Struggling to find a long weekend activity that will entertain the whole family? If you’re in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, WA, SA or the Northern Territory, take a look at which accessible, family-friendly events are coming to your state this weekend!
New South Wales
Sydney Fringe Festival
For the ninth year in a row, the Sydney Fringe Festival will return to unlock the city’s hidden gems and bring Sydney to life. With events spanning from comedy, art, music and interactive experiences, the festival will host events in Parramatta, Sydney CBD and the Sydney’s Inner West suburbs. With a variety of accessibility options for over 70 venues, the Sydney Fringe will have something for everyone.
Accessibility features: wheelchair access, accessible doors, accessible bathrooms, lifts
When: September 1-30
Where: Venues across Sydney
Manly Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Walk and Talk
Just in time for the Invictus Games in Sydney, Manly’s stunning coastal stretch will light up with the Invictus Spirit. The 2.6 kilometre walking track from Shelly to Queenscliff has been decorated with fun conversation starters about sport, accessibility and achievement. The Walk and Talk is all about encouraging people to get active, recognise and improve mental health while getting connected with their local community.
Accessibility features: wheelchair access, accessible bathroom
When: August 18-October 30
Where: Shelly Beach to Queenscliff Beach
The heart of the Hunter Region will become party central over the October Long Weekend with the Dungog Festival expected to attract thousands of locals and tourists alike. With street parades, late-night street parties, live music, markets, film screenings and workshops, the Festival will be a family-friendly event accommodating for all interests. Most events in the Dungog Festival are accessible and wheelchair friendly – for more information, visit their site.
Accessibility features: wheelchair access, accessible bathrooms, transport facilities
When: September 28-October 1
Where: Venues across Dungog
MoMA at NGV: 130 years of Modern and Contemporary Art
Once again, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will showcase some of the best international artworks. MoMA at NGV will present over 200 modern and contemporary works from legendary artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo. To make the most of your long weekend, why not catch this unmissable exhibition in its final days?
Accessibility features: Auslan guides, wheelchair access, Companion Card-friendly, accessible bathrooms
When: June 9-October 8
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Representing over 3,000 artists, the Melbourne Fringe Festival helps transform the city and entertain 360,000 people with a huge range of art forms. Melbourne’s Fringe Festival is known for breaking artistic boundaries and creating memorable, artistic experiences for viewers in galleries, theatres, alleyways, libraries and cafes. This year, the Festival is celebrating inclusion with a range of accessibility features, including visual ratings for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Take a look here to see just how many events will be accessible.
Accessibility features: visual ratings, tactile tours, wheelchair access, Auslan interpreters, Companion Card-friendly, guide dog-friendly, relaxed performances, captioned performance
When: September 13-30
Where: Venues across Melbourne
Adelaide Himeji Garden
Visiting family or friends in Adelaide this coming long weekend? The Adelaide Himeji Garden is a luscious natural wonder at the fringes of the Adelaide CBD open free to visitors throughout the long weekend. The gardens combine two unique types of Japanese flora – ‘senzui’ (mountain and lake garden) and ‘kare senzui’ (dry garden) which transports visitors all year long. Entry to the Himeji Garden and is accessible for people requiring a wheelchair or mobility aids.
Accessibility features: wheelchair access, guided tours, access for those with a hearing or visual impairment, guide dog-friendly
When: Open 8am-4.30pm September 29-October 1
Where: Corner of South Terrace and Glen Osmond Road, Adelaide
Interested in science and technology? MOD. is an unmissable innovative science experience within the University of South Auwstralia. MOD. celebrates futuristic exhibitions and encourages young adults to learn and research science and technology. Today, the exhibition is South Australia’s only interactive space for science and creativity. The best part is, MOD. is completely free!
Accessibility features: wheelchair access, disabled access
When: Open 10am-4pm September 29-30
Where: North Terrace, adjacent to Morphett Street Bridge, Adelaide
Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm
Ready for some pet therapy this long weekend? The Swan Valley in Perth is home to a sprawling animal farm of goats, miniature ponies, birds, deer, pigs and much more. The farm is all-inclusive, family-friendly and accessible to all people, regardless of ability. For more information on pricing, visit their site.
Accessibility features: wheelchair access, disabled parking, Companion Card-friendly, ‘special needs’ tours
When: Open from 9.30am-4pm every day
Where: 128 John Street, Henley Brook, Swan Valley
Kings Park Festival
To celebrate the stunning spring blooms of Kings Park, the “Greatest Wildflower Show on Earth” will host tours, walks, wellness events, outdoor exhibitions and performances. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the Kings Park Festival, and it will be as vibrant and accommodating as ever.
Accessibility features: wheelchair access, disabled parking
When: September 8-30
Where: Kings Park, Fraser Avenue, Perth
Caloundra Music Festival
Capturing Queensland’s sun, surf and soul, the Caloundra Music Festival will play host to artists like Daryl Braithwaite, Eskimo Joe and the John Butler Trio. As well as putting on a great show for tourists and locals, the Caloundra Music Festival is well known for its inclusion and accessibility. For more information, visit their site.
Accessibility features: wheelchair access, accessibility assistants, Companion Card-friendly, accessible bathrooms, viewing areas and parking.
When: September 28 – October 1
Where: Kings Beach Park, De Vene Avenue, Kings Beach
Weaving a story with interactive experiences and clever technologies, BRISTOPIA shares the history and present charm of Brisbane, an ever-growing city. The whimsical installation invites museum-goers to share their voice as a local or visitor of Brisbane.
Accessibility features: wheelchair access, accessible bathrooms, Auslan interpreters, audio description facilities
When: Open every day until October 14, 10am-5pm
Where: East Gallery, Museum of Brisbane, Level 3, City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane
Mindil Beach Sunset Market
The Mindil Beach Sunset Market is Darwin’s largest collection of markets, helping over 300 local businesses grow and creating a strong community spirit. A unique part of the Mindil Markets is their very own “Mindil Money” – a currency accepted by all independent market stalls. With a stunning sunset as a backdrop, these markets will be unmissable.
Accessibility features: wheelchair access, accessible bathrooms
When: September 30, 4pm-9pm
Where: Mindil Beach Sunset Market, Maria Liveris Drive, Darwin
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