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Victorian Seniors Festival

Victorian Seniors Festival

The Victorian Seniors Festival is an event to honour seniors in Victoria, held in October every year at various locations around the Melbourne CBD. This week-long festival includes an array of events, activities and entertainment for all seniors.

The festival is organised by the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services to encourage seniors to get out there and participate in and enjoy a wide range of more than 1,300 activities; all generally free or low-cost.

Victorian Seniors Festival Week 2022, Dates & Program Schedule

Free and low-cost events and activities will be presented across Victoria, including concerts, dances, theatre shows, celebratory morning teas, tours, a host of indoor and outdoor recreation activities and much more.

Popular musicians and bands also come here to perform and entertain guests. Show off your younger side and dance to some of the great tunes of yesteryear, take part in many activities and participate in various workshops held during the festival, or why not catch one of the classic films. You can enjoy a multitude of interactive activities; such as dancing, aerobics, strength training and tai chi.

Not just contained in the city, events can also be found all over Victoria with local councils and community groups running hundreds of other fabulous events.

There is typically free public transport during the Seniors Festival. In order to access the free public transport, simply carry your Seniors myki and Victorian Seniors Card with you on public transport, and touch on and off as usual. You won’t be charged. On regional services that don’t use myki, show your Victorian Seniors Card to the conductor or bus driver.


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    • Hi Rosemary,

      Based on the program that was released for 2018, the special for Gumbuya World is entry to the park and a wildlife walkabout tour that is conducted by experienced park rangers – for the price of $14 (which is excellent value since the regular senior’s price is $43, and what is included below).

      The Package includes:
      – Entry to Gumbuya World
      – One hour behind-the-scenes walking tour of the Wildlife Trail with a professional Ranger
      – Complimentary Senior Admission voucher to visit again
      – Devonshire Tea House baked scones served with double cream and Yarra Valley strawberry jam

      Please see the page numbered 83 on the guide, or you can also see more detail at https://gumbuya.com.au/.

      It does mention that bookings are essential by calling 5624 9888, or emailing [email protected].


    • Hi Irene,

      No information is available as yet. However the Seniors Festival runs between 7 October to 14 October 2018, so any competitions/offers will be scheduled between these dates.

      Check back with us and I will update the page with new information as it comes to hand.

      Best regards,

      • Hi Irene,

        I have checked the official Victorian Seniors Festival and also the Melbourne Zoo websites and i can’t find any new information.

        It’s noted that there is a deadline of 7 September 2018 for any places that wish to participate in the festival, so i don’t think there will be much information until this date has passed and things are confirmed.


        • Hi Irene,

          I have just searched through the 2018 festival program that has been released online, and i couldn’t find the zoo mentioned once. Additionally, i have checked the Melbourne Zoo website and can’t see anything there either.

          So unless they are still yet to lodge their application by the 7 September 2018 deadline, it doesn’t look like they are participating.

          You’d think an organisation of that size would have everything sorted out, so i don’t think it’s likely.


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