Christmas with Newcastle Transport

The Christmas Bus

The famous Christmas bus returning to the network for another year. The Christmas bus will be out and about from Sunday 1 December 2019.

As always, the Christmas bus will be spreading Christmas cheer all over Newcastle as it operates a number of regular and school routes.

Jump on board and get in the Christmas spirit this year! See below Christmas bus calendar for all travel information.

Newcastle Transport’s Christmas colouring in competition

This year, Newcastle Transport is inviting all our customers to decorate their own Christmas bus, ferry or light rail by colouring them in!

Billy the bus, Frank the ferry and Lisa the light rail are very eager to be part of the Christmas celebrations this year and we need you to decorate them with your best Christmas designs.

Pick up some colouring in sheets from the Newcastle Interchange, Hamilton depot or click on the download links below. If you see any of our Customer Service Officers out on the network, you will also be able to get colouring in sheets and pencils from them.

Competition open dates: Sunday 1 December to Friday 20 December 2019.

Prizes: there are four prize divisions for this competition. All prizes provided will be to the value of $50. Prizes include a Coles Myer voucher and a Newcastle Transport summer pack. Winners will be contacted on 23 and 24 December.

Age Group Prizes
1 – 5 3
6 – 10 3
11-15 3
Experienced 1


Return your entry: Ballot boxes will be placed at key transport locations so you can return you entry for your chance to win!

  • Newcastle Interchange
  • On board the Hunter and Shortland ferries
  • Hamilton Depot – 89 Denison Street, Hamilton NSW 2303
  • Newcastle Transport’s Christmas bus


Billy the bus : Download link

Lisa the light rail : Download link 


Frank the ferry : Download link


Terms and Conditions: Competition dates 1/12/2019 – 20/12/2019. Winners will be chosen at the discretion of Newcastle Transport. Winners will be contacted 23/12/2019 – 24/12/2019. One prize pack per person. Prizes to the value of $50. Three prize packs available for divisions 1-5, 6-10 and 11-15. One prize pack available for experienced division.

Christmas across the network

While the long standing tradition of the Christmas bus continues for another year, Newcastle Transport is committed to spreading Christmas cheer across the network.

This December you will see Christmas celebration on all the services we offer.

Our Newcastle Transport On Demand buses and light rail vehicles will turn into Santa’s reindeer for the month. All ferries and buses will be installed with Christmas baubles. Our light rail vehicles will turn anyone who sits down into Santa with Santa hats on the inside of all our trams. You may also find some elves on our network.

If you’re travelling with us and you find some festive fun, don’t forget to snap a pic and tag Newcastle Transport in your Facebook posts.

Merry Christmas everyone!