Travelling in Australia means travelling long distance in long hours. Thus many people would prefer to fly between their destinations. However, if you want to experience the Australian Outback – the best way to do it is by car, or if you are like me – solo traveler scared to drive on the other side in Australia, then you can travel by bus.
Types of Greyhound bus passes in Australia
There are not too many options to choose from when it comes to transport within the Australian outback. The one I recommend is the Greyhound bus – they cover many routes and have plenty of flexible passes. My recommendation is to do a circuit trip – you can choose from a few lines on the Greyhound bus routes.
Departing from NSW – SYDNEY < > CANBERRA; SYDNEY < > BYRON BAY; SYDNEY < > MELBOURNE; BYRON BAY < > BRISBANE; BYRON BAY < > GOLD COAST;
Departing from Victoria – MELBOURNE < > SYDNEY; MELBOURNE < > CANBERRA;
Departing from Queensland – AIRLIE BEACH <> AGNES WATER; BRISBANE < > BYRON BAY; BRISBANE < > GOLD COAST; BRISBANE < > HERVEY BAY; CAIRNS < > AIRLIE BEACH; CAIRNS <> TOWNSVILLE; GOLD COAST <> BYRON BAY; BRISBANE <> SUNSHINE COAST; TOOWOOMBA <> BRISBANE; TOWNSVILLE <> AIRLIE BEACH; ROCKHAMPTON <> LONGREACH;
Departing from Northern Territory – DARWIN < > KATHERINE; DARWIN < > ALICE SPRINGS.
You can actually combine a few routes – like I did: Cairns to Alice Springs (within 2 days).
This is a plain Greyhound bus ticket that takes you from point A to point B. I did that since I had no time to stop on the way – Cairns-Alice Springs
This is the best option for you if you have plenty of time, flexible routine and would like to stop in a few places on the way.
Unlimited coach travel within a few days in a certain area – you can choose 7-day to 365-day passes.
You can get a pre-planned trip directly from the Greyhound website – the trip includes a bus ride+a few stops with sleepover on the way.
Disadvantages of crossing Australia by bus
- It takes too long – prepare for a few days of travelling on the bus (including sleeping);
- Expensive – like everything in Australia, it is expensive and the distance is big so the cost is relatively big as well.
Advantages of crossing Australia by bus
- You can travel solo and not worry about getting lost in desert or being lonely on the road – you will meet many people on the bus;
- The bus has AC, wi-fi and a bathroom;
- You get to see a lot from the outback and learn new things by the bus guides;
- Scenery is beautiful and you will see how it changes between different states and areas.