At Wheelaway, we are passionate about accessibility and we believe that mobility should never limit one’s ability to explore, connect, and create unforgettable memories. For 10+ years we have partnered with large group transport companies, government organisations and have worked with event managers at large companies to create fully accessible activities, events and services across Victoria and New South Wales. We are currently working with Metro Trains, Yarra Trams, South Eastern Alliance and Western Alliance and for the last 10 years we have been working with the F1, Motogp, Australian Open, Spring Racing Carnival and the Superbikes.
Whilst as a country, we still have lots of improvements we need to make in creating a fully accessible Australia, there is still a bountiful array of fun accessible activities that people with disability can join. Below are a list of some accessible activities in Victoria with a description of accessible features available at each place.
Eureka Tower and Skydeck
When you find yourself in Melbourne, it would be a missed opportunity not to witness the city’s breathtaking beauty from an astounding vantage point—88 floors up! Towering over the lively Southbank area, this magnificent skyscraper is renowned worldwide as one of the finest observation decks. Situated at an astonishing height of 285 meters above sea level it offers an unparalleled panoramic vista of the entire city.
Rest assured that the entire experience is designed to be fully wheelchair accessible, ensuring that everyone can partake in this extraordinary adventure. From the moment you step foot into the lift that swiftly transports you 88 floors skyward to the accessible viewing platform, and even throughout the remarkable Edge Experience, accessibility is a top priority. Click here for more information on accessibility.
The easiest way to get there is via an accessible train to Flinders street station. There is also parking at Wilson Eureka Parking which is accessible and costs between $6 – $13 if your a guest at the Eureka Tower.
Nestled on Nicholson Street in the vibrant suburb of Carlton, the Melbourne Museum stands as a testament to the city’s rich cultural and historical heritage. Step into a world of wonder as you explore the museum’s gallery spaces, which feature a captivating array of seasonally rotating exhibitions. Uncover the wonders of science, unravel the mysteries of the environment, deepen your understanding of Aboriginal land, and embark on a journey through the remarkable history of Melbourne
The Melbourne Museum is fully wheelchair accessible, complete with lifts, toilets and free wheelchair or mobility scooter hire at reception. They also accept companion cards. After visiting the museum you may feel like going to the IMAX cinemas or having a stroll in the Carlton Gardens, both of which are wheelchair accessible. The cinemas has space to park a number of wheelchairs, you just need to call them when making a booking to ensure there is enough space for your wheelchair. Click here for more information on accessibility.
There is the option of driving in or catching public transport to the Melbourne Museum. There are designated disabled parking spots underneath the museum and the Melbourne Museum/Nicholson St tram stop 11 is wheelchair accessible, and has the 96 and 86 trams running through it. Alternatively, the 250, 251 and 402 buses run down Rathdowne Street seven days a week.
If you do not have your own vehicle, or even if you do, you could consider hiring a wheelchair accessible vehicle to drive in with or you could even hire a driver with the vehicle to drop you off and pick you up from the Melbourne Museum.
For general entry, Melbourne Museum is free for children and concession card holders, and adults pay $15. For the seasonal exhibitions, adults pay $29 and children pay $15. Parking underneath the museum ranges between $7 and $43, depending on time of day and length of stay. Click here to purchase ticket.
The Forum Melbourne
For those who appreciate the magic of live music, intimate performances, and exquisite architecture, The Forum is an absolute must-visit when seeking a memorable night out in Melbourne. Nestled on the corner of Flinders and Russell Streets, this atmospheric venue holds an undeniable allure, captivating audiences with its century-old charm and architectural splendor.
Entrance to the Forum, and entrance from the Foyer to the main auditorium viewing area is wheelchair accessible. The main auditorium viewing area is where you can get up close and personal with the bands and performers. Access to the seating booths a level up from the ground-floor viewing area is accessible, however there are a few steps to access the actual seats. Bear that in mind as an option if you use a mobility aid such as a walking stick. There is an accessible toilet from the main auditorium. Click here for more information on accessibility.
Whilst there are designated disability accessible car parks near the Forum, considering that you probably will be attending the Forum in the evening the easiest option is most likely catching public transport. The Forum is not far from Flinders Street Station. Another option is hiring a driver and a wheelchair accessible vehicle to drop you out the front and to pick you up at the end of your evening.
The cost of your ticket can vary depending on which artist you’re seeing, and what kind of seating you’re after. General admission to the auditorium downstairs could range from roughly $40 to $90.
Nestled in the heart of Melbourne lies a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The Melbourne Zoo, a cherished institution with a rich history, invites visitors to embark on a captivating journey through the wonders of the animal kingdom. Immerse yourself in a world where conservation, education, and appreciation for biodiversity converge.
The Melbourne Zoo is fully accessible and has tons of additional features to help make the area more accessible for people with disability. They offer free access to all carers who hold a Child Disability Allowance Health Care Card, a Disability Pension Card or a Companion Card. They have an easy-to-follow path system, with access for people using wheelchairs and strollers. They have wheelchairs for hire and larger-than-standard accessible toilets. Find out more here.
There are six accessible parking bays near the main entrance of Melbourne Zoo. Seven accessible parking bays are located near the rail gate entrance. There is a bus drop-off point at the main gate and all-day bus parking on the rail gate side of the Zoo (except school and public holidays, where it’s open to all vehicles).
Want more accessible activities in Melbourne?
If the above activities do not take your fancy then fear not, there are a multitude of other activities in Melbourne that are accessible. City of Melbourne What’s on and Get Your Guide have a whole page each dedicated for listing out places that are accessible in Melbourne. Check them out now, choose a place to go to, drive yourself in, catch public or hire a wheelchair accessible vehicle and create a memorable experience that will last a lifetime!
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