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Here’s your monthly round-up of the exciting things going on in your city during August-September. Whatever you choose to do with your free time, remember you can book an independent support worker through Mable to help you enjoy your outing.
Events in Sydney (NSW)
Seniors Screenings at Event Cinemas
Catch a blockbuster flick for less. Did you know that movie tickets at Event Cinemas are just $10 for Seniors? Candy bar items are cheaper too! The sessions are the first of the day and are for members only. Check with your cinema about Companion Card as most Event venues accept them. Event Cinemas are wheelchair accessible and cater to the hearing impaired, visually impaired and mobility impaired.
Dates: Ongoing, daily.
Venue: Your nearest Event Cinemas.
Public tour of Parliament House
Explore one of Sydney’s oldest buildings with a free guided tour of NSW Parliament House. For an hour, you will learn about the Legislative Chambers and the Parkes, Wentworth and Jubilee rooms. Discover how Parliament works while making your way through colonial architecture. You might also like to enjoy a meal in the fine dining Stranger’s Restaurant overlooking the Domain. Parliament House is wheelchair accessible and also accommodates people who are visually impaired, hearing impaired and who require assistance/service animals.
Dates: 1.30pm, Mondays and Fridays, subject to availability.
Venue: NSW Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW.
Sydney Snapshots at the Museum of Sydney
Witness a treasure trove of images produced by the NSW Government Printing Office between 1870 and the late 1940s. Sydney Snapshots is a curated exhibition of 28 images that covers subjects such as fleet visits, factory workshops, government building opening ceremonies, roadworks and wharf construction, and more. Discover who and what shaped Sydney in the first half of the 20th century. Entry is free. The Museum of Sydney is wheelchair accessible and offers more accessibility information here.
Dates: Now until 5th March 2023.
Venue: Museum of Sydney, Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW.
Events in Melbourne (Vic)
Boeing 737 flight simulator experience
Flight Experience gives you a thrilling excursion in their Boeing 737-800 flight simulator. It’s a hands-on session and you get to ‘fly’ the aircraft, along with a real commercial pilot at your side. Although the simulator is a fixed base device, you’ll get all the sensory enjoyment of the visuals, sounds and vibrations. Starting at $195.00 for a 30-minute session. Please note that the simulator is not wheelchair accessible.
Date: Ongoing, book via the website.
Venue: Shop 9, Level 2, QV Square, Cnr Swanston & Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne, Vic.
Neighbourhood Earth: The Ultimate Space Experience
Neighbourhood Earth is an immersive journey through the cosmos. It’s a spectacular light show and space cinema experience that will guide you through the solar system where you’ll encounter Mars, Venus, Pluto and Jupiter, all from the comfort of your seat. For all that and so much more entertainment and education, book your tickets now for this limited season. Tickets: $30.00. This venue is wheelchair accessible.
Dates: Now until 28th August, 2022. All hours/dates on the website.
Venue: Emporium Melbourne, Level 4, 287 Lonsdale St, Victoria.
Scots’ Church presents live and free Music Matinee performances on Tuesdays throughout the year. Featuring accomplished musicians, the 1pm sessions will uplift, inspire and delight. No bookings are required, just go along and enjoy the hour of music. Free of charge. Wheelchair accessible via ramp entry.
Dates: 16th August, 6th September 2022.
Venue: Scots’ Church Melbourne, 156 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria.
Events in Brisbane (Qld)
Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles
GOMA is exhibiting the largest solo exhibition of internationally renowned Chiharu Shiota, a Japanese-born artist, now based in Berlin. The Soul Trembles celebrates her 25 years of artistic practice in a magnificent large-scale installation that provokes the mind and enlivens the spirit. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for concessions. State Government Seniors Card and Companion Cards are accepted. GOMA is dedicated to accessibility for patrons, catering to people who use wheelchairs, with cognitive impairment, hearing loss, low or no vision, and sensory impairments.
Date: Now through to 3rd October 2022.
Venue: GOMA, Stanley Place, South Brisbane, Qld.
Activities at Home by Dementia Australia
This practical session is very helpful for carers who look after a loved one with dementia at home. Designed for family carers and not professionals, Activities at Home is facilitated by people from Dementia Australia and will help you communicate effectively with your loved one and discover a range of suitable activities in which to engage them. Free to attend. You can also supplement this session through Mable’s Topic Library on dementia.
Date: 9.30am-12pm, 17th August 2022
Senior Shutterbugs at Brisbane Seniors Online
Book in for a get-together around photography. The Senior Shutterbugs event offers an opportunity to share your knowledge and learn from others, participate in a themed project and attend a photoshoot excursion. Brisbane Seniors Online membership is just $45 per year plus a one-off joining fee of $20. It offers lots of events throughout the year. The venue, Brisbane Square Library is wheelchair accessible.
Date: 10am-12pm, 9th August.
Venue: Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane, Qld.
Events in Canberra (ACT)
Canberra Glassworks is a living, breathing, fully functioning glassmaking facility where artists go to ply their craft in contemporary glass art, craft and design. You can watch molten glass as it’s transformed into incredible masterpieces, and see visiting artists develop their latest projects. You can also create your own glass work of art in a one-on-one hands-on glassmaking session. Parts of the venue are wheelchair accessible. Please contact the venue ahead of time to confirm accessibility to suit your needs.
Dates: Open Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am-4pm. See the website for current exhibitions.
Venue: Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, ACT.
Events in Adelaide (SA)
Wallabies vs South Africa
Be there to cheer on the Wallabies when they go head to head with reigning world champs, South Africa’s Springboks on 27th August at Adelaide Oval. The venue is wheelchair accessible, offers easy access seats and welcomes service animals. More accessibility information here.
Date: 3pm, 27th August 2022.
Venue: Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide, SA.
Henry Lawson: A Life in Words & Music
Join the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on the centenary of Henry Lawson’s death to celebrate his life and poetry. Narrated by actor Richard Roxburgh (star of Rake) and conducted by Luke Dollman, the program will feature songs composed from the poetry of Henry Lawson, and interspersed with stories from his life and times. Concession tickets start at $56.00. The Festival Theatre is wheelchair accessible, caters to people with hearing impairment and those who require assistance animals. More accessibility information here.
Date: 7.30pm, 2nd September 2022.
Venue: Festival Theatre, King William Street, Adelaide, SA.
Events in Perth (WA)
Yates It’s Springtime at Araluen
The Yates It’s Springtime Tulip Festival is a riot of colour, with endless displays of more than 150,000 tulips in full bloom. You may like to participate in a guided walking tour, an art class or have a picnic. Or, enjoy a meal at the log cabin Chalet Healy Cafe. There’ll also be food vendors to tempt you. Adults are $20.00, concession is $15.00. Some parts of Araluen Botanic Park are wheelchair accessible, while others are not. Accessible parking is available and Companion Cards are accepted.
Dates: 9am-5pm, 19th August to 30th September 2022.
Venue: Araluen Botanic Park, 362 Croyden Road, Roleystone, WA.
Beethoven & Elgar
Revel in the musical prowess of Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov as he performs Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto and Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. The evening promises to enthrall the audience with beautiful melodies and powerful movements. Tickets start at $30.00 per adult. Seniors Card concession does not apply. Perth Concert Hall offers a wide array of accessibility accommodations.
Date: 2nd September 2022.
Venue: Perth Concert Hall, 5 St George’s Terrace, Perth, WA.
Did you discover something you’d like to do or attend in your area? Connect with an independent support worker today to plan your next day out!