It’s tricky to find accessible family accommodation for four adults just about anywhere. When we travelled to Port Douglas last year we again encountered this challenge but we found a property that ticked most of the boxes and worked well for our family. As with many properties that have been renovated and included access after building, there were a few challenges. In saying that, Paradise Links Resort gave us the space and facilities we needed for our stay so I wanted to share it with our Have Wheelchair Will Travel community. If you are looking for accessible accommodation in Port Douglas, Paradise Links Resort may suit your needs.
Paradise Links Resort – accessible accommodation Port Douglas
Paradise Links Resort is centrally located in Port Douglas, close to attractions, shopping and not far from Four Mile Beach. We had a hire car during our stay so we didn’t need to be right in the centre of town but we did want to be close enough that it wasn’t a big drive to do local sightseeing.
Paradise Links Resort offers an accessible studio room with the option of connecting to a one bedroom apartment, so for our purposes this was a two bedroom apartment.
The accessible studio room offers a king size bed and accessible bathroom. The bed is comfy and there is good circulation space on either side of the bed for transferring from a wheelchair. Also in the room is a television and tea and coffee making facilities.
Accessible bedroom facts – door width to room 85cm, bed height 51cm, clearance from bed end to cupboard 80cm, no under bed clearance for a hoist.
The accessible bathroom which adjoins the accessible studio room has grab rails fitted throughout, room under the sink for a wheelchair, lever taps and a bathroom cabinet with room to store toiletries (yay!).
The bathroom also offers a height adjustable shower and a shower bench.
Bathroom facts – shower bench seat height is 48cm, height to toilet pan is 42cm and to toilet seat is 44cm.
Adjoining the accessible studio is a one bedroom apartment with a kitchen, lounge area, bedroom and bathroom. For those who like to catch up on your favourite shows, there’s a television in the lounge room and in the bedroom.
This extra space was perfect for our family. It allowed us to have an area to enjoy breakfast together and relax when we weren’t out sightseeing.
Braeden prefers a bath to a shower but these corner baths with a step up are a bit of a challenge. It was easier to use the accessible shower.
Hidden away in a cupboard in the Paradise Links Resort apartment we also had a washing machine and dryer – invaluable to us on a holiday, especially a beach holiday.
A pull out sofa provides additional bedding for any additional family members.
We love having a kitchen. I like nothing more than shopping at a local farmers market and filling the fridge with lots of fresh fruit. It always helps the budget to have the ability to self-cater some meals. The one bedroom apartment offers a kitchen with a full size fridge, dishwasher, microwave, kettle and toaster.
The video tour below will hopefully give a clearer idea of the layout of the accessible studio and the one bedroom apartment. Either one can be booked individually but for a family, the combination of the two worked well for us.
Paradise Links Resort access challenges
At the start of this review I mentioned a couple of access challenges we experienced at Paradise Links Resort. The first was the lack of accessible parking. We didn’t find any accessible parking and none of the parking is allocated to the individual accommodation which left us parking quite a distance from our apartment on many occasions and struggling to transfer Braeden from his wheelchair to the car. Fortunately our hire car was a Kia Carnival with sliding doors so we didn’t have to open a door outwards and try to transfer Braeden. For us, the lack of accessible parking was the biggest problem. There is also a lack of cut outs in the gutters around the property so we often had to bump Braeden’s wheelchair up a gutter or push him on the road for a while to get to a cut out.
Lastly, the accessible studio room and one bedroom apartment are located on the ground floor of the Paradise Links Resort complex but there is an 8cm step up into the foyer of the apartment. This wasn’t an issue for us, but I am mentioning it for the many wheelchair users who may not be able to bump their wheelchair up a small step. A small ramp would quickly fix this.
Paradise Links Resort has a pool for guest use with step entry.
Access to the pool is via a stone pathway which is a bit tricky with a manual wheelchair.
Although Paradise Links Resort has some access challenges, the apartment accommodation was great for our family. The space the two bedrooms offers was ideal, features suited our needs and the location is good.
We were hosted for our stay but as always our opinions are our own. You can hear more about our trip to Port Douglas and the surrounding areas on the Accessed That Podcast.
Read about Four Mile Beach and the beach wheelchair available to loan in this review.
We have other attractions and accommodation in Cairns listed in this blog.