1. Read a book.
Despite popular belief, studies have shown that the homo sapiens retain ALL of its literacy skills while sitting on public transport.
2. Listen to music.
Two hours is a long time. Luckily, even the financially crippled in our society – such as, say the members of the board of a student union affiliated with a Group of 8 university (and not one of the shitty ones) – can afford a $55 iPod Shuffle, which will provide 15 hours of audio-based entertainment.
3. Talk to your fellow passengers.
Even if you are worried about a potentially unsavoury encounter with one of your fellow outer-suburban residents (we hear the businessmen on their way back to the beaches can get pretty rowdy along the Parkway), striking up a conversation with the chap next to you can help those hours (just the two of them, it’s not like this a guide for those hundreds of students doing a three hour commute to and from the Central Coast or the Lower Blue Mountains for uni or anything – let’s not get crazy) fly by.
4. Write a tongue-in-cheek listicle for your student newspaper about riding a bus for two hours.