A Mercedes of Cairns Trans nestling in the city bus terminus back in August 1989.
What could be the same bus, this is 15 seen heading for Gordonvale.
Mercedes 12 is seen back at the city terminus with aggressive Marlin Coast Beach Bus branding.
This pair of AEC Swifts were from a handful acquired about a year before they were seen here in Cairns in 1989. The buses were new to STA in Adelaide or Admet as it was subsequently known. Their somewhat futuristic PMCSA bodies, like the chassis, date from about twenty years earlier.
MAN bendibuses first put in an appearance in the UK at SHOWBUS in Hillingdon, with one being used on the free bus from Uxbridge Tube Station to the showground. After that the bendibuses entered service with South Yorkshire in Sheffield and subsequently transferred to Midland Red North. This one later ended up in Cairns, working the routes north of the city to the beaches - hence the legend "beach bus". Inside the bus still had its 2000 series UK fleet number. A few years later the Cairns Trans operation was acquired by Thames Transit owner, Harry Blundred, who replaced all the full sized buses - including the MAN artics - with Mercedes minibuses on high frequency services just as Harry had pioneered in Exeter.