Travel to St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill

St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill is located eight kilometers from the Sydney CBD.  St Joseph’s College has three dedicated bus services to help parents avoid the peak-hour commute when transporting students to and from the College.  The current routes are from the Northern Beaches, Eastern Suburbs and St George/Sutherland Shire. 


St Joseph’s College bus service

The College operates daily return bus services from the Eastern Suburbs and the Northern Beaches. A service from the St George and Sutherland Shire operates on Monday mornings only.

Applications for a place on the College Bus Service are strictly limited and subject to availability. Parents must book a seat for their son(s) as applicable on the bus service required.  There is a cost to parents for using these services.   To apply for a seat on this service or for further information please email General Coordinator, Mr Greg Smith:

All parents/carers must agree to the College Bus Terms and Conditions before applying for the College bus service. Payment for the College bus service is via the student’s account at the beginning of term.

Once you have requested a Bus Service, if you wish to make changes to your requirements, written notification must be sent to the General Coordinator, Mr Greg Smith.


2020 Northern Beaches

2020 St George & Sutherland Shire

2020 Eastern Suburbs

2020 College Bus Terms & Conditions


School Opal card

The School Opal card provides free or subsidised travel on public transport daily between home and the College on school days only.  Day students wishing to apply for a School Opal card on train, bus, ferry and light rail are available online.  The Opal Network covers public transport in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra, and Southern Highlands. 

Parents/Guardians wishing to apply will need to complete an online application prior to the commencement at the College.  Applications open in term 4 prior to the start of the school year. 


Day Students

  • Apply for New School Opal Card

If your son is applying for a NEW School Opal Card for the First Time.

Please visit and complete a New Application

  • If your son already holds a School Opal Card (eg from Year 6)

Please visit and update your details


Country / Rural Boarding students – Travelling outside the Opal network

Boarding students (Country/Rural) will require a Boarders Pass to receive free travel on NSW TrainLink Regional Services and long distance coach services.

Country Boarders travel to and from St Joseph’s College mainly on TrainLink long distance coach services.  However, it has become increasingly frequent for XPT services to be used.  Students on coach services are collected at the College gates or from Central Station and are usually dropped off at the railway station at their home destination.

On return trips, students on coaches are dropped off at the College gates; students on trains alight at Central Station.  Where feasible the College provides a connecting bus service to and from Central Station. 

Application forms are available from Student Services office.


Country Boarders Bookings

Bookings are made by parents through the College. An email is sent to all parents of Country Boarders advising bookings are open.  To request a seat for your son(s) bookings must be completed by the closing date.  All bookings received by the College are sent to TrainLink; bookings not made by the due date cannot be accepted by the College. Late bookings are to be made directly with TrainLink and will be usually be allocated to a regularly scheduled TrainLink service, NOT a school service. 

TrainLink has strict luggage restrictions. Students are permitted to take a maximum of two bags, each weighing no more than 20kgs and not more than 70cm long, 60cm high and 50cm wide (combined).  They may also have one item of hand luggage not weighing more than 5kg. 


Student Travel Passes

New students can arrange their free Student Travel Passes by completing and returning the application form included in the enrolment pack. 


State Transit

Detailed information on school bus routes and timetables to and from St Joseph’s College can be found via the Transport NSW website and using the trip planner


Sydney Buses

ROUTE 506 
Route 506 is the most convenient since it travels along Ryde Road, past the front gates of the College. In the city, it can be boarded Town Hall House, Druitt St and Town Hall Station, Park St.

ROUTES 500 and 501 
These buses travel along Victoria Road and require about a 15-minute walk to the College. They can be boarded from Sydney CBD and Central Station.  It is best to alight at the Manning Road bus stop. Each service is quite frequent with about 10 minutes between buses during peak hours and 20 minutes during off peak hours.

ROUTE 536 
Chatswood Station – Hunters Hill: It travels along Ryde Road and can be alighted from Ryde Road (opposite Figtree Rd), next to the front gates. During peak hours it departs at 15-minute intervals and during off peak hours it operates at 30 minute intervals.

Woolwich – Hunters Hill


Sydney Trains

Trains to Chatswood or Meadowbank stations and then pick up State Transit (Government) Buses Route 536.


Sydney Ferry services

Ferry services operate from Wharf 5 at Circular Quay to Valentia Street Wharf and Huntleys Point (Gladesville) Wharf.  From Valentia Street Wharf the State Transit (Government) Buses Route 538 provides a connecting service that travels along Ryde Road past the front gates of the College.



The taxi fare from the City to St Joseph’s is approximately $50 This may vary according to amount of traffic congestion and the time of day.

The taxi from the airport is approximately $70. Again this may vary.