Sightseeing: free for seniors
Enjoy great sightseeing in Victoria: free for seniors or concession card holders
Leave your car at home, or at worst – at your nearest train station – and enjoy an indulgent day trip without traffic hassles. Armed with an itinerary, myki card, Victorian Seniors Card or Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card, comfortable footwear, food, water, sun protection and a weatherproof jacket, you’re on your way to an adventure.
Public transport benefits
Victorian Seniors Card or Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card holders can claim a myki which includes free weekend travel. A myki card is your ticket. You must have one before you can use public transport. It’s a rechargeable card for travel on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses, V/Line trains and buses in parts of regional Victoria. You can register your myki online and recharge it or arrange automatic top ups when it drops below a specified dollar value – from the comfort of your home, or you can top it up at a train station. To claim your myki card with free weekend travel visit Public Transport Victoria’s Free Weekend Travel or call 1800 800 007. Seniors Card holders also receive two off-peak travel vouchers each year. These can be used anywhere in Victoria and can be exchanged for V/Line tickets or a Day Pass. If you’re from regional Victoria – you’ll get two additional off-peak travel vouchers.
A couple of weekend day trip ideas
For our adventurers: Echuca and the mighty Murray River
This scenic rail adventure will require a Victoria Seniors Card off-peak travel voucher. This is a great day out, free for seniors. This is a long day, but well worth the effort. More than 5 hours of scenic V/Line train travel will prepare, and then rest, weary bodies. Provided you’re no more than two adjacent metropolitan zones away, you can use your free weekend travel to get to Southern Cross Station. As of August 2014, a V/Line service leaves Southern Cross station for Echuca Railway Station just after 9am, arriving at Echuca Station at lunchtime (around 12.30pm). A 20 minute walk from Echuca Station takes you to the historic Port of Echuca set on the majestic Murray River where you’ll easily fill three hours. The last train leaves Echuca just after 4pm, bringing you back to Southern Cross Station at around 7.30pm.
Sunday meanderings around Melbourne’s CBD
Your first destination is Flinders Street Station. From here, meander across Princes Bridge (Swanston Street) to The Arts Centre Sunday Market. If it’s after 10am and you’re hankering for more culture, pop in to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The NGV Collection of International and Australian art is free to view. From here, you can stroll across and visit Melbourne’s iconic Shrine of Remembrance. Admission is free with donations welcome. If the sun is shining, Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens provides an idyllic setting to enjoy lunch. Once you’ve caught your breath, head back across the Yarra River and catch the City Circle Tram (‘old rattler number 35’). Soak up a 50 minute historic guided tour. Or hop off on the corner of La Trobe and Elizabeth Streets and walk north to the historic, bustling Queen Victoria Markets - open until 4pm. Spread over two city blocks, and coloured by buskers and diverse crowds, the ambience is truly unique to the ‘Vic Markets’. Head back to a City Circle Tram stop and enjoy the commentary on the way back to Flinders Street Station. Another great day out, free for seniors.
There’s much, much more
There’s Williamstown, Ballarat, Bendigo, Mornington and more! We’d love to hear your experiences. Do you have any other examples of great days out that are free for seniors? Feel free to start a conversation on our Facebook page and inspire others.
For more information
Information about public transport entitlements: Seniors and Public Transport Victoria
Questions about Victoria Seniors Card off-peak travel vouchers: contact the Seniors Hotline on 1300 797 210
Metropolitan sightseeing ideas: Explore Melbourne