Explore without barriers – here are six accessible tours, experiences and events for travellers with mobility requirements
Explore without barriers – here are six accessible tours, experiences and events for travellers with mobility requirements
Explore without barriers – here are six accessible tours, experiences and events for travellers with mobility requirements
Explore without barriers – here are six accessible tours, experiences and events for travellers with mobility requirements
Explore without barriers – here are six accessible tours, experiences and events for travellers with mobility requirements

Explore without barriers – here are six accessible tours, experiences and events for travellers with mobility requirements

We all love to travel. Experiencing new places, people and culture makes us feel more connected to the world around us, and improves our overall health and happiness, which is why it’s so important that travel is open and accessible to all. Almost one quarter of travellers worldwide have accessibility needs, proving how crucial it is that tourism operators are ensuring there are inclusive experiences and infrastructure readily available, so that people of all ages and abilities are free to travel and explore without barriers. If you or someone you know is looking to experience Queensland without restrictions, then these six awe-inspiring tours and events are certainly worth checking out. Keep reading for all of the details …

Explore Queensland’s UNESCO World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics on board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Soar above Queensland’s breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics on the Skyrail Rainforest CablewayEquipped with manual wheelchair and mobility-friendly access, visitors will hop on board in Smithfield, 15 minutes out of Cairns city centre, to be transported through the trees on a sky-high adventure to Kuranda. Touch down to find wide, wheelchair-friendly boardwalks for a ranger-guided tour, before taking in the breathtaking views of Barron Gorge and Barron Falls from The Edge Lookout. Journey back to Cairns along the heritage-listed railway line that passes spectacular waterfalls and lush rainforest on board the Kuranda Scenic Railway, which has an accessible carriage and motorised lift for wheelchair users.

Discover Australia’s prehistoric past along the Dinosaur Trail
Outback Queensland is one of Australia’s most prolific palaeontology sites and is home to the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils at Australian Age of Dinosaurs. All areas of the museum and laboratory are wheelchair accessible and table heights can be changed where required, so all guests can get hands on with real dinosaur bones. Budding palaeontologists can even help prepare specimens in the museum’s laboratory as part of the Prep A Dino program. The experience ranges from one to 11-day packages with accessible onsite accommodation also available.

Go whale watching in Hervey Bay
Ditch dry land and get out amongst the awe-inspiring ocean action when visiting Hervey Bay during whale season. Hervey Bay Whale Watching’s Quick Cat II vessel is designed specifically for wheelchair, pram and mobility aid access, creating a welcoming space for all – with great viewpoints to watch humpback whales rest and play in the calm waters of the bay. 

Interact with seals and dolphins up close at Sea World
Make a splash at Sea World on the Gold Coast and discover the wonders of the deep blue, without barriers. All animal exhibits are accessible, including the Polar Bear Shores, Penguin Encounter, Shark Bay and Sea Jellies Illuminated. Join an educational adventure during the Affinity Dolphin Presentation, interact with a resident seal up close, and stop by to meet Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol. Sea World is equipped with a pool hoist that allows guests with mobility restrictions to access the dolphin pool and join a guide in meeting these playful marine animals up close. Sea World offers wheelchair and stroller hire, while parent swap and queue proxy programs help those who cannot stand or queue for long periods. Head to the Sea World website for detailed accessibility guide, which assesses the suitability of each attraction, along with a sensory guide.

Take part in Brisbane’s Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run
Sprawling Moreton Bay views set the scene for Brisbane’s Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run, which tracks the coastline between Woody Point and Redcliffe Jetty. This fun run has grown into a major annual event with over 4000 competitors – and it’s open to all. There’s a 10-km elite wheelchair race, while entrants with manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and power assisted devices can also enter the 3-km, 5-km and 10-km races. 

Be transported back in time on the Mary Valley Rattler steam train
All aboard the Mary Valley Rattler, a heritage steam train that glides through the Sunshine Coast’s breathtaking countryside. Gympie Historic Station, Amamoor Station and Mary Valley Rattler rail experiences are wheelchair accessible thanks to the wide, level platforms at both train stations, ramp access onto the train’s carriage, which can accommodate prams and wheelchairs, and priority seating to ensure a comfortable journey. Accessible rail experiences are limited in number, so we recommended calling ahead and ensure availability.

For more information on more accessible travel experiences, head to Tourism and Events Queensland website

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