Mapped out below is the perfect wheelchair accessible day trip for anyone, who is a wheelchair user, visiting Sydney. In this guide, we’ve curated a plan that ensures everyone can immerse themselves in the beauty of this harbour city without hindrances.
Get ready and be prepared to enjoy a day of delicious food, marvellous views, sea life, and art. All of which will give you a taste of this beautiful city that will leave your heart full, your mind curious and soul excited to come back for more!
First Stop: Breakfast
Start your day with a delightful breakfast at The Ternary! One of Trip Advisor’s top 10 rated Sydney restaurants, offering dazzling views of the Sydney city skyline, in an inviting, social and harmonious open space.
The premises on-site are wheelchair-accessible and can be used by individuals with physical disabilities.
Call them to find out about your unique accessibility needs on 02-9934 0000.
After a scrumptious breakfast, take a leisurely stroll along Darling Harbour, enjoying the scenic views and accessible pathways.
Second Stop: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Head to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium for an immersive marine adventure. This attraction is wheelchair accessible and offers an awe-inspiring experience, showcasing Australia’s diverse marine life. Ramps and elevators are available for easy navigation.
Be sure to check prices and purchase tickets well in advance.
Please note: your carer can get a free ticket if you have a companion card.
Wheelchairs are available to hire for free from guest services on arrival on a first come, first served basis.
There are accessible toilets available for your convenience.
Third Stop: Lunch
Step out of the hustle and bustle of the Sydney CBD and be transported to an era of old-school charm and romance at The Grounds of The City. Enjoy a delicious meal in a relaxing atmosphere!
Located on the bottom street level floor, there are no stairs and you can go straight into the venue.
An accessible bathroom can be found by taking a lift downstairs to the shopping mall.
Call them directly to discuss your unique accessibility needs.
Fourth Stop: Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is the most important public gallery in Sydney and one of the largest in Australia.
Located within beautiful parklands overlooking Sydney Harbour and only a 15-minute walk from the city centre.
Admission is free.
There are three dedicated accessible parking spaces onsite.
All public areas inside both buildings can be accessed by ramps and lifts, as well as stairs and elevators.
There are accessible bathrooms in both buildings.
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available in both buildings for use within the Art Gallery without charge.
Carers with a companion card get free access to paid exhibitions.
Fifth Stop: Dinner
As the sun begins to set, head to La Capannina for a delightful Italian dinner. Situated in Milsons Point, this restaurant boasts a panoramic view of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Call the restaurant to confirm your unique accessibility requirements.
Fifth Stop: Circular Quay
Conclude your day trip with a visit to Circular Quay. Enjoy the beautiful sunset views over the Sydney Harbour. The accessible pathways and seating areas make it a perfect spot to relax and soak in the beauty of the city after a long, eventful day.
Circular Quay is one of the first stops on any Sydney schedule because of its prime position on the harbour. This is the place to take in the majesty of its iconic structures which overlook the glittering water.
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.
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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:
- 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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