If you have the time bus travel is probably the easiest way to get around Australia. Be advised that it can be a monotonous mode of travel, particularly when you are travelling long distances, as it may take you several days to reach your destination.
Bus travel in Australia is generally reliable and relatively inexpensive. It will also provide you with the most extensive network of destinations that you can travel to. The condition and quality of buses in Australia is also quite good and most should have air conditioning, toilets and video. All buses are smoke free.
Greyhound - Phone 1300 473 946. This is Australia's largest bus company and they provide regular scheduled bus services right throughout the country (with the exception of Tasmania). They do offer various travel passes for people wanting to do flexible travel around Australia.
Premier Motor Service - Phone 13 34 10. They provide regular scheduled bus services along the East Coast of Australia from Cairns to Melbourne. They do offer various travel passes for people wanting to do flexible travel on their network.
Firefly Express - Phone 1300 730 740. They provide regular scheduled bus services between Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Countrylink - Phone 13 22 32. They provide regular scheduled bus and train services throughout New South Wales.
V/Line - Phone 13 61 96. They provide regular scheduled bus and train services throughout Victoria and into parts of New South Wales, South Australia and to Canberra.
TransWA - Phone 1300 662 205. They provide regular scheduled bus and train services throughout Western Australia.
Premier Stateliner - Phone (08) 8415 5555. They provide regular scheduled bus services throughout parts of South Australia.
Tassielink - Phone 1300 300 520. They provide regular scheduled bus services throughout most of Tasmania. They do offer various travel passes for people wanting to do flexible travel on their network.
Oz Experience - Phone 1800 555 287. They specialise in a backpacker and adventure traveller jump on, jump off, bus services covering east coast and central Australia.
Adventure Tours Australia - Phone 1800 068 886. They have tours and package travel deals throughout Australia for the active budget traveller and backpackers.
Autopia Tours - Phone (03) 9391 0261. They offer tours targeted towards backpackers between Melbourne and Adelaide and Melbourne and Sydney as well as to parts of Victoria.
Easyrider Backpacker Tours - Phone 0427 983 929. They provide backpacker tours to parts of Western Australia.
Groovy Grape Getaways - Phone 1800 661 177. They provide backpacker tours to parts of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria.
Nullarbor Traveller - Phone 1800 816 858. They provide adventure tours targeted towards backpackers between Adelaide and Perth stopping at highlights such as parts of the Nullarbor.
Contiki - Phone 1300 266 845. They provide various bus tours throughout parts of Australia for travellers aged between 18 to 35.