Accessible holiday fun for people with a disability

The Christmas period is always busy and means both holidays and activity time. We’ve put together a trove of information to help make this holiday season easy for you and your family. Whether you are travelling or want family time together near home you’ll find some help below.

Accessible accommodation

Travelling with disabilities is becoming easier, but it is still important to make sure you manage it and find the best outcome for your needs. Here are a few great, unique options.

  1. Byron Bay Rainforest Resort, NSW – Opened in 1987 as an accessible holiday resort with all needs considered. Pet friendly (if they’re well behaved!), support and care services, specialist equipment, acres of wheelchair-friendly pathways and more are all onsite.
  2. ‘Inclusion’ Houseboat, SA – A great option for a getaway that is unique. Owned and designed by people with a disability sector background, the whole boat is disability friendly. It’s a great way to relax away from home in Riverland, South Australia.
  3. Quest Apartment Hotels, National – Quest provide accessible accommodation options in over 50 of their sites nationwide. They are a consistent and valued travel partner for people with access needs. Whether you want city or country locations, they offer a lot of help for families.

Holiday activities

If you’re just looking for local fun or even holiday camps, there are a huge range of options for children with disabilities. Below, we have a list that will suit the whole family.

  1. Beaches and Parks – A huge part of the Aussie lifestyle, beaches and parks during the holidays are a huge day out! More locations become suitable every year. You can find great resources online for beaches and accessible national parks and trails.
  2. Playgrounds – Always a fun outing for children, the number of accessible locations is growing quickly. Plus, many are installing wheelchair-friendly ‘Liberty Swings’ and other great fun. You can find a list of them right here.
  3. Holiday Camps – Councils and groups across the country are providing more holiday camps and social events all the time. MyCareSpace.com.au provides a list of places across the country for sport, social, educational, and welfare activities. Check the list out here on the MyCareSpace website.
  4. Sporting and Cultural Events – This time of year is always full of sporting and cultural events. No matter what event you look at, large venues now have great provision and support for patrons with access needs. Check out individual leagues or event venues for advice!

Hopefully you find some great options and ideas for your family and friends. We’d love to hear about your experiences too, so please let us know!

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