The regular one-way cost of a journey from Sydney to Forster for Seniors Card holders is $28.25. Taree will set a Seniors cardholder back $33.43.
But you can do the trip for just $5.00 from Sydney to anywhere north of Tea Gardens right through to Taree for just $5.00. This includes places like Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Bulahdelah, Forster and Tuncurry.
The trick here is to catch a regular Opal service from Central, change at Broadmeadow and board the Busways coach to your destination and pay just $2.50 to the driver (cash or credit card) for anywhere between Broadmeadow and Taree, including Forster/Tuncurry.
An example would be to catch the 06.15 (M-F) Opal service from Central to Newcastle Interchange. The train will arrive at Broadmeadow at 08:55. Change at Broadmeadow and board the Busways coach #150 to Taree. The coach will arrive at 09:43 and leave from the main entrance (east side) of Broadmeadow station (near the taxi stand). When you board the coach, show the driver your Seniors card and pay $2.50 using cash or credit or debit card. The bus has full EFTPOS facilities on board. Opal card ain’t accepted on the bus.
There is also an afternoon service, aboard the Opal service departing Central at 11:15 (M-F) arriving at Broadmeadow at 13:43 to connect with the Busways coach departing for Forster/Taree at 14:42.
If you download and study the timetables, you’ll see that there are services 7 days a week.
As usual, before leaving always check for timetable alterations, trackwork, and coach service alterations.