September Update

September 23, 2019

G’day to all our friends and customers. Here is a bit of an update on what has happened with Bodhi Bus this year and some exciting news about our new services and fares.

As you all know, Bodhi Bus is the only Not for Profit organisation providing safe, regular and reliable transport to remote communities across the NT. All profits we make are directed back to community projects or events, service improvements and keeping fares as low as possible.

Your continued support makes this possible. As you may be aware, there was a breakdown in dealings with our previous bus contractor Katherine Coaches in March this year which left us in a bad spot. Fortunately, we were able to appoint a new bus contractor (Wynyard Bus) within 24 hours to continue operating most of our routes. We have since been working hard on getting new 4WD buses. We recommenced our Gapuwiyak service on 2 September and will now be back to operating our full network with the recommencement of our 

Numbulwar service on Monday 30 September. We thank you for your ongoing support and understanding over this challenging time. We are very excited about the future now that all our services are operating again. Changes to our services and our new fares are listed under Route Services. Our Numbulwar service is back!

We will be operating on the same days as before with slightly reduced fares. Please see the attached updated timetable for the Numbulwar route which also services Ngukurr, Mataranka, and Jilkminggan.

The Darwin timetable is changing. In response to community feedback, we are improving connections to Darwin. Anyone travelling into Katherine on our other routes (Numbulwar, Gapuwiyak, Lajamanu, Borroloola and Minyerri) can now connect onto our Darwin service on the same day, rather than having to stay in Katherine overnight. We will now depart Katherine at around 5PM, getting into Palmerston at around 8:30PM.

Our Katherine – Darwin (Palmerston) fare is just $55 one-way but if you are connecting from another one of our services and book a connection to or from Darwin at the same time, you will only pay $45!

You can now also use Bodhi Bus to get to Casuarina. We will be stopping near Casuarina Shopping Centre on demand. The fare to and from Casuarina is only $60 (or $50 if booking as a connection to one of our other services).

Minyerri Service Our Monday service will now depart on Tuesday to allow passengers to connect to Darwin on the same day.

Cheaper Fares!

We are always trying to make travel more affordable. We haven’t just made travel to and from Darwin cheaper. Fares to Lajamanu, Borroloola, and Minyerri are also now $10 cheaper!

Small Freight Bodhi Bus offers an affordable small freight service on all our routes with prices from as low as $10.

Contact us directly at or (08) 8971 0774 to book or discuss your freight needs.

We’re back in the Charter business.

We’re back in the Charter business to travel somewhere our regular services don’t go, or at a different time? Talk to us about organising personalized charter for you at competitive rates: or (08) 8971 0774.

Community visits We look forward to seeing you soon. We will be visiting all the communities we service over the next two months to talk with our customers and stakeholders. Please let us know if you would like to have a chat when we come out or feel free to give us a call or visit our office in Katherine (6/27 Katherine Terrace) anytime.


The Bodhi Bus Team