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Everything you need to know about the Victorian Travel Voucher Scheme

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FUCK YES! As part of its latest bid to boost the long-suffering tourism industry, the Victorian government this week launched a $200 travel voucher scheme.

But awwww man… The limited vouchers ran out almost immediately – and they are non-transferable. However, like a car-catching kelpie, there’s a question of what to do once you have one.

So let’s find out how the new Victorian travel vouchers work (and get some holiday inspiration, too. Road trip anyone?)

Victorian Travel Vouchers provide eligible applicants* with a $200 refund each time they spend more than $400 on Victorian tourism activities, including accommodations, tours and experiences.

Your trip must also include at least 2 consecutive nights of paid accommodation.

Vouchers can be used to cover travel during the eligible travel period (April 8 – May 27, 2022).

You can then claim your trip for the refund Between May 4 – June 14, 2022.

*People aged 18 and over; limited to one coupon per household. Note that the allocated vouchers are sold out at the moment. Other terms and conditions may also apply. Please see the Victorian Government Guide for details.

Loads! Victorian travel vouchers cover all sorts of holiday fun. As long as you’ve spent at least $400, you can claim:

  • Lodging (again, at least 2 consecutive nights). This includes AirBNB rentals, motels, hotels, hostels, RV cabins or holiday parks, RV and camping fees, cabins, farm stays, houseboats, resorts, retreats and lodges. (Whoa, who knew there were so many ways to stay?)
  • Visits and experiences, such as boat cruises, guided walks, bus tours, air tours, agrotourism, food and wine tours, sports tours and adventure/outdoor tours.
  • Admission fees, such as museums, water parks, local attractions, theme parks, etc.

If you have an existing reservation, you can use your vouchers to cover it. (Just consider the above eligibility period).

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However, certain exclusions apply. The aim of the program is to encourage cash flow to local Victorian attractions, so travel vouchers do not cover ‘soft’ costs such as:

  • Alcohol (except as part of a wine, brewery or distillery tasting tour)
  • Food and drinks (again, except as part of a tour)
  • Transport costs (rental cars, train and bus tickets).

It’s sort of an understandable disappointment, given the rising cost of fuel and groceries. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fantastic vacation in Victoria.

Read the full Victorian Government write-up on Travel Voucher Guidelines for more information.

Several Victorian cities have been named as Australian Cities of the Year, so you can easily plan a road trip if you want to reach a few destinations.

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You can soar over your worries in a hot air balloon or hike through ancient wilderness near the Grampians. Cozy cabin atmosphere, steep cliffs and white sand beaches: there is something for everyone in Victoria.

If you want to avoid being stung by unnecessary expenses while on vacation in Victoria, domestic travel insurance can give you an extra financial cushion. That way, if your luggage takes a vacation of its own or you catch another type of travel bug, you could be covered.

(Just be sure to read the PDS – aka terms and conditions).

Interested in a local vacation? Travel insurance could give you extra peace of mind. Read our how-to guides to get started.

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