Victorian Seniors Card holders are being encouraged to explore Melbourne and the state's regional areas on free public transport from 7 to 14 October, as part of the 36th Victorian Seniors Festival.
The Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley, said the free public transport would help people reach as many of the festival activities as possible.
The free travel applies to Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses and regional V/Line trains, coaches and buses.
Seniors need to carry their Seniors myki and Victorian Seniors Card with them, and touch on and off as usual, but will not be not be charged during the eight days of free public transport.
The annual festival provides opportunities for seniors and their families to participate in new activities, with more than 140,000 older Victorians expected to take part in more than 2,500 events across the state.
The theme for this year is “get social”, with seniors encouraged to take part in fun-filled activities such as learning how to take better photos, making the perfect brew, trying the ukulele, and having their antiques appraised.
Events will include a big band dance, an LGBTI elders dance club, Israeli circle dancing, a bush dancing festival, ballet for seniors, and a range of musical performances and concerts.
In regional and rural Victoria, seniors can watch a classic Aussie film outdoors at the Quambatook silo cinema, take in some armchair travel in Echuca, and descend 61 metres underground at Central Deborah gold mine.
The 2018 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards will also be announced during the festival, at a ceremony at Government House on Tuesday, 9 October. The awards recognise the valuable contribution older Victorians make to the community.
For more information about events and activities, visit the festival website or pick up a free program at any Coles store, local library, council office or neighbourhood house. You can also call 1300 797 210 to have a program sent to you.