A warning to anyone planning a trip down the east coast of Australia - Don't sign up with Oz Experience! Maybe it's good in other parts of Australia, but I feel like I got ripped off big time!
has anyone donw the fair dinkum were are coming out from ireland on the 5th of sept and are thinking about doing this travel for a few months but would like to know if anyone has any thoughts on it, good or bad... thank
Faith 3211 - i am the same as you going in august and doing cairns to sydney on a tight schedule! if you decide on oz ex i will maybe see you at some point! im 23 and the 18 yr old thing bothers me to but then its seems to be that everyone is in the same boat - just hope i dont regret it although i do love to party so hopefully that will help!
Hey I am from Ireland and am just doing the fair dinkum pass................I have never had so much fun in my life! I am 21 so still pretty much in the party phase but the demographic of the group is all 21+. I have met only a few 19 year olds as the youngest. And the oldest on the tour have been 68!!!!!!! Although they did end up upgrading their tour, everyone tried to welcome them but as you can imagine, 68 and 20 something year olds.......! I would easily recomend this over grey hound. If you wanted to just drive from a to b, with no stops, grey hound is your best choice, but if you want to have a look at the places in between, this is the best choice. As Oz Ex and Oz Adventures are together now, you meet some real cool people. I am only two weeks doing it, but its the best!!!!!
ah well im gona buy a car or import me one from ireland an travel about over there, that way i can see what i wan an stay in hostels anyway an meet ppl seems to be the best option at the mo, how long u plannin on doin the oz exp for anyway?
I am doing it for my entire 3 months here. I love it. Driving a car is prob a great option too, just I couldnt do it. Only time is that the driving distances are huge. So maybe if you could insure a few ppl on the car as drivers and share it, it would be better.
yea sound, dont bother me bout the drive as ill go around the place also kinda like the oz bus but do it in my own time or mayb jus stay in one place wont know till i go ha ha, so ur only in oz for 3months an ur goin to spend it on a bus?
Well I have most of my trip on the bus done. Only about 9 to 12 days left on the bus and have over 2 months left. And I dont mind as the buses I have been on so far have been seriously good fun. Have fun on your travels anyway.
I have just finished travelling and went on the OZ experience and loved it I met so many people the first bus at sydney I met 5 people who I ended up travelling up the coast with for 7 weeks as we got on so well, aswell as meeting lots of different people. i travelled on my own and found this bus helped me settle into travelling life. Not every bus is for everyone u should research it before u go on it but i have found that if u keep an open mind whatever bus you go on you will have fun if you want to have fun. Greyhound is just a bus if thats what ur looking for do that but Oz experience gave me more than just a bus as they interacted with you we went to surf camp and kroombit cattle station did activities which I wouldnt have done otherwise and had fun I thought it was worth the money I loved the east coast and will stay in my memory forever.
hey there guys, just giving my two cents. 11 of us did the Kiwi Experience and it was amazing but have heard evan from Kiwi Experience driver that Oz Experience is not great. Also just heads up to the moaning Oz experience drivers, i and the 10 friends i am travelling with were actually still going to take the Oz experience because we had such a laugh on the Kiwi experience but have decided against because who wants to travel with a bunch of folks who get all up tight about one girl giving her opinion. She is entitled to her opinion ( no matter how little research she did) and anyone with half a brain can make their own decisions they dont need you guys attacking a girl just saying what she experienced. Noone wants that kind of narrow minded, and quite frankly childish behaviour from a company, they are looking to have a laugh with. So if you could keep your petty thoughtd in check you company could be over UA$5500 richer from us but ah well, your loss.
Hello Colm 😊
I think it was only one employee of OZ bus who was not so well behaved here on these forums? Oz bus may still be a good experience for some. There are people who love it and then there are others who hate it.
Here is a related thread.
Oz bus, Questions and Answers
I would just like to say that I have just got back from travelling the East Coast with Oz Experience and I had THE most amazing time and part of that was due to how good Oz Experience was. We had some amazing drivers who really helped with hostels, what to do if you are short of time in a place and just generally made it more fun. The stopovers that you get in particular surf camp and kroombit were 2 of my favourite parts of the whole trip. It is also a GREAT place to meet people as you end up bumping into the same people all the way up the coast. My friend and I looked over at the greyhound coach and saw an 80 year old woman. Enough said. OZ EXPERIENCE IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In my opinion 4kc4 you have made the best choice, no disrespect to oz experience intended. There are just so many "off the beaten path" sights to see and with a bit of networking at your hostel stays you will be able to discover them yourself without too many problems.
I have never travelled with Oz Experience but through skydiving have met many who have and heard very few complaints to be honest.
Personally I will soon be leaving brisbane for Darwin on the start of a round the world adventure and will be doing it the same way i always do... by posting at my local backpackers for vehicles heading that way and chipping in for fuel and driving shifts.
well i just did sydney to melbourne with 6 lads that i met on the bus an our bus driver joe an had the best time on it had mad lauggh an some great nights an days to remember id defo recommned it to anyone esp if ya get joe as your driver very helpfull an a good laugh...hopefully our next journey on with oz exp is as good
Well I am now doing Kiwi Ex, (I know they dont have anything to do with it) but just compairing the two and for the most part I have found that the Oz Ex bus drivers were much better and informative. I had the time of my life on the bus and Emily, if you are still reading these forums........we all know why you loved Oz Ex 😉
(As you can see you can make loads of new friends from it, much more than you could with Greyhound)
Hey guys! I've also got the Greyhound v. Oz Exp dilemma. On the one hand I love the fact that Oz exp tour guides are really knowledgeable and are able to recommend places to visit, take you to places you may not have considered, as I'm up for an adventure, and it's an awesome way of making friends. However, like a few of the latest posts, I'm 24 and will be 25 when I travel up the East Coast from Melbourne to Cairns in March. Whilst I do drink and go out, I'm not hardcore at all, and, without sounding like an old woman, I do like my comfort (especially as there will be quite a lot of that along the east coast)! I would really appreciate your comments and recommendations guys!
Also, is there any benefit to travelling either up, or down, the East Coast? Is either one more popular?
I am an 18 year old travelling in Australia for 2 months in April-May. I will be 19 when I travel. A little bit about me. I am quite an easy person to get on with and part of the reason I want to go traveling is to meet new people, having a lot of time with people I don't really like in a private school. However, one thing that really gets me down is clubbing and "partying". I hate it. I hate crap music (prefer Jazz to be honest). This is something that concerns me about Oz Experience/Kiwi Experience. I don't want to be immersed in an environment where loud music is blurting out constantly. I don't want to travel to Australia simply to party all the time. I want some peace now and then, but it would also be fantastic to meet people. I want to see as much of Australia as I can. Are all Oz Experience buses a constant party atmosphere, or would I be suited to greyhound a bit better?
Greyhound all the way people... I was on here asking myself this question about 6 months ago and I definately made the right decision. The Greyhound is so much more flexible as well as being cheaper. Plus I met so many other backpackers on the Greyhound. The only reason I was considering Oz Experience was because I was travelling alone and though that might make it easier to make friends.
On the subject of up vs down the coast, I think up is more popular but I did Cairns to Brisbane and met lots of others going the same way.
Be brave and enjoy the freedom of Greyhound!
well im still on the oz bus been up thru the red centre an as far as kakadu on the busses an now travellin down from cairns with oz exp an ive met all types on the oz bus from 70yr old women to 18yr old guys u can make the exp what you want if you want to party you can if you want relaxin you can but my experience of oz has been great i have a mate who travelled greyhound an he said all he met was couples or old ppl so i think ppl by them selves should travel oz as nearly everyone is doin the same on it
well if you go to australia they will take you to see snakes and native animals. your in australia, if you want a beach holiday go to spain sorry.