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  1. Probably one of the cheapest ways to get around Australia is by using the Greyhound Bus Service. Although flying isn't that bad but it doesn't allow you the flexibility to see parts of Australia on the way. Below is a map of the destinations that they travel to and from. There are lots of different passes to choose from and you can hop on and off at whichever stop you want en route. It may be worth looking at getting one of the backpacker club cards then you can get the discounts: Receive 10% off our Explorer, Day and Micro Passes and 15% bonus kilometres with your Kilometre Pass when you use the following concession cards with us! ISIC Card Holders VIP Card Holders YHA Card Holders Gap Year Debit Card International Student Privilege Card Nomad Card Holders Roam Free Independent Backpacker Gold Card ISE CARD (International Student Exchange) Peter Pan’s Gold Card Travel Bugs Card Holder AIFS - American Institute for Foreign Study All Australian Uni and institute identity cards Australia & New Zealand Pension, Senior & Health Care Card Holders International Seniors Card Holders For example of prices, the trip from Melbourne to Cairns is $445 or with concession $402. You have 90 days to complete the trip and can stop off at any destination on the way. It is only for one way though. You could go for a round Australia pass which would cover: Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Noosa, Cairns, Alice Springs, Darwin, Broome, Monkey Mia, Perth the price for this would be $2587. Backpacking bus travel tips Take advantage of their kilometre travel passes and hop on and hop off as much as you want. It is a great way to break up the journey and see even more of Australia! Try to do the longest part of your journey at night. Catch up on your sleep while we drive you to your next destination! Take something to entertain yourself with. They have TVs and we play DVDs, but they can not guarantee that everyone on the bus will like the same movie. Have a book, some magazines or an MP3 player just in case you have already seen Happy Gilmore five times. Your kilometre pass is valid for 12 months, so take your time. Plan your trip and enjoy your stops. You can even exchange kilometres from your pass for tours and activities! The cost per Kilometre on a large pass is cheaper than that on a smaller one, and so you end up paying less for things like skydiving, wine tasting and outback tours. The buses will drop you off close to the centre of the town. Given that most towns are pretty small, this does mean you can probably see the pub from the bus-stop!. The hostel or backpackers wouldn't be too far away either. The buses are relatively new. The Greyhound fleet is being upgraded constantly and the newer ones are used for the longer trips. They will be clean, have air conditioning, TV's, trained drivers and big windows great for seeing the Australian scenery. Some of the best places to jump on and off are along the east coast and between Sydney and Adelaide if you plan to work during the harvest while you travel. Remember part of the fun of backpacking is not just the sights you see but also the different people you meet along the way.
  2. Before we decided to emigrate I used to race greyhounds and once settled would like to get back into it in Oz. Is there anyone else out there with a greyhound/racing interest? Andy
  3. lynn22

    greyhound !

    Just wondering if anyone has taken a greyhound over before ? Also how well do the dogs adjust to the heat ? My boy max just turned 4 in May & is a strapping black boy... I've only had him for 5 months (but he's totally my baby already) and I've noticed being black he feels the heat more than any of my other 4 greyhounds I've had. When/if we make the move he'll be coming with us along with my shorthaired Laperm Cat but the travelling & heat worries me. Not so worried about quarintine as he's an ex racer so spent the best part of his first 4 years of life as a kennel dog. Worried also about the crates, being a greyhound he'll happily sleep away the hours but they are leggy dogs & I hate the idea of him being cramped. (Any one seen other greyhound pets around the Perth suburbs ? ) Cheers, Lynn x
  4. As a treat for my good wife i am planning a surprise night out at the dogs,in fact i will even buy her a new coat for this one, she could do with a good run.........:wideeyed:
  5. Hi All; We will be taking our greyhound with us to Oz and I wondered if anyone else has taken a greyhound or knows anything about how they travel. Because they have very little fat and little fur they get cold easily and can get bedsores if they don't have a proper bed. I am also worried because their legs are so long I don't see how they would stretch right out unless the cage was huge? I'm guessing they would be at the more expensive end to ship? Any help would be great, Deb
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