This is how most independent visitors elect to travel in Australia. There are two principal long-distance companies McCafferty’s and Greyhound. However, since McCafferty’s now owns Greyhound, there is less competition than might appear. The advantage for the traveller, though, is that now he or she can use the services of both companies with a single bus pass.
Gaining in popularity in recent years have been bus tours aimed at young travellers. The prime purveyor of this mode of travel is Oz Experience, a company which started in a small way and has grown and grown in popularity.
The system works like this. One purchases a ticket for a fixed route, usually involving several days of travel. At any point along the route, one is free to leave the tour and join a later bus when it comes round. Thus one does not travel with the same group all the way. The tour can be spread over as long as one year in most cases.