Hello and welcome to our first blog!
Although the main thing on everyone’s mind right now is the current Covid-19 outbreak we are still in business and looking towards to future. We will keep doing the right thing and hope we can return to a normal way of life soon! I hope you enjoy reading our first blog containing a brief introduction to me and our business.
Who am I?
My name is Katie Cowan. I am one of the managers within Cowans and I have grown up in this business. I have all my bus licences and I especially love driving the bigger coaches, being a woman in my 20’s, it is fun to see the other drivers’ reactions when I pull up! Truckee’s in particular!
I have been fortunate enough to have been on most of the Coach holidays we offer, and I really enjoyed each one! I The director of the business happens to be my dad and we work really great together. We try our best to put exceptional coach holidays forward for people like you to enjoy. My mum believes I’ve got dad wrapped around my finger and I hope she is right!
I have my 2 beautiful children, Lily 7, and Jayden 5, who love going for bus trips just as much as I love working with the buses. Jayden wishes to be a mechanic when he is grown! Paul our maintenance manager always makes a fuss over him so I hope he keeps it up – I would dearly love if my kids chose to work in the family business when they are older. Lily either wants to be a horse rider or a hair dresser – at least the staff could be kept nice and trimmed!!!
A big part of our business is our Coach Touring. We absolutely love taking people on holidays and show them a good time away, seeing some of our countries most iconic and breath taking views.
Those of you who have travelled with us have seen our new coach we got in 2019 – An Australian built, MAN, Coach Design with many exciting features like USB ports on each seat and LED lighting along with our luxury features you already expect with curtains, reclining seats, foot and arm rests, reading lights, personal air-conditioning vents, toilet and so on!!
Unfortunately, our new coach is it still newer than we would like! Covid19 has been busy causing havoc on our way of life and the tourism industry has especially felt it. It seen us cancel our entire season last year (2020) and has wiped off 5 tours this year. Right now our 9 Day Kimberley tour was due to be in Kununurra today checking out the Bungle Bungle Ranges and the Ord River irrigation scheme.
Although it is heart breaking to have ‘undone’ the work we have put into the cancelled tours, we still have 4 tours open in our 2021 season and we are about to open our 2022 season. We are ‘facing the front’ and looking towards to future to continue to offer our coach holidays so when this mess is behind us for good, we can keep doing what we do. More information on the remaining tours for the year can be found here. https://cowans.com.au/category/extended-tours/
What else do we do
We also operate 8 local school bus routes. We have a friendly team of bus drivers who safely transport students to and from school in Merriwa, Sandy Hollow and Denman daily. We also use our fleet of buses and luxury coaches for charter for such things as weddings, sports gr
oups or business social parties. Our bus depot is also on our farm. When Paul isn’t servicing a bus, he might have a tractor in the shed instead! Dad loves spending days on the farm looking after the crops and cattle.
We greatly value all our customers, and we look forward to getting out on the road with you now more than ever! We are constantly keeping ourselves up to date on the covid situation and sincerely hope it is behind us soon. At this time we are working hard getting refunds done from cancelled tours and preparing to open the 2022 season.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read over our blog, until next time, Happy and Safe travels, Katie