Astro green on touring bus is set to bowl over record

BOWLING THEM OVER: AAT Kings tour provider brought a mobile bowls green to Grafton Shoppingworld’s carpark on Tuesday. Having a go at the internal green were Robert Ulrick (left) and Leslie Smith. Photo: Debrah Novak
BOWLING THEM OVER: AAT Kings tour provider brought a mobile bowls green to Grafton Shoppingworld’s carpark on Tuesday. Having a go at the internal green were Robert Ulrick (left) and Leslie Smith. Photo: Debrah Novak

FROM the outside, it looks like a normal bus.

But peek inside the window and you'll see a rock star's tour bus, sort of.

The seats have been ripped out, but the AAT Kings tour group has created a different sort of party-hub.

It has transformed an average bus into a mobile bowling green that has been cruising around Australia for the past three weeks.

Where seats once were, officially-approved astro turf has been laid and lines drawn to look like a replica of a regular green.

AAT Kings yesterday pulled up outside Grafton Shoppingworld and at Maclean and invited people on board for a bowl.

AAT Kings state sales manager for NSW/ACT and Tasmania Daniel Toby said while some were hesitant to climb on board the mobile green, they quickly warmed to the idea.

"At first people look at me like a Martian, but then when they climb aboard, the first thing we see is a smile and that's what we're about," Mr Toby said.

So what does a bowling green have to do with anything?

"A lot of our clients are part of a local bowling club, so we thought, let's do something fun to not only get our brand out there, but give the community something to do," Mr Toby said.

"We've had the local bowling club down here to show their support which is fantastic and people have been stopping in to have a look."

A few famous faces have even strolled onto the bus throughout the tour, including cricketer Glenn McGrath.

The bus averages three towns a day and has been to Victoria, South Australia and southern New South Wales.

Today they head towards Cairns before looping back down to Sydney on September 1 where the AAT Kings team will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous bowls event on board the mobile green.

The record is 40 hours, but Mr Toby is confident they will break it.

Topics:  grafton shoppingworld lawn bowls

Baxter scores a date at the SCG

Umpire Bruce Baxter will officiate the Thunder conference final at the Regional Big Bash to be held at the SCG.

Getting a game at the SCG is every cricketer's dream.

Jacaranda Festival: What's on this weekend

The Jacaranda Children's Party will be a fun start to the annual festival for children like Aria Barnes.

THE 82nd Jacaranda Festival officially kicks into overdrive today

Do you feel safe in our streets at night?

Police were kept busy in Grafton, when fights broke out on Saturday night, at the end of the Jacaranda Queen Crowning. Photo: Lynne Mowbray/The Daily Examiner

Report shows only 48% of women feel safe walking at night

Local Partners

MacBook fires up: New "touchbar" will include emojis

COULD emojis help the MacBook again deliver a laptop revolution?

Angus T. Jones got miserable on Two and a Half Men

Child star's misery while shooting 'Two and a Half Men'

Bachelorette shock: "This isn't how it's supposed to go!"

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and leaves Matty J heartbroken.

Radio presenter's shocking joke about Dreamworld victims

Images from the scene after four people died on a ride at Dreamworld at the Gold Coast

Radio host taken off air after tactless Dreamworld joke

The Bachelorette fans rally around devastated Matty J

The Bachelorette runner-up Matty Johnson.

CALLS for reality dating show's runner-up to be the next Bachelor.

The Bachelorette finale: Georgia declares her love for Lee

Georgia Love with The Bachelorette winner Lee Elliott.

MATTY J left heartbroken in emotional grand final.

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Maclean's highest house sale this decade

SOLD: Ray White real estate agent Alan Bruchert has just put a new sticker on Maclean's most expensive house to sell in a decade.

Unique riverfront home sells for more than $920,000

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?