Iconic McCafferty’s bus returns home to Toowoomba

One of Queensland’s oldest buses has returned home to the Garden City for the first time in over two decades.

The rare 1938 Bedford bus, now on display inside Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, operated passenger services in Toowoomba for 40 years.

The bus is now owned by the Queensland Omnibus and Coach Society (QOCS), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preserving Queensland’s passenger transport heritage.

QOCS purchased the vehicle in November last year after it was put up for auction by Greyhound Australia. Its acquisition was made possible by a consortium of bus industry colleagues and members and friends of the McCafferty family, who generously donated $45,000 to QOCS.

“We are very pleased to have the bus return home to Toowoomba for the first time since 2001”, QOCS President, Nick Wilson said

“Having one of our vehicles on display inside an airport is a first for our organisation, and we are very grateful to the Wagners and the team at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport for making it happen”, he said. 

A formal unveil of the vehicle with the McCafferty family will take place in early September.

The bus arrived at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport on Tuesday, 16 August 2022.
The bus was under the care of Kangaroo Bus Lines from November 2021 to its departure to Toowoomba.