Charter firm on bay watch

Talitha Wolfe - Albany AdvertiserAlbany Advertiser
Busy Blue Bus owners James and Susan McCabe have extended their tours to Bremer Bay.
Camera IconBusy Blue Bus owners James and Susan McCabe have extended their tours to Bremer Bay. Credit: Talitha Wolfe BELOW: Bremer Bay’s killer whales are a growing attraction in the region. Pictures: Keith Lightbody

South Coast experiences will be more accessible with the Albany-based charter group Busy Blue Bus set to launch a new service next year.

With Naturaliste Charters, which operates the Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expedition, the new service will connect locals and visitors with Bremer Bay’s killer whale experience.

The 200km journey to Bremer Bay from Albany takes about two hours and co-owner Susan McCabe said visitors unfamiliar with the region often needed assistance to get there.

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“Busy Blue Bus is keen to develop a tour product that enables visitors to access the broader region and the unique sights and experiences it has to offer,” she said.

“Being the only group transport operator along the South Coast, we feel an imperative to explore these options for the benefit of the tourism industry in the region.

“Now with REX flying into Albany, the region is more access-ible. Bremer Bay is a destination that Busy Blue Bus would like to connect with.”

The charter firm will also provide the option of a day tour, visiting beaches, historic and heritage landmarks and wineries instead of the whale charter.

Ms McCabe said the South Coast was emerging as a new and inviting destination for domestic and international visitors, and as a tourism operator, Busy Blue Bus was in a position to facilitate that.

Keith Lightbody
Camera IconKeith Lightbody
Keith Lightbody
Camera IconKeith Lightbody

“Tourism operators, alert to the opportunity, are uniting to present to the customer the extensive repertoire of experiences available along the South Coast, including sensational local produce, fresh from the farm or ocean, extraordinary wildlife experiences including land and ocean species, landscapes that are home to diverse plant habitats and distinctive flora.”

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