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ALL DECKED OUT: Warren Henderson with the double-decker pink bus he has for sale.
ALL DECKED OUT: Warren Henderson with the double-decker pink bus he has for sale.

And while she lies dormant at the moment, The Big Pink Bus is only a few grand away from running at her prime once again.

Owner Warren Henderson said he had had more than a few good times with the hot pink double-decker bus, but was willing to hand the wheel over for the next chapter in the old girl's life.

"We bought her in 2008 from a nursery in Sydney," Warren said.

"She used to be called the Big Red Bus and would pick people up, take them to the nursery to buy their plants and have a coffee, then drop them home again."

But when he, his wife and five children went on a quest to upgrade their caravan to fit all the troops, it was the quirkiness of the bus that caught Mr Henderson's eye.

"Our caravan wasn't big enough to take all of us camping so we started looking for bigger ones but they were so dear," he said.

"Then I found this."

All 10 tonnes of her.

Mr Henderson drove the red bus back home to Bundaberg where they were living at the time and even before he'd given her a serious makeover, people were falling for her charm. Even if she does only get up to 70kmh.

"I did the 1500km trip back to Bundaberg and only had one person give me a toot for being slow; most people are quite happy to cruise behind and watch the old girl run," he said.

"When people overtake, they usually take the whole overtaking lane to check her out and take photos and videos."

A year later, Mr Henderson had the 1971 Leyland Atlantean painted hot pink to match their scrapbooking business (Stuff2Scrap).

They would take the bus to markets and of course, she stole the spotlight.

"You see couples at the markets and the fellas are usually saying 'hurry up' to the ladies, 'stop browsing and shopping', but with the bus, the fellas are occupied!" he said.

"One of the funniest stories would have to be when we took it into Bundaberg to do the Christmas shopping (we lived 120km out of town)," Mr Henderson said.

"We ended up picking up a few travellers along the way who thought the bus was amazing.

"Another time I was heading back in from town and this English tourist was on a bike, pedalling along in the middle of nowhere when all of a sudden she saw this giant pink bus coming towards her.

"She just stopped and her mouth hit the ground and her head turned all the way around - it was priceless.

"I think she thought she was hallucinating."

The Hendersons moved to the Clarence Valley three years ago and she has been housed in South Grafton.

While she may be pretty to look at, Mr Henderson said she made some motorists squeamish.

"Coming over the Grafton bridge you see people freak out," he said.

"It's 4.4m tall, so it's higher than a truck."

Since coming to Grafton, the Hendersons haven't used the bus too much, which is why they have decided to sell her.

"I'm not too stressed if we don't sell it," Mr Henderson said.

"I might turn it into a flower delivery van if we don't sell it because my wife owns the Grafton Florist now.

"I just want whoever buys it to enjoy it; like we have."

The details

The Big Pink Bus is on sale for $22,000.

She is 2.5m wide, 9.6m long and 4.4m high.

She seats 11 and drivers require a medium-rigid licence to operate.

If you are interested, phone Mr Henderson on 0438731849

Topics:  bundaberg, bus, for sale, south grafton




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