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Last updated: 25 September 2020 at 11.48am

A million reasons to Wander out Yonder in time for school holidays

Ten thousand tourism vouchers worth $100 each will be up for grabs from Monday, 21 September as part of a new $1 million campaign to support Western Australia’s tour and experience businesses.

Just in time for the school holidays, the ‘A million reasons to Wander out Yonder’ campaign will give Western Australians who spend at least $100 on a tour or experience, a $100 discount.

The campaign will provide discounts on the huge range of tourism options available in WA - including winery tours, fishing charters, Aboriginal cultural tours, diving experiences, food tours, and many more.

Visitors will be able to redeem a $100 voucher by spending at least $100 on a tour or experience. This means people have the option of making a half-price saving on a $200 activity, or choosing to get a $100 discount off a higher-value or ‘bucket list’ experience.

The vouchers will be redeemable online, by phone, or in person at participating visitor centres. The tour or experience must be booked by October 31, 2020, and undertaken by the end of the year.

The limited number of vouchers will be available to the first 10,000 people who register at http://www.wandervoucher.com.au from 10am on Monday, September 21.

Rediscover Perth and take advantage of hotel deals

$500,000 has been invested in a mini-campaign as part of Wander out Yonder to inspire Western Australians to rediscover Perth and take advantage of value hotel deals on offer.

The promotion encourages people to stay at one of Perth’s first-rate hotels and visit local restaurants and bars, while taking in a performance, gig or cultural experience, which will support jobs and boost the local economy.

The hotel deals on offer cater for all visitors, and include:

  • savings of up to 40 percent on normal room rates
  • mid-week specials
  • a free additional night of accommodation when paying for 2
  • free accommodation for children accompanying adults.

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Look local

Look for shops in your local area, and consider how you can change your shopping habits to help them out. For example, could you do your regular shopping with a small business? Take a look around your neighbourhood, you may just find your new favourite local shop, café or grocery store.

Ask “Do you do deliver?”

A number of businesses are now offering delivery or pick-up services. If you are looking to buy something from a small business, contact them to see if they can bring it to you, or offer a contactless pick-up or drop-off. And remember to keep 1.5m from other people where it is practical.

Get creative

Many of us have more time on our hands, and it could be a time to pick up a new hobby or get working on a creative project. There may be local craft suppliers that can help you get started and give you the inspiration to get going. Some online stores may be closer than you think.

Keep an eye out for the arts

A number of artists and musicians are using creative ways to bring their art to you, such as through online concerts and gallery showings, as well as new collaborations with other businesses. Look out for ways that you might be able to buy tickets to an online show, purchase their merchandise or pick up a new work to help support the arts industry. 

Car or bike due for a tune-up?

For many of us that are working from home, it may be an ideal time to get your car serviced. Some local mechanics and service centres are offering to pick up and drop off your car, and will wipe down the key surfaces before they return it to you. If you don’t have a car, consider if it is time to get your bicycle serviced to keep it in top condition.

Call in the trades

As we are spending more time at home, you may have noticed that there is more that needs to be done around the house. It is still possible to get a plumber, carpenter, handyman or other tradie to do jobs around your house, just make sure that you adhere to the physical distancing rules. They will be thankful for your business.

Catch up with a good book, puzzle or game

Now might be the ideal time to make it through that book that you’ve always wanted to read, pick up a puzzle or get some new board games to help the hours inside pass quicker. You may even get a new recommendation for a book or game that becomes your new favourite.

Time to hit the road

Take this time to explore WA, booking local accommodation and supporting our local and regional small businesses. If you are still unable to attend the tours or other activities you had booked, do those operators a favour and postpone rather than cancel your booking. A number of small businesses will be able to hold your payments as a credit to book at a later time.

Tech support

If you are now working from home and having computer troubles, your nearest technical support for your computer may be closer than you think. Look local and see if there is a small computer shop or technician that may be able to help fix your issues fast.

Show your support on social media

Another way you can help local businesses is to follow, like and share their Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or other social media posts. This helps let others know that they are still operating, and you just might come across some great offers or discover new products. Best of all, it doesn’t cost you a thing!

Page reviewed 25 September 2020