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Australia's extensive bus network is a reliable way to get around but distances are often vast. Most Australian buses are equipped with air-con, comfortable seats and decent toilets; all are smoke-free and some have wi-fi and USB chargers.

Greyhound Australia Runs in every state except South Australia and Western Australia. Offers flexible hop-on hop-off fares. Discounts for seniors, students and children

Firefly Express Runs between Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Integrity Coach Lines The main operator in WA.

Premier Motor Service Does the east coast from Eden to Cairns. Has flexible hop-on hop-off fares.

V/Line Covers all of Victoria with a mix of coaches and trains.

Guided Bus Travel

Another way to get around by bus is on a tour. Some offer the whole package including accommodation and meals, others are less formal options to get from A to B and see the sights on the way.

AAT Kings Big coach company (popular with the older set) with myriad tours around Australia.

Adventure Tours Australia Affordable, young-at-heart tours in all states.

Autopia Tours One- to three-day trips from Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

Groovy Grape Tours Small-group, SA-based operator running tours ex-Adelaide, Melbourne and Alice Springs.

Nullarbor Traveller Small company running relaxed minibus trips across the Nullarbor Plain between SA and WA.

Oz Experience Packaged itineraries for younger travellers, partnering with Greyhound coaches.