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Our history

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where it all started

In July 1944, the State Transport Commission approved the inauguration of a service between Mt Crosby and Ipswich. The service initially operated one trip per week under trial using a Ford V8 truck capable of seating 10 passengers (pictured here). The service was operated by Kerr Bros who owned the Mt Crosby store. In 1950 Messrs. McDonald, Tyler and Hasting purchased the bus services in North Ipswich, and also the one to Mt Crosby. They traded as Pioneer Bus Services and were based in North ipswich. They operated a fleet of nine buses in 1950.


Wally Horwood

Wally Horwood founded Southern Cross Transit in 1980 when he moved his whole family and all their possessions from New South Wales in an old bus he purchased with his life savings to Brisbane's Western suburbs. After emptying the bus of all their possessions (including the kitchen sink!), he virtually immediately commenced operating the bus on charter services. Wally went on to purchase Moggill Bus Service from the Carrick family in 1982 servicing Moggill and Kenmore High state schools and renamed the business Southern Cross Parlorcars. Wally went on to also purchase Pioneer bus Services from the McDonald family.

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Giovanni (John) Oliveri

In August 2002 Southern Cross Transit was purchased by the family of the late Giovanni Oliveri, who operate buses in Campbelltown and Liverpool, NSW, under the banner of Interline Bus Services south west of Sydney, Since 1954.

Francesco (Frank) Oliveri

Frank Oliveri, John's son, was appointed Managing Director for the newly purchased business and relocated himself and his immediate family to Queensland and is running the business from the depot at Karalee.


Our mission

  • to provide a safe, customer focused, commercially sound bus services for the community we serve

  • to be a leader in the public transport industry, setting the benchmarks, not following them.

  • to deliver “value for money” services that can withstand any reasonable challenge brought before it

  • to strive to keep abreast of the ever-changing social and economic climate that local, state, national and international events have on communities and how they may reflect on demands for services

  • to react to those demands and set the pace for change.

Our team

OUR DRIVERS are our most important people and more importantly, they are the ones that have the front-line responsibility of transporting our students, and your children, safely and efficiently to and from school. They therefore must have our and your respect if they are to do this day in and day out without incident or harm. We have too many professional and capable men and women to list but nevertheless they have our acknowledgment and gratitude for the task they do so very well. Thank you!

Managing Director - Frank Oliveri

PA to Managing Director Mel Oliveri

Finance & Accounts - Carmel Farrugia


Chief Operating Officer - Brianna Gassman


  • Service Delivery/General - Andrew Shelton

  • Training & Standards - Tony Burke

  • Service Delivery/Charter - Tyneal Tumata


  • Student Travel - Wendy Sweeny

  • Cerical Assistant - Tues-Dee Neibling

Engineering & Maintenance

  • Fleet/Workshop Supervisor - Alex Soleimani

  • Fleet/Workshop Administration - Jason Soleimani

  • Bus Specialist Technician - Scott Mutch

  • General Automotive Technician - Michael Powell

  • Paint & Body Technician - Selwyn Walters

  • Apprentice - Billy Rex Hollister

  • Apprentice - Lachlan Wooley

  • Apprentice - Bailey Perano

  • General Hand - Liam George

  • Vehicle Presentation - Universal Detailing

Our company


  • Head office is located at 251 Mt Crosby Road, Karalee QLD 4306

  • Registered office is located at 66 Atchison Road, Macquarie Fields NSW 2565.

  • ABN is 28097130615 and ACN 097130615

  • DTMR Accreditation Number is 900310163 (DTMR - Qld Department of Transport and Main Roads)

Who we are

  • We acknowledge the traditional owners, and custodians, past, present and future, the Turrbal, Jagera, Yuggera, and Ugarapul people, of the beautiful land and waters that makes up the Greater Brisbane western region. This land is where our depot and head office is located and provides us with all that we have, and all that we may give. Thank you.

  • We are an Australian owned and operated family business that commenced our bus operations in 1954

  • We are passionate about the safety of our employees and our passengers by providing a safe and secure environment for them

  • We operate a fleet of over 50 of the world’s safest and environmentally responsible bus brands, consisting mostly of Volvo and Mercedes Benz vehicles.

  • We are a local business employing over 60 local people and sourcing our goods and services from over 20 local businesses.

  • We are building careers for our local young Queenslanders by training them in their chosen trades

  • We are proud members of the Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) actively participating at committee and executive levels

  • We are affiliated nationally with the Bus Industry Council (BIC)

What we do

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Queensland Transport Contracted services (PSSC)
Southern Cross Transit operates services under a Fare Based Perscribed School Services Contract (PSSC) to the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads to supply limited public transport and school services. The suburbs covered by this contract are BORALLON, PINE MOUNTAIN, MUIRLEA, NORTH TIVOLI, CHUWAR, KARALEE, BARELLAN POINT, KARANA DOWNS, MT CROSBY, ANSTEAD, BELLBOWRIE, MOGGILL, PINJARRA HILLS, JAMBOREE HEIGHTS, JINDALEE, MIDDLE PARK, MT OMMANEY, RIVERHILLS, SEVENTEEN MILES ROCKS, SUMMNER PARK, WESTLAKE.

TRANSLink Funding Agreement services
Southern Cross Transit also operates a number of school service under a Funding Agreement with TRANSLink, Westside Bus Co. and Brisbane Transport. These services operate in the North Ipswich Region, Brisbanes Western Suburbs, and the Centenary Estates region.

Specialsed Shuttle Bus Services
Southern Cross Transit operates under contract to the West
Morten Health, the Ipswich Hospital Car Park Shuttle service between the hospital and variuos off site parking locations...


Chartered School Services
A number of services are provided to private and public schools on a Charter Hire basis. These services are exclusive to the students of the client school. The route, fares and schedule is chosen by the school.

Charter Bus & Coach Hire Services
Our accreditation with Queensland Transport includes the authority to operate a service to hire buses and coaches with or without drivers to the general public. Our authority extends to any destination through Australia.


Major Event Transport Services
Southern Cross Transit is the service provide for the acclaimed CMC Rocks, the premier country music festival in Australia, held annually at Willowbank Raceway

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