Usually I’m reviewing a hotel or an attraction, and within the review I share information about the bathroom facilities available. Today’s review is just about the best accessible toilet facilities available in Sydney. I hope this information will assist visitors to Sydney and those who live in the suburbs and are putting off going to the city for fear the facilities will not meet their needs.
HOISTED BATHROOM FACILITIES
Since having the website I’ve heard disturbing stories of people not being able to go out because of their need for a hoisted facility and adult-size change table. I hate the thought of something as simple as a suitable bathroom holding people back from exploring a city or travelling. This has an affect on the whole family and certainly limits their experiences.
Westfield Sydney is the only location of a Changing Places accessible facility in the centre of the city. The adult change table and hoist is remote controlled and height adjustable, with adjustable neck support and has a weight capacity of 200kgs.
The accessible bathroom facility is located on level 2 of Westfield Sydney, near the GAP store. You can enter the Westfield Sydney from Pitt Street Mall or Westfield Sydney Valet from 135 King Street.
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE (ICC) DARLING HARBOUR
This is the only hoisted facility with adult-size change table in the Darling Harbour area.The adult change table and hoist is remote controlled and height adjustable. The bathroom is huge with grab rails throughout, a back-rest on the toilet and lever taps.
CIRCULAR QUAY, SYDNEY
Although there are accessible stand-alone unisex accessible toilets at the ferry terminal, they are MLAK key locked and not large inside. Just across from the ferry terminal at Gateway Sydney there are large, clean facilities. Even one of our lovely support workers commented on the difference.
Head into the food court area and signs clearly direct you to the accessible facilities on the ground level. If that is closed for cleaning, head up to the first floor for an equally good accessible bathroom. These bathrooms don’t have hoisted facilities but the Gateway Sydney bathrooms are the largest in the Circular Quay and Rocks area.
Gateway Sydney, Alfred Street, Circular Quay
Although the bathrooms above are the largest and best equipped for high support needs, there are many attractions in Sydney where you’ll find good accessible facilities. The accessible toilets below get an honourable mention for having a stand-alone unisex bathroom, good cleanliness and for their spaciousness.
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
You can walk freely around many areas of the Opera House even if you are not seeing a show. I’m not suggesting you pop in just to use the bathrooms but should you find yourself needing a bathroom when in the area, the Sydney Opera House has excellent stand-alone unisex bathrooms on several levels.
The Sydney Opera House also offers an accessible behind the scenes tour which covers the history of the Opera House and it’s construction. You can read our review of the tour here.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
It’s free to enter The Museum of Contemporary Art (apart from specific ticketed exhibitions) and they also have good sized stand-alone unisex accessible bathrooms should you find yourself needing one.
We are also big fans of the MCA’s Bella Plus Connect program which is free and runs with the motto “Art is for everyone”. Check out this great program here.
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
The Australian National Maritime Museum has always been a popular day out for our family. Much of the museum has free entry and I’m happy to report they have great accessible stand-alone unisex bathrooms.
Take a look at our last visit to the fabulous interactive Action Stations exhibition at the museum, here.
CHANGING PLACES FACILITIES, SYDNEY SUBURBS & SURROUNDS
Northern Beaches Council, Pittwater Rd, Collaroy.
Hornsby Aquatic Centre, 203 Peats Ferry Rd, Hornsby.
Bankstown City Gardens Changing Places Bathroom
Bankstown City Gardens, Ross & Restwell Sts, Bankstown.
Echo Point Changing Facility, Cliff Drive, Echo Point (Blue Mountains, near The Three Sisters)
If you are visiting Brisbane, I’ve listed the best accessible bathrooms, including Brisbane Domestic Airport, in a review here.
Tell us about any other bathrooms you think should make our Best Accessible Toilet Facilities in Sydney list. We’re happy to spread the word and help people to get out and about.