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Use Mable to enjoy a carefree holiday weekend

Woman who uses a wheelchair sits with arms up on the beach

The 2022 Easter long weekend is a fabulous time to get out and about and involved in what’s happening in your area. Let’s take a trip around the country to check out all the fun (and accessible!) events coming up for all ages.

Support for your outings

Remember, you can book an independent support worker from the Mable platform to help you plan an outing, get ready for it and travel to it. Companionship at the event is also offered.

Brisbane: Bluewater Festival

The magnificent Shorncliffe Pier is the setting for the annual Bluewater Festival held on 15 April, coinciding with the iconic Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. There’ll be tons of entertainment during the day including live bands, stalls, rides, children’s workshops and of course, spectacular viewing of the yachts. In the evening, there will be a beach party, complete with an incredible fireworks display. The Bluewater Festival is suitable for all ages and runs from 8am to 7pm.

Accessibility info: The event welcomes people with access requirements. The 351m Shorncliffe Pier is one of Australia’s longest recreational piers and after a major rebuild, was reopened to the public in March 2016. Wheelchair accessibility is excellent.

Gold Coast: Infinity

Infinity offers a ‘mind-blowing 30-minute journey into 20 trippy, maze-like ‘worlds of wonder’ filled with special effects and illusions’. Experience atmospheric sound fields, intriguing aromas, tactile experiences and incredible illusions as you wander through at your own pace and follow clues from one environment to another. There’s lots of fun to be had for ages 8 and up at this hugely popular Gold Coast tourist attraction.

Infinity is at the Chevron Renaissance Centre, Surfers Paradise.
Phone: 07 5592 3041.

Accessibility info: Guests in wheelchairs must give 24 hours’ notice to arrange a suitable admission time. Not suitable for guests using crutches or walkers. Companion Card is accepted. Not recommended for children under 8 years or guests with a fear of darkness or difficulties with sensory overload. Admission tickets start from $18.90 for children, with family, student and Seniors discounts available.

Sydney: Royal Easter Show

As Sydney’s accessible Easter events go, the Royal Easter Show has to be one of the most popular. From that first whiff of the farm animals to the thrilling last moment of the fireworks finale, the Show has something for everyone, of all ages. All those favourite features will be in full swing, from showbags and rides to parades and scrumptious show foods. Don’t miss the woodchopping competition, the fashion parades, the dog show, the working dog exhibition and of course, the Pet Pavilion. Meet Australian wildlife, pat the puppies and check out the sheep shearing demonstrations. The Sydney Royal Easter Show runs from 8th to 19th April.

Accessibility info: All of the temporary structures at Sydney Showground are compliant with the Federal Disability Discrimination Act and the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act. Elements such as compliant ramps and serving counter heights have been thoughtfully considered and the entire site is fully accessible. Accessible toilets are found around the grounds and scooter, wheelchair and stroller hire is offered. Companion Card is accepted. More accessibility information here.

Melbourne: Imaginaria

Embark on an immersive experience of colour, light, sculpture, scent and sound at Imaginaria, running throughout Easter and beyond in Melbourne at The District, Docklands (also in Brisbane, next to the Qld Maritime Museum). Touted as a ‘walk-through play experience’, it offers an opportunity to explore all the senses. The event features ‘predominantly soothing, slow pushing light and projections’. Of the seven installations, one features a little rapid light movement, but it is not strobing.

Accessibility info: Imaginaria welcomes guests in wheelchairs, stating that there are clear paths and access for all. General ticket pricing is $29.95. If you have wheelchair requirements or other special needs requirements or would like to book using a Companion Card, call Ticketmaster on 1300 446 925. Alternatively, email accessible seating requests to accessibletickets@ticketmaster.com.au.

Canberra: National Folk Festival 2022

Get the family together and head to the National Folk Festival at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPiC) where there’s a huge variety of activities, foods and experiences to be enjoyed. The park comes alive in a village-style event that features a film festival, concerts, street performers, musical workshops, storytelling, craft stalls and a nightly dance. Visit for the day or camp out for the long weekend, 14th to 18th April.

Accessibility info: Accessible camping arrangements are provided including accessible toilets and showers and there are numerous wheelchair and mobility scooter charging facilities, plus reserved disability parking. Assistance animals are welcomed and Companion Cards are accepted. Find more information here.

Hobart: Salamanca Markets

Rug up for the fresh Autumn weather at Salamanca Markets on Easter Saturday from 8.30am to 3pm. Pick up some artisanal chocolates or fudge, browse the stalls and chat with stall holders about their fascinating products and businesses. The markets are fun for all ages, with live performances and demonstrations and plenty of opportunities to taste, touch, smell and explore.

Accessibility info: An accessible parking drop off and pickup point is located on Castray Esplanade. An MLAK key for the accessible toilets can be obtained from the Market Supervisor by calling 0419 482 675.

Outside of Hobart: Kempton Whisky Distillery Tour

One for the grown-ups, this one! Learn the history of Dysart House and explore the grounds and enjoy an antipasto lunch and a guided tasting of 4 premium spirits. The tour takes in the Old Kempton Distillery and bond store. Find more information here.

Accessibility info: The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Adelaide: Meadows 4 Day Easter Fair

Gather at this historic venue for Easter frivolity the whole family will enjoy. Running from 15th to 18th April, the Meadows 4 Day Easter Fair boasts more than 140 specialty stalls featuring food, craft, plants and fresh produce.

Accessibility info: Wheelchair accessible, with disabled parking available approximately 50m from the venue.

Adelaide: Kids’ Easter Market Trail

Hop along to the Adelaide Central Market on 14th April from 2pm to 6.30pm for free Easter treats including chocolates, flavoured milk and a hot cross bun plus something special from the Easter Bunny. Designed for children aged 16 and younger, the Kids’ Easter Market Trail is a tour of discovery that little foodies will thoroughly enjoy.

Accessibility info: The stalls and shops are accessible by wheelchair. Accessible toilets are available in the Gouger Dining area. Wheelchair hire is free of charge.

Perth: Easter Twilight Market

On 14th April from 4pm to 9pm, the glorious Easter Twilight Market sparkles. More than 80 of Western Australia’s best artisanal producers run stalls and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance. There’s also a scavenger hunt for little ones. Feast on delicious street foods, revel in the live music and pick up some new earrings, candles, fashion accessories, art or other goodies.

Accessibility info: The Heathcote Cultural Precinct is disabled access friendly with pathways and no steps. Onsite parking is allocated only to those with disabled parking permits. Accessible toilets are available onsite.

Darwin: Easter Champagne High Tea

Book in for an indulgent Easter Champagne High Tea at the Pepperberry Restaurant in the Hilton Darwin. Offering a selection of cakes, scones and savoury sandwiches, plus of course, Easter eggs and hot cross buns, it’s a calorie-laden extravagance you won’t want to miss. It even includes tea and coffee and Piper-Heidsieck champagne.

Accessibility info: The hotel and restaurant are accessible. Braille elevator. Service animals are welcome.

Darwin: Easter Fun Day

Free family fun is on offer at Darwin Sailing Club on Easter Sunday, 17th April from 11am to 2pm. There’ll be plenty of games for the kids to play and a colouring competition as well. Word is that the Easter Bunny will be dropping in too!

Accessibility info: Caters for people who use a wheelchair, for people with high support needs who travel with a support worker and those who are deaf or have hearing loss.

Book a session with an independent support worker for an outing

Even if your usual support worker is not available for social outings, you can always search for someone new on Mable! Browse the support worker profiles or post a job and outline what you’re looking forward to doing. Find a support worker today.

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