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Western Australian pensioners are entitled to free travel passes to help them fully explore their own state. Pensioner free travel entitlements include WA concession card holders, Centrelink and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Why mention this when travel restrictions are still on?
It's worth mentioning so you can get yourself sorted and plan ahead. Because if ever there was a year to explore your own vast backyard, this is the one. So now is the perfect time to start the wheels turning by getting your free passes organised.
In previous years, these passes were posted out. From January 2020, Centrelink and the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) stopped sending WA Free Trip Vouchers with new concession cards.
You are entitled to the passes but need to apply, so organise these so you can travel when permitted to do so.
Perth to Geraldton by bus. The journey takes 7 hours.
The trip to Kalgoorlie looks like a lot of fun.
If travelling by coach, these are fitted with an entertainment system that includes individual sound controls and USB points, a bathroom and refrigerated drinking water. They also meet current disability standards and include a hoist to allow wheelchairs on board.
Photo Kalgoorlie-Boulder Visitor Centre Facebook. View taken by Goldfields Air Services Flying School which runs flights over Kalgoorlie Boulder
You will need to keep your Concession Card or Centrelink Digital Wallet with you when you book and when you travel.
What use is this to me I live too far north?
Western Australian residents living above the 26th parallel should contact the Department of Transport for details on their free travel entitlements.
If you are a pensioner who lives north of the 26th parallel, you are entitled to one return journey by air or coach per year to Perth or elsewhere in the South West Land Division (provided the fare is not greater than that to Perth).
This is about the government's commitment to making transport services accessible to all Western Australians.
The Department of Transport (DoT) manages Pensioner Annual Free Trip Scheme entitlements for Pensioner Concession Cardholders that live north of the 26th parallel. The 26th parallel begins at Shark Bay in Western Australia, north of Geraldton.
To be eligible for the scheme, you must have lived north of the 26th parallel continuously for the last two years or more, and hold a Pensioner Concession Card from the Department of Human Services (DHS)/Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA).