Jemma Docherty and Ross Galvin at the visitor centre. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Residents who are planning to show friends and family around Bendigo this summer are encouraged to pick up a free Ambassador Pass to save money and enjoy free entry to a range of Bendigo attractions.

City of Greater Bendigo council’s Terry Karamaloudis said the Ambassador Pass is a great incentive for local residents to give family and friends the best Bendigo experience possible.

“Many local residents are proud of the city and enjoy taking visitors out for days trips,” he said.

“The Ambassador Pass is the perfect way to showcase Bendigo and not be out of pocket.

“We know that almost half of the people who visit Bendigo come to see family and friends and they often desire to explore the city and spend money as part of their experience.”

The Ambassador Pass is only available to local residents and provides free entry for a range of Bendigo attractions when they are accompanied by a full fee paying adult visitor.

The pass also offers discounts at a number of places involved in the incentive.

“The holiday season is a busy time of year with visitors coming to stay so I encourage people to pick up an Ambassador Pass and enjoy the best that Bendigo has to offer for free,” Mr Karamaloudis said.

The Ambassador Pass can be used at many popular attractions including Bendigo Tramways, Bendigo Town Hall, Post Office Gallery, Sandhurst Gaol Tours, Bendigo Joss House Chinese temple, Bendigo Bowling Centre, Bendigo Pottery, Bendigo Walking Tours, Central Deborah Goldmine, Discovery Science and Technology Centre, Golden Dragon Museum, Simply Tomatoes Tour and morning tea picnic box and Victorian Goldfields Railway, Sandhurst Ridge Winery and The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion.

Local residents can pick up an Ambassador Pass at the Bendigo Visitor Centre on Pall Mall or the Heathcote Visitor Centre open between 9am to 5pm seven days a week.

More information is available online: www.bendigotourism.com/ambassador