Greyhound’s new timetable rocks the bus but no one is getting offSeptember 29th, 2015 | | Accommodation
A simple change in bus arrival times is having adverse affects on tourism in the Queensland town of Rockhampton. The Brisbane to Cairns Greyhound bus now arrives into Rockhampton at 12.40am, 2.50am and 1.45pm. Some hostel owners are concerned that the two unsociable hours arrivals will put off travellers from stopping in Rocky.
The owner of the Rockhampton YHA, Auzen Mercader said, “Previously travellers would arrive at 6.30pm, spend a few nights here, check out the town and then be back on their travels … but no one wants to get off a bus at 3am and try to find accommodation.” Speaking to The Byte, Steph Hodges, who co-owns the hostel with Auzen, said the changes have completely disrupted their business. “It’s affected us massively,” she said. “The fact is, the backpackers are not getting off, they’re staying on the bus. With the old timetable they’d stay one or two nights, check out a rodeo, which is what you do in Rocky. Now, there are no options for them if they are to get off the bus in the middle of the night.”
Although Greyhound have said the timetable adjustments are only minor, Ms Hodges doesn’t agree and said the changes came without any warning. “Greyhound didn’t tell us anything, we actually heard the news from the drivers a few days before. “The drivers are pissed off too,” she added.
At this time of year, the majority of backpackers are heading south through Rockhampton, and although there is still the afternoon drop off, Ms Hodges said Greyhound haven’t done their business – or any others in the area, including Agnes Water – any favours.
“So far, no one has arrived in Rockhampton on the 1.45pm stop. Maybe in the New Year it will help. We’ll see.”
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Written by Alex Harmon
Source: The Morning Bulletin