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#1 CanucksChick

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:21 AM

DH and I are saving for a trip to Australia. It's a long flight but I think it worth it. Considering, I'm in the wheelchair, I'm wondering how accessible is Australia? Which cities should we plan to visit? what are some tourist attractions? thank you in advanced for replies

#2 Zanbam

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:32 AM

DP stupid double post

Edited by Zanbam, 05 February 2013 - 10:36 AM.

#3 Zanbam

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:34 AM

Fantastic, I hope you have a great trip. What sort of things do you like to do?

If you like the outdoors then I would suggest the Blue Mountains (2 hours drive west of Sydney). Fantastic views and things to do in a wheelchair like skyrail.

You could base yourself in Sydney and then you could also do the usual touristy things like the Opera House and the Botanic Gardens. There are also some great restaurants and bars if you are a foodie. I have to warn you though, accommodation is pretty expensive!

ETA If shopping is your thing then go to Melbourne, great boutiques and markets. Don't listen to people if they start with the Sydney v's Melbourne nonsense, they are both awesome cities.

Edited by Zanbam, 05 February 2013 - 10:36 AM.

#4 BadCat

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:38 AM

This website is about accessible tourism within Australia.  You might find it a useful place to start.


#5 mards

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:38 AM

Our Cousins just brought their kids out from Canada over Christmas - both of their children are in chairs. They had a blast. - They hired a vehicle in Sydney which handled both of their chairs easily. We went to the zoo, aquarium. Reptile Park Gosford, The Rocks area and caught a ferry to Manly etc - and it was fine for them.

We are going to Canada to see them in March next year and we can't wait.

They also flew to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland stayed in NOOSA - beautiful beachside area  - Very wheelchair freindly with beautiful boardwalks in the national parks... let me know if you have any questions.

Oh and most of the Life saving clubs here in Australia have beach accessible Wheelchairs - we took the kids on the beach in them they were amazing - had huge wheels.

#6 whatnamenow

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:44 AM

Hi,  We are a great country to visit so dont' worry.  Comparitivly we are very wheelchair accessible but like all places there will always be some places that can be a pain.  The best thing is i have found most places are very up front about just how accessible they are.  Here in QLD call the local council ( it may be the same in other states) as i know most councils have beach access chairs they can lend you for a day if you want a day at the beach.  I know our local council here in Hervey Bay have several beach access chairs and also several at the free council waterpark so you can play about in the water and keep your own chair dry.

#7 PrincessPeach

Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:05 PM

I am openly bias, but you need to visit Qld - simply for the beaches!

Both the Sunshine Coast & Gold Coasts (either side of Brisbane) are very wheelchair friendly.

Also if you get a chance, try to get up to Airlie Beach & arrange for a flight out over the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef - it is utterly spectactular.

Wikitravel also has some good links to various tourist attractions.

How long are you planning the visit for & what sorts of things does your family like to do?

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