Victoria’s $200 regional travel vouchers launch today

The Victorian government will release 40,000 regional travel vouchers at 10am today.

The travel voucher scheme allows residents to receive a $200 voucher to spend on travel in regional Victoria.

To be eligible all residents need to do is purchase two or more nights accommodation in a regional town. Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley are also included.

Those who already live in regional Victoria can also apply for a voucher.

Hot air balloons over the Yarra Valley © Canva

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How to apply for Victoria’s $200 travel voucher?

The first 40,000 vouchers will be available at 10am on the 11 December on the Business Victoria website.

All residents over the age of 18 can apply, however, each household is limited to one $200 voucher for the entire scheme.

The vouchers can only be used for holidays between 12 December and 22 January and can not be used for fuel, food and drink or alcohol, unless that is part of your tour package.

Importantly, the vouchers appear to be a refund of money spent. According to the Business Victoria website, applicants must provide evidence they have spent $400 or more in the following categories:

  • paid accommodation, which means serviced apartments, backpacker and hostels, bed and breakfasts, cabins or caravans in holiday parks, caravan and camping site fees, cottages, farm stays, private holiday rentals, houseboats, motels, hotels, resorts, retreats and lodges.
  • paid tours and experiences, which means tour operators that offer regularly organised tours with a leisure-tourism focus, organised by experienced guides. These may include a personal host and/or commentary. For example, a boat cruise, guided walk, bus tour, air tour, agri-tourism, food and wine tour, sport tour, outdoor and adventure tour
  • entry fees to regional attractions, which means places/areas of interest that offer a distinct visitor experience to the leisure tourist such as museums, water parks, local attractions, theme parks.
Port Fairy on the Great Ocean Road © Canva

Tourism Minister Martin Pakula said he expected demand to be high, so you’re going to want to get in quick.

“For this first tranche, I would expect demand to outstrip supply, that’s been the experience in other parts of the country,” he told the ABC.

“We’ve tried to be generous but 40,000 is the limit for the first tranche and each tranche.”

“It’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy an extra nights accommodation on the weekend getaway or experience one of the many tours and attractions.”

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