Canberra, Australian Capital Territory


Canberra is Australia's Capital City, 300 kms South-West of Sydney. Being also a small city for a capital, its transit comprises of Buses only, however there have been several proposals for light rail over the last 10 years. The operator known as ACTION is currently operated by the Government of the Australian Capital Territory. Prior to the establishment of the ACT Government in 1989, ACTION was operated by the Federal Department of the Capital Territory. ACTION is an acronym for Australian Capital Territory Internal Omnibus Network. ACTION was started in 1926 as the Canberra City Omnibus Service, and has always been a trend-setter as far as bus operations in Australia are concerned. In the 1970's ACTION was the first operator in Australia to use European Buses like MAN & Volvo marques; operated the nation's largest fleet of Leyland National's, and also operated Australia's first Articulated Buses. Today, the fleet is virtually standardised on Renault vehicles, with both PR100.2 & PR100.3 rigid's and PR180.2 Articulated Buses. Most buses carry the 'MACK' name as well as the Renault logo, due to the Renault vehicles being supplied to the body builders and then ACTION via Mack Trucks Australia. The only exception to an all Renault fleet is a number of low-floor Dennis DART midi-buses used on the less busy routes and those designated to a full time accessible service. Recently a number of Renault Agoraline Lowfloor Front door only buses have taken up service, as have a number of Scania L94 which are also low-floor but retain the two door layout. The new vehicles have also introduced a new colour scheme, with green replacing blue.

Given the city's layout, the operation is largely a regional/cross-country service operating from 4 major bus interchanges to various residential and Canberra's only industrial area, Fyshwick. For information on their current services, visit the ACTION web site.

Photo Gallery

ACTION Buses


Renault PR.100.3 104, northbound on London Circuit, Civic.
06/10/2002

Renault PR.100.3 128, lays-over at Woden Interchange.
06/10/2002

Renault PR.100.3 128, about to enter Belconnen Interchange.
06/10/2002

Renault PR.100.3 131, laying over at Belconnen Interchange.
08/06/2003

The rear ends of 131 & 780 at Woden Interchange.
08/06/2003

Irisbus 300 at stand 4, City Interchange.
12/06/2004

Irisbus 308 laying over at Belconnen Interchange.
12/06/2004

Rear view of Irisbus 309 at City Interchange.
01/10/2005

Irisbus 317 waiting for its next service at Kippax.
12/06/2004

The interior view of 317.
12/06/2004

Scania L94 326 at Woden Interchange.
01/10/2005

Scania L94 326 at Tuggeranong Interchange.
01/10/2005

Scania L94 347 at Tuggeranong Interchange.
01/10/2005

Scania L94 348 with bike rack at Woden Interchange.
01/10/2005

Scania L94 349 departs City Interchange crossing Northbourne Ave.
01/10/2005

MAN SL-200 576 at City Interchange.
31/12/1992
© P. Denaro

Mercedez-Benz O 305 603.
31/12/1992
© P. Denaro

Mercedez-Benz O 305 651, on Northbourne Avenue.
31/12/1992.
© P. Denaro

Mercedez-Benz O 305 666, City Interchange.
19/08/1994

Renault PR.100.2 683, City Interchange.
19/08/1994

Renault PR.100.2 688, travelling southbound on London Circuit, Civic.
06/10/2002

A MAN SL-200 & A Renault PR.100.2, City Interchange.
19/08/1994

Renault PR.180.2 717, pausing at City Interchange on the former 333 inter-town service.
31/12/1992.
© P. Denaro

Renault PR.100.2 766, terminating at Woden Interchange on Route 25.
06/10/2002

Renault PR.100.2 771, passing through City Interchange.
26/01/2002

Renault PR.100.2 786, at City Interchange.
31/12/1992.
© P. Denaro

Renault PR.100.2 794 travelling along Callum St Woden.
08/06/2003

Renault PR.100.2 796, on Northbourne Avenue.
31/12/1992.
© P. Denaro

Renault PR.100.2 804, Commonwealth Ave, Parkes.
26/01/2002

Renault PR.100.2 805, at Woden Interchange.
08/06/2003

Renault PR.100.2 814, Woden Interchange.
26/01/2002

Renault PR.100.2 814 seen again at Tuggeranong Interchange.
08/06/2003

Rear view of Renault PR.100.2 816 at Tuggeranong Interchange.
12/06/2004

Renault PR.100.2 823, Woden Interchange.
26/01/2002

Renault PR.100.2 825, departing Woden Interchange.
06/10/2002

Renault PR.100.2 825 is laying over at Woden Interchange.
08/06/2003

Renault PR.100.2 826, Commonwealth Ave, Acton.
26/01/2002

Renault PR.100.2 830, Woden Interchange.
26/01/2002

832 at Woden.
12/06/2004

835 waiting to enter Belconnen Interchange.
12/06/2004

Renault PR.100.2 853, departing Belconnen Interchange on Route 116 through to Woden Interchange.
This route commences at Kippax.
06/10/2002

Renault PR.100.2 855, at City Interchange.
31/12/1992
© P. Denaro

Renault PR.100.2 856 at Woden Interchange.
08/06/2003

Renault 856 at Tuggeranong Interchange.
12/06/2004

Renault PR.100.2 856 at Woden Interchange.
01/10/2005

Renault PR.100.2 861 at Woden Interchange.
08/06/2003

Renault PR.100.2 862 at Woden Interchange.
08/06/2003

Renault PR.100.2 867 at Woden Interchange.
12/06/2004

Renault PR.100.2 871 at Woden Interchange.
01/10/2005
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873 laying over at Woden, but slightly away from the Interchange.
08/06/2003

Renault PR.100.2 874 at Tuggeranong Interchange.
01/10/2005

Late in the afternoon 875 is resting at Woden Interchange for its next service.
08/06/2003

Renault PR.100.2 877 at Tuggeranong Interchange.
12/06/2004

878 at Tuggeranong Interchange.
12/06/2004

Renault PR.100.2 888 at Belconnen Interchange.
01/10/2005

Renault PR.100.2 889 at Belconnen Interchange.
01/10/2005

Renault PR.100.2 896, at City Interchange.
31/12/1992
© P. Denaro

Renault PR.100.2 897, at City Interchange.
31/12/1992
© P. Denaro

Renault PR.100.2 901 at Belconnen Interchange.
01/10/2005

Renault PR.100.2 904 at Belconnen Interchange.
12/06/2004

Renault PR.100.2 904 seen again at Woden Interchange.
12/06/2004

Renault PR.100.2 905, laying over opposite Lanyon Market at Conder.
06/10/2002

Renault PR.100.2 906 at Belconnen Interchange.
12/06/2004

Renault PR.100.2 906 interior.
12/06/2004

Renault PR.100.2 906 on Northbourne Avenue Civic.
01/10/2005

Renault PR.100.2 915, turns from Northbourne Avenue into the City Interchange, Civic.
06/10/2002

Renault PR.100.2 929, entering Belconnen Interchange.
26/01/2002

Inside Renault PR.100.2 931.
01/10/2005

Renault PR.100.2 946, Woden Interchange.
26/01/2002

Renault PR.100.2 947, City Interchange.
06/10/2002

Renault PR.100.2 951 at Belconnen Interchange.
12/06/2004

Renault PR.100.2 953, City Interchange.
12/06/2004

Renault PR.100.2 963, Belconnen Interchange.
26/01/2002

Renault PR.100.2 963, passing through City Interchange.
06/10/2002

Renault PR.100.2 965 at Belconnen Interchange.
12/06/2004

Renault PR.100.3 990 & 991, together with Renault PR.100.2 899 & 937 rest at Tuggeranong Depot.
06/10/2002
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