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8 Perth Getaways to Cure The Winter Blues

8 Perth Getaways to Cure The Winter Blues 600 400 James Turner

It’s that time of year. The days are getting shorter and you’re leaving the office in the dark. Although winter generally calls for a Netflix binge-session and takeaway in bed, getting out of Perth may just be your perfect adventure to cure those winter blues. From some of the most prestigious wineries in Margaret River to scoring a beautiful winters day at Rottnest, our take on the top 10 Perth getaways has something for everyone. The best part? We can help get you and your group there.

Dunsborough / Margaret River Region

Margaret River is generally at the top of the list for most weekenders and for good reason. Our state treasure showcases some of the very best in local produce, beaches, forests and wine. Even if the weather can turn relatively quickly, it’s best to pack for any temperature. For a totally unique experience, we recommend a lunch degustation at Rustico before heading back to the iconic Pullman Resort Bunker Bay to catch the sunset over one of the most picturesque beaches on the cape.


3-4 hours from Perth

The sun rising over a winery in Margaret River

Lancelin/ Ledge Point

A combination of long stretches of coastline and epic sand dunes, Lancelin is perfect for the adrenaline-fueled family trip. If you can get your hands on a 4W drive, take to the back beach and experience sand boarding or try your hands at windsurfing. Ohh and the bakery. We can’t forget this not so hidden gem. Make sure you get a chance to savour pastries made by the locals over a coffee or choc milk for the kids. If you are looking to get a large group of friends and family up to Lancelin, our transport options are a great place to start!


1.5 hours from Perth

Jurien Bay

If you are on route to visit the lunar-like Pinnacles – Jurien Bay and Cervantes are a logical next stop. While in town, a visit to the marina will provide an opportunity for you and the family or special someone to get up close and personal with Australian sea lions. In the afternoon we recommend a fish from the beach or jump on board a large number of crayfish boats to see how the pros do it.


2 hours from Perth

Swan Valley

On the outskirts of Perth – the Swan Valley region is perfect for either a Perth getaway for the weekend or day trip. For those looking for a boozy lunch with top beer and wine, look no further than Elmars. If you manage to time your run right, you may even catch the Hot Dub Wine Machine festival. Check out last year’s wrap up and how we helped transport hundreds of festival-goers on the day. Non-alcohol related activities include walking the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, KEP Track or Bibbulmun Track while dropping into one of the region’s many art centres.


45 minutes from Perth


Only a short 45-minute ferry ride from Perth, Rottnest Island has it all. From the white sand that sweeps Parakeet Bay to the snorkelling and surfing on offer at the Basin, this bite-sized island is a perfect getaway to escape the winter grind. If you manage to forecast a great sunny weekend the team at Discovery Parks have just launched the first low-impact glamping experience.

HOT TIP: book early. These tents are in super high demand almost all year-round and waitlists can be long.


45 minutes from Perth

Rottnest Island beach shot from above


Bridgetown has always been labelled a winter getaway destination mainly because of its green bush walks and cozy vibe. Offering a huge array of homestays, this region hosts the remarkable 3 day Bridgetown Blues Festival. Previous years saw the likes of Kingswood, Beautiful Girls and Ash Grunwald and is an event with a strong focus on sustainability and local produce, too. As with all festivals in-and-around Perth, we can help get you and your friends down to Bridgetown for the event with our festival transport options.


3 hours from Perth


Augusta is a quaint town and is the start and finish of the almighty Cape to Cape walk. For those dedicated walkers, Augusta is the perfect spot to either pack your backpacks and get prepared or rest those weary legs for a few days after completing the hike. Things not to miss include whale watching in Flinders Bay from June to August, exploring Boranup Forest and a walk along the iconic Hamelin Bay.


3 hours from Perth

A birds eye shot of the coastline in Augusta


A hefty, yet rewarding weekend trip – Esperance is that little bit further than the rest on the list but is perfect if you manage to wrangle Friday off from the office. Boasting some of the best beaches in the state coupled with amazing coffee from the local brew-bar at Downtown, this is our personal favourite because of the lack of crowds and the friendly locals.


7 hours from Perth

A weekend Perth getaway is perfect not only to recharge but see more of what our amazing state has to offer. If you need help planning group transport to any of the destinations above, our team at Horizons West is happy to help. Let’s chat today!

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Event Guide: 8 Events In Perth Not To Miss in 2019

Event Guide: 8 Events In Perth Not To Miss in 2019 600 450 James Turner

Keeping up with all the top events each month in Perth is hard work.

It’s a luxury these days to have the time to fully plan out your weekend before it comes around.

But neverfail, if you’re strapped for time running the kids to sport while juggling an overflowing email inbox, we’ve come to the rescue with a list of our top events not to miss in 2019. We’ve covered everything from jazz to comedy and even a festival dedicated purely to one of Australia’s favourites – the pinot grape.

2019 Perth Event Guide: Month By Month

May: Markets In The Valley

Before the cold really sets in, now is the perfect excuse to spend a Sunday in the sun at the Ugly Duckling Winery for the annual Markets in the Valley. With a vino in hand, spend your day perusing artisan stalls selling everything from fresh produce to necklaces. We recommend a visit to the Bindoon Bakehaus stall to score yourself a mouth-watering gourmet pie straight from their oven.

DATE: 26 May

ADDRESS: Ugly Duckling Wines, 7790 West Swan Road, West Swan, WA 6055.

June: WA Day Festival

A fantastic option for the whole family and a great opportunity to check out the newly finished Elizabeth Quay – the WA Day Festival is a free event and is a must visit this June. We’re talking street parades, a carpark full of incredible food vans celebrating our diverse state and not to mention plenty of fun activities for the little ones. Check out what happened in 2018 below:

DATE: 3 June

ADDRESS: Elizabeth Quay, Perth, WA, 6000.

July: Banana Social at Rosemount Hotel & Embargo Bar

Showcasing local DJ’s and up and coming talent for another year of winter warmers – the guys at Banana Social are sure to show you and your friends an epic night. With live sets and scrumptious food options to match – we couldn’t think of a better way to make the most of winter. Make sure you don’t miss out on a range of cocktails from West Winds Gin who will be on board to keep the party nice and warm.


13 July: Embargo Bar

20 July: Rosemount Hotel


Embargo Bar: 306 Riverside Dr, Perth WA 6004.

Rosemount Hotel: 459 Fitzgerald St, North Perth WA 6006.

August: Pinot Palooza

If Pinot is your tipple of choice, you really can’t go past Pinot Palooza held at the Claremont Showgrounds this August! Last years turnout was awarded the largest pinot festival in the WORLD so this year is sure to be as big with new up and coming wineries joining the lineup. Make sure you get around to all the tables for tastings and exclusive discounts on a range of pinot!

DATE: 3 August

ADDRESS: 1 Graylands Road, Claremont, WA, 6010.

group of friends enjoying a wine together at a festival

September: WA Beer and Beef Festival

Celebrating two of the best combinations – the WA Beer and Beef Festival will be showcasing all things beer and beef. Expect to leave in a tipsy food-coma this September with the endless array of beer and beef-related activities such as tasting masterclasses, cooking and meat smoking lessons plus a list of beer stalls as long as our arm! This is our top pick for the year.

DATE: 22 September

ADDRESS: Elizabeth Quay, Perth, WA, 6000.

Group of people drinking beer at a festival

October: Side Splitter Comedy Festival

Returning to Hamilton Hill for the 4th year running – the Side Splitter Comedy Festival is your answer for a night of full-belly laughs and down to Earth fun. This year will see Rhys Nicholson – Winner of the 2018 New Zealand Comedy Festival Best International Act take to the stage supported by Ben Darsow, Brett Blake, Gran In A Van and more!

DATE: 26-27 October

ADDRESS: 435 Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill, WA 6163.

November: Perth International Jazz Festival

Bringing to life the Perth Cultural Centre and its surroundings – this years International Jazz Festival is a perfect way to spend a balmy evening exploring local performances, open rehearsals and community conversations about all things jazz. There is an endless list of ticketed and free events over the whole festival period so we recommend heading to their site to select your favourites in preparation to a full weekend of jazzy goodness.

DATE: 8-10 November

ADDRESS: Various venues across Perth.

Man playing a trumpet at a jazz festival

December: Christmas Light Show

Rounding out the list (and just in time for Christmas) the Perth Christmas Light Show is great for a family night out under the stars. Details of the events have not yet been finalised but stay up to date on the Destination Perth website for further information as they are released!

DATE: Various Dates in December

ADDRESS: Various venues across Perth.

And there we have it! From comedy and jazz to beer and everything in between, you can use this list as a guide to plan all the Perth events you want to attend in 2019!

If you are planning on heading to any of the events above such as the Beer and Beef Festival and don’t want to be the designated driver – we can help with our charter bus services.

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Where to Celebrate Your Birthday In Perth This Year

Where to Celebrate Your Birthday In Perth This Year 600 400 James Turner

It’s that time of year again! Your friends have pointed out that it’s your 30th… 40th….. Or even 50th…. You know you want to get your family and friends together but don’t know where to start.

For any event to go off with a bang, you first need to think about the venue. Start by jotting down a few things you want from your evening. What sort of experience would you like? Perhaps you want to boogie the night away or get your friends together for an intimate dinner in one of Perth’s top restaurants? Whatever your journey, we have you covered. Below is our take on the top places to celebrate your birthday in Perth this year.

a salad bowl from a perth restaurant

Perth Birthday Venues For the Foodie

Long Chim

Located underground the prestigious State Treasury Building – Long Chim is the ultimate blend of modern dining and traditional Thai flare. This venue is perfect for Perth foodies who want to be taken on a south-east Asian culinary adventure. Think Pad Thai with house-dried prawns. The best part? If your friends are chasing bursts of flavour on a budget, Long Chim also offers $25 specials every weeknight. Choose from a main on the list plus a drink for $25. Winner.

ADDRESS: Lower Ground Level, Corner of St Georges Terrace & Barrack Street, Perth, 6000.

Bread in Common

If a Fremantle warehouse interior and long communal benches are your thing, Bread in Common is your answer. This team brings to the table a very creative menu and of course amazing bread. They are also super helpful at accommodating big groups and are perfect if you want to savour incredible seasonal produce from farmers across Western Australia.

ADDRESS: 43 Pakenham Street, Fremantle, 6160.


Specialising in steak and mouthwatering cuts of the finest meat Perth has to offer – Rockpool is a classy choice for any birthday celebration. The team at Rockpool are great at catering from groups of all sizes and have top drinks to match. Located inside the Crown Casino Perth complex – make a night of it by also enjoying some drinks at the brand new High Line Rooftop Bar or trying your luck on roulette.

ADDRESS: Crown Perth, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood WA 6100.


For the ultimate dining experience, look no further than the team at Wildflower. The menu offers an intimate dining experience for small groups where dishes pay homage to our indigenous Australian heritage. If you are looking at about 20 people for your birthday celebration, you can hire the private dining room with dramatic views over the heart of Perth plus they can even help you design a custom menu. Fancy!

ADDRESS: 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth 6000.

Perth Birthday Venues For the Bar Hopper

Niche Bar

If a night out in Leederville is on the birthday cards this year, Niche Bar offers a sophisticated option where you can choose from a private dining space or a roped off section. If you were born in the ’90s, Friday night might just be your calling for the very popular RnB Friday’s. We recommend definitely touching base with the team at Niche before the night of your birthday because it gets extremely busy on the weekends!

ADDRESS: 7/663 Newcastle Street, Leederville WA 6007.

Market Grounds

The new kid on the block – Market Grounds is great if you want your birthday celebrations on a Friday night, especially if your friends all work in the CBD. Perfectly styled, every inch of this place has been strategically thought-out including the beautiful dining area, mezzanine bar and sunken lounge. Cocktails are their speciality here, so grab your mates and try your luck at working through the whole menu.

ADDRESS: 10 Telethon Avenue, Perth WA 6000.

Alabama Song

An excellent option for live music and a low-key-no-fuss evening – Alabama Song is the top venue choice for your next birthday. Very different to your classic-club venues, this bar prides itself on Rhythm n Blues, Rock n Roll and Western music. Catering to all groups large and small, Alabama Song is a unique honky-tonk bar that definitely deserves your attention!

ADDRESS: Level 1, Rear 232 William Street, Perth, WA, 6000.

The Bird

If live music and even a Thursday night open mic rap-battle is your thing, The Bird is your answer. Our favourite pick for a birthday party – the down to earth crowd and small outside beer garden makes the Bird an authentic and eclectic option in the heart of Northbridge. If you are celebrating a milestone birthday and you have enough numbers, you can even book out the whole bar!

ADDRESS: 181 William St, Northbridge WA 6003.

Perth Birthday Venues For the Family Friendly

Embargo On The Point

Embargo on the Point is a great new addition to the Perth foreshore area and is ideal for families and young kids alike. Parents can sit back knowing that their little ones are having a blast at the Cabin – a dedicated section that has an indoor bocce green, ball pit, chalkboard wall, arcade games, giant Jenga, Connect 4 and more!

ADDRESS: 306 Riverside Dr, Perth WA 6004.

Clancy’s Fish Bar City Beach

An awesome option for some of the best fish and chips in Perth – Clancy’s Fish Bar is a low-key dining venue with friendly staff and a dedicated kids menu. Located right on the banks of City Beach, each Sunday Clancy’s features live music where the kids are encouraged to join in.

ADDRESS: 195 Challenger Parade, City Beach WA 6015.

May Street Larder

If a birthday breakfast is on the cards, May Street Larder is a fantastic option as it’s right, smack bang in the middle of the Mezz in Mount Hawthorn. The kids will be able to run wild in the outside play area which you can sit back with a coffee and actually drink it while it’s hot. We recommend trying the hearty breakfast burrito complete with crispy chorizo, feta, scrambled eggs, coriander and home-made jalapeno sauce!

ADDRESS: The Mezz, Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn WA, 6016.

Lawn Bowls

For something different (and a perfect wide open space for the kids to play) how about trying your birthday luck at barefoot bowls? The second best thing is that the drinks are usually very cheap! Most RSL lawn bowl clubs are very open to big groups and can cater with some good old Australian staples such as sausage rolls and pies. our favourite pick is the RSL in Mount Lawley set amongst the lush trees and open lawn!

ADDRESS: Cnr Storthes & Rookwood St, Mount Lawley WA 6050.

People playing lawn bowls in perth for their birthday

Perth Birthday Venues For the Adventurous

Indoor Skydiving

Want to feel the adrenaline of jumping out of a plane for your birthday, but not ACTUALLY jumping out of a plane from 10,000 feet above Perth? No worries. The team at iFLY have you covered with its simulation of true free fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. Experience the G-force without a parachute for your birthday this year!

ADDRESS: 143 Great Eastern Highway, Rivervale, WA, 6103.

Jet Pack/ Fly Board Experience

Ever wondered what it would be like to strap a hoverboard to your feet and propel yourself in and out of the water along the Swan River? Well, if the answer is yes, the team at Jet Pack Perth can make it possible. The water jetpack is essentially powered by a Jet Ski and the water is pumped from the sea below up to the nozzles on the jetpack which gives the propulsion it needs to make you fly. This is our pick of the list if you are after a full-throttle birthday experience with your friends and family.

ADDRESS: Rockingham, WA, Perth, 6168.

And there we have it. The top places to celebrate your birthday in Perth this year. If you are wanting help getting your family and friends to and from the venue, you can always hire a bus and driver from the team at Horizons West. Chat to a sales consultant today about how we can help!

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Cott Cat Free Shuttle Bus: Sculptures by the Sea Returns in 2019

Cott Cat Free Shuttle Bus: Sculptures by the Sea Returns in 2019 1000 667 James Turner

The last week in Perth has been a scorcher, with temperatures consistently hitting the mid 30’s. Things won’t be cooling down though in March with Sculptures By The Sea returning for yet another year. Taking centre stage on Cottesloe Beach, our favourite event of the year is expected to attract over 240,000 visitors showcasing cutting edge outdoor installations from Australian and international artists. Visitors are spoilt for choice this year with both an outdoors beach exhibition plus a ‘Scupture Inside’ program highlighting smaller collectables that can be purchased during the festival.

Off the back of last years success, to help support this amazing event, we’ve teamed up with Town of Cottesloe to bring back the Sculptures By The Sea Shuttle service, transporting you and your family from Cottesloe Train Station straight to the beach.

What You Need To Know

What Is Sculptures By The Sea?

Every March, Cottesloe beach is transformed into an open-air gallery for Sculptures by the Sea – one of the worlds largest and most iconic free, public outdoor exhibitions. 2019 will be no exception with artists from all over the globe showcasing their finest works. The event will be running from 1-18th of March this year with the list of talent being released in the coming weeks so be sure to stay up to date on what to expect.

When is the free bus service running?

As we know that parking at Cottesloe can be slim pickings so this year is the perfect opportunity to catch public transport to and from the event. The shuttle will meet every train from Cottesloe train station on the Perth to Fremantle line between 10.30am to 6pm daily for the duration of the exhibition and will return to the station from Cottesloe beachfront at roughly 15-minute intervals.

What route does it take to get from Cottesloe Train Station to the beach?

The route starts at Cottesloe Train Station and heads north on Curtin Ave to Napier St Left onto Napier, right onto Broome St, left onto Eric St, Left onto Marine Pde and stops near the Ocean Beach Hotel. The bus then continues down Marine Pde and stops on Marine Pde at the corner of Forrest St before heading left onto Forrest St, right onto Broome St, left onto Jarrad St and back to the train station. For the more graphically inclined, we’ve made it extra easy by creating a map below for you.

How often does the service run?

It’s a round trip which means that it depends on how many times the bus stops and starts to collect people. For the most part, a complete circuit takes roughly 15 minutes which means that will be about the most you’ll wait before getting picked up.

How can I get on?

Look out for the Horizons West Shuttle Bus and simply hail the bus at any point along the journey and our bus driver will pull over and pick you up. It’s as simple as that.

Is it free?


Where is Everything Located?

Once you get to the coast, it’s very easy to locate the outdoor exhibition. To make things super straightforward though, we’ve got a map below to help you find key restaurants such as Il Lido and The Cottesloe Beach Hotel and the ‘Sculptures Inside’ exhibition.

We are really excited to be helping the Perth community again this year by supporting an iconic Western Australian event. A big thanks to the organisers of Sculptures By The Sea and Town of Cottesloe. See you on the coast!

Horizons West Bus pulling up to the bus stop for sculptures by the sea


cott bus branding for sculptures by the sea

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Hot Dub Wine Machine Returns For Another Year

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What You Need To Know

The Line-Up

With its enormous success last year, it’s only fitting that our good friends at Hot Dub Wine Machine return for yet another year of action-packed wine-ing. Top notch entertainment will grace the stages surrounded by lush grapevines while our favourite local food vendors will be showcasing all the very best produce from around the state.

As always, keeping the crowd jumping throughout the day, the master of ceremonies will be the one and only Hot Dub Time Machine, who will be bringing their mind-bending and outrageous stage antics to the wine fans of Perth. Following this, dance-royalty The Presets will be offering their high voltage live show to the main stage, throwing down all the latest tracks from their recent album release – Hi Viz.

Other headliners include; the nicest guy in dance music – Hayden James with his incredible brand of popular house music, and the country’s must-see for 2019 – Confidence Man who no doubt will have those wine-enthusiasts dancing their pinots away in a flash with their recent Triple J Hit – ‘Last Night’ from their highly acclaimed debut EP Self Sabotage. We also can’t forget Kinder, with their dreamy disc-house and our one and only host, Alex “Rat Dog” Dyson.


The Location

With its success in the previous years, Oakover Grounds will once again set the stage for Hot Dub Wine Machine on 30 March 2019. Complete with food, wine, beer, markets and picnic-ing, Oakover is a 165-year-old winery that lies in the beating heart of the Swan Valley. An impressive vineyard laced with picturesque vines and an expansive paddock will provide all the perfect insta-moments for both you and your fellow wine-pals.

Getting There

Getting to the Swan Valley at the best of times is always tricky business. It’s always a challenge locking down a reliable driver who can take you to and from the wineries. With last years Uber surcharges skyrocketing after the festival finished, it’s always a wise idea to organise your transport before the day. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the organisers from Hot Dub Wine Machine to offer shuttle services to and from the Oakover Grounds. We’ve got six bus services on offer this year, leaving from East Perth Station and Stirling Street Station.

The best part? All buses depart from the event back to the same location at the end of the night from 10pm. Details Below:

Bus Services

  • East Perth Train Station Carpark 12:30pm
  • East Perth Train Station Carpark 12:30pm
  • East Perth Train Station Carpark 3:30pm
  • Stirling Train Station Northern Car Park 12.30pm
  • Stirling Train Station Northern Car Park 2pm
  • Stirling Train Station Northern Car Park 3.30pm

The cost is only $25! You can lock away transport on the Hot Dub Wine Machine website when purchasing your ticket to the event. Simply add it to your cart during check-out and you’re sorted.

Once you have your bus tickets, make sure you look out for the Horizons West bus that will be waiting for you at the designated pick up area!

Private Bus Services

If you want to start the party earlier with all your friends under one roof, we can also organise a private bus service to and from Oakover Grounds. Simply head to our website and drop us an enquiry with how many passengers you’re after and our dedicated sales team will be in touch!

Ok, how do I get tickets?

Presale, first and second ticket releases have already sold out! But there is still a third release general admission up for grabs at a very affordable $79. VIP packages are also value for money sitting at $139. Head to the event website to secure your spot, plus your transport to and from the event!

Buy tickets here ->

Stay Connected

For the social ones, make sure you make yourself known during the festival 🙂
Instagram: @wine_machine
Hashtags: #winemachine #bestchardyever

More Questions?

Head to the Hot Dub Wine Machine FAQ’s page for all the Q&A’s you’ll need.

It’s time to escape the big smoke and head out to the Swan Valley to un-wined at a get-together in the grapevines with food, wine, beer, markets, picnic-ing, and some of Australia’s best talent. This festival is certainly our pick of the bunch in 2019 and it’s sure to turn it on when it arrives in Perth on 30 March 2019.

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Town of Cambridge Shuttle Bus: How To Get To The Beach For Free

Town of Cambridge Shuttle Bus: How To Get To The Beach For Free 2048 1536 James Turner

Summer is just around the corner which means that it’s time to get the family together, pack your sandals and surfboards and head to the coast. To help you get to the beach and shops this summer, we have teamed up once again with our good friends at the Town of Cambridge to bring you the TOC Summer Bus.

The Town of Cambridge Summer Shuttle Bus is designed for the whole community! Whether you are heading to Floreat Library for some much deserved R&R or hitting the skate park with the kids, there is a stop for everyone!

What You Need To Know

When will the Bus Run?

The TOC Bus service will run from 9 am to 4 pm, seven days a week (except Christmas Day) from 14 December 2018 to 26 January 2019 and best of all its free!

What’s the Bus Route?

You can find a map of the bus route on the image below. Alternatively, we have made a custom Google Map too which you can use at any time to help you find the closest bus stop to you.

>>>See Google Map<<<

The bus will navigate its way through the Town stopping off at various locations and any Transperth bus stops.

Key destinations and stops include:

  • Cambridge Street ( almost opposite No. 86 Youth Centre on the southern side of the street)
  • Floreat Forum/ Cambridge Library
  • Perry Lakes Skate Park
  • Bold Park Aquatic Centre
  • Ocean Gardens Retirement Village
  • City Beach
  • Floreat Beach
  • Empire Village
  • Wembley Golf Course
  • Lake Monger

Cambridge Free Summer Shuttle Bus Service Map

How Do I Track The Bus?

To make sure you don’t have to wait at the bus stop for too long, you can keep track of the location of the TOC Summer Bus using the Where My Bus App.


Simply download the App below. We’ve included both Apple and Android, depending on your device.

Use our custom logins:

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How Often Does The Service Run?

You can download the timetable here.

Some Important notes about the timetable:

  • As this is a hail and ride service, times are approximate and may differ slightly depending on how many people board the bus.
  • There are 5 minutes stopping times at Floreat Beach each loop of the service to ensure it starts at the beginning on the hour (and can collect all the returning beachgoers).
  • The 12 pm service will stop at Floreat Beach for 30 minutes and commence again at 1.07pm (just so our driver can have a quick break).

Is it free?

Absolutely! You can take your friends and family on board for free.

What Do I Need To Look Out For?

The bus to look out for will be a Horizon’s West vehicle wrapped with the Town of Cambridge branding. You won’t be able to miss its bright colours. Our bus drivers will do their best to spot you along the journey. Just make sure you hail the bus so they know to stop 🙂

Ohh, and finally, if you take the TOC Summer Bus to be sure to enter the Selfie competition.

Hop on the TOC Summer Bus and take a fun selfie.

Share your selfie on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtags #TOCSummerBus and #TownofCambridge.

Prizes will be determined closer to the date!

We are really excited to bring this initiative back to the community for the second year. We hope you take advantage of the service. See you at the beach!

If you are a local council or company interested in using Horizons West for your next event, you can contact us and we’ll be happy to arrange a chat about how we can help you!

mark mcgowan at the new perth stadium with indigenous performers

Case Study: How We Supported The 2018 Australian Primary Principals Conference

Case Study: How We Supported The 2018 Australian Primary Principals Conference 1000 667 James Turner

Horizons West is always proud of the work we do with the local Perth school community. Helping our local schools is a key area of focus for our brand. This means making sure our Perth school students arrive at their excursions, swimming lessons and athletics carnivals both safely and on time.

This month saw us take a slightly different approach by lending a helping hand to the principals that support our state’s students and lead our education system. We worked closely with The Western Australian Primary Principals’ Association (WAPPA) to help transport their delegates and principals all across Perth.

Who Are The Western Australian Primary Principals’ Association (WAPPA)?

The Western Australian Primary Principals’ Association (WAPPA) is a member-based, not-for-profit Incorporated Association. WAPPA holds over 1,100 members which include principals from all facets of the Western Australian education community. Each year these delegates come together to listen to guest speakers, visit schools and participate in interactive workshops over a 3 day period.

What Was The Purpose of The 2018 Conference?

This year marked an important launch of a new campaign, Thrive With 5, that is intended to filter down into Perth schools in the near future. This campaign aims at improving the readiness of children for learning every day. The speeches from various delegates focused on five key ways that give children a great opportunity to do well in learning; Play, Talk, Read, Eat Well and Sleep. The conference was an introduction to how implementing and promoting these integral five ways can greatly improve students’ learning and well-being in the education setting. This is an initiative the team at Horizons West think would really benefit the students of Perth.

How did Horizons West Help?

This year saw over 750 Primary School leaders attend. This was a huge undertaking for our team who were both a sponsor of the event but also the main transport providers. Over the 3 day period we were responsible for all transport to the following locations:

  1. Metro School Visits: multiple half day visits for a variety of principals. This gave them the opportunity to meet other teachers and learn how other schools were undertaking their learning.
  2. Optus Stadium: welcome reception and opening evening with special guest Mark McGowan – Premier of Western Australia.
  3. Networking/ Post Event: St Mary Cathedral for a service followed and bars/ restaurants within the Perth CBD.

We received some great feedback after the event from the APPA Events team:

“We would like to thank Horizon West for their professionalism and efficiency of all of your staff, the friendliness of all the drivers, perfect punctuality and quality standards of the coaches made the event run super smoothly.”

We were really proud of our work, especially the drivers who were on hand over the 3 day period.

If you are an association or group looking to organise transport for your attendees, let’s chat. Our fleet ranges in size and can cater for any number of passengers.

Presenter talking about the thrive with 5 initiative

female guest speaker at the Australian Primary Principals Conference

male guest speaker at the Australian Primary Principals Conference

Horizons West Helps Bring Higer H7 & After Sales Support to WA

Horizons West Helps Bring Higer H7 & After Sales Support to WA 1000 667 James Turner

The team at Horizons West are proud to announce the further expansion of our growing industry alliances. We have recently teamed up with Bus Corp Oceania (BCO) to assist distributing their bus line models and provide new customers on the west coast with a dedicated sales and support team for everything from maintenance and warranty management to sales support and repairs.

As the first dealer and service agent to form an alliance with Bus Corp Oceania in Western Australia we are excited with where the future can take us.

What can the new Higer H7 Model Offer?

With its powerful and economical Cummins engine paired with the Allison automatic transmission and sturdy design, the Higer H7 has been a popular addition to the Australian market.

BCO General Manager Jason Pecotic said in a recent press release that the “return of the Higer brand is the answer to a strong market demand for a well priced and economical 28 +1 seat bus with a proven driveline and credentials for a range of operations”.

What Does This Partnership Mean For Customers?

A Locally Based Repairs & Maintenance Workshop

As a bus company that includes a huge fleet of vehicles of all shapes and sizes, we know the difficulties in sourcing, maintaining and replacing parts.

If you are a current customer of ours you can now use us as your dedicated maintenance agent. This means you can now significantly lower turnaround times for repairs and searching for parts – keeping your vehicle out on the road for longer. Say goodbye to ordering your parts from overseas and waiting for weeks for the part to arrive. You can simply talk to us who can slot you into our workshop where we’ll take care of the rest.

When it’s time for your vehicle to have a break in our workshop, our team or mechanics know how to return it to tip-top shape. We can help with the following:

  • Diagnostics:
    • Overall vehicle performance
    • ABS breaks
    • Engine performance
    • Alignment
    • Tyres and wheels
    • Exhaust
    • Steering and suspension
    • Drive systems
  • Accidental repairs – we can turn an unfortunate incident back into an operational asset in no time.
  • Ordering and installing new parts.

A Sales Team To Help You Make The Right Choice

If you are a new customer considering purchasing a new Higer H7, Optare or other models, we can also help you compare the market. Here are just a few things that need to be considered when assessing your needs for a new vehicle.

  • Chassis requirements – axle, transmission, suspension, clutch and steering systems.
  • Body – Interior and exterior design, seating configuration, passenger doors, entertainment.
  • Performance specifications – engine
  • Warranties and insurances
  • Finances – purchasing a bus is a huge investment. Will this be funded with a loan or paid upfront? Also, you’ll need to consider depreciation.
  • Dimensions
  • Weight
  • Maintenance and service documents – who will keep a record of these?
  • Range – how many KM’s can you get out of a single tank of fuel?
  • Extra bells and whistles – wifi on board, footrests, overhead storage, lap trays, drink holders and toilets.

The list is pretty extensive, we know. That’s where we come in to help you with all of the above and ensure that the vehicle you pick really matches your needs.

Whether you are on the hunt for a new vehicle and need help with selecting the best one or you currently own a vehicle that needs some solid TLC, our Welshpool premises can provide a locally based solution.

We are excited to see where this new partnership with Bus Corp Oceania takes us.

See you in the workshop soon!

Community Collaborations: How Our CAB Buses Help Transport Students & Staff From Curtin University

Community Collaborations: How Our CAB Buses Help Transport Students & Staff From Curtin University 2000 1333 James Turner

Connecting the community is a strong focus at Horizons West.

We know the costs of buying and running a vehicle is generally out of reach for those studying. That’s why we teamed up with Curtin University three years ago to offer the Curtin University CAB Service. A free shuttle service that connects the community between the Bentley Campus, Technology Park and surrounding suburbs – Bentley, Waterford, Victoria Park and South Perth. A service that allows staff, students and the general public access to free transport.

Curtin CABS Service – What You Need To Know

The Curtin Access Bus Service (CABS) is a free shuttle bus which operates Monday to Friday during normal Semester weeks only. Buses can be hailed at any point along their designated route. For those using the Bentley CABS route, there are also additional services that operate during peak hours.

What are the bus routes and timetables?

There are three bus routes with the earliest service commencing at 7am and the last run departing at 10.30pm (perfect for those late night study owls and evening tutorials).

You can find each timetable and bus route below. Simply download the timetables to your device for later and you’re ready to go.

Bentley and Waterford

Technology Park

South Perth & Victoria Park

Can I Track the Location of the bus?

Absolutely, we know how precious your time is as a student and the last thing we want is for you to be standing out in the rain waiting for the bus. Simply download the app from the Google or iTunes store, plug in your campus and you’re on your way.

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With a commitment to continue to build relationships with institutions such as Curtin University, the team at Horizons West are excited to see what the future holds and how we can connect the community further across other regions of Perth.

Our Focus on Fundraising: How We Contributed to the Community in 2018

Our Focus on Fundraising: How We Contributed to the Community in 2018 700 467 James Turner

At Horizons West, we support grassroots campaigns and help support local schools fundraise vital funds for their programs. Why do we do this? Because each and every day our drivers are on the road meeting people from all walks of life. From schools to age care, our team have really got to know the community around Perth and what it needs to continue to grow.

Every year, we focus our attention on an area of fundraising to help different members of the community. This year saw our schools receive donations from our owners. We are proud to have helped a student from St Norbert College travel to the Kimberley to assist the local community and also prizes that were auctioned at the Methodist Ladies College Annual Gala Fundraising Evening

Details are below!

St Norbert College Kununurra Community Fundraising

For the past 17 years, St Norbert College has offered their students the chance to actively service rural Western Australia through assisting local primary schools, working in elderly hostels or volunteering in the community art centre. Following their return, each participant spends time reflecting on their experiences and documenting their observations that are then passed onto the student cohort for discussion.

In order to make this initiative a reality, St Norbert College requires fundraising assistance. Being a valued transport provider to the school for years, we thought it would be a great opportunity to donate $2,700 to the school which will mean that one of the six nominated year 11 students can travel to Kununurra in our State’s Kimberley region this September. We are looking forward to hearing all about their experience later in the year when the group returns!

Methodist Ladies College Gala Fundraising Night

Having provided transport solutions to Methodist Ladies College for a number of years now has meant that we have really got to know the extra-curricular programs this school offers their students. However, with anything extra-curricular, money is needed to fund the programs.

So to help these programs along, Methodist Ladies College has been running the Annual Gala Fundraising Night for a number of years now. The night offers members of the community a chance to gather, where items and experiences are auctioned to the highest bidder, with all proceeds going back into the school. This year the team at Horizons West contributed four (4) x tickets in the exclusive Bank West Club at Optus Stadium to the Fremantle Dockers versus Port Adelaide game on Sunday 15th July 2018.

On top of access to the game and seats with an exceptional view-point, the winning bidder also received four (4) x Bankwest Club cards each with $75.00 to spend on food and/or drinks.

After the night finished up, we touched base with the admin team at Methodist Ladies College who reported that their preliminary calculations showed a fundraising figure in excess of $170,000. An amazing result that we were chuffed to be a part of!

We are always open to finding more ways that we can help the community and school kids around the Perth Region. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be more than happy to chat about your initiatives.

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