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Accessibility News Round-Up: June 2024

There is so much exciting news at the moment – culinary experiences, Disney cruises, accessible destinations, and more – that it’s easy to miss something amazing. Here’s a round-up of everything that’s caught my attention lately. If you have any hot tips, please share them in the comments or over on our Facebook page!

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Stay warm and say cheese!

The Raclette Igloo Experience is coming to the rooftop of Broadway Shopping Centre, and it promises to be an exceptional night out for cheese lovers. With the weather cooling down, can you imagine anything better than snuggling up in a private igloo to feast on Raclette cheese and sip delicious wine? Yum!

Each table holds up to two kilos of Raclette cheese and a selection of cured meats. The cheese is dished up with boiled potatoes, pickled onions, and cornichons, all served family-style. Each dish is complemented with a glass of mulled wine (or soft drinks for those who prefer something lighter), and there are marshmallows to toast for dessert.

You can book an igloo for a party of 6 or 8 people. The rooftop venue is accessible by lip, with ample accessible parking available at Broadway Shopping Centre. The igloos are constructed with step-free lipless entry, and there are accessible bathrooms on site. Make a note of your specific access needs when booking, and the team will do everything they can to accommodate. The experience is running from 29 June – 28 July, and tickets are available now.

A group of diners underneath a glass igloo roof with a waiter serving them

Be enchanted by Moama Lights

Moama Lights is returning to illuminate the captivating Horseshoe Lagoon on the Murray River. The immersive sound and light trail shares stores through state-of-the-art installations, projections, and cutting-edge moving light technology. This year, Enchanted Nights: A Celebration Of Light celebrates the enchantment of the bush after dark. The event also offers an ice skating rink, where participants can glide surrounded by the beautiful displays.

The Moama Lights trail is roughly 1km long. Most sections of the trail are concrete or boardwalk, with a small section of pathway that is unpaved and may be uneven but manageable. A special low-sensory session of Moama Lights is scheduled for Thursday 18 July, with jarring light effects removed and lowered audio volume. There is limited accessible parking available across the road from the Soundshell and event entrance. Organisers recommend that attendees with limited mobility arrive using the designated drop-off area along Blair Street.

Moama Lights runs on weekends (Thursday – Sunday) from 5 July to 28 July. Tickets are available now, including complimentary Companion Card tickets for attendees assisting someone with a disability (contact 1300 001 238 or support@123tix.com.au to book). Event maps and visual stories are available via the Visit The Murray website.

Boardwalk and trees at night illuminated for Moama Lights festival
Credit: Murray River Council





Explore Rockhampton

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Between Brisbane and Cairns, you might be surprised to discover a region with world-class tourism attractions – and it’s welcoming and inclusive to boot! On your next Queensland holiday, carve out time in your itinerary to explore Rockhampton and discover the accessible adventures it has to offer.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite accessible accommodation options, activities and adventures you can find in this Central Queensland region over on Travel Without Limits – check it out!

Explore Rockhampton logo with tagline (Stop. See. Stay.) overlaid in the bottom right corner of an image of a man in a wheelchair and a woman standing behind him with her hands on his shoulders on a viewing platform at Mount Archer


Step into the Mesozoic Era

Adelaide Zoo and Illuminate Adelaide have teamed up to bring us a brand-new prehistoric experience sure to delight dinosaur enthusiasts. Witness the evolution from crawling creatures to large roaming beasts, with state-of-the-art puppetry and purpose-built installations. Intrepid keepers will guide you through an illuminating night of exploration through the dinosaur dynasty, and teach attendees about how the past can inform the conservation efforts of the future.

Relaxed sessions will run on Sunday 14 and Sunday 21 July, with an earlier stat time, smaller audiences, lowered volume and reduced sensory stimulation. There are accessible parking bays located near the main zoo entrance along Plane Tree Drive, and a drop-off zone between Gates 1 and 2. The event is wheelchair accessible, with matting in place on grass areas and accessible bathrooms on site (including a full body ceiling hoist,t hough you will need to bring your own loop swing). Adelaide Zoo has a limited number of wheelchairs available to hire when booked in advance (email the team to confirm availability).

Tickets are available now via the Adelaide Zoo website, and booking in advance is strongly recommended. Companion Card holders are offered complimentary entry for an attendee to assist a person with a disability (to book a ticket, phone the team on 8267 3255).

A young boy with his head inside the mouth of a dinosaur puppet, with a zookeeper standing behind him
Credit – Adelaide Zoo

New season of Disney Cruises announced

You know we’ve always got an ear out for new Disney news! Disney Cruise Line has announced a new season of Australia and New Zealand voyages, from October 2025 to February 2026. Itineraries include a new 10-night Trans-Tasman voyage sailing from Auckland to Sydney, which is sure to be particularly popular.

Bookings for the new season open for general sale from 28 June. For more information including itinerary and booking details, head to the Disney Cruise Line ANZ website.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse on the deck of a cruise ship docked in Sydney Harbour




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