With summer breezes in the air, our radar is focussing on new accessible outdoor experiences.
What exciting adventures we have uncovered ! From accessible tours to accessible homes for wheelchair travellers.
Our first foray took us to the Sydney Cricket Ground. There is so much more to this venue than meets the eye. The team at SCG offer fascinating insights – and it is easily accessible to wheelchair users. We got a great sense of what goes on behind the scenes of world class games and actually saw one of our sporting heroes in action! What a thrill.
Our guide Cass was really lovely with lots of stories to tell. One of my favourites was the origin of the expression ‘ barracking for our team’.
Sydney Cricket Ground was a swamp in the 19th century and located next to Victoria Barracks where the British soldiers lived. Apparently they really missed their cricket so set about cleaning up the swamp and created a cricket ground there – complete with white picket fence.! With their team coming from the barracks , the expression ‘ barracking for your team’ emerged.
It was a thrill to see where our sporting heroes prepare and recover from games and to see the view of the grounds from the press box
We were fortunate to find a cricket game taking place on the day of our tour – out on the pitch were members of the Aussie cricket team playing a state match. What a bonus to see Nathan Lyon in action!
You can read more about our Sydney Cricket Ground Tour which includes wheelchair accessible transport from your accommodation.
We also have been checking out accessible homes offering a summer feel to travellers.
There are some fabulous homes for wheelchair users that are available in magical locations offering spectacular outdoor views.
Our favourite homes prove that the words ‘disability travel ‘ and ‘disabled travel’ are being confined to the dust heap.
One of our favourite homes overlooks the beach outside of Sydney.
Overlooking a dazzling sweep of coast, just an hours drive north of Sydney this luxury 4 bedroom apartment with level access to a huge terrace perfect for entertaining. Beach chairs are available from the nearby surf club
Another accessible home is located on Philip island in Victoria. Get up close and personal with the cute penguin who live near this architect designed home with sweeping views across the ocean
And if you love the water why not check out an accessible houseboat outside of Adelaide ? This spacious accessible houseboat has 5 bedrooms and transport can be arranged be arranged from Adelaide in a wheelchair accessible bus.
All 3 have roll in showers.
You can read more about accessible homes for your stay in Australia here
How do I know if the home will suit my needs you may ask? Perhaps you require level access, perhaps you require wide hallways , perhaps you have special needs in the bedroom or bathroom ?
You can now personalise your search results on Airbnb depending on the accessibility feature you need-such as rolls-in shower, step free entry, grab rails etc
Just last month, Airbnb highlighted the release of 21 new accessible filters which enable guests in Australia to find accommodation which suits their individual needs. The new accessibility features include step free access when entering the home, wide entries, roll in shower and specialist equipment including an electric profiling bed
Hope you find this update helpful to enjoy travels in Australia to the max.
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