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1. Posted by emmarout (Inactive 5 posts) 11y

hi

i wonder if you can help me? i was going to get the oz experience bus down the east coast from cairns to sydney. they have now changed the oz experience and its a lot more expensive and includes activities

can anyone reccomend another travel/bus company that travels down the east coast?

thanks

2. Posted by jenny100 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Hey:)
I'm in exactly the same position as you - i have fund out that there is a bus called the greyhound, and it is really reasonably priced and is really reliable. You'll be able to find out any information on it on any australian tourist sites or just type it in to google

When u goin out there? I'm not going out till jan 2006, but cannot wait!
Hope this was some help
jenny

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

Hi - just thought I'd say that Greyhound is fine - comfortable enough - and much more flexible than Oz Experience.

Oz Experience (if you haven't searched this thread) is known for being a bit of a drinking trip, so if want to drink (lots) then it might be your thing, otherwise Greyhound is a sound bet.

4. Posted by dee. (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Hi

I am arriving in Cairns on 31st Jan, and have asked a few questions on the gum tree site. The main feed back I am getting is the greyhound is a good way to travel, and sometimes using the bus in the evening is better as you don't have ti stay in a hostel.

Have you had much feed back

5. Posted by jodub79 (Full Member 22 posts) 11y

I would go for the greyhound bus. I travelled the east coast with them, and had no complaints. I did hear alot of people complaining about the oz experience though. Buses don't go as frequently, and don't stop in as many places. Never had to give greyhound more than a days notice.

6. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 11y

Hi, I use greyhound on the East Coast . .absouletly fine, plus the advantage is that you can go at your own pace . .travel with whom you want, and go where you want! The 17hr journey I did at one stage was a tad long and I did wonder about how alert the drivers were at one stage (don't worry they do change shifts even if we don't!!).

greyhound stops on a regular basis to give drivers a break, so you can also stretch your legs, get somnething to eat. Not allowed milk or hot food on coach but can take cold food and drinks.

Get a flexible ticket, and hop on and off as much as you want. meet lots of people and have fun. I met loads of people on the buses, aged from 14 to 85! Made a couple of friends, and watched some awful films! Greyhound put films on to keep you amused!

If you are doing East Coast only, recommend Lonely Planet East Coast Oz, really helpful.

Good Luck.

Becky x

7. Posted by fimbria25 (Full Member 120 posts) 11y

yeah would totally recommend using the greyhound buses, get an aussie pass and then you can do the east coast at your own pace. Think they either come as 1 month or 3 month in duration. I used the 3 month one and it worked out fine.

Gaz

8. Posted by wormie (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Hi :) I had been thinking about the oz experience. I wanted to do this trip the easy way. But after reading this and some other topics about the oz experience I decided to make a change in plans and go for the greyhoud. I will be flying form home Jan 28th and arriwing in Cairns the 29th. Then 5 weeks on the east coast and return flight from Sydney.

9. Posted by natnarley (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

hey one of the advisers in the sta travel place told me that greyhound have stops that are out of town and u can be dropped off in the middle of the night at there bus garge which can be out of town.

Does anyone know if this is true? I think she was trying to scare me into buyin the oz experince which i dint really want to do!

Nat x

10. Posted by ozeire (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

Yeah http://www.ozexperience.com/ is a fun way to travel round by bus but as you say their price do seem to have gone up.

http://www.greyhound.com.au/ is the bus service in Oz you can use there web site to plan your trip .

http://www.railaustralia.com.au/rail_passes.htm is a good train pass website with flexi passes and also http://www.gsr.com.au/ is worth a look .

Other than that for long trips you can try flights to different places if your short on time . Using http://www.flightcentre.com.au/ or
http://www.virginblue.com.au/

Hope some of these help you . Have a great time in Oz.

Ps i have a web site that i need travel stories for to help others out so drop me a mail or drop by ozeire

Regards

Ozeire