Getting around Australia by Greyhound Bus
Travelling by Greyhound is a really easy way to travel Australia, with hop on hop off passes or kilometres passes available, these comfy coaches will get you from A to B and everywhere in between! The coaches run multiple times a day so you can travel as and when you please but, how long does it take to travel between the main locations?
We’ll be telling you where you can:
- Chill out on Magnetic Island
- Start your Whitsunday Tour
- Join your Fraser island tour
- AND exactly how long it will take between each hot spot
Before we begin, if you book a Greyhound bus pass with us it’s cheaper than going direct or waiting to book once you get there. Once we generate you a pass we’ll send you a unique booking code and pin number so you can manage your booking online to book specific in specific dates and select a departure time that suits you.
Cairns > Townsville
Journey time: around 5 hours
Things to note: When you arrive in Townsville, the coach will drop you off at the same place the ferry terminal is that will take you to Magnetic Island. Check out our unreal offer for Magnetic Island here.
Townsville > Airlie Beach
Journey time: 4.5 hours
Things to note: Airlie beach is where you will need to get off for all of the epic Whitsunday Island tours! Check out the unreal options here.
Airlie Beach > Agnes Water
Journey time: 9 hours (make this one an overnight journey)
Things to note: Agnes Water is an ideal place to break up this long stretch as it’s about half way down the east coast. We recommend FOR sure staying at Cool Bananas, it’s a great spot to kick back and relax in a hammock!
Agnes Water > Noosa
Journey time: 9 hours (again, make this an overnight journey)
Things to note: Noosa is where you’ll stop off for your Fraser Island trip! Heads up, some Fraser island trips depart from Rainbow Beach too, there is no difference in where you start, its purely based on the company and where they are based.
Noosa > Brisbane
Journey time: 2.5 hours
Things to note: You can chill out here after all of your jam packed tours in Fraser and Airlie.
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Brisbane > Byron Bay
Journey time: Around 3 hours
Things to note: Wellccommmeee to the home of RatPack…
Byron Bay > Sydney
Journey time: 12 hours (make this one an overnight journey)
Things to note: Your last stop – make it a good one!
Ready to hit the road?
Some of the journeys between destinations can be long – you’ve gotta remember, Australia is hugeeee – so here are some of our tips to make the long journeys more manageable:
- Make use of the night buses, if you only have a limited time to travel! You can save yourself a buck on accommodation!
- Download podcasts or films before you travel (there is wifi on the coaches – but it can be a little slow).
- Get to the bus stop 15 mins early to get a decent seat (it’s first come first serve, so you want all the leg room you can get on a long journey).
- Spend the time researching your next destination and getting some sick activities planned.
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