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DAWSON-DAMER WATER PARK ORAN PARK – WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE SYDNEY

It’s a sign that we are moving towards a more inclusive society when a new water park opens and not only does the council include a choice of water wheelchairs and inclusive playground elements, but also a Changing Places bathroom facility. We couldn’t wait to check out Dawson-Damer Water Park at Oran Park in Sydney’s south-west. BJ had a great morning exploring this wheelchair accessible water park and the surrounding facilities.

Dawson-Damer Water Park Oran Park - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Dawson-Damer Water Park – Wheelchair Accessible Sydney

Although water parks are generally level and accessible by nature, it’s pretty tricky to enjoy them to the max in a regular wheelchair. Well, you can, but the wheelchair gets totally soaked and is unusable until it dries. We once met friends at a water park and took BJ’s Sandcruiser beach wheelchair with us so he didn’t miss out on the fun, but it wasn’t ideal just because it’s so large. It was certainly better than him missing out though.

Dawson Damer Water Park - water wheelchair

Our visit to Dawson-Damer Water Park was certainly made much easier with the ability to use the water park’s water wheelchairs which are Hippocampes. It does take a little pre-planning as an indemnity form needs to be completed and emailed to Camden Council.

WATER WHEELCHAIRS AT DAWSON-DAMER WATER PARK ORAN PARK

The Hippocampe water wheelchairs are kept in lockers at the water park. Once council receives your indemnity form you are issued with a four digit code which you enter on the keypad to open the locker  which contains the water wheelchair which has been booked for your use.

Dawson Damer Water Park Oran Park - Water Wheelchairs locker - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The keypad is light touch so if you push too hard it can take a while to get it to open but it’s a really simple system in general.

Dawson Damer Water Park Oran Park - water wheelchairs - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Inside the locker we had a Hippocampe waiting for us. Instructions for using the chairs are provided inside the locker. BJ doesn’t need a harness but harnesses are provided for additional support. Multiple chairs and sizes are available. I’m thinking this is the perfect spot for a birthday party when several guests may have a disability.

Dawson Damer Water Park Oran Park - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

BJ then swapped out of his wheelchair to the Hippocampe water wheelchair. We then securely stored BJ’s manual wheelchair in the locker.

Dawson Damer Water Park Oran Park - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The water park has a range of activities from tame water fountains to the big bucket if you’re game.

Dawson-Damer Water Park Oran Park - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Dawson Damer Water Park Oran Park - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Young children, babies and those that like more sedate water play have the option of the Discovery Stream.

You can watch the video below to see more about the park.

ACCESSIBILITY

We couldn’t fault the accessibility of the water park and playground. Accessible parking bays are located at the entrance to the park with four accessible spaces.

Dawson-Damer Water Park Oran Park - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The Changing Places bathroom can be accessed using the same access code you are provided with for the water wheelchair locker or using a MLAK key if you have one.

Dawson-Damer Water Park Oran Park - Changing Places Bathroom - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

We particularly liked the space the Changing Places bathroom afforded us to get BJ out of his wet swimmers, give him a rinse off and swap him to his manual chair. It was great to be able to fit both wheelchairs into the bathroom at the same time to make the process seamless.

Dawson-Damer Water Park Oran Park - Changing Places bathroom - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

It’s clear great thought and planning has gone into this facility to ensure visitors with a disability and their family and friends can make a day out of a visit if desired.

Dawson-Damer Water Park Oran Park - accessible facilities - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Unisex stand-alone accessible bathrooms are also available.

Dawson-Damer Water Park Oran Park - Accessible Picnic Table - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Wheelchair accessible barbecues are provided and it’s lovely to see a picnic table with space for a wheelchair user to wheel on up and sit alongside friends or family.

Accessible barbecue - Dawson Damer Water Park - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The playground also includes some inclusive elements including a nest swing, a wheelchair accessible carousel and inground trampolines which can be used by wheelchair users.

Dawson-Damer Water Park -accessible playground - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Dawson-Damer Water Park - accessible inground trampoline - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Dawson-Damer Water Park - accessible carousel - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Bring your own paddles and table tennis balls and you can even have an accessible game of table tennis.

Dawson-Damer Water Park - accessible playground - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Dawson Damer Water Park - Water Bucket fun - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Dawson Damer Water Park - Water Bucket fun - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

This isn’t Camden Council’s only accessible water park. You can read about our visit to Curry Reserve and the accessible facilities there in our review here. 

For more information about Dawson-Damer Water Park and the online booking form, check the Camden Council website. 

 




2 thoughts on “DAWSON-DAMER WATER PARK ORAN PARK – WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE SYDNEY”

  1. Oh my Julie!

    This has to be the BEST INCLUSIVE designed playground I’ve seen ever! Thanks for sharing I am going to make sure every Local Council Community Board in New Zealand see this example!

    Love those accessible bbq stations too! Who’d have thought 🙂

    Kim (Grab Your Wheels, Let’s Travel)

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