Free spirit

LOTS of seniors are missing out on the chance to travel across WA for free and go on amazing holidays, says the WA Visitor Centre.

Every year pension concession cardholders get one free return trip or two single trips on the Transwa network, with seniors without a card getting a 50 per cent discount.

But many seniors don’t know about the offer or find it tricky to register their pension online with Transwa.

Thankfully the WA Visitor Centre is a one-stop-shop for seniors going on holiday in WA, helping them book their free Transwa travel and offering packages with discounted accomodation and tours.

The Centre has just launched its 2022 Seniors Breaks brochure with getaways to destinations like Kalgoorlie, Esperance and Albany, and for the first time Bunbury and Pemberton.

“Bunbury is a good location, and with the ever increasing popularity of Wellington Dam Mural near Collie, we can arrange day tours from Bunbury to see the mural and the Ferguson Valley,” says WAVC business development manager Troy De Souza.

“Once seniors have booked a regional accommodation package, they can get access to exclusive discounts on the ferry to Rottnest and on whale watching trips departing from Fremantle, Augusta and Bremer Bay.”

The accomodation listed in the brochure is close to Transwa stations or coach stops, making it suitable for seniors who can’t walk long distances.

“All our staff have travelled extensively throughout the state and know the destinations really well,” Mr De Souza says.

“We get special discounted rates at all the accommodation featured in the brochure, plus some tours have offered special discounts too.

“One of the tours we book to see, the Kalbarri Skywalk, does a sunset and night sky tour, which is a unique way to experience it.”

Mr De Souza says that with covid restrictions lifting it is 

the perfect time to get back out there and experience WA: “We’re excited to be offering a much wider range of packages and destinations this year.” 

For more info call the WA Visitor Centre on 9483 1111 or pop down to see their friendly staff at 55 William Street, Perth.

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