Greyhound Australia has been operating for over 100 years and is today the leading coach company in Australia. From servicing just one town in the beginning, Greyhound Australia's network now covers most of the Australian mainland, employs over 600 people, and services more than 5 million passengers every year through its express and resources business.
PIONEER TOURS - 1905
The A.A. Withers Bus Company started in Victoria in 1905, by introducing day tours around Melbourne. It was this Company that opened the virtually unknown route to the Australian Alps to coach tourists.
The name changed to Pioneer in 1923. In 1927, Pioneer took a transcontinental trip from Melbourne to Darwin - and just seven years later took a group of "pioneering" tourist’s right around Australia.
Pioneer, in conjunction with the Shell Company, undertook a survey of the route from Adelaide to Perth - a distance of over 3,200 Kilometres - in 1957. As a result of this survey Pioneer become the first coach company to run weekly trips across the country.
GREYHOUND - 1928
In 1928, Mr A.R. Penfold began a passenger service between Toowoomba and Brisbane in response to a rail strike, which had halted most transport out of the town. His Bullnose Whippet car sported a Greyhound radiator cap, which has since become the most recognised symbol for coach travel not only in Australia, but also around the world.
The original Whippet car used by Penfold in 1928 is still in mint condition and registered for road use.
Greyhound commenced interstate services in the late 1960’s. During this time the company acquired coaches with luxuries such as air-conditioning and on-board toilets, offering passengers the fast and comfortable long distance coach travel we enjoy today.
GREYHOUND PIONEER AUSTRALIA - 1993
Greyhound Pioneer Australia emerged in 1993 when Australian Coachlines Pty Ltd, which had brought Greyhound and Pioneer together the previous year, merged with Bus Australia. All 3 brands operated in competition with each other, each focussing on a different market segment.
McCaffertys greyhound pty ltd - 2000
McCaffertys purchased Greyhound Pioneer Australia in 2000 forming the only National coach operator in the country. The McCafferty Family sold their interest in the business to the ANZ Bank and the Chapman Group of Cairns in 2003.This rebranding creates a single entity from which to grow services, frequency and routes on a national basis.
GREYHOUND AUSTRALIA PTY LTD - 2004
The group changed its name to "Greyhound Australia Pty Ltd" in 2004 and now operates services under the brand Greyhound Australia.