Bus Travel Services
The main bus company in Australia is Greyhound Australia (Phone: 1300 473 946). They offer service around the whole of Australia, following most of the major routes. There are also smaller services which operate around the cities and in specific areas, offering more comprehensive service within a shorter distance. There are also other state specific services.
Many companies offer discount for YHA, students and other approved cards and although prices are generally cheap for individual service, if you plan to do a lot of travelling by coach then you should check out some of the passes that the major companies offer.
Greyhound Australia offer several different passes depending upon what your particular requirements are. The Aussie Day Pass gives either 7, 10 or 15 days of travel over 30 days or 21 days of travel over 60 days. This is great if you are on a holiday visa and have a short amount of time, although you may not get as much value as with one of the unlimited travel passes. The Aussie Explorer Pass includes 24 different routes around Australia, which you can choose and follow like a tour. These include sections of Australia, as well as a complete loop around the whole of Australia, and through the Red Centre. Another pass is the Aussie Kilometre Pass, where you pay for the amount of kilometres that you travel. You can pay for another (on the $1000 mark) between $2000 and $20,000, and receive 12 months travel anywhere.
There is also an Australian Roamer Pass works on kilometres, and you can pay for anything (again on the $1000 mark) between $2000 and $15,000. The Travel Australia Pass gives 7 set routes for you to choose from over Australia, and lasts between 3 and 12 months, depending upon the route that you choose.
Another great way to get around Australia, is by the Oz Experience buses. They give service to all of the major places in Australia, diverting along the route to some interesting places along the way. You can get on and off where you please, and stay as long as you like (within the time limit of your ticket expiry, of course). It is also a great way to meet friends if you are travelling alone, or just want to meet new people.