Image by: Tegan Kohlman at Independence Australia .
If you’re in Victoria and use a mobility aid or wheelchair, this weekend, 7-8 September, is your opportunity to visit some of the state’s top attractions for free! Now in its 15th year, Accessibility Weekend aims to highlight the importance of accessible communities – while giving venues an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to inclusivity.
The weekend is taking place over Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week (SCIAW), which aims to highlight what it means to have a spinal cord injury, prevention strategies and the common barriers that prevent social inclusion. There are a number of venues participating in both regional areas and city locations. To access free tickets, visit the website at accessibleweekend.com.au, check if the venue requires registration and register by giving them a quick call or sending an email with “Accessibility Weekend 2019” as the subject. There’s even an opportunity to win an accessible Global Ballooning Australia Experience for you and a carer. Click here for details of the competition.
Take your pick from some of the state’s best attractions
Here’s just a snapshot of the venues involved in both metro and regional locations. For a full list and accessibility information for each venue, visit the Accessible Weekend website.
Did you know that IMAX Melbourne’s screen is the world’s largest, spanning a massive 32 metres wide x 23 metres high. If you haven’t experienced this immersive cinematic experience, now’s your chance to do it for free!
If you’re looking for a day out with the kids, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne features two LEGO® rides, five themed LEGO® play zones, build classes and a 4D cinema.
If you’d like to spend the day outdoors, Living Legends is a unique attraction that provides the opportunity for visitors to meet and mingle with retired champion racehorses. Situated on Woodlands Historic Homestead and gardens, a picturesque and historic thoroughbred property.
Ballarat Wildlife Park
For more wildlife away from the city, Ballarat Wildlife Park to see southern cassowaries, giant tortoises, dingoes, emus, reptiles, penguins and more. If you’re interested in conservation, you can take part in the daily tour and a schedule of talks.
Sovereign Hill and the Gold Museum
Sovereign Hill has been named Australia’s best ‘Major Tourist Attraction’ three times, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a unique and entertaining experience that brings to life the excitement of Australia’s great 1850s gold rushes. Visitors can even have an opportunity to pan for real gold – and keep what they find! You can also visit the Gold Museum to delve into Ballarat’s history and see some beautiful gold exhibits.
Koala Reserve & Penguin Parade Phillip Island
If you are interested in taking a trip to Phillip Island, the Koala Reserve is a chance to see a host of the cuddly creatures and support the preservation of Phillip Island’s koala population and natural bush environment. The Island’s Penguin Parade is an opportunity to see the world’s smallest penguin in its natural habitat.
Get the support you want now in time for the weekend
As part of the weekend, your support worker can also attend for free, so make sure you’ve secured the support you need now to make the most out of the weekend! Search support workers in your area or to find someone fast, post a job with your requirements and wait for support workers to come to you!