Driver Reviver locations around Victoria
About Driver Reviver
Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) volunteers together with Lions Club, Rotary and RSL operate more than 45 Driver Reviver sites around Victoria on holiday weekends and peak traffic days offering motorists a safe place to stop and refresh.
VICSES volunteers offer free coffee, tea and snacks at roadside locations to encourage drivers to stop, rest and refresh, in an effort to ensure they can arrive safely at their destination.
The national program aims to provide opportunities for local communities to contribute to addressing fatigue-related road trauma.
VICSES provides the largest road rescue network in Australia, with 104 accredited Road Crash Rescue (RCR) provider units (Principal Providers) across Victoria, and 22 Rescue Support units (Rescue Support Providers). That is one of the highest service delivery ratios for RCR globally – equating to 73% of our service base across our statewide footprint.
We would much rather serve you a cup of tea, than cut you out of a car in an accident.
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Kerang Driver Reviver
For more than 20 years, Kerang Driver Reviver has been offering free tea and coffee to weary travellers heading towards the northern border of Victoria.
One of the very first Driver Reviver locations to be created, the site is a joint venture between VICSES and Lions Club of Kerang. It is a favourite stop for the Black Dog Ride charity motorbike event which sees more than 200 motorbikes stop at the site every year!
Next time you’re heading North, be sure to call in for a visit - the site has clean toilets, a playground, a beautiful park, and a museum.
Marong Driver Reviver
One of the State’s busiest Driver Reviver sites, more than 1,500 motorists visit every Easter to break up their road trip and enjoy the hospitality of the Driver Reviver volunteers.
Located in front of the Marong Men’s Shed, this buzzing site often has a sausage sizzle, giant games for kids, giveaways, and plenty more on offer.
Next time you’re heading through Bendigo be sure to stop in and say hello to our Marong volunteers.
Driver Reviver sites in 2023
Driver Reviver sites operate at various sites and times throughout peak holiday periods. Look for the road signs on approach which show when a site is open or download the Driver Reviver App to pre-plan your next trip.
To view further site information, including the address, amenities, and opening hours, click on a link below.
TAC Pause Stops
The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) have recently been running their Pause Stop campaign, which operates alongside our Driver Reviver activity; a network of rest stop activations around Victoria aimed at encouraging travellers to take regular breaks from the road, to drive awareness of key road safety issues including drowsy driving, and ultimately to prevent road fatalities and serious injuries from occurring.
The Pause Stop campaign aims to complement the long-standing Driver Reviver program, providing additional avenues and resources for drivers to pause from the road along their journey.
For more information about the Pause Stop initiative, please visit tac.vic.gov.au/pausestop.
Snapshot - Marong Pause Stop activity
Over the Australia Day and Labour Day long weekends in early 2021, Marong VICSES volunteers operated their Driver Reviver site in addition to the Pause Stop activations at the Marong site, engaging with visitors and working alongside the TAC staff to highlight key road safety and accident prevention messaging.
The local Lions Club also set up a fundraising sausage sizzle, and local vendors were invited to sell their produce at market stalls. These events were a true collaboration between multiple stakeholders and the community.
The TAC is a Victorian Government-owned organisation whose role is to promote road safety, support those who have been injured on our roads and help them get their lives back on track.
The Victorian Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 commits to the ambitious target of eliminating death from our roads by 2050, with the first step of halving road deaths by 2030.