A wheelchair accessible day trip in Regional Victoria is a sure way to have some fun and explore the great wonders of this great landscape! Have your tastebuds satisfied with locally grown, delicious meals, your mind opened with art works that inspire the soul and a deep wonder and curiosity for culture, be excited for the opportunity to browse and shop for things to take home and enjoy a relaxing evening with a beautiful sunset amongst a field of flowers and trees.
This day trip starts in Bendigo, stops off at Castlemaine and ends in Daylesford.
Three of the most beautiful and must see towns of Victoria!
First Stop: Bendigo Art Gallery
One of Australia’s oldest and largest regional galleries presenting innovative exhibitions alongside a dynamic and varied suite of public programs and events. Featuring Australian Art from the 1850s to the present day, art from the Bendigo goldfields and 19th century European paintings, sculptures and decorative arts.
They accept companion cards and offer free entry to carers with a companion card. There is disabled parking on View Street and in the carpark behind The Capital and the Gallery. Accessible toilets are located near the View Street and Rosalind Park entrances and the Gallery offers free wheelchair hire to use around the premises.
Second Stop: Lunch at Castlemaine
Drive to Castlemaine and have lunch at “Das Kaffeehaus.” A Viennese coffee house and roastery. Serving traditional Austrian food with real Viennese flair. *under the chimney at The Mill.* They are wheelchair accessible, have special round tables for wheelchairs and an accessible bathroom.
Third Stop: Historic Castlemaine Market Building
The Castlemaine Market Building is home to the Visitor Information Centre, the Boorp Boorp Boondyil exhibition, a season art exhibition, and a range of community events and activities. Each exhibition features over 100 local artists with a fantastic range of work including paintings, sculptures, jewellery, glassware, prints, photography, textiles and more. All artwork is for sale.
There is a ramp at the Forest Street Carpark located at the rear of the building and there is accessible public bathroom in Victory Park.
To find out more about their accessibility call them at 1800 171 888.
Fourth Stop: Dinner in Daylesford
Drive to Daylesford and have dinner at the “Lake House”.
Lake House is located on the shores of lake Daylesford within 6 acres of country gardens that also house the iconic hotel and spa.
The dining room holds 2 Chefs Hats from the national Good Food Guide and multiple awards for it’s cellar and service.
The restaurant offers magnificent views through wonderfully large windows to the treetops and shores of the lake. Large expanses of outdoor deck also offer the opportunity for aperitif with beautiful views.
With all of this, and more, you are sure not to be disappointed!
You will need to advise them when you are coming as wheelchair users will need to enter via the kitchen. They have had other people in wheelchairs attend their restaurant and have advised there is a bathroom you can use upon entrance.
For more information call them on 03 – 5348 3329.
Fifth Stop: Sunset at Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens
Perched high on the summit of an extinct volcano in the centre of Daylesford, Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens is the perfect spot for watching the sunset.
Take the scenic drive around the gardens and then stop a while to explore. Whilst here you can explore the many areas throughout the gardens including the fernery, rotunda and begonia house.
What to Prepare?
Make sure to prepare for your trip! Below is a rough guide for you to follow, however there will be things that you need to prepare specifically for your needs. Try to write these down and organise them in advance to have everything perfect for your trip, and to avoid unnecessary stressors.
Look at guide below ↓ ↓ ↓
2 Week's Prior to Day-Trip:
- A support worker to push you around on your chair and to drive you to the different locations
- A wheelchair accessible vehicle (if you do not have a vehicle you can drive and need a wheelchair accessible vehicle, have a look at our vehicles here, we would love to support you on your day out!)
- Disability Parking Permit
- Essential back ups for your mobility device e.g. batteries, crutches, waterproof covering for your wheelchair, visibiliity LED lights just in case it becomes dark etc.
- Book reservations or purchase tickets for all restaurants and activities. Whilst doing this confirm all of your unique accessibility requirements, e.g. steps, accessible bathroom, corridor space etc.
- Check weather and consider any potential impact on outdoor activities. (do this a few times leading up to trip and organise a plan b if its predicted to be bad weather!)
2 Day's Prior to Day-Trip:
- Organise breakfast
- Check weather and organise essentials for changing weather conditions; e.g. an umbrella, extra layers, a waterproof jacket etc.
- Water bottle
- Confirm bookings and details with support worker, accessible vehicle hire company, restaurants and activities
- Collate back ups for your mobility device
- Personal Comfort and Supplies
- Emergency contacts
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