Oz experience questions - please look, have read other posts

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1. Posted by rowzer (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Another oz experience question to all of those that have done this before...

I have just read pretty much all the reviews of oz exp/greyhound around this site and the net... and just have a couple questions i would really like answered before i decide

Firstly, how frequent are the buses now, as i have heard 4 weekly, and daily, which is current?

Also, I am heading off from cairns to sydney on about the 20th may.
Because this is getting closer to winter, does anyone know if there is less chance the buses will all be booked up, and i may actually be able to just book the day before?

I am looking for a service where i can decide a day or 2 before when i want to leave a place (having about 45 days in total from cairns to sydney) but i also really want to meet a lot of like minded travellers.

I have also heard the buses dont book out as much when travelling from cairns down to sydney?

1 more thing, the greyhound pass. would the $315 mini east coast pass, giving me 45 days jump on from cairns to sydney, be the cheapest way to do this? have heard quotations of $200 around but that cant be right?

Any responses from travellers who have experienced this service would be muchly appreciated.

Thank you so much


2. Posted by daisylou (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Rowan,

I'm in the same quandry.

I would also like to add, is the mini travellers pass only valid on the New England Highway from Sydney to Brisbane? There are many places I would like to see on the Pacific Highway (Coffs Harbour, MacLean, Byron Bay etc) and I'm worried I'd miss them.

A Greyhound rep emailed me and told me to look only at the New England timetable for the mini travellers pas so now I'm a bit confused.

Any help would be grately appreciated.

P.S Rowan sorry for hijacking your post!

3. Posted by rowzer (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

sigh. no problem for the hijack... doesn't look like anyone has the answers anyways! heh

I think i might just go with ozexp as id rather be stranded somewhere for a few days than risk not meeting too many people...
In the local buses in south east asia, even though a lot of them had many backpackers in, i think i met about 3 people from buses... maybe im just not assertive enough, haha, but then maybe that means ozexp is for me?

4. Posted by rowzer (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

just got this post from bruce, an oz exp crew member, on another forum... interesting

Hi Bruce here from Oz Experience,

Just a quick note on the pricing
Oz Ex passes from Sydney to Cairns or vice versa are $495 and by design cost more than a Greyhound bus because the service is different:
- we include a surf lesson, outback cattle station experience incl goat rodeo (ck out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPv1PyDy1oQ ), it's a dedicated traveller bus with a guide who can book accommodation, trips and show you a good time. There's much more besides and you'll see alot more detail on the ozexperience.com site.
The pass is valid for 6 months and you can extend for $50 for another 3 months.
Regarding comments you'll see about bus availability it's important to know we've come through an extremely busy time period. At times people haven't been able to get on the bus they want if they choose to travel the next day. That's not the service we wish to run either. We didn't expect the size of the increase in numbers over summer. We've recently bought 6 x 37 seat brand new buses to help our fleet of smaller 24 seat buses. We already have 4 x 48 seat buses on the road temporarily helping move the numbers of people going north. A good idea is to fly to Cairns and travel south.
Northbound we've actually got almost daily departures out of key departure points - Sydney, Byron Bay, Hervey Bay - more than even our timetable because we add additional buses in.
Numbers are easing now and with the additional buis capacity the unwelcome spike of bus issues that have affected some people will dissipate.

I hope this helps your decision making

Kind regards

Bruce / Oz Experience