The Moreland Group of Companies consists of Moreland Bus Lines Pty Ltd, Moreland Travel Pty Ltd and Moreland Management Pty Ltd. These companies provide a diverse range of bus and coach services consisting of route service operations, school bus travel, inter-capital express travel and all facets of charter travel.
Moreland maintains all of its own vehicles with safety and a reliable service paramount to our objective. Moreland is an accredited operator in Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, complying with all state and national regulations. Moreland is also a proud member of the Bus Association Victoria and the Bus and Coach Association New South Wales and abides by their Code of Ethics.
In 1955 Clarrie Wright purchased a Reo bus and 500 gallons of petrol (which turned out to be water), to run the bus on two routes with six other operators. These routes were the 511 from North Essendon to Sydney Road and the 510 from Melville Road to High Street, along Moreland Road. The 510 still operates today, and has been extended to operate from Essendon to Ivanhoe Station.
By 1969 Clarrie had brought out the six other operators and had registered the name Moreland Bus Lines. The same year his son Peter Wright joined Moreland full time as the company had grown to be operating nine vehicles.
The mid-seventies saw further expansion with the purchase of three charter coaches, along with three school runs from Thompson Roadlines in 1973, which started the new company Travel Well Charters Pty Ltd, later changed to Moreland Travel Pty Ltd (a licensed travel agency). Then in 1975 Moreland operated its first camping tour, travelling to Perth (in a Bedford Duple) over 300kms of unmade roads across the Nullarbor Plain. The next year saw the purchase of a tour coach and camping equipment, starting safari tours to Central Australia, with 60% of the roads unmade to navigate.
The eighties saw further expansion into camping safaris and also hundreds of pokies trips to the border of VIC/NSW. In 1985 the purchase of Taranto Bus Lines secured the operation of Route 512 from Strathmore to East Coburg. Towards the end of the eighties Geographical Tours and Bakers Bus Lines were purchased which gave Moreland further expansion into the school bus market in the areas of Sunbury, Wallan and Whittlesea. In 1988 Clarrie Wright retired leaving his son Peter to carry on the company.
By the nineties Moreland was servicing all facets of the bus and coach industry from route service, charters, school runs, group tours and inbound transfers. In 1996, the purchase of Landmark Tours, paved the way for entry into express coach operations.
In 2001 Moreland Management Pty Ltd was formed and commenced operating a Melbourne to Sydney express coach franchise for McCaffertys and Greyhound. Early in 2002 Moreland Management secured the Melbourne Coach Terminal franchise, cementing Moreland's commitment to the express coach industry.
With the third generation of Wrights, Peter's Sons Michael and Robert now joining the company, the family is looking to continue its proud history well into the future.