Sensory and inclusive activities for kids with autism

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Sensory and inclusive activities for kids with autism

We’ve put together a guide to some great activities around Australia for kids with autism. Many of these are fun with a support worker or the whole family, giving you some ideas for play at home and away.

Animals, theatre and playgrounds

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Taronga Zoo

Address: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
Opening hours: Every day from 9.30am-5pm
Phone number: 02 9969 2777

Taronga Zoo offers early entry for guests and their families, and extra animal meet and greets in Sydney. There are also quiet picnic areas that are marked on the accessibility map. The Zoo has also developed a social story in conjunction with Autism Spectrum Australia, so children with autism know what to expect from a visit.

Monkey Baa

Address: Terrace 3, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Opening hours: Box Office opens Monday – Friday from 9.30am-5pm. Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
Phone number: 02 8624 9341

Monkey Baa offers relaxed performances for children with disability or sensory and learning challenges. With dimmed lights and doors open, kids can relax and make as much noise as they like. Entrance is free with a Companion Card if a support worker accompanies your child.

Livvi’s Place

As playgrounds go, Livvi’s Place is one of the best. It’s a beautiful, inclusive playspace where everyone can play in a safe and thoughtfully designed environment and enjoy access to nature. Open 24 hours a day, every day, Livvi’s Place is designed to encourage play for all ages.



      • Yamble Reserve, 194 Quarry Road, Ryde

      • 19 Henley Marine Dr, Five Dock

      • 37A Glebe St, Parramatta

      • 375-383 Windsor Rd, Baulkham Hills

    Museum, farm and a sensory room in Melbourne

    Melbourne Museum

    Address: 11 Nicholson St, Carlton Vic 3053
    Opening hours: Every day from 10am–5pm
    Phone number: 03 8341 7777

    Melbourne Museum is an autism-friendly museum. The museum provides social stories for children to prepare them for a visit. It also offers a map of high and low sensory spaces with plenty of quiet outdoor space and recommends visiting between 3pm and 5pm on weekdays to avoid the crowds.

    Blonde girl holding a bunny rabbit at a farm.

    Myuna Farm

    Address: 182 Kidds Rd, Doveton Vic 3177
    Opening hours: Every day from 10am-4pm
    Phone number: 03 9706 9944

    Research has shown significant benefits for children with autism to spend time on a farm or at a zoo. Myuna Farm in southeast Melbourne has been reviewed by parents as a safe environment and welcoming space for children with autism. On offer are pony rides, train rides and the chance to pat lambs, rabbits, guinea pigs and more. There’s also a farm café just metres from the playground.

    Sensory Lane

    Address: 9 Western Avenue, Westmeadows Vic 3049
    Opening hours: 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday
    Phone number: 0413 214 962

    At Sensory Lane, a state-of-the-art multi-sensory room encourages safe play, builds confidence, and stimulates the imagination. There’s a bubble tube, a swing, a waterbed, padded flooring and much more, along with plenty to explore. Sensory Lane also has a fully serviced café and is wheelchair accessible. Check out their social story.

    Swim, play and horse around in Brisbane

    Hampton Swim School

    Address: 67 Pashen St, Morningside Qld 4170
    Opening hours: 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday; 7.30am-12.30pm, Saturday; closed on Sunday
    Phone number: 07 3399 2004

    In Brisbane, Hampton Swim School offers a specialised swimming program for children with ASD. The multi-stepped program is designed to make your child feel comfortable in the water, learn to swim, and be safe. It also includes a consultation with an occupational therapist to discuss your child’s needs.

    Play Matters

    Address: Various, search for a location near you via the link below
    Opening hours: Various
    Phone number: Call locations directly

    Playgroup Queensland caters to all families, including those with autism. Playgroups are fun and supportive, and you’ll get to meet other parents.

    toddler riding a horse excitedly with her arms out


    Address: Paddock next to 272 Brisbane Corso, Cansdale St, Yeronga Qld 4104
    Opening hours: By appointment
    Phone number: 0402 961 428

    Meet new equine friends at EquusTerra in Brisbane’s Yeronga. Kids can participate in grooming, feeding, riding and building a strong bond with the horse in an environment of support and trust. It’s a socialising opportunity that is suited to those with sensory and anxiety disorders.

    Autism activities, movies, and the museum in Adelaide

    Autism SA

    Address: Southern Hub, 6-8 MAB Circuit, Tonsley SA 5042
    Opening hours: Various times
    Phone number: 1300 288 476

    In Adelaide, Autism SA offers an array of groups and programs specifically designed for people diagnosed with ASD. Among others, you might like to explore Mealtime Group and Aqua Skills.

    Event Cinemas

    Address: Event Cinemas Marion, 297 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park SA 5046

    Event Cinemas in Marion take part in sensory screenings for children with autism, with modified lighting and sound. Upcoming film dates are here.

    South Australia Museum

    Address: North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
    Opening hours: 10am-5pm, daily
    Phone number: 08 8207 7500

    Designed as an Autism Friendly Venue by Autism SA in 2018, the South Australia Museum provides an assortment of sensory-friendly programs. It also opens its doors earlier for children with autism to explore the museum while it’s calm and quiet.

    Building and roleplaying in Perth

    overhead shot of children playing with colourful building blocks

    Building Buddies

    Address: 60 McCabe St, Mosman Park WA 6012
    Other locations
    Opening hours: Depends on location
    Phone: 08 6282 1900

    School holiday therapy group, Building Buddies aims to improve verbal and non-verbal communication in children living with autism. It involves lots of sharing and taking turns and is lots of fun. It’s also very useful in helping children to create social connections and improving problem-solving abilities.

    Little Land Sensory Sessions

    two girls excitedly playing with playdough

    Address: 76 Erindale Road, Balcatta, Perth WA 6021
    Opening hours: Mon-Thu 9am, 11am, 1pm; Fri-Sat 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
    Phone: 0424 596 377

    Little Land offers a scaled-down version of the real world, providing children with the opportunity to learn through role play. Play stalls include Busy Beans café, doctor’s surgery, emergency services area, Little Growers market, home setting, and more. Sensory-friendly sessions are available and can help children who live with autism to feel more comfortable about certain situations thanks to roleplay.

    We hope you have found this guide useful. Remember, you can book an independent support worker on Mable to accompany your child to activities, if required. Simply sign up and start searching for support workers today.