St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill is located eight kilometres from the Sydney CBD.
St Joseph’s College bus service
The College currently 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 daily return services from the Eastern Suburbs and the Northern Beaches. In addition, a service from the St George and Sutherland Shire which operates on Monday mornings only. A fourth service from Mona Vale through St Ives, Lindfield Station and North Ryde Station is being added for 2023 (Upper Northern Beaches).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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: email@example.com
Detailed information on school bus routes and timetables to and from St Joseph’s College can be found via the Transport NSW website www.131500.com.au and using the trip planner https://transportnsw.info/trip#/
The School Opal card provides free or subsidised travel on public transport daily between home and the College on school days only. Day students who want a School Opal card on train, bus, ferry and light rail should apply 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.
- 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 www.transportnsw.info/school-students
- If your son already holds a School Opal Card (eg from Year 6)
Please visit and update your details www.transportnsw.info/school-students
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.
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 at 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.
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
TrainLink for country boarders
Boarders are entitled to free travel home within NSW. Application forms for a Boarder’s Pass are available from SJC Student Services.
Many boarders travel to and from St Joseph’s College on TrainLink Services. Students are either collected at the College gates or depart from Central Station and are usually dropped off at the railway station closest to their home destination. On return trips, students are dropped off at the College gates if travelling by coach, or at Central Station if travelling by train. A College bus is used to meet most trains on the inbound trip and to transport students to Central Station on the outbound trip.
Bookings are made by parents/carers through the College. Parents/carers are notified by email when the booking form is available through the College parent portal. Bookings must be completed by the closing date (noted on the booking form) and forwarded to the College. 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 usually be allocated to a regularly scheduled TrainLink service, NOT a school service.
Once bookings have been made, students are to check their travel details are correct on the boarders’ TrainLink list which is displayed on dormitory noticeboards. It is a good idea for parents/carers to place a reminder in their son’s diary three weeks into each term to let the College know of travel booking requirements in case of miscommunication.
Students may wish to travel at the end of term to go to a friend’s house in the country. There is a charge by TrainLink for this travel which is put on the student’s account. Bookings cannot be guaranteed for students not travelling to their home destination. Preference for the limited seating available is for boarding students travelling home, provided their booking was made by the deadline. For group bookings parents should make a reservation directly with regular NSW TrainLink services (phone 132232).
Once bookings have been finalised, tickets will be issued to the students two days prior to departure. The travel timetable with arrival and departure information will be posted on the College parent portal.
Please note TrainLink has strict luggage restrictions. Passengers are permitted to take a maximum of two bags, each weighing no more than 20kg. They may also have one item of hand luggage not weighing more than 5kg.
Travel passes and State Transit
Detailed information on school bus routes and timetables to and from St Joseph’s College is available. Visiting the Transport NSW website www.131500.com.au and using the trip planner you are able to plan how your son will be able to travel to and from St Joseph’s College.
SYDNEY BUSES (STATE TRANSIT)
|Chatswood Station to College||536||Depart: 7.30am||Chatswood Station Stand J – Victoria Avenue, west side. Pre-paid stop.|
|Arrive: 7:45am||Hunters Hill, Ryde Road, near Luke Street|
|536||Depart: 7.05am||Chatswood Station Stand J – Victoria Avenue, west side. Pre-paid stop.|
|Arrive: 7.31am||Hunters Hill, Ryde Road, near Luke Street|
|City to College||501||Depart: 7.13am||Railway Square, George Street
Stand D near Central Station
|Arrive: 7.39am||Gladesville, Victoia Road, near Huntleys Point.
This requires a 1.3km walk to the College gates
|506||Depart: 7.08am||Druitt Street, near Kent Street
Near Town Hall Station. Pre-paid stop.
|Arrive: 7.28am||Hunters Hill, Ryde Road, near Luke Street|
|College to Chatswood Station||536||Depart: 5.03pm||Ryde Road, near Figtree Road|
|Arrive: 5.29pm||Pacific Highway near Sutherland Road, Chatswood
Walk 609 metres to Chatswood Station
|536||Depart: 5.23pm||Ryde Road, near Figtree Road|
|Arrive: 5.49pm||Pacific Highway near Sutherland Road, Chatswood
Walk 609 metres to Chatswood Station
|College to City||501||Depart: 5.14pm||Ryde Road, near Figtree Road|
|George Street, near QVB
Walk 213 metres to Town Hall Station
|506||Depart: 5.30pm||Ryde Road, near Figtree Road|
|Arrive: 5.55pm||George Street, near QVB
Walk 213 metres to Town Hall Station
For more public transport information go to www.131500.com.au.
Trains to Chatswood or Meadowbank stations and then pick up State Transit (Government) Buses Route 536. For more public transport information go to www.131500.com.au.
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. For more public transport information go to www.131500.com.au.