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Greyhound Australia logo.svg
Greyhound Australia - MCA 14.5m-GM Series 60 00.jpg
SloganConnecting People With People
ParentKordaMentha (85%)
Chapman Group (15%)
Founded1928
HeadquartersPinkenba
Service typeCoach operator
DestinationsAdelaide
Brisbane
Broome
Cairns
Canberra
Darwin
Melbourne
Sydney
Toowoomba
various regional destinations
Fleet236 (January 2018)
Websitewww.greyhound.com.au

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.

History

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.

History

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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.[1]

In 1975, the South Australian operations were franchised to Adelaide operators, Murray Valley Coaches, and Stateliner.[2]

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.[3] In 1992 Greyhound, Pioneer and Bus Australia merged with the combined operation rebranded Greyhound Pioneer Australia.[4][5]

In February 1999, Queensland Coach Company was formed by Greyhound Pioneer Australia to body 94 Scania coaches over five years to renew the fleet.[6] 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.[7] In July 2000, Queensland Coach Company ceased trading and was put into administration.[8]

In March 2000, Greyhound Pioneer Australia entered discussions with McCafferty's Coaches about a potential merge.[9][10] Subsequently Premier Motor Service made an unsuccessful takeover bid for the business.[8][11] In September 2000, a takeover bid from McCafferty's was accepted.[5][12][13]

In October 2004, McCafferty's sold the combined business to ANZ Bank and George Chapman with both operations rebranded as Greyhound Australia.[5] In 2006 ANZ sold its shares to KordaMentha.[14]

In 2005, the Sunshine Coast to Byron Bay services of Suncoast Pacific were purchased.[15] In October 2011, the Oz Experience backpacker business was purchased.[14]

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".[16]

Routes

Greyhound Australia's routes, as at February 2020, are:[17]