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Arcadia Travel can book just about any travel experiences across Australia, we invite you to discuss the possibilities.

In 2021, Arcadia Travel has a range of great value adventures:

(1) WAYWARD BUS – see Australia slow!  Wayward Bus ‘trials’ are scheduled for July and Oct 2021:

Choices of accommodation include budget (YHAs, pubs, cabins), regular motels – and at many overnights, boutique options are possible.  Some of these we can arrange.  For others, we can give you recommendations and contact details.

The 4 one-way road trips create a touring circuit around S-E Australia.  Alternating between coast and inland, the trips are thought out with Australians and NZ-ders in mind – there’s more time, more walk options, more quirky stuff and more quintessential Aussie towns along the way.

The plan is to step up to a continuous service from Feb 2022 (once we’re 100% over Covid?). Then the full circuit of 4 tours can be done over one month, starting and finishing anywhere – making Wayward Bus also a great holiday option for people living in country regions.  It will also be possible to take a break for one or more months if doing the full circuit.  For the full circuit the rate is $2200 plus choices of accommodation (costs vary).

(2) BANDICOOT TOURS  Small group charters and tours from Noosa and Sunshine Coast:

  • Groups of 10 plus – Toowoomba, Bunya Mtns & Granite Belt in 5 days, all nights in Oaks Toowoomba CBD hotel, from $700 including accommodation & breakfasts;
  • As travel becomes more reliable, tours of several days with set dates will be scheduled for later 2021.


  • Wayward Bus and bandicoot Tours operate according to the Qld Health Covid 19 Checklist for Transport Operators;
  • More flexible booking arrangements apply until end of June 2021;
  • All tour payments will be refunded if a tour can not run due to Covid19 related circumstances;
  • All tour payments will be refunded if a traveller can not practically join due to Covid19 related circumstances;

Australia’s original Wayward Bus ran from 1990 to the late 2000s and was a favourite with independent travellers of all ages and nations.  Wayward enjoyed a great rap from Lonely Planet guidebooks and won a bunch of trophies including the 1997 Australia Tourism Award for Tour & Transport (Major).  However, through merging in 2006 with Adventure Tours Australia and a subsequent takeover by travel industry giant TUI in 2009, the Wayward ethos was lost and the brand absorbed with others.  Over a decade has passed and ‘Wayward Bus Touring Company’ is resurrecting independently with original founder, Ralph Jackson of Arcadia Travel.  Our touring mini-coaches are provided by Bandicoot Tours and Charters and feature extra legroom, reclining coach seats and opening windows (and aircon).

Please browse the Wayward Bus itineraries through the posts below.

These trips are subject to settling in as we get them on the road – minor adjustments may be made.