m coaches for Melbourne’s Grand Pacific Tours on tours throughout New Zealand.

Image Supplied: Paul Williams

“Five coaches are based on Scania K400/K410 chassis and one coach is on a Volvo B11R chassis,” Williams told ABC.

“All body work is by local body builder Kiwi Bus Builders from Tauranga.”

For the win, Williams and the Pacific Tourways team receives a free 12-month subscription to ABC Magazine for 2024, while the winning photo is also ABC’s Facebook page cover photo for the rest of January.

With Williams breaking new ground in Best Bus, don’t forget to send through your Best Bus photos for February and throughout 2024 via email or by keeping an eye on our Facebook page for more details.

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