You can say that again.
The 75 tram is supposed to "meet" the Knox Transit Link bus at Vermont South. You can almost guarantee there will be a 30 minute wait in the early hours of the morning, with the bus long gone, even if you are the only person on the tram and went express all the way ("express" being about 20 km/h because of the archaic time points forced on our trams with the assumption that the tram is still going to be a clapped out W2, stopping at every single tram stop every 100 metres, and copping every single red light and every right-turning car parked on the tracks). And even if you do manage to catch the bus, the 901 SmartBus towards Ringwood (Melbourne Airport) doesn't meet up with it either; it is actually scheduled to depart the exact same minute the Knox bus arrives.
Same when going the opposite way. The first down Lilydale from the city arrives at Ringwood at 5:43. The 901 to Frankston departs Ringwood at 5:42. Of course it does, if anything it was deliberately designed to do just that for some good old bus-train rivalry.
When a down Lilydale arrives at Croydon, the 737 bus is usually 20 to 40 minutes away. Getting back to Croydon station by bus, you are almost guaranteed to see the tail end of the Flinders Street train heading up the hill towards Ringwood East for a half an hour wait (because Lilydale line), but if you are lucky, the 670 and/or 380 just might beat the next train to Ringwood if it doesn't sit around for fifteen minutes doing absolutely nothing - of course, the 380 being a typical Melbourne bus, on the weekend it runs hourly and finishes at around 6PM, stuff the 9PM finish that all Melbourne buses are supposed to abide by.
As I mentioned elsewhere, imagine the uproar if Metro and Yarra Trams both suddenly decided to finish all services between 6 and 9PM as a cost-cutting measure. Yet, buses are basically allowed to work post office hours with no proper rules (case in point, TeleBus, originally designed to serve the extremities of suburban Melbourne on the fringe of regional Victoria, yet run in the largely-populated suburbs of Rowville, Croydon and Mooroolbark instead, the latter of which has been dying to have a proper 7-day bus service for decades), right down to having completely optional weekends and public holidays. And you can bet that there would be large scale bus strikes if the government dared to force suburban buses to run until midnight to meet the trams and trains which have been doing so since forever. Show me a suburban electric train in Melbourne that runs hourly from 8AM to 6PM five or six days a week in Zone 1. The 285 is just one example, not in the bush or greenfield areas, but in busy Camberwell and Doncaster. During the week, it starts at 6AM like any other normal bus, yet finishes at the laughable time of 5:48PM (ex Doncaster P&R). On Saturdays (and Saturday-based public holiday timetables which of course don't include Easter or Christmas), it starts at 8:14AM and runs hourly until 6:14PM. As you might have already guessed, it does not run at all on Sundays.
Edit: I have no complaints about the drivers themselves. There have been too many times where the last 742 for the night has saved my asre by letting me sprint off the bus at Heatherdale, top up the myki (because the machine on the bus was either turned off or not working), and race back to the bus (now 1 minute late) so I wouldn't have a negative balance at Vermont South, which inexplicably lacks a myki top-up machine along the entirety of the tram route (unlike Box Hill for example which has one at the 109 terminus plus the four at the station) until you reach the city. It's a bit hard to top up at 9:30PM when the pharmacy hidden inside the shopping centre is long closed. I wonder if that was a deliberate choice by the government too to get extra revenue through fines? Selecting newsagents and pharmacies which usually close any time between 5 and 9PM, to have myki top-up machines, but of course no provision for the several hundred major 24/7 servos (e.g. Coles Express, Woolworths, Shell, Caltex, BP) to top up myki cards; only 7-Eleven has that privilege.