Travel and dining vouchers on offer from Australian states and territories

EFFIE ZAHOS
Editor-at-Large · 22 April 2021
A number of states and territories are offering travel and dining vouchers. Here’s a guide to what’s on offer.

In a bid to boost tourism and support local businesses, many state governments introduced vouchers that can be used for travel and dining. Many of these are still up for grabs while others will be available in the coming weeks and months.

For example, the Brisbane Holiday Dollars scheme will launch next week. NSW also announced up to 200,000 accommodation vouchers worth $100 each will be available to NSW residents later in the year but details on how to apply were not available at the time of writing.

Here’s a round-up of the various programs, information on how to apply, and the dates you need to know. Keep in mind the details were current at the time of writing but may change.

Vouchers available to residents

Queensland: Brisbane Holiday Dollars

The Palaszczuk Government, in partnership with Brisbane City Council, is offering 30,000 travel vouchers giving Queenslanders 50% off tours, attractions and accommodation across the Brisbane region.

How much is on offer: Up to $100

Who is eligible: The vouchers will be available to Queensland residents aged 18 and over.

How to apply: You’ll need to register your details on the Queensland tourism site to go into the draw for a voucher. This will be open for 72 hours from April 27. Vouchers are not awarded on a “first come, first served” basis – they’ll be selected randomly after the close of registration.

Key dates: Registrations will open on Tuesday 27 April, 2021 from 12:00pm (midday) AEST and close at 11:59am AEST on April 30, 2021. You’ll have until 4 June, 2021 to book your experience and travel by 15 August.

How you will be able to use it: The vouchers can be used to get 50% off tours, attractions and accommodation from participating operators across the Brisbane region. There are no block-out periods for the vouchers. Only one voucher per person can be used.

Queensland: Whitsundays Holiday Dollars

Whitsundays Holiday Dollars can be used to claim 50% off any eligible tourism experience booked in the region.

How much is on offer: Up to $200.

Who is eligible: The vouchers will be available to Queensland residents aged 18 and over.

How to apply: Details on how to apply are not available at the time of writing. You can subscribe to the Tourism Whitsundays newsletter to receive updates.

Key dates: Details on how to get Whitsundays Holiday Dollars will be available on the Tourism Whitsundays website from 4 May, 2021. Vouchers will be available until 30 June 2021, or until the voucher quota is exhausted, whichever is sooner.

How you will be able to use it: The vouchers can be used to claim 50% off any eligible tourism experience booked and at participating hotels. Vouchers can be claimed through participating hotels, The Whitsundays Visitor Information Centre and The Bowen Visitor Information Centre (located at The Big Mango) and the campaign website.

New South Wales: Dine & Discover NSW

The Dine & Discover NSW program is a set of four vouchers – two for eating out and two for entertainment and recreation.

How much is on offer: You can get four x $25 vouchers, worth $100 in total.

Who is eligible: The vouchers are available to NSW residents aged 18 and over.

How to apply: You can apply through the ServiceNSW website or via the Service NSW app. You’ll need a MyServiceNSW account to apply.

Key dates: Vouchers are valid until 30 June, 2021.

How you can use the vouchers: Two of the $25 vouchers can be used for dining in at restaurants, cafés, bars, wineries, pubs or clubs while the other two are for “entertainment and recreation”, including museums, live music, and arts venues. They can only be used at participating NSW businesses that are registered as COVID Safe.

The vouchers can be used seven days a week but not on public holidays. They can’t be used for takeaway meals, alcohol, tobacco or gambling.

You’ll need to present the voucher QR code on the app when paying. If you don’t have a mobile, you can give them a printed voucher or voucher code instead.

It’s worth noting that they can only be used once – if the bill is less than $25 the remaining balance is given up and can’t be used.

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Vouchers available to residents and interstate travellers

ACT: ChooseCBR

ChooseCBR provides consumers with digital discount vouchers that can be redeemed at participating businesses. There was a trial late last year and, according to the website, the full program is set to launch in early 2021.

How much is on offer: A daily pack of discount vouchers totalling $40 – two $2.50, one $5, one $10 and one $20 discount. A minimum spend is required for each transaction at participating merchants.

Who is eligible: ChooseCBR is available to anyone over the age of 18 who is visiting or living in the ACT.

How to apply: Applications are not currently open. You can sign up on the ChooseCBR site to get updates.

How you will be able to use it: The discounts will be available for a range of products and services from participating merchants including accommodation, food and drinks, retail and personal care. The available discounts will be displayed on your home page. You’ll need to click on the one you want to use and show the unique five digital alpha-numeric digits to the cashier at time of payment.

South Australia: Great State Experiences Voucher

The third round of the Great State Experiences Voucher program will provide vouchers for use on participating hosted tours and experiences across South Australia.

How much is on offer: The scheme will provide $50, $100 and $200 vouchers.

Who will be eligible: It will be open to all South Australians over the age of 18. A limited number of vouchers will be available to residents over the age of 18 in New South Wales and Victoria.

How to apply: Vouchers will be available via an electronic randomised ballot which will open on 21 April, 2021. Registration information will be available closer to the date.

Key dates:  The ballot will open at 9am ACST on Wednesday 21 April, 2021 and close at 10pm ACST on Friday 23 April, 2021. Those who secure a voucher will be able to book their experience from 27 April, 2021 until 23 May, 2021. The travel period is Tuesday 27 April 2021 to Saturday 31 July 2021 (inclusive).

How you will be able to use it: Around 500 experiences are expected to be available for the discount, from shark-cage diving and swimming with sea lions, to helicopter and mountain bike tours, guided food and wine trails, and hosted wildlife experiences, according to the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC). The voucher will be redeemable seven days a week, including Saturdays and throughout the July school holiday period.  Operators may apply their own block-out dates.

Vouchers will be available in denominations of $50, $100, or $200 and can be used only on participating hosted tours and experiences of an equal or higher value.

What about the other states?

Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory all offered their own programs but these are no longer available.

The comparison table below shows some of the savings accounts on Canstar’s database for a regular saver in NSW. The results shown are based on an investment of $100,000 in a personal savings account and are sorted by Star Rating (highest to lowest), then provider name (alphabetically). For more information and to confirm whether a particular product will be suitable for you, check upfront with your provider and read the Product Disclosure Statement or other terms and conditions before making a decision.

 

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Effie has more than two decades of experience helping Aussies make the most of their money. Prior to joining Canstar, Effie was the editor of Money Magazine She is an author and one of Australia’s leading personal finance commentators.

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