Your Victorian Seniors Card is a passport to free or discounted public transport within the state so why not make the most of this benefit and take a day or overnight trip to explore some of the diverse towns near the end of the V/Line network?
You could nead north to Mildura to navigate the Murray River on a paddlesteamer, or admire the artistic skill and incredible story behind the Heywood water tank mural in the west. To the east, deep in the heart of Gunai Kurnai country you could visit Bairnsdale, the gateway to the Gippsland Lakes. Or if a day at the beach is more your style, take a combined V/Line train and coach trip to Inverloch and dip your toes in the water at the sheltered Anderson Inlet.
Go north: Mildura
V/Line train to Swan Hill/Bendigo, coach to Mildura
Mildura Arts Centre
Mildura Arts Centre is a lively regional cultural hub that includes a theatre auditorium that attracts a range of performers from around the country, from Circus Oz to The Australian Ballet. It also holds exhibitions and galleries.
No trip to Mildura is complete without a lunch, dinner or winery cruise along the Murray on a paddlesteamer, including on the PS Canberra which is more than 100 years old.
Check it out (Subject to water levels being suitable).
Go east: Bairnsdale
V/Line train to Bairnsdale
Krowathunkoolong Keeping Place
Conveniently close to Bairnsdale train station, Krowathunkoolong Keeping Place is a museum displaying the culture and history of the Gunaikurnai people who have lived in East Gippsland for more than 30,000 years. Bookings are essential.
Check the opening
East Gippsland Art Gallery
East Gippsland Art Gallery champions local artists with a dynamic program of art and cultural experiences including openings, artist talks, events and art workshops.
Go South: Inverloch
V/Line train to Dandenong, then coach to Inverloch
Sand in your shoes, a packet of hot, salty chips in your hands and the sun on your face, what more could you want in a day trip? Inverloch is on Anderson Inlet, which provides a safe and sheltered place to swim or paddle and a host of boutique stores and great cafes and restaurants.
Pack the sunscreen andcheck it
Screw Creek Nature Walk
The fact it’s an easy stroll doesn’t make the Screw Creek Nature Walk any less interesting. The walk, which starts from a car park near town, packs a lot into 1.5 kilometres, including boardwalks, salt marsh and mangroves. It leads to a lookout on Townsend Bluff with stunning views over Anderson Inlet.
Go west: Heywood
V/Line train to Warnnambool, then coach to Heywood
Heywood water tower
The 30-metre-tall Heywood Water Tower mural is part of the Australian Silo Art Trail. The dramatic and beautiful artwork depicts the story of brave Gunditjmara brothers who enlisted in both World Wars to fight the Germans overseas, despite battling racism at home.
Heywood Model Trains Display
Model train enthusiasts will love the Heywood Model Trains Display. It has multiple trains, including freight and high-speed passenger trains, rumbling around a scenic setting with tunnels, farms, towns and rail yard.
The Victorian Seniors Card entitlements include concession fares (50 per cent discount) on all public transport.
There is also eight days of free public during the Victorian Seniors Festival. In 2022 this runs from 2 to 9 October.
Plan your journey and check on disruptions using the Public Transport Victoria
And from 1 November there are some changes to the free voucher program.
And check out the V/Line for maps, tips and more.
Reviewed 21 November 2022