Transport is a vital part of our entire lives.
From the first journey home from the hospital nursery, the car rides to preschool, the bus to school, the bicycle to a friend’s house, the train to uni, the variety of options for commuting to work, and several other modes to fulfil various needs that continue through retirement, we literally wouldn’t be going anywhere without appropriate transport.
Driving is popular for as long as it remains safe and convenient. You may find though, that your choice of vehicle could be a help or a hindrance. For instance, vehicles that are elevated a little (but not too high) may be kinder on the back to enter or exit; and don’t just think of the driver, also consider the needs of passengers.
Public transport is available in most built-up areas. NSW pensioners are also entitled to four, free, one-way rail journeys within NSW per year. Book at a TrainLink ticket office, visit nswtrainlink.info or call 13 22 32.
Local train and bus travel in NSW is only $2.50 all day when you use a Gold Opal Senior/Pensioner card or buy the excursion ticket (pensioner, regional or country) to which you are entitled with your Seniors Card.
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Half-fare concessions are also “Available on virtually all public transport around NSW and interstate,” says the Seniors Card website, covering “long distance train travel, country–city travel, interstate trips, plus local bus and ferry services.”
Private operators may also recognise your Seniors Card and offer a discount. Ask when booking.
The current system of home care packages can feature private transport if you wish. This includes driving you to the shops or to and from appointments if you decide that is what you need as part of your package. Talk to your home care provider about this possibility.
Community transport also remains an option if it is available in your area. This can take you to social activities as well as recreation, shopping and appointments.
To find out about these and other public services in NSW visit transport.nsw.gov.au.
Good retirement villages will organise (or own) a mini-bus to take residents to local events and other social outings. This is a good question to ask when considering this downsizing option.
Community-minded clubs may also provide some forms of transport for their members or for the public in general.
Similarly, look for courtesy services to and from registered clubs and other licenced premises. Some country hotels can provide this service to a certain distance if you want to have dinner in their bistro for example.
Just make contact ahead of time to ensure it is suitable for you or your group.