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This month, we have compiled a list of fun and engaging activities that young adults with autism may enjoy. Pick your favourite and book an independent support worker on Mable to plan your day out.
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The Shine Shed All Abilities Play Centre5 Mount Erin Road, Campbelltown, NSW 2560 Opening hours: Open daily from 9am-5pm (to 4pm weekends) Phone number: 02 4629 5555
Offering a unique sensory play experience for children, teens, and young adults, The Shine Shed welcomes everyone. Parents and carers can come for free. Trampolines, a climbing gym, flying fox, and foam pits are just the start of the fun.
Maritime Museum2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW 2000 Opening hours: 8.30am-11.30pm Sundays Phone number: 02 9298 3777
At Sydney’s incredible Maritime Museum, people with autism can enjoy Sensory-Friendly Sundays. You can create your own artworks and participate in sensory science activities. There are quiet chill-out spaces, and sound and light levels make sure your experience is comfortable.
Social Minds118 Argyle St, Camden, NSW 2570 Opening hours: 10am-6pm Fridays; 10am-8pm Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu Phone number: 02 4622 3988
Social Minds provides social skills support for children, teenagers and young adults who have an ASD diagnosis. The evidence-based programs are adjusted according to age and help people to learn how to navigate their social world.Topics include entering and exiting conversations, managing emotions, expressing thoughts and feelings in appropriate ways, and navigating bullying, rumours, and gossip. There’s also a sensory room.
Legoland Discovery CentreLevel 2/1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone, VIC 3148 Opening hours: 10am-4pm Mon, Tue, Wed; 10am-5pm Thu and Fri; 9.30am-6pm Sat and Sun
The Legoland Discovery Centre is a popular attraction for Lego lovers of all ages. Once every three months, the centre runs a low sensory morning. Sound and light levels are reduced in certain areas, there are quiet spaces, and trained staff are on hand to ensure visitors have a great time. Otherwise, the centre recommends visiting early in the afternoon during the week, outside of school holidays when it’s quieter and less crowded. Find the sensory map here and accessibility info here.
Phillip Island Nature Park1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, VIC 3922 Opening times: Opens daily at 4pm Phone number: 03 5951 2800
Visit the world’s largest Little Penguin colony. Phillip Island Nature Park is a certified sensory-inclusive site with trained staff.Sensory bags are provided that contain noise-cancelling headphones, verbal cue cards, and fidget tools. Visitors can get a weighted lap pad for free. When a sensory break is needed, there are Designated Quiet Areas and Headphone Zones. Here is the park’s sensory story.
Melbourne Cricket GroundBrunton Ave, Richmond, VIC 3002 Opening times: Depends on event Phone number: 03 9657 8888
The Melbourne Cricket Ground offers a sensory-friendly space to visitors.You can find it in the Australian Sports Museum on Level 1 (inside Gate 3, behind bay M51). The staff has been provided with Aspect’s Sensory Room Awareness training.
Workshops Rail MuseumNorth Street, North Ipswich, QLD 4305 Opening hours: Open daily from 9.30am-4pm Phone number: 07 3432 5100
Located in Ipswich, the Workshops Rail Museum is a fun and educational look into the history of train travel in Queensland. Check out the Tilt Train simulator, visit railway workshops, and explore the many exhibits. Sensory-friendly sessions are offered during school holidays and the museum is usually quieter between 2-4pm on school days. Companion Cards are accepted. The venue is accessible and you can click here for the museum’s sensory-friendly map.
Downfall Creek Bushland Centre815 Rode Road, Chermside West, QLD 4032 Opening hours: 9am-4pm Tuesday to Friday Phone number: 07 3407 2400
The Downfall Creek Bushland Centre features picnic tables, barbecues, and a playground. You can join the Mountains to Mangroves Senses Trail, which is wheelchair-accessible. There’s also a free Native Plants program where you can pick up a free plant to take home.