|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:
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.
Also Trading in other names as OZ Experience and OZexpress