Set your alarms because Victorians can cop a $200 travel voucher from 10am on Friday morning to encourage post-COVID travel within the state.

The first 40,000 vouchers as part of the package to boost tourism in Victoria will be released on Friday morning, offering a discount to anyone travelling between December 12 and January 22.

Any Victorian who spends at least $500 on accommodation, tours or attractions within the state will be eligible to apply for the vouchers, even if you’ve already booked your holiday.

Areas including the Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley and Bellarine are all included in the scheme, so you can explore some of the best bits of the state.

However, you can’t get the voucher until after you’ve actually travelled, you know, to make sure people actually spend the money.

“We’re not handing out $200 up front, there’s got to be some appropriate rigour in this for the state,” Victorian Minister for Tourism Martin Pakula said on Thursday.

The first round of the scheme is bound to be snapped up almost instantly, but don’t fret if you miss out because further rounds will be released in early 2021.

“This year more than ever, Victorians deserve a holiday – these vouchers will make that cheaper and easier for families to get out and support their state,” Pakula said.

“A bit more money in people’s pockets means they can see more and do more in regional Victoria – helping local businesses and the people and communities they support to bounce back.

“Whether it’s a trip to a winery region or a tour along one of our stunning stretches of coastline, you can’t take a wrong step in regional Victoria.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I simply must yeet myself off to the Mornington Peninsula to boil myself in the Peninsula Hot Springs on the Victorian government’s dime.

Image: Peninsula Hot Springs