Now that we’re a few weeks into summer, it’s time to start thinking about some events and activities over the New Year period. We’ve compiled a list a variety of accessible events across seven states that covers everything from exhibitions in Canberra to rooftop cinemas in Perth.
New South Wales
Inclusive Golf Clinic
Hosted by Empower Golf Australia, inclusive golf clinics are being held over January and February 2019 in locations such as Moore Park, Barden Ridge, Long Reef and North Turramurra. In these inclusive clinics, golf enthusiasts of all abilities have the chance to try golf with the aid of assistive equipment such as the ParaGolfer while being coached by a golf pro.
Accessibility features: adaptive equipment, wheelchair accessible, support worker-friendly
When: Dates from December 2018 to February 2019
Where: Venues across NSW
Throughout Sydney’s Inner West, the Inner West Council Film Club will be bringing together the community. Kicking off on January 8, 2019, at the Marrickville and Leichhardt libraries, the film club is completely free. The film club will also be reaching out to Balmain and Ashfield libraries and will show classics like They Live by Night and blockbusters such as I, Tonya and The Post. Click here to see the complete list.
Accessibility features: accessible bathrooms, wheelchair accessible
When: Dates from January to June 2019
Where: Venues across Sydney Inner West
Gentle Exercise Class
Want to keep fit during the warmer months? This gentle exercise class incorporates gentle, easy movements to encourage flexibility and strength. Classes are relaxed, friendly and afternoon tea and community transport will be provided. Gentle exercise classes are designed to suit older people as well as people with a disability.
Accessibility features: wheelchair accessible, accessible bathrooms
When: Wednesdays from December 2018
Where: Ron Williams Community Centre, 5-11 Kepos St, Redfern
As summer ramps up, beaches across NSW will be ensuring accessibility with a range of facilities. Just last month, Malabar Beach in Sydney became the first beach to deliver permanent surf access to wheelchair users. Other beaches such as Bondi have been known to place beach matting during busier seasons and also have two beach wheelchairs available for use. Other accessible beaches with accessible matting are Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach, Avoca Beach, Newcastle, Fingal Beach and Toowoon Bay Beach – to learn more about their features, click here.
Currently, Williamstown Beach, Altona Beach and Mount Martha Beach have permanent accessible beach matting. Other beaches with accessibility features across Victoria include Mordialloc, St Kilda, Port Melbourne and Hampton Beach. To learn more about their features, click here.
Australian Open 2019
During the world-famous Australian Open tennis tournament, the wheelchair tennis series will also be underway. As the festival of sport takes place throughout January, accessibility and special needs tickets can be purchased. These tickets will ensure secure seating in the tournament venues and will also reserve another seat for an accompanying support worker or carer. To learn more about accessible tickets, click here.
Accessibility features: Companion Card-friendly, wheelchair accessible, support worker-friendly, accessible parking
When: January 14-27
Where: Melbourne Park, Melbourne
Baldessin Whiteley: Parallel Visions
Bringing iconic Australian artists George Baldessin and Brett Whiteley together for the first time, Baldessin Whiteley: Parallel Visions at the National Gallery of Victoria displays existentialist ideas and themes of urban environment. This exhibition will feature an Auslan interpreter for those who are hard of hearing.
Accessibility features: wheelchair accessible, Auslan interpreter, accessible bathroom
When: August 31 2018 – January 18 2019
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne
Disabled Surfing Event for All Abilities
Hosted by the Disabled Surfers Association Australia, this disabled surfing event hopes to put smiles on dials and create an enjoyable and safe surfing experience for people living with a disability. This event is run with the help of volunteers who pair up with surfers to create a safe and immersive surfing experience. To register for this event, click here.
Accessibility features: wheelchair accessible, volunteer carers
When: 11am-2pm, February 9 2019 and 11am-2pm, March 23 2019
Where: Inverloch Surf Beach, 163 Surf Parade, Inverloch
Queensland’s beaches will surely be busy as the weather continues to heat up. Some beaches including Burleigh Heads, Alexandra and Hervey Bay will have a variety of accessible facilities such as beach matting, bathrooms and floating wheelchairs. Click here to learn more about accessible beaches across Queensland.
Brisbane’s biggest annual celebration of tennis will be returning just before 2019 and bringing along some of the world’s biggest sports stars. For those who have accessibility requirements, the Brisbane International is currently offering special needs tickets. These tickets will ensure attendees have proper access to matches and facilities.
Accessibility features: accessible parking, support worker-friendly, Companion Card-friendly, wheelchair accessible
When: December 30, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Where: Queensland Tennis Centre, 190 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson, Brisbane
The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)
Overflowing with colour, culture and life, the APT9 will be bringing art from across the Asia Pacific to the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane. APT9 will feature 400 artworks by over 80 artists to capture the unique and vibrant culture of the Asia Pacific, while three film programs, activities for kids and guided tours will keep attendees coming back for more. APT9 will be featuring guided tours for those wanting to learn more about the exhibition, while QAGOMA provides an array of accessible facilities for attendees.
Accessibility features: guided tours, Auslan interpreters, accessible parking, guide dog-friendly, Companion Card-friendly, available wheelchairs
When: 24 November, 2018 – 28 April, 2019
Where: Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
Australian Capital Territory
Dive Into Canberra
Want to cool off in Canberra? There are plenty of public pools to visit throughout the state. Dickson Pool is open from 9am-7pm over the festive period and offers a variety of private, intensive, adult and infant lessons. The Lakeside Leisure Centre and Canberra Olympic Pool both offer SwimAbility lessons which are specialised for people with disability.
Accessibility features: wheelchair accessible, disability parking, accessible pool ramps, specialised lessons
When: Open throughout summer months at various times
Where: Venues across ACT
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, just a 40-minute drive from Canberra CBD, is the state’s leading ecotourism attraction and offers exciting nature-based experiences and boasts a unique history. With over 20 unique walking tracks and guided tours available, visiting Tidbinbilla will help you get back to nature. A number of walks are wheelchair accessible while interpreters are available during school holidays and weekends.
Accessibility features: interpreters, wheelchair accessible, accessible bathrooms
When: Open 7.30am-8pm, excluding public holidays
Where: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Paddys River Road, Tidbinbilla
Rome: City and Empire at National Museum of Australia
Canberra’s hub of history, the National Museum of Australia (NMA) is currently hosting an international exhibition of 200 beautiful objects from ancient Rome civilisations. The NMA is also home to a series of permanent tours which are free to the public. The NMA offers guided tours, hearing loop facilities and welcome assistive animals such as guide dogs.
Accessibility features: wheelchair accessible, available wheelchairs and motorised scooters, accessible bathrooms, hearing loops, large print and tactile tours, guide-dog friendly
When: December 2018 – February 2019
Where: National Museum Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula
Saturday Salamanca Markets
Hobart’s Salamanca Markets are Tasmania’s biggest market and is home to over 300 unique stalls. The Salamanca Markets are held every Saturday and have accessible bathrooms and parking available. Wheelchairs are also available to hire from event organisers.
Accessibility features: wheelchair accessible, accessible bathrooms, accessible parking, available wheelchairs
When: 8am-3.30pm, every Saturday excluding public holidays
Where: Salamanca Place, Hobart
Taste of Tasmania
Since 1988, Taste of Tasmania has been celebrating the state’s vibrant culture of food and wine and encouraging 220,000 through its gates. With a program of live music, 100 stalls, workshops, demonstrations, dining events and hands-on cooking classes, the festival is a highlight in Hobart’s calendar. Click here to learn about getting tickets.
Accessibility features: wheelchair accessible, accessible bathrooms, accessible parking, available wheelchairs, support worker-friendly, disability-friendly furniture, guide-dog friendly
When: December 28, 2018 – January 3, 2019
Where: Princes Wharf, Salamanca Place, Hobart
Overlooking Hobart, Wellington Park and Mount Wellington sit over 1200 metres above Tasmania’s largest city. Although some parts of Wellington Park can prove difficult to traverse, there are particular trails that are wheelchair accessible while disabled access and accessible bathrooms are at the summit. To learn more about which tracks are accessible, click here.
Accessibility features: wheelchair accessible, accessible bathrooms
When: Open all day every day, weather permitting
Where: Wellington Park, Hobart
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
Positioned in the Adelaide Hills, the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden sprawls across 97 hectares. The Gardens are a perfect spot for a picnic or a quiet stroll, with surrounds of seasonal flora and are home to a variety of walking trails. The Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is a perfect spot to escape the city and get amongst the picturesque Adelaide Hills.
Accessibility features: wheelchair accessible
When: 8.30am-4pm on weekdays, 10am-5pm on weekends
Where: 16 Lampert Rd, Crafers
The famous Moonlight Cinema has returned to Adelaide for yet another year of entertainment. From December 8, the Moonlight Cinema will be airing recent films like First Man, The Grinch, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and classics like Love, Actually.
Accessibility features: wheelchair accessible, accessible parking
When: Dates between December 8 – February 17
Where: Botanic Park, Hackney Rd, Adelaide
Many beaches near Adelaide and within the York and Fleurieu Peninsulas have accessibility features, including Seacliff Beach and Normanville Beach which both have access platforms and a floating beach wheelchair available. Wallaroo in the York Peninsula has ramps to the beach and wheelchair access, while Largs Bay has wheelchair matting. To learn more about these accessibility features, click here.
Christmas Lights Trail
Perth will light up this Christmas with 18 light installations and vibrant decorations throughout the city. Light installations will include feature giant baubles, a magical castle and a Christmas tree representing Lifeline. To ensure all families can enjoy this Christmas spectacle, the City of Perth will be making the Lights Trail accessible to people using walking aids, wheelchairs and people with prams. You can learn more about the Christmas Lights Trail here.
Accessibility features: accessible parking, wheelchair accessible, accessible bathrooms
When: 6pm-11pm, November 16 – December 24
Where: Perth CBD
For a cinematic experience that you definitely won’t forget, the Rooftop Movies in Northbridge, Perth shouldn’t be missed. The Rooftop Movies will be airing blockbusters such as Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born and The Girl in the Spider’s Web. With options like bottomless popcorn, ice-cream and comfortable bean bags, the Rooftop Movies are a must-do for summer.
Accessibility features: wheelchair accessible, accessible bathrooms, Companion Card-friendly
When: December 12, 2018 – March 30, 2019
Where: Roe Street Car Park Rooftop, Northbridge, Perth
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