Sydney is Australia’s best-known city and one of its top tourist destinations. Well known for its amazing natural beauty, Sydney offers many attractions, including climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, swimming in Sydney’s stunning beaches, admiring the Sydney Opera House or strolling through the Royal Botanical Gardens. The seductive combination of land and sea makes it a picturesque wonder, enjoyable to both locals and tourists.
Perhaps one of the things that Sydney prides itself most on is accessibility. Whether you are seeking adventure or you wish to soak up the culture, there are plenty of accessibility friendly things to do in Sydney:
· Bondi Beach – Known as Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach definitely lives up to its reputation with its white sands and turquoise waters. It is also Sydney’s only accessible beach with two beach wheelchairs available for booking, lockers for wheelchair storage, as well as accessible parking.
· Royal Botanical Gardens – Aside from taking in mesmerising views of rare and beautiful plants, The Royal Botanical Gardens is a great space to sit down for a picnic lunch, enjoy a piece of floral dessert at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, or learn more about the gardens/horticulture.
An access map is also available, displaying accessibility friendly pathways around the park. Entering through the Queen Elizabeth II gate is best for those who wish to remain on flat ground, as some of the areas in the gardens are steep.
· The Sydney Opera House – The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre and the most iconic Australian image. It runs accessible tours and offers Auslan interpreting. There are also workshops and performances, such as audio-described tours, created for individuals with a disability.
· The Opera Bar – Located just beneath the Sydney Opera House, the Opera Bar is a great spot to enjoy a meal, while taking in the breathtaking view of the Sydney Harbour. As a bonus, it has a spacious wheelchair accessible bathroom.
· Taronga Zoo Sydney – Taronga Zoo Sydney is home to over 4,000 animals of 350 species. Although it is situated on a very large hill, cable car rides are available to accommodate individuals using wheelchairs. The zoo also has accessible parking at the top entrance, manual wheelchairs available for hire, and companion cards.
· The Blue Mountains – The Blue Mountains are a mountainous region and a mountain range, bordering on Sydney’s metropolitan area. Rising above the altitude, individuals can experience fresh air and spectacular views of Sydney’s natural wonders.
For those who wish to enjoy an overnight stay, there are plenty of wheelchair accessible accommodations that ooze warmth and charm.
· Carriageworks – Carriageworks is a contemporary art and performance institute located in Sydney. Its large-scale theatre, dance, and art installations allow individuals to enjoy all kinds of performances and productions.
All of the available spaces are wheelchair accessible, options for companion cards and accessible seating areas are flexible, and accessible parking is available via the Carriageworks Way entry.
Escaping city life and exploring the great outdoors
From scenic walking trails and coastal lookouts to attractive beaches and campgrounds, NSW national parks offer plenty of disability-friendly things to do in Sydney. Accessibility friendly parks Sydney (NSW), such as Nielsen Park and Sea Acres National Park, allow individuals with a disability to immerse themselves in the invigorating energy of nature’s playground.
Whether you wish to enjoy fine dining with a view, kayaking, bird watching or a day by the beach, NSW national parks have been designed to be accessible to as many users as possible, thereby allowing you to participate more actively in various activities and events. If you're looking to take a break and come home to a freshly cleaned home, you can seek assistance from an NDIS experienced cleaner.
For all disability friendly national parks in NSW please visit National Parks NSW.