A hot shower, a comfortable bed and room service are often pleasures I associate with a reward at the end of a flight. But, these were luxuries which helped start our recent holiday to Cairns. We had a busy time in the lead up to our departure and with a 6am flight it was a relief to stay close to the airport at Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel.
Last Saturday we had the absolute pleasure of hosting a Superhero picnic as an early birthday celebration for BJ, with the aim of raising money for Bear Cottage (a children’s hospice). If you haven’t heard how we became connected to Bear Cottage I’ll catch you up. A couple of months ago one of our readers invited us to visit her at Bear Cottage, where she was
Most people are familiar with the best way of getting to and from the airport in their own city. However, when visiting another city it’s often hard to know the cheapest, easiest and best wheelchair accessible way to get to and from the airport. On a visit to Brisbane recently I used a taxi and it cost around $60 for a regular cab one-way to my hotel, Rydges South
Location, location, location – that’s what South Bank Brisbane provides visitors. I can’t think of anywhere I’ve stayed recently where so many accessible attractions are within such a short walking or wheeling distance. From a waterfront walk, art galleries, performing arts centre, a museum and so much more, this location will certainly have something for everyone. If you’re looking for wheelchair accessible activities in Brisbane, you’ll find many
Parenthood is a juggle for most families but I think it’s even more of a juggle when one child in the family has additional needs. It’s hard trying to be everything to everyone in the family and not feeling like siblings are missing out at times. I’ve written about this topic before and you can read my thoughts on it here. AJ and BJ have
Recently I put a call out on our Facebook page asking our community to share a piece of equipment which they felt had transformed or improved their life. I didn’t mind whether it was a small utensil or a large piece of equipment, I was just keen to share ideas. We’ve seen in the past that sharing disability equipment solutions can solve a problem for others which is
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is one of the many attractions in Cairns and surrounding areas which is often on visitor’s ‘must-see’ list. It’s wheelchair accessible and provides and an easy way to safely get up close to local wildlife. The crocodiles are the highlight for many but Hartley’s has a range of Australian animals and the educational presentations will ensure you leave with some cool facts and figures.
Walking into DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns brought back fond memories for AJ and I. It has a similar feel to DoubleTree in Santa Monica, California, a place which holds a special spot in our hearts. This is partly because it was part of a wonderful US holiday and in part because the staff offered the kids warm cookies every time we returned to the hotel from
There’s no shortage of accommodation choices in Cairns, but this makes the task of finding wheelchair accessible accommodation a little daunting. Usually I start the process by selecting my desired hotel location and work from there. On our recent trip to Cairns, AJ and I only had a hire car for one day, so we needed to be within walking distance of restaurants, shops and the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon. We planned to be
Outdoor winter festivals are fast becoming a winter school holiday family favourite so I’m thrilled to see councils improving access and inclusion. Last week we headed to the Parramatta Winterlight with the promise of an accessible ice rink.` As I’ve previously mentioned, AJ has been a long-time skater, taking weekly skate lessons and spending much of these school holidays at a local rink. BJ is always keen
As a first-time visitor to South Bank in Brisbane I was thrilled to ride the Wheel of Brisbane and have the opportunity to take in 360-degree views of the city. At almost 60 metres high it was one of the first landmarks I saw from my balcony when I checked into my room at Rydges at South Bank. After riding the Wheel of Brisbane at
I shall mention from the outset, I feel extremely guilty for visiting the Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe exhibition at GOMA without BJ. At every turn he’d have been so excited to see costumes, pictures and memorabilia from the movies he loves . Usually Hubby and BJ head off together to see the Marvel movies, with the exception of anything featuring Robert Downey Jnr. If he’s in a movie,
There are many challenges when it comes to juggling the needs of a family when one child has additional needs or a disability. One I can relate to is the juggle of having one child in a wheelchair, who is unable to self-propel, and a little one in a pram. With a 7-year age difference between BJ and AJ I used to find this a