Australia’s Most Accessible Holiday Destinations

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step”
Lao Tzu

 

Here are Australia’s most accessible holiday destinations you and your carer can visit:

Caring is a round the clock responsibility that runs 365 days in the year.

Home care visits are a vital part of the day for millions of people with disabilities, the aging population and their families. Basic care is important for improving quality of life, but Making Lives Better can go beyond fundamental care. Sometimes seeking a little adventure is all you need to brighten up the day!

While there are many leisure options available Australia wide, sometimes it can be hard to find those little gems that offer accessible tourism to the elderly and people with disabilities.

Inclusive tourism and accessible adventures are a possible experience for those who live with limited mobility.

Whether it’s an accessible attraction or accessible activity, we’ve searched for the best holiday destinations available to people of all ages, levels and mobilities.

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To find a list of accessible activities, attractions and inclusive tourism in your area, select your state below:


If you need some inspiration for your next holiday destination, these accessible attractions and activities can be added to your bucket list!

Accessible Beaches

Australia is renowned for its amazing beaches and there’s no better feeling than a relaxing visit to one of our many popular coastlines boasting beautiful sites. When it comes to beach accessibility however, everyone’s needs and wants will be different especially when you are faced with a disability. Simply crossing the sand can be a challenge.

The Australian Government made it a priority to make many of our well-loved beaches accessible to everyone in the country through their Accessible Beaches Campaign. There are now plenty of opportunities to visit the shoreline, soak in the sun and marvel at the beautiful sunsets mother nature has to offer through accessible beach mats, accessible bathrooms, beach wheelchair hire and mobility equipment hire available Australia wide.

 

Young man in wheelchair at wheelchair accessible beach
 

Adaptive Diving

Diving for people with disabilities is now a possibility! Adaptive Scuba Diving is a growing accessible attraction in Northern parts of Australia, including the Gold Coast, and an exhilarating experience allowing people of all abilities to connect with some of the greatest natural wonders of the marine world. If scuba diving feels a little overwhelming, there are also several programs available for adaptive snorkeling available to people with impaired mobility.

Adaptive Diving is an inspiring experience for the adaptive diver, the instructor, and the dive buddy. The weightlessness of being underwater can reduce the physical restrictions an adaptive person feels on land, giving them a new sense of independence, and often becoming a very memorable and life changing experience.

 

Person with a disability diving
 

Accessible Trails

There is an idea that forest bathing and submerging yourself in nature is not only good for your physical self but also, your mental wellbeing. National parks and walking tracks in remote areas of Australia can appear intimidating for people with limited mobility, however there are now boundless accessible trails all over the country.

Whether it’s enjoying the beautiful waterfalls, forests and bushland or admiring the unique fauna Australia has to offer there are accessible hiking trails and walking tracks available for every type of traveler. Regardless of age and mobility, you and your loved ones can embark on a new adventure, breathe in that fresh air and take in the wonders of Australia’s abundant remote areas.

 

Man with a disability getting ready for a hike
 

Inclusive Animal Encounters

For many of us, connecting with wildlife can have profound effects on our emotional and even spiritual well being, especially if it’s with your favourite animal! A person living with a disability however might feel a little bit deterred or limited with where they can go and what animals they can actually experience an encounter with.

There are many programs, sanctuaries and theme parks that can accommodate adaptive encounters, and are wheelchair accessible. Whether it’s going for a horse ride, swimming with dolphins or simply having easy access when visiting a wildlife sanctuary, each state in Australia has taken into account the need for accessible travel, providing wheelchair access, accessible attractions, and accessibility information to enhance experiences.

 

Person in a wheelchair with his carer at Seaworld
 

Adaptive Mountain Biking

There is a rebellious streak in all of us despite our age and abilities. In 2019 charity organisation Break the Boundary, launched Australia’s first adaptive mountain biking and walking trail hub. Their mission; to empower people with physical disabilities to go beyond flat surfaces, out of their comfort zone, and into off-road areas around Australia which they thought were inaccessible.

“The adaptive trail hub is a gateway to the outdoors – it’s the stepping stone from flat concrete surfaces and the everyday limitations of mobility aids, into nature and all it’s ruggedness.” exclaims founder Andrew Liddawi. Now anyone can experience the thrills and joy of being off-road in Australia through Adaptive Mountain Biking.

 

Person with disability on bike
 

Accessible Landmarks

Most of us are familiar with iconic locations like Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, and Wilsons Promontory National Park but, we never think about putting these on our travel radar for our loved ones who are elderly or living with a disability.

When it comes to accessible tourism, adding experiences around some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks to your bucket list is essential. Whether it’s a visit to Australia’s red centre or coral reefs, there are plenty of accessible travel opportunities across each state for all adaptive travelers and tourists to experience.

 

Australian Landmark Uluru
 

The world is our oyster despite our age and abilities; travel and adventure are a possibility. Happier Ageing and Making Lives Better are at the core of everything we do at Nurse Next Door. Life is filled with surprises and we want to continue to bring joy, excitement and memorable moments to all our past, present and future clients.

 

Man in wheelchair with his carer laughing
 


VICTORIA

Accessible Beaches

Inclusive Animal Encounters

Accessible Trails

Accessible Landmarks


NEW SOUTH WALES

Accessible Beaches

Adaptive Diving

Inclusive Animal Encounters

Accessible Trails

Accessible Landmarks


QUEENSLAND

Accessible Beaches

Adaptive Diving

Inclusive Animal Encounters

Accessible Trails

Accessible Landmarks


SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Accessible Beaches

Inclusive Animal Encounters

Accessible Trails

Accessible Landmarks


WESTERN AUSTRALIA

If you’re looking for something further out west, WA has plenty of hidden gems with beach matting or beach wheelchairs available:

Accessible Beaches

Inclusive Animal Encounters

Adaptive Mountain Biking

Accessible Trails

Accessible Landmarks


NORTHERN TERRITORY

Accessible Beaches

  • Mindil Beach might not have direct access to the shoreline yet but their Mindil Beach Sunset Market is fully accessible and the perfect way to take in the golden hours

Inclusive Animal Encounters

Accessible Trails

Accessible Landmarks


AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Inclusive Animal Encounters

Accessible Trails


TASMANIA

Accessible Beaches

Inclusive Animal Encounters

Accessible Trails

Accessible Landmarks


 

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