With the June long weekend fast approaching, many of us are looking for fun and accessible activities that the whole family can enjoy. Luckily, there are plenty of options for those who want to get out and explore without any barriers.
Tips for travel- Know before you go
One of the most important things to do before you travel is to research your activities’ accessibility features. Searching for keywords in reviews can give you some insight into the accessibility of your activity and whether it suits your specific accessibility needs.
Another important step is to reach out to the activity coordinator in advance to ensure that they can meet the needs of you and your family or friends. This can help you avoid any surprises or disappointments when you arrive. You may also want to inquire about any details that are not listed on the website, such as narrow doorways or steps, and whether they can provide ramps or other modifications if necessary.
By taking the time to research and communicate your needs in advance, you can help ensure that your travel experience is safe, enjoyable, and stress-free.
For those who want some outdoor activities, why not plan a trip to a national park? With bushwalking, fishing, birdwatching, and photography, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy. Australia is home to many beautiful parks, and by checking your state’s national parks website you can find one that is close by. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services website has an access-friendly page where you can search through parks by type and location, it also provides a spotlight on their top choices of accessible activities.
The Blue Mountains is an ideal destination for those with limited mobility or who use a wheelchair. Scenic World has accessible cable car rides and boardwalks that provide breathtaking views of the Jamison Valley. You can also visit Jenolan Caves, where accessible tours take you underground to witness the awe-inspiring limestone formations.
With over 5000 native and exotic animals, Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo is a unique destination for all ages and abilities. The zoo has plenty on offer, such as keeper experiences, animal encounters, guided tours, and interactive exhibits. While it’s a big area, the zoo can be explored on foot, by car, or even by hire bike, cart, or wheelchair.
Why not use the long weekend as an opportunity to expand on your knowledge or build on a specific skill? Visit a local museum or art gallery and see what’s on. You can keep informed about the events or activities happening in your area over the long weekend by checking your local council’s website.
Murray Art Museum Albury
Chromakinda is a new installation commissioned for the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA). Children and their carers are invited to activate their imaginations through costumes, puzzles, and games. The installation encourages children to take part and stay and play in the museum. The museum supports a range of accessibility needs including sensory support, AUSLAN interpreters (on request) and welcomes assistance and support animals.
Take advantage of the extra time off and explore all that this beautiful country has to offer.