Manager of helloworld Joe Minnegal with Hervey Bay Bowls club member Tony O'Doherty and coach driver Paul Patman next to the lawn bowls bus.
Manager of helloworld Joe Minnegal with Hervey Bay Bowls club member Tony O'Doherty and coach driver Paul Patman next to the lawn bowls bus. Robyne Cuerel

Best thing about bowls bus is it's air-conditioned

MORE than 40 people hopped on AAT Kings' bus to experience the world's first mobile indoor lawn bowls at the Hervey Bay Bowls Club yesterday - and they loved it.

Helen Close had been in the Bay for more than 30 years and it was her first go at lawn bowling.

"Lawn bowling in the bus is easier than on the ground for some reason. And the idea is interesting and well done. I think this is good for the Bay to get people interested in the sport," Ms Close said.

Hervey Bay Bowls Club member Tony Doherty said he heard about the bus via travel agency helloworld Hervey Bay and was looking forward to it for days.

"There's not much difference to bowling in the bus than on the ground. In the bus, the ball is smaller and the best part is, it's air conditioned," Mr Doherty said.

The bus, an idea of Anthony Hayes, managing director of AAT Kings, was launched on June 16 in New South Wales, and will head to Sydney after stopping at Buderim, Stanthorpe and Warwick.

"For almost 90 years, AAT Kings has been taking travellers on unique adventures around Australia, but this one is new, even for us," Mr Hayes said.