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As much as I advise planning and researching outings and holidays, there is definitely something liberating about spontaneity. Spontaneity would be assisted if websites for attractions, festivals and pop-up events had clear and easy to find information about accessibility but if it isn’t there we still give things a go.

Recently Hubby took the kids to the open day at the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) base at Richmond. My friend Sue and her daughter were going and that was the incentive AJ needed to accompany the boys to an Air Force base.

We had no idea if the aircraft would be accessible but Hubby is usually keen to make things work.

BJ at the RAAF Base Open Day

It turned out that the wheelchair could go on the aircraft via the ramp at the back. I’m thinking this would make air travel in general easier for wheelchair users. Perhaps I should approach the airlines with this bright spark idea.

Entering the aircraft at the RAAF Air Base

The seating also suited BJ so much better. Lots of leg room and not the usual claustrophobic close seating.

Taking a seat in the aircraft.

The kids had a great day out and it was well worth chancing access.

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Hubby found the staff were helpful and keen to ensure they could access the attractions they wanted to.


Not surprisingly BJ enjoyed watching a robot simulate detonating a bomb.



The fly-over was a hit with the crowd and BJ.



Where portable bathrooms are provided, usually there are large wheelchair accessible toilets too.

The most important thing to remember is to ask. If it isn’t obvious where to go for parking or how to get access, ask. If the person you ask doesn’t know the answer don’t be afraid to ask for the event manager. We find that people are usually keen to help and approaching them in a friendly manner goes a long way towards getting assistance.

The open day at the RAAF Base at Richmond is part of the Kids in Need charity. It is a great chance to get access to venues that are usually not open to the public. NSW Kids in Need requests a donation of $10 a person over the age of 6 years, but visitors decide whether they want to donate more or less per person. It is worth keeping an eye out for next year if you live in Sydney. It is wonderful to see so many people getting behind some wonderful children’s charities.

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  1. Great to read. I had no idea that this base would ever be open to the public. I must keep an eye open and add it to the What’s On next time.

    Just working on my School Holidays posts… too much on!

    • The Naval bases open the same day and this year there were many skyscraper buildings in the city open for the occasion. It is definitely worth keeping an eye out for it next year.

      Good luck with the school holiday list. It will be so helpful to so many families.



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