All aboard the Greyhound bus for Yamba backpackers
THE flow-on effect of the opening of Yamba's first backpackers' complex is starting to be felt in the seaside village.
Yamba businesses were overwhelmed by tourists this Christmas and the Yamba Backpackers certainly played a big part in packing new tourists into town.
Now national bus line Greyhound Australia has acknowledged the growing interest in Yamba as a backpacker's destination and as from next Sunday will make Yamba a stopover destination.
Announcing a three-month trial of direct travel from both Sydney and Brisbane to Yamba, Greyhound said that passengers would not only be able to travel direct from Sydney or Brisbane to Yamba, but that Yamba passengers would also be able to jump aboard and travel to both cities or just up the road to places such as Ballina or Coffs Harbour.
Each day a bus will leave Brisbane at 2pm, arriving in Yamba at 8.45pm. This bus will then carry on to Sydney, arriving at 6.40am.
The northbound coach leaves Sydney at 10pm, arriving in Yamba the next morning at 8.05am and then travels on to Brisbane, arriving at 2.50pm.
Greyhound driver Ian Barnes, who lives in Yamba, floated the idea of a local stopover with executives of Greyhound and said he was delighted when they gave it the green light for a three-month trial.
“Many didn't give us a chance, but Greyhound is always looking at new initiatives to promote travel on their coaches,” he said.
Those wanting to book on the new service can either go on-line or at any travel agent. The Yamba Backpackers said they were planning to become a booking agent in the near future.
Greyhound Australia can be contacted direct on 131499.