The Blue Mountains, known for its dramatic scenery, soaring sandstone ridges, native bushland, Aboriginal rock art charming mountain towns, mystical glow worms and it’s natural beauty. This place is a must for anyone visiting or living in Australia. 🇦🇺 😍
Whilst when you think of this area you think of mountains, which don’t seem the most wheelchair friendly, I can assure you that this place has lots on offer for those in a wheelchair! ♿️ ♿️
Below, is the perfect wheelchair accessible day-trip in the Blue Mountains. ⛰️
Pack your bags and get ready for a day off thrilling and fun experiences at Scenic World, walks through adventurous and hidden trails, yummy locally grown food, and breathtaking panoramic views.
Whether cloaked in clouds or glowing golden in the sunset, the endless vistas of the Blue Mountains will take your breath away. 😍 😍
First Stop: Echo Point Visitor Centre
Start your day at the Echo Point Visitor Centre in Katoomba, where you can gather maps and information.
The Visitor Information Centre is an accredited information centre with fully trained staff, who will help you plan your activities during your stay in the Blue Mountains region.
It is nestled in the Echo Point precinct – the home of the world famous Three Sisters.
Follow the blue and yellow accredited ‘i’ signs from the main township of Katoomba heading south to Echo Point. You’ll know you have arrived when you are captivated by the panoramic vista that surrounds you, with the pinnacle being the Three Sisters.
Whilst the Centre can get crowded in peak seasons, being the #1Visitor Centre in NSW, it is wheelchair accessible. There are no stairs or steps upon entry, there is a wheelchair accessible bathroom and there are lots of disability parking spots.
For more information go here.
Second Stop: Scenic World
Next, head to the exciting and adrenalin pumping Scenic World, a tourist attraction with adventures and experiences that can not be found nowhere else on Earth. 😍
With the world’s steepest railway into the Jamison Valley, boardwalks through kms of rainforest, cableways that cruise you past the sandstone escarpment, Orphan Rock, and the iconic Three Sisters, and much more… this place has lots to offer!
For more information on tickets, prices and location go here.
The Main Building is accessible by wheelchair with automatic entrance doors.
Disabled parking spaces are located immediately opposite our main entry.
Scenic World accepts Companion Cards; admission is free for a registered caregiver accompanying a visitor with a disability.
Accessible toilets are located on L1 and L3 of our main building.
The scenic railway is not wheelchair accessible however if you can get on and off the railway with a carer, you may be able to enjoy it. Prams, strollers and some mobility aids are not permitted on the Railway.
The Skyway is wheelchair accessible.
The Scenic Cableway is wheelchair accessible and connects to a wheelchair accessible length of the Scenic Walkway.
A 380-metre length of the Scenic Walkway is wheelchair accessible between the Cableway’s base station and Railway base station.
Third Stop: Lunch
Next, you are going to stop off in Leura for lunch at Lily’s Pad Cafe.
This place offers all-day breakfast & lunch, plus housemade breads & cakes in a quaint space with a courtyard.
For more information go here.
When you get there you will need to park in the Woolies car park, which offers disability car spots, otherwise there is a step if you park in the street to get to the cafe.
Whilst the bathroom is not technically wheelchair accessible and they cannot guarantee accessibility, it is a big bathroom.
They said to call them on 02- 4784 1033 prior to arriving and they will make sure to seat you in the most accessible spot.
Fourth Stop: Govetts Leap Lookout
This incredible waterfall and accompanying lookout peers over the stunning sweep of the Grose Valley, exposing you to breath-taking views of velvet forests and dipping valleys and sandstone escarpments.
It is one of the most favourite and popular lookouts in the Blue Mountains.
Situated near the western end of the Grose Valley, the lookout looks all the way down the valley to the Blue Gum Forest and Mount Banks in the distance.
Once you experience the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia.
There’s a wheelchair accessible path from the car park to the lookout and facilities.
A wheelchair accessible toilet is available.
There are 2 designated accessible car parking spaces at the lookout. There are another 2 accessible parking spaces at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre carpark.
For more information on location and accessibility go here.
For a more detailed description on the accessibility of this lookout go this blog article here.
Fifth Stop: Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
Visit Australia’s highest cool-climate botanic garden, nestled among alpine rainforest and the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
Discover a showcase of local and imported cool climate plants and basalt cap forests, surrounded by UNESCO World Heritage Area wilderness. Enjoy the tranquillity on the walking trails and wander the plant displays.
For opening hours and location go here.
Whilst the Botanical Gardens is quite hilly they do cater for people in wheelchairs.
Accessible parking bays are provided in Car Park 1.
Wheelchair accessible toilets are located at the Visitor Centre, Waratah Room and near the Brunet BBQ Shelter.
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah has mobility scooters available for hire through the Visitor Centre.
If you wish to book a mobility scooter in advance please call our Visitor Centre on (02) 4567 3000.
To see if they suit your unique accessibility requirements call them on 02-4567-3000.
Click here for a map with an accessible route.
Sixth Stop: Dinner
Stop off for dinner at Darley’s Restaurant in Echo Point.
Whilst on the pricer side the newly revived old world charm and fine dining at this beautiful location with stunning views is not to be missed!
With views across the historic formal English gardens and the escarpment of Jamison Valley in the background, this place is renowned for its fresh, local produce, fine wines and innovative cuisine.
For more information on their restaurant go here.
Both the restaurant Darley and the Longue are wheelchair accessible. You can park outside their complimentary parking area and there is no staircase to get into the restaurant. Furthermore, there is enough space between tables for moving around with a wheelchair but they can also organize a table located in a comfortable space to ensure an enjoyable dining experience.
For more information and to see if they suit your unique accessibility requirements call them on 02-4780 1200.
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:
- Download this handy Blue Mountains Map
- 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
- Make sure your chair is in good working condition and that you have essential back ups for your mobility device e.g. batteries, power bank, crutches, waterproof covering for your wheelchair, visibiliity LED lights just in case it becomes dark etc.
- Book reservations and 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.
- Look up and view the day trip route on your maps and print the map off or download it onto your phone
- 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!)
- Verify parking options at each location
2 Day's Prior to Day-Trip:
- Check weather and organise essentials for changing weather conditions; e.g. an umbrella, extra layers, sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses, 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 e.g. snacks and first aid kit
- Emergency contacts
- Your ID, Insurance information and any other medical documentation you need
- A camera or smart phone for photos and binoculars
- A reusable bag for any items you purchase along the way
- Ensure your phone is fully charged
- Download relevant apps for navigation, accessibility information and communication
- Download copies of reservations
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