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Accessible events wrap-up for June-July 2022

Father in wheelchair smiling while spending time with daughter and partner outdoors

From giant prehistoric creatures and a VIP tour of a public aquarium to outdoor dance classes and a fabulous guitar festival, here’s your guide to what’s on across Australia during June/July 2022.

No matter which event you choose to head to, remember, you can book an independent support worker through Mable to assist you and make sure you have a great, comfortable outing.

Accessible events in Sydney (NSW) in June-July 2022

The Gentleman Magician’s Magical Soiree

Prepare yourself for 90 minutes of magical and enthralling Australian stories presented by Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician. A special opportunity to dress up for an evening of stories, champagne and gourmet canapes upon arrival and have a wonderful time being entertained by one of Australia’s premier acts in a highly accessible venue. Tickets are $95. Learn more and book here.

Dates: 7pm, Saturdays and Sundays throughout June and July 2022.

Venue: Sir Stamford Hotel, 93 Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW.

Christmas in July themed lunch at Parliament House

Dine with history and enjoy a three-course Christmas-themed lunch served on Parliamentary crested Wedgwood plates in Strangers’ Restaurant at Parliament House. You’ll indulge in an entree, main course and dessert, followed by tea and coffee. Accessibility is a priority at Parliament House, with ramp and lift access, accessible parking and other considerations taken into account. Book here.

Dates: Monday to Thursdays, 12pm-3pm.

Venue: New South Wales Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW.

Alpaca Experience at Madison’s Mountain Retreat

At 3pm daily, the gentle, intelligent alpacas at Madison’s Mountain Retreat are fed and you could be fortunate to feed one yourself. Lasting from 45 minutes to an hour, the alpaca experience welcomes and assists individuals who experience challenges around communication, learning, understanding and behaviour. A quiet space is available and the event caters for people who have vision or hearing impairments or losses. Learn more and book here.

Dates: Daily, arrive by 2.45pm.

Venue: Madison’s Mountain Retreat, 1880 Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong Heights, NSW, 2758.

Fireworks at Darling Harbour every Saturday night

Make an evening of it at Darling Harbour where a dazzling fireworks display features at 8.30pm every Saturday night. Wheelchair accessibility is prominent. Learn more here.

Dates: Saturdays 25th June, and 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th July 2022, 8.30pm. Subject to weather conditions.

Venue: Best vantage points include Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay Wharf, Harbourside Shopping Centre, King Street Wharf and Barangaroo.

Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers

Created for children, this show provides an immersive and interactive experience centered around Roald Dahl’s classic stories. Tickets are $27 and the venue provides excellent accessibility facilities. Learn more and book.

Dates: 10.30am-11.30am, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th July 2022.

Venue: Zenith Theatre & Convention Centre, Cnr Railway and McIntosh Streets, Chatswood, NSW.

Accessible events in Brisbane (Qld) in June-July 2022

The Sound Society, Roma Street Parkland

Take advantage of a fun, free event at the beautiful Roma Street Parklands. Catch some live music in Brisbane’s biggest subtropical backyard. Pack a picnic or purchase a picnic hamper from the Garden Room Cafe. Entry is free and the Parkland has been designed for easy accessibility. In terms of accessibility, there are accessible bathrooms, car parks for those with disability, minimal incline pathways and service and support dogs are welcome. Learn more here.

Date: 11am to 2pm, Sunday 3rd July 2022.

Venue: Roma Street Parklands, 1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane, Qld.

Brisbane Races at Ipswich Turf Club

Go along to the historic Ipswich Turf Club in the growing region of Ipswich, where horse racing has been a staple event since 1848. Place a bet, have a meal and a drink and have a great time absorbing the atmosphere of the races. The venue features parking spaces for those with disability, ramps and lifts, and accessible toilets. Entry is free. Learn more here.

Dates: Saturday 18th and Thursday 30th June, and Wednesday 7th and Thursday 14th July 2022.

Venue: Ipswich Turf Club, 219 Brisbane Road, Bundamba, Qld.

Quiet Afternoons at the Museum of Brisbane

Every Tuesday, the Museum of Brisbane provides an alternate experience, reducing the impact of sensory stimuli. Go along to enjoy the current exhibitions without looping sounds and loud noises. There’s also a breakout area for those who need to take a moment. Accessibility at City Hall includes disability access toilets, lifts, ramp access, free loan of mobility devices and the new Changing Places toilet. Entry is free. Learn more here.

Dates: 2-5pm, every Tuesday.

Venue: Level 3, Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Qld.

Outdoor dance classes for everybody

The Bring a Plate Inclusive Dance Company presents an outdoor dance class that welcomes and celebrates every body, however able, however inexperienced. The class begins with a gentle stretch and you will learn easy dance moves while being a part of a fun, vibrant group. One support worker can attend for free when accompanying a paying participant. Pricing is $10 – $15. Learn more here.

Dates: Various times, various dates through June and July.

Venue: Meet at the entrance to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Stanley Place, Southbank, Brisbane, Qld.

Accessible events in Canberra (ACT) in June-July 2022

MEGAfauna: Myths and Legends

Meet the giants that used to inhabit Australia. For the month of July, the Australian National Botanic Gardens is offering a free, fun school holiday experience. Imagine wombat-like critters the size of a hippopotamus, a gigantic monitor lizard and a flightless bird that was double the size of an emu. The gardens will host incredible mega creatures that will inspire conversations about prehistoric times. Accessibility is excellent and free loan of wheelchairs and electric scooters is offered. Learn more about the event here.

Dates: 8.30am-5pm, 1st to 31st July 2022.

Venue: Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton, ACT.

Accessible events in Melbourne (Victoria) in June-July 2022

The Van Gogh Experience at The Lume

The Lume, Australia’s first permanent digital gallery, takes some of the most famous works of art in the world and creates fully immersive sensory experiences. This winter, it brings the art of Vincent van Gogh to life in a breathtaking encounter that will delight all ages. The multi-sensory gallery space draws visitors into the Dutch master’s ‘Starry Night’, as well as tours of European landscapes. Music, light and movement envelope every surface. The venue features accessible toilets, ramps and lifts and the exhibition does not include smoke, haze or strobe lights. More accessibility info here. Book your tickets here.

Dates: Varying times from 9am-11pm, every day until Thursday 30th June 2022.

Venue: The Lume, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 5 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Victoria.

Melbourne Magic Festival

Prepare to be amused and amazed at the Melbourne Magic Festival, officially recognised as the largest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Take your pick from more than 130 performances of 30 different shows and join in special events and workshops, some free, some paid. There are kids’ shows, adult shows and family shows and the festival offers wheelchair access at the Hub and accepts Companion Cards. Learn more and book.

Dates: Monday 27th June to Saturday 9th July 2022.

Venues: Various, across Northcote, Malvern, Kew and Geelong. The Hub is located in Arrow on Swanston, 488 Swanston Street, Carlton, Victoria.

Family Come and Try Day

The Australian Camps Association is holding a fun camp day for people with disability to go along and experience a range of activities and enjoy a barbeque lunch. The four-hour program provides a taste of the kinds of camps offered by the association, which is a registered NDIS service provider. Family tickets cost $58.85 for up to four individuals. Learn more and book.

Date: 9am-2pm, Saturday 25th June 2022.

Venue: Log Cabin Camp, 270 Ascot-Creswick Road, Creswick, Victoria.

Accessible events in Adelaide (South Australia) in June-July 2022

Brixpo Lego event

Brixpo is a Lego fan-run exhibition the whole family will enjoy with more than 100 fan-built Lego creations to explore. Don’t miss the interactive Yellow BRIXPO Road activity, a discovery journey of the exhibition where you can collect pieces to make your own BRIXPO set to take home. A quieter, less crowded, sensory-friendly session is available on Sunday, 10th July, at 9am. The venue features accessibility initiatives and offers free admission for carers with Companion Cards. Book tickets here.

Dates: Various session times, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July 2022.

Venue: St Clair Recreation Centre, 109 Woodville Road, Woodville South, SA.

Adelaide Guitar Festival

Lovers of all things guitar will appreciate the opportunity to explore a range of guitar-themed events celebrating this versatile instrument. Catch Joe Camilleri on stage, participate in a week-long guitar course, discover handmade treasures at the guitar expo, attend a special screening of This Is Spinal Tap, and experience classical guitar performances. The Adelaide Guitar Festival will play out over five different venues, each with its own accessibility offering.

Dates: Saturday 9th to Sunday 24th July 2022.

Venue: Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Street, Adelaide, SA. Additional venues include Festival Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre.

Accessible events in Perth (Western Australia) in June-July 2022

Supanova Comic Con & Gaming

Supanova is the ultimate opportunity to dress up, meet some of your favourite celebrities and be immersed in the world of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming and more. Supanova is back in Perth and it’s bigger and better than ever. The venue offers excellent accessibility. Book here

Dates: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2022.

Venue: Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, WA.

Behind the Scenes at the Aquarium of Western Australia

Go deeper into the aquarium and get closer to the animals than you’d ever dreamed possible. This special event includes a glass bottom boat ride, animal feeding, sealife education and tours of the coral growing room, jellyfish breeding station and animal food prep zone. Designed for children aged four years and older, it offers an animal lovers’ experience like no other. AQWA is a wheelchair-accessible venue and offers wheelchair hire at reception, if required. Book here.

Dates: Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, duration 60 minutes.

Venue: The Aquarium of Western Australia, 91 Southside Drive, Hillarys, WA.

Find something you like? Connect with an independent support worker today to plan your next day out!

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