Cairns Bus Charters

Capability Report



Established in 2000 by owner and founder Ronald Perks, Cairns Bus Charters (CBC) is a leader in the provision of passenger transport, specialising in Self-Drive Rental and Chauffeured Charter transport services for both organisations and the general public. 2005 brought the development of professional customised tours and in 2011 the inception of an integrated mechanical workshop. Focused on delivering quality and unrivaled expertise, CBC has advanced to the industry front runner.


Cairns Bus Charters Pty Ltd holds Operator Accreditation (licence no. Q900399934) as issued by the Director-General of Department of Transport and Main Roads. Cairns Bus Charters complies with all subsequent requirements including vehicle registration requirements, compulsory third party insurance requirements in addition to holding extensive Business Insurance policies including a $20million Public Liability insurance policy.


Cairns Bus Charters has earned a reputation as one of the fastest growing bus transport companies in Far North Queensland and boasts a huge fleet of over 25 buses/coaches with a combined carrying capacity of over 650 passengers with the ability to transport to any location Australia wide.
CBC can offer our clients a designated Transport Coordinator to deliver premium customer service levels and ensure that even the most complex travel requirements are met with the most efficient and the highest value solutions available.
We utilise the latest in transport management software, from internationally renowned programs such as Coach Manager (DS) and Fleetmatics GPS tracking to our own custom-built Fleet Management and Quality Control software systems. To maximise our operational efficiency our IT Manager has developed several programs to deliver fast accurate quotes, monitor fleet maintenance and numerous other systems to assist in servicing our customers.


Our team is led by Founder and Managing Director, Ronald Perks, in conjunction with his sons Darrell Perks as the Operations Manager and Russell Perks as the IT Manager. Our broader organisation structure includes specialty departmental Managers in the areas of Operations, Administration, Business Development and Finance, each responsible for their own respective staff and/or consultants. Our highly trained staff can deliver your every transport requirement and ensure the success of your plans and the satisfaction of your people.
All drivers at Cairns Bus Charters must hold current and valid Heavy-Vehicle licences in addition to State Government mandated ‘Drivers Authorisation’. To ensure industry best practice in driver training, our drivers or ‘Coach Captains’ are subjected to a rigorous and ongoing professional development program above their statutory and regulatory requirements as professional drivers. Coach Captains are required to review and report on their vehicles prior to every vehicle dispatch with every report being subject to scrutiny from our Operations Manager on a daily basis to ensure best practice in vehicle maintenance. Driver training is a pillar of our organisation with our firm focus on exceptional performance being the key to our flawless record in the safe transport of our valued customers.


Recognising the efficiencies increased by developing multiple branches within the company that complement the original concept, CBC now delivers unprecedented levels in services and outstanding value.


Whatever your needs are, our friendly reservations team can coordinate professional and reliable, chauffeur driven transportation services by our experienced coach captains to and from any destination. Catering to group numbers of just a few up to a thousand and servicing basic itineraries to complex movements with numerous destinations and specific travel requirements. Local or long distance services conducted with either budget minded or luxurious vehicles, we have the capacity and the ability to provide clients with exactly what they require.


Cairns Bus Charters offer a hassle-free, Self-Drive Rental Agreement on our modern range of buses from 12 seat mini-buses up to our 59-seat luxury coaches. Whether you are looking to provide an impressive transport solution for your next family adventure or source a professional, high-capacity vehicle for your tour business or corporate event, we can assist. Providing additional services like dropping off and picking up the vehicle to any location. Also offering luggage trailers and baby/booster seats.


We are the Cooktown bus service, connecting the north together every day. Cairns Cooktown Express allows customers to travel in comfort and safety with the convenience of an extensive travel schedule. Providing flexibility and consistency for customers, we offer unparalleled bus transport on our Cairns to Cooktown bus service, stopping at all major locations in between. Cooktown transportation has never been easier - departing Cairns every morning at 7:00am and Cooktown each afternoon at 1:30pm, let us take you there!


Cairns Bus Charters offer tour booking services for a range of attractions in the Greater Cairns Region. This facility is powered by “Tours to Go” and are operated by specific tour operators if their respective specials fields. We also offer Custom Tour tailoring services where one of our helpful and friendly tour package specialists can coordinate a custom tour package specifically to your group's needs.


Our fully equipped and conveniently located workshop facility provides a comprehensive range of vehicle repairs and maintenance services, supervised and managed by a qualified mechanic with a shared commitment to safety and value. Certified diesel fitters and mechanics maintain our fleet to the highest standards using the most current
technology and processes. Being a certified-approved inspection station, we are authorised to issue Roadworthy Certificates and rectify faults issued by DOT inspectors. Utilising both preventative and scheduled maintenance into our own fleet.


Cairns bus charters operates out of the largest and most modern depot in the region, with the closest proximity to the CBD. The facility is completely security fenced with double gate entry, double undercover bus wash bays, large easy access parking stalls and onsite mechanical service. It’s no surprise that many companies have already made the logical move to store and service their bus with the best.



The cleaning staff are experts in detailing, including rubbish removal, window smears, mopping, and seat belt realignment. Zero down Time: With a large and varied fleet we can provide a vehicle for you to continue your operations while yours is in the workshop. We offer a seamless vehicle exchange system for either the entire period or just a portion of the servicing time.


3 x 12-seat Toyota Commuter buses
3 x 14-seat Toyota Commuter buses
4 x 22-seat Toyota Coaster buses
2 x 25-seat Mitsubitshi Rosa buses
1 x 29-seat Higer Munro bus
3 x 37-seat luxury midi coaches
6 x 45-59 seat large touring coaches


Our high standards of operational efficiency and customer service delivery have secured long term and ongoing transport arrangements with some of the most reputable institutions and organisations in the region and across the country. Our valued clients include:

• Australian Federal Government
• Queensland State Government
• Australian National University
• University of New South Wales
• Australian Paralympic Committee
• Impact International
• Most Local State and Private Schools
• Sporting - NRL, AFL, NBL,
• James Cook University
• Cairns Regional Council
• Rotary International
• The Salvation Army
• National Rugby League (NRL)
• Royal Flying Doctor Service


Cairns Bus Charters has a proud history of community involvement and contribution. Our corporate sponsorship of local sporting groups and service delivery to community groups and charities is evidence of our community focused business model. Community organisations we work with include:

• State Emergency Service
• Lifeline
• CRS Australia
• BlueCare
• Australina Red Cross
• The Salvation Army
• Rotary International
• St Vincent De Paul
• Royal Flying Doctor Service
• 65 Roses
• Variety
• JCU Mariners Rugby League Club


Australian Maritime Safety Authority - “I just wanted to say a big thank you all for providing such a terrific coach service from Cairns to Brisbane recently. Everyone has said what a great time they had and all the travelling went well. Thanks to your staff also for pitching in to help us with our Consultations - far in excess of expectations. Their involvement and assistance really made a difference to our outcomes. Thank you all so much.”

James Cook University - “Thank you very much, it was a pleasure and you have been very efficient.”

Cairns Regional Council - “Thank you very much for your service for both the dinner transport and the tour. Your drivers were lovely and I really appreciated their professionalism.”

Impact International - “Thank you very much… we have really appreciated your service and flexibility. We have had a great year and you have been part of the things that have supported us to do our job well. So again, a very big thank you for all that you have done for us this year.”

Probus Cairns-Marlin Coast - “Thank you all for making today a great day. All members really enjoyed the trip and your driver was a credit to you and the Company. His driving was so relaxing and many commented how much they appreciated his efforts.”

Cairns State High School - “Thank you for the efficient transport of our students on Thursday to Sugarworld. The drivers were friendly and we all had a pleasant trip.”