Seniors Festival 2019

  • The Victorian Seniors Festival is on across Victoria every October. It offers a great range of free and low-cost events and activities for older Victorians. 
  • Council hosts a range of local events in Cardinia Shire. 

Free public transport, including all V/Line services, is provided to Victorian Seniors Card holders during the festival from October 6 to 13. Simply carry your Seniors Myki card and Victorian Seniors Card to touch on and off, and you won’t be charged.

Council is joining in on the Victorian Seniors Festival celebrations by supporting a variety of local events during October.

Thursday 3 October - Social Ballroom Dance

Cockatoo Community House
23 Bailey Road, Cockatoo
10.30am to 12.30pm
Free event
Bookings and enquiries: 5668 9031

Dancing is a great way to stay mentally and physically fit and have a lot of fun. Join our relaxed social ballroom get together in a welcoming, safe place. Beginners to experts welcome!


Monday 7 October - City Trip to Festival Hub

Meet at Pakenham train station at 10am to travel by train into the city to visit the Victorian Seniors Festival Hub at Melbourne Town Hall.
Cost: Free travel for Seniors Card holders.
Bookings not required.

  • Enjoy music, entertainment, displays, free tea/coffee.
  • Big Band dance 12 to 4pm. Bring your Victorian Seniors Card and Myki Card for free travel.
  • Group meeting spot will be available to travel back to Pakenham together (optional).
  • Some refreshments will be provided. Lunch expenses are the responsibility of participants.


Tuesday 8 October - Guided Bushwalks and Health Expo

Kurth Kiln Regional Park
Beenak Road, Gembrook
10am to 12 noon
Free event
Enquiries: 5997 9681

  • Enjoy all-abilities guided bushwalks by Friends of Kurth Kiln (2km, 4km, 6km) in natural bushland.
  • Includes Kooweerup Regional Health Expo / presentation.
  • Wear walking shoes
  • Refreshments provided.

Friday 11 October - Wildlife presentation and Devonshire tea

Gumbuya World
2705 Princes Hwy, Tynong
Arrive 9.45am, depart 12.30pm
Cost: $18 per person (includes admission).
Bookings essential (group bookings available). For bookings and enquiries call 5624 9888

Dine with the koalas and get up close and personal with an amazing array of animals that call Gumbuya ‘home’ during this 30-minute wildlife presentation, followed by Devonshire tea. Access for all abilities.

Wednesday 16 October - Edith Piaf show

Cardinia Cultural Centre
40 Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham
10am to 12 noon
Cost: $14 per person, includes Devonshire Tea
Bookings essential. For bookings and enquiries call 1300 887 624 or visit the Cardinia Cultural Centre website 
Visitors with mobility aids or wheelchairs must let the venue know when they book tickets.

Nikki Nouveau presents ‘No Regrets’, the intriguing life and times of legendary Parisian artist Edith Piaf through song and story.

Thursday 17 October - Emerald Lake Park stroll

Emerald Lake Rd, Emerald
10am to 12 noon
Free event
Enquiries: 5968 4603

  • Meet at Lakeside car park Emerald Lake Park for a guided stroll around Lake Nobelius and Lake Treganowan with Friends of Emerald Lake Park.
  • Enjoy abundant birdlife, large exotic trees in the arboretums, reeds and rushes along the water’s edge, and stroll through magnificent manna gums.
  • Enjoy the Virtual Ranger Trail audio posts with information about natural and historical features of the park and finish the walk with morning tea.


Wednesday 23 October - Emerald Lake Park to Nobelius Heritage Park and Emerald Museum walk

Emerald Lake Rd, Emerald
10am to 12 noon
Free event
Enquiries: 5968 4603

Wednesday 23 October - Rock painting with your grandchildren (Spring Reserve Roadshow)

Puffing Billy Reserve
Kilvington Drive, Emerald (the main street)
10am to 12 noon
Enquiries: Call Council on 1300 787 624

Free event, refreshments provided.

Rocks and painting supplies provided. Bring children 5 and under to inspire their creativity by painting rocks! Enjoy the beautiful parkland, join in the fun, dress kids in their old clothes.

Friday 25 October - Wildlife Walkabout and Roast Lunch

Gumbuya World
2705 Princes Hwy, Tynong
Arrive 11.30am, depart 2.30pm.
Cost: $30 per person (includes admission)
Bookings essential (group bookings available).
For bookings and enquiries call 5624 9888.

Enjoy a wildlife presentation, then a scrumptious roast beef lunch, coffee and tea. Walk trails well maintained. Access for all abilities.

For information about events happening across Victoria go to the Victorian Seniors Festival website