Thursday, 11th October, 2018
By Craig Brealey
The family-owned bus company best known for its tours of the city is extending its reach and taking a trip back in time.
Broken Hill City Sights Tours runs visitors around town and to Silverton, the Menindee Lakes and White Cliffs.
Now its owner, Milton Hawke, is offering a passenger service to Mildura.
For Mr Hawke, this represents a return to the family’s origins on the buses.
“I bought my first bus in 1985 and I’ve been pretty much involved in buses ever since,” he said.
“My father started the Silverton bus trip in 1959 when he bought a Kombi to bring the kids into school in Broken Hill.
“I started with a school bus, then I bought a couple of coaches and was doing the Mildura trips but we’ve always had competition.”
Eventually they stopped the Mildura run because it was also being offered by two other companies but when one of them recently cancelled its service, Mr Hawke decided to give it another go.
“We just wanted to see if there was any interest,” he said. “There’s always people who have to go to Mildura for medical appointments and that type of thing.”
The bus leaves from the Visitors Information Centre at 7am on Wednesdays and Fridays, depending on the number of bookings, and returns home about 7pm.
“We get there about 10.30 so people can get to their doctor’s appointment or whatever else before lunch and they can have a couple of hours to do what they have to do before the return trip at 3pm.”
The 13-seater Toyota arrives at the Target shop in Mildura and departs from there as well.
“People can contact us at our office at 51 Williams Street no later than Tuesday lunchtime so we can make a decision about whether we have enough passengers,” said Mr Hawke.
“You can’t run it with one or two. We need a minimum of five.
“We started running ads in the Truth last week and we’ll keep them going for about three months and see what transpires.
“We’ve had a few enquiries so next Wednesday will be our first run, hopefully.”
To book a seat, phone Broken Hill City Sights Tours on 8087 2484.