|Slogan||Connecting People With People|
Chapman Group (15%)
|Service type||Coach operator|
various regional destinations
|Fleet||236 (January 2018)|
Greyhound Australia is an Australian coach operator running services in all mainland states and territories. It is owned by KordaMentha (85%) and the Chapman Group (15%). The company was established in 1928 and is not affiliated with similarly named companies in other countries.
Greyhound Coaches was formed in 1928 by Russell Penfold with a service between Toowoomba and Brisbane. In 1956 and again in 1962 Greyhound attempted to enter the interstate passenger express field but without success. In 1968, after entering the market a third time, the company succeeded in establishing services between Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide with Perth and Darwin added in the 1970s creating a national coach company.
In November 1989, the Penfold family sold Greyhound Coaches to Stateliner with the exception of the Brisbane - Gold Coast and Brisbane - Toowoomba services that were sold separately. In 1992 Greyhound, Pioneer and Bus Australia merged with the combined operation rebranded Greyhound Pioneer Australia.
In February 1999, Queensland Coach Company was formed by Greyhound Pioneer Australia to body 94 Scania coaches over five years to renew the fleet. Originally an alliance was formed with bodybuilder Alan B Denning with it proposed the Galaxy body design be used. However, following the collapse of the Clifford Corporation, the rights to the Austral Pacific Majestic body were purchased. In July 2000, Queensland Coach Company ceased trading and was put into administration.
In March 2000, Greyhound Pioneer Australia entered discussions with McCafferty's Coaches about a potential merge. Subsequently Premier Motor Service made an unsuccessful takeover bid for the business. In September 2000, a takeover bid from McCafferty's was accepted.
In 2019, Greyhound Australia signed a three-month contract with BMD Group, a construction company that is building the railway from the planned Carmichael coal mine to Abbot Point. After the contract became public in early 2020, the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation withdrew from its partnership with Greyhound and School Strike 4 Climate announced that it was planning to boycott the company. Greyhound subsequently announced that it would be withdrawing from the contract "following considered deliberation, and in the best interests of our staff, customers, and partners".
Greyhound Australia's routes, as at February 2020, are:
- Sydney to Canberra
- Sydney to Thredbo - snow season (June - September) only
- Canberra to Melbourne
- Melbourne to Adelaide - operated by Firefly Express under a codeshare agreement
- Brisbane to Sydney via Pacific Highway
- Brisbane to Byron Bay
- Brisbane to Noosa Junction
- Brisbane to Hervey Bay
- Brisbane to Agnes Water
- Brisbane to Cairns
- Brisbane to Toowoomba
- Brisbane to Miles
- Australia Zoo to Rainbow Beach
- Mackay to Cairns
- Rockhampton to Emerald
- Rockhampton to Longreach
- Townsville to Alice Springs
- Adelaide to Alice Springs
- Alice Springs to Darwin - Daily
- Darwin to Broome
- Adelaide to Perth Nullarbor Plain service ran from the 1970s until 2005
- Toowoomba to Rockhampton ceased 31 December 2007 passing to Kynoch Coaches
- Melbourne to Toowoomba ceased March 2013
- Broome to Perth
- Brisbane to Charleville ceased 31 December 2014 passing to Bus Queensland Toowoomba
- Brisbane to Mount Isa ceased 31 December 2014 passing to Bus Queensland Toowoomba
- Townsville to Mount Isa ceased 31 December 2014 passing to Bus Queensland Toowoomba
- Canberra to Wagga Wagga ceased in August 2017
Greyhound Australia provide coaches for transportation of mine workers, coaches used on these duties carry large fleet numbers, fluorescent yellow stripes and a roof mounted flashing orange light. Between July 2010 and June 2014, Greyhound Australia operated services between Lithgow and Gulgong, Coonabarabran and Baradine under contract to CountryLink.
In the 1970s, Greyhound imported a fleet of Eagle 05 and 10 coaches. In the 1980s it purchased Austral Tourmasters and Volgren bodied Volvo B10Ms. In 1995, it standardised on Scania coaches. More recently it has purchased Iveco, Mercedes-Benz and Volvos. As at January 2018, the fleet consisted of 236 coaches.
In the 1970s, Greyhound adopted an orange and white livery. In 1993 a grey, white and blue livery was introduced following the formation of Greyhound Pioneer Australia. McCafferty's gold livery was applied when it took over the business in 2000 before the current red livery was introduced in 2004.
Other Greyhound operations
- "Greyhound Australia" Fleetline May 1988 page 115
- "The odd coachfellows" The Age 25 September 1978
- "Stateliner takes over Greyhound" Australian Bus Panorama issue 5/5 March 1990 page 23
- "Australian Coachlines Group" Australian Bus Panorama issue 9/5 January 1994 page 36
- Greyhound Australia's History Greyhound Australia
- "Express" Australian Bus Panorama April 1999 issue 14/5 page 19
- "Greyhound-Pioneer/Queensland Coach Co" Australian Bus Panorama October 1999 issue 15/2 page 21
- "Greyhound/QCC/McCafferty's/Premier Motor Service" Australian Bus Panorama issue 16/1 August 2000 page 18
- "Greyhound Pioneer Australia" Australian Bus Panorama issue 15/5 April 2000 page 38
- Greyhound and McCaffertys talk Archived 27 June 2013 at Archive.today Australasian Bus & Coach
- McCaffertys welcome Greyhound rejection Australasian Bus & Coach
- "National & Manufacturing" Australian Bus Panorama issue 16/2 October 2000 page 19
- McCaffertys finally get Greyhound Archived 27 June 2013 at Archive.today Australasian Bus & Coach
- Greyhound deal to take backpackers along for ride Courier-Mail 3 October 2011
- Suncoast Pacific Coaches Bus Australia Fleet Lists
- "Greyhound cuts ties with Adani mine after backlash from climate activists". The Guardian Australia. 28 January 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
- Timetables Greyhound Australia
- Nullabor bus service proves too costly ABC News 10 October 2005
- New qconnect contract boost Qld long distance bus services Queensland Government 5 February 2008
- Greyhound drop Melbourne-Toowoomba, Perth-Broome services Archived 4 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Backpacker Trade News 14 February 2013
- Greyhound cancels runs Australasian Bus & Coach 1 March 2013
- Long distance coaches Department of Transport & Main Roads 19 December 2014
- Frost, Jeremy (1 September 2017). "Greyhound buses cancelled from Wagga to Canberra". The Daily Advertiser. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
- CountryLink Greyhound Commercial
- Western timetable NSW TrainLink 20 October 2013
- Contract Award Notice Detail - S09014 NSW Government eTendering 1 December 2010
- Greyhound Driver Bus Lines
- Greyhound Australia Australian Bus Fleet Lists
Also Trading in other names as OZ Experience and OZexpress