By Rose Astley
Forget getting stuck in Hasting Street traffic this holiday season, thanks to free buses from December 14 to January 24.
Noosa Council will be trailing the new bus loop, which will run to and from Hasting Street to Noosa Junction every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, and then Webya Road and Noosa Parade every half hour from 7am to 10pm.
There will be six Translink buses running from Sunshine Beach, Sunrise Beach, Peregian Beach, Noosa Parklands, Tewantin, Noosa Civic, Cooroy, Cooran and Pomona.
Councillor Ingrid Jackson said today at the Go Noosa launch this year passengers can now park their cars at Weyba Road AFL grounds, and enjoy the free bus service.
“The Loop Bus will service a brand new park-and-ride facility at the Weyba Road AFL ground adjacent to the farmer’s market locality.
“It’s a great way for people from all over the shire to park and ride to avoid the traffic.
“Last Christmas and Easter the free holiday buses clocked up more than 300,000 passenger trips, which takes pressure off the road network and parking,” Cr Jackson said.
For travellers wishing to drive themselves, there will be 250 more paid car spaces at the Noosa Heads Lions Park, with 50 per cent of proceeds going towards the Tewantin Noosa Lions Club.