Greyhound bus (and long distance trains) in Australia ?

Old Dec 2, 17, 4:40 am
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Greyhound bus (and long distance trains) in Australia ?

In the 1980s and in 2000 I traveled thousands of km with them from Cairns to Alice Springs, Sydney to Melbourne and other routes, despite the long rides 12 hours or more per section) it was a nice experience.
Especially the night stops at the remote roadhouses and seeing a beautiful night sky, but also the passing landscape.

In the summer of 2018 (February) we'll make another trip to Oz starting in SYD and want to drive around NSW to e.g. Katoomba and other nice spots.
But due to the vastness of AU, interstate distances are too long for me to drive.

So when going to ASP / Uluru, I can obviously fly (4 hrs from SYD), but I prefer the long Greyhound rides over it because you see much more.
I checked www.greyhoud.com.au on the schedules and they are still there with modern even wifi equipped (where do the get the signal from: satellites ?) buses, much nicer than in the years I traveled with them.

Do other FT'ers have experience with Greyhound (not only to ASP, but also to BNE / MEL ) ?

And what about train rides ? I know long distance train services exist to MEL and BNE from SYD and even ADL/PER, but the latter is the very expensive Indian Pacific.
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Old Dec 2, 17, 8:11 pm
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....And what about train rides ? I know long distance train services exist to MEL and BNE from SYD and even ADL/PER, but the latter is the very expensive Indian Pacific.
States have regional rail services.

The Ghan (ADL DRW) and Indian Pacific (SYD PER) are not sold on price. More for the experience. As you have noted are expensive

http://www.railmaps.com.au/
http://www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/rail-australia

Interstate bus services were decimated in the 2000's with lower cost fights. Flights become cheaper than the bus.
https://www.greyhound.com.au
https://www.fireflyexpress.com.au
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCafferty%27s_Coaches
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catego...s_of_Australia


There is cell phone coverage along many on the main interstate roads. But in remote area is nothing
https://whatphone.com.au/guides/mobile-phone-coverage/
https://www.telstra.com.au/coverage-...s/our-coverage
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Old Dec 2, 17, 10:47 pm
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Both Greyhound and Murrays have relatively comfortable buses...yes..many with wifi now. I only do CBR-SYD (Its a direct airport service) which is 3 hours - and enough for me - but they are clean and IME reliable.
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Old Dec 4, 17, 1:57 am
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A lot of the regional rail services are actually by bus at least in part and quite cheap, in NSW and VIC, but also take a long time though you do get to see some unique parts of the country on the right route.
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