Brisbane Explorer bus leaves the city after more than two years

Brisbane Explorer bus leaves the city after more than two years
  1. Brisbane Explorer bus leaves the city after more than two years
    After more than two years of service the red Brisbane Explorer has retired from the streets of…

The red double-decker Brisbane Explorer bus will no longer be spotted making its way through the streets of Brisbane as the service has made the tough decision to stop operation.

The two buses launched in November 2014 and for more than two years travelled a 19-stop route through a Brisbane and Mount Coot-tha tour.

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The Brisbane Explorer bus stopped operating in April 2017. The Brisbane Explorer bus stopped operating in April 2017. Photo: Brisbane City Explorer Instagram

A Big Bus Tours spokeswoman would not elaborate on the reasoning behind their closure, but said it was a "tough business decision".

"The tough business decision to cease the current operation was made effective on the 11th April, 2017, and the iconic touring buses will be reassigned to increase capacity on another Australian operation," the spokeswoman said.

"Big Bus Brisbane Explorer has been proud to showcase Brisbane City and Mount Coot-tha with our hop-on, hop-off tourist bus service since November 2014.

"It has been a pleasure working in Brisbane. We hope to be able to once again work with the fantastic team at Brisbane Council, Brisbane Marketing and the Visitor Information Centres."  


The company also operates tours in Sydney, Bondi Beach, Darwin, Hobart, Blue Mountains and Perth.

During its time of operation in Brisbane the service received mixed reviews on travel review site Trip Advisor.

With an overall rating of three-and-a-half out of five, based on 72 reviews, the reviews ranged from remarks of "not up to scratch" and "we were disappointed" to "fabu…

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