We’ve compiled a state-by-state guide of a few of the fun, accessible and inclusive activities you can do this summer to get outdoors and enjoy the season.
- Boundless - The Centenary of Canberra National Playground – Canberra’s first all abilities playground provides hours of fun for children to explore.
- National Zoo and Aquarium – The National Zoo in Canberra is family and accessible friendly fun with a well-marked accessible circuit around the zoo.
New South Wales
- Access-friendly walking tracks – The warmer weather is the perfect time to explore the tree lined, wheelchair-accessible walking tracks on the fringes of Sydney.
- Livvi’s Place, Port Macquarie – Livvi’s Place is the place to be on a hot summers day where you can cool off in a water play area and check out the view in the wheelchair accessible pirate ship.
- Surfers Paradise Beach – One of Australia’s most iconic beaches, Surfers Paradise is now accessible to everyone with beach matting and Mobi-Chairs available this summer.
- Pioneer Park, Landsborough – This all abilities playground featuring a multi-sensory playground is designed with children of all abilities in mind.
- Hendrie Street Reserve Inclusive Playground, Park Holme – Located in the city of Marion, this playground features accessible play equipment such as an Expression swing and multi-station ramp.
- Seacliff Beach – The first beach in South Australia to roll out beach matting that allows easy access to the water’s edge with a wheelchair ramp and beach mats available for use.
- Onkaparinga River Recreation Park – Located in Adelaide’s northern suburbs this park features a 3km Wetlands Trail Loop that is wheelchair friendly.
- Dru Point Playground, Margate – Dru Point park is a favourite for locals with BBQ facilities, shaded spaces and an all access swing.
- Access Friendly Tasmanian Parks – Explore Tasmania’s famous landscape using TrailRiders (all-terrain wheelchairs) that are available at Cradle Mountain, Freycinet and Mount Field national parks.
- Brimbank Playspace, Keilor East – This play space is full of nature inspired obstacles and objects to climb and discover.
- Assistive Technology Zone at the State Library of Victoria – Book worms will be thrilled to take in their favourites in the new Assistive Technology Zone that features screen readers, text to speech and magnification devices.
- All-terrain wheelchairs – are now available in some of Victoria’s top parks such as the Grampians and Dandenong Ranges National Park.
- Mt Martha Beach, Mornington Peninsula – is a popular spot to enjoy Melbourne’s bay. It offers accessible beach matting, toilets and Mobi-Chair.
- Sienna Wood Shipwreck Park, Hilbert – Sail upon the SS Shipwreck for hours of fun. The playground features wide paths that are perfect for exploring as well as an all abilities seat and several swings.
- Walpole-Nornalup National Park – The park is famous for its Karri and Red Tingle Trees and they can be enjoyed on the wheelchair accessible Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk.
- Rockingham foreshore, Perth – The pristine foreshore offers beach access matting, making it the ideal place to visit this summer.
This information is not a definitive guide, and care should be taken to contact any location you plan on attending to ensure it is suitable for you or your family’s needs.