Anyone that’s been following our page for a while will know that BJ loves any sort of motor activities. In planning our trip to Hamilton Island I spied ATV tours and immediately put that on the list of must-do activities knowing he’d love it. As soon as BJ saw the vehicles he was raring to go. The ATV tour was our first activity on Hamilton
“Our arms are wide open. Everyone has a space and is welcomed and catered for. You will always feel a sense of inclusion” That’s the opener on the accessibility tab on the Eagle Skylift Arthurs Seat website. The recently opened attraction has gone the extra mile to ensure that it’s accessible to all. And there’s certainly a feeling of inclusion with enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff keen to share information
On our recent trip to Melbourne we checked out three beaches which have outstanding accessible facilities. I’ve already written about Altona Beach (you can catch up here) but I thought I’d pop all three options into one post so if you’re a local, or visiting the area, you can pick one from the list. Or, why not try all three? It’s so wonderful to have choice.
Hamilton Island offers guests an array of accommodation options including apartments, the ultra chic Qualia Resort (in my dreams I’ll stay there one day) and hotel accommodation at The Reef View Hotel. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to stay and review the Reef View Hotel’s accessible room on the last night of our stay on Hamilton Island. We’ve seen so many accessible rooms
We were lucky that our trip to Melbourne last weekend coincided with an accessible come and try day at Altona Beach (about 30 minutes from Melbourne CBD). I’ve been in email contact with Tom Bevan, the enthusiastic Metro Access and Inclusion Officer at Hobsons Bay City Council, so I’d heard about the successful trial of beach matting and beach wheelchairs last year. I was pleased
Dreamnight is a global charitable initiative in which zoos, aquariums and museums throughout the world partner with organisations that care for children. Taronga Zoo in Sydney is one of the zoos that participate and we were lucky enough to go along for the first time last week. I had no expectations so everything was a surprise. The moment we arrived the mood was set with friendly zoo staff, bubbles
There may be a rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne as to which is the best city but we love them both. I’ve had a few solo trips to Melbourne and I’ve enjoyed wandering along Southbank, going to the markets and exploring the laneways. Each trip to Melbourne I’ll try to add another hotel to this list so we eventually end up with a comprehensive guide
When we’ve visited an attraction like Sea Life Sydney Aquarium many times, it’s exciting to hear that there’s something new to explore. Given that a visit to the Antarctic isn’t on our agenda any time soon, we were thrilled to visit the newly opened Penguin Expedition last weekend. AJ and I have been lucky enough to get up close to penguins before, me at Sea
Today I had the opportunity to visit a therapy centre in Sydney. Over the years I’ve heard a lot about the NAPA Centre in Los Angeles and know that some of our families have travelled there to take advantage of the intensive therapy programs they offer. Until recently, I wasn’t aware that NAPA was in Australia and right here in Sydney where we live. One
Last Friday I was invited to a briefing on the access and inclusion for Sydney Festival’s 2017 program. Now, this may sound like a dry topic but it proved far from dry. When I was sitting in the room listening to everything that has been put into place to make this year’s festival inclusive to all, I couldn’t help but feel excited. To see how
During our weekend away last week we had the pleasure of visiting Mayfield Garden in Oberon. It’s a spectacular garden which spans 160 acres. I’ve never seen anything so expansive and grand in Australia. In my travel consultant days I accompanied a tour group to the US where we visited some spectacular gardens but Mayfield tops even those. I’ve grown up in a garden loving family. My Mum is
We had the best time last weekend taking on mud, big hills and the Aussie bush at Scenic Dune Buggies in Hill End. This was our second visit and our return came about because BJ was given the experience as a gift back in August for his 21st birthday. Hill End is about 4 hours drive from Sydney so we needed to tie it in with
Today is Indigenous Literacy Day. A day to spread the word about improving literacy levels and opportunities for Indigenous children living in some of the most remote and isolated parts of our country. We need to raise awareness about the gap which exists in reading levels between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. With the help of others, we recently tried to make a difference in a
I recently asked AJ to tell me, out of all the things we did in the Northern Territory, what was her highlight. Knowing her well I wasn’t surprised by her answer but by the same token I found it interesting. We saw so many beautiful places – Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Wangi Falls, and while she enjoyed those attractions, her top three highlights were the
We had planned on staying in less fancy digs in Alice Springs but our plans were foiled because a table tennis tournament had booked out much of Alice Springs, despite me booking months in advance. Who knew table tennis was so popular? After getting many “no availability” replies I was just grateful to find somewhere with accessible accommodation in Alice Springs. Without knowing it when I booked, Quest proved the ideal property for us for many reasons. One of which was that it was in walking distance of the hospital where we spent a significant period of our stay (you can read that story here.) Quest is ideal for couples or families because they have great flexile accommodation options.