Am asking for some help for a friend of mine.
He is flying to Mt Isa Queensland for a few weeks holiday with some friends. However we are now thinking that the return journey could possibbly via bus so he can see parts of Australia he has never seen and will possibly never see again.
Is there a company he can use so he can stop and start - ie take a few days break every now and then and "explore" the local pubs/sites from Mt Isa through to Western Australia either through the northern route eg Three Ways, Katherine and/or Darwin or even through the middle eg Alice Springs through to Laverton in Western Australia?
This man is in his 50's and is looking at seeing/exploring/meeting people locally. He requires the stops because he has hip problems and can't do the straight through trip.......... Needs to get off the bus for a couple of days at a time.
Hoping someone can assist us.
I would imagine there would be two ways...(a) coach/bus from Mt.Isa through to Darwin then Darwin to WA by same mode of transport or (b) a safari style tour that took in the routes you have mentioned. He would need to check with Greyhound or McCaffreys Bus' in Mt.Isa for that mode and just check with the local Tourist Department for the other. From Mt.Isa it is pretty desolate country through to the NT border but a stay at the Barkly Homestead wouldn't be bad because it has a pub and a lot of travellers stop there. Meals are good. Three Ways Motel is fine also and there he might be able to hook onto someone going straight over to the West. If he got to Katherine then someone in that area could be heading West via Timber Creek so there is a pub there as well. Coaches normally stop for a mid morning break, lunch, mid afternoon etc but at night they seem to go on and on and you don't get to see much anyway.
Thank you so much for your reply. I am sorry I didn't answer before this - have been really busy and haven't had a chance to get online.
What we have decided to do for John is purchase him a 6,000 km ticket through Greyhound. This gives him the advantage of getting on and off when ever he wants - over a 12 month period.
Knowing John - he will possibly find all sorts of people to take him here and there....... and may even give up the bus trip for a "sneaky" way back home!! LOL
Thank you again!