Spinal Life Australia’s Accessibility Day is returning for 2018, with eight accessible Queensland venues offering free entry to wheelchair and mobility device users on Sunday, 2 December.
Accessibility Day, which is held to mark International Day of People with Disability on 3 December, highlights the importance of accessibility in venues and attractions to ensure that everyone can enjoy them.
People who use a wheelchair or mobility device can secure their free ticket online then print the ticket or present the ticket on your smart phone at the door for free entry for themselves and an accompanying carer.
For further enquiries, contact us on 07 3435 3184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participating venues include (click to expand):
Boggo Road Gaol
Take a guided tour through Australia’s most notorious prison, still haunted by its violent past of executions, riots, protests and escapes.
During its 119-year history, Boggo Road Gaol hosted thousands of male and female inmates, including infamous escapologist “Slim” Halliday, the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub fire-bombers and killer Ernest Austin, the last man to be executed in the state of Queensland.
Bookings are essential to secure a spot on the 9am tour on the day, please contact the venue ahead of time to book.
Address: 12 Boggo Road, Dutton Park.
Phone: 07 3844 0059
Opening hours: 9am to 3pm
Accessibility information: The majority of the tour is accessible for wheelchair users, with the exception of the Prison yards.
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, formerly known as Underwater World, has 11 fantastic themed areas for the whole family to enjoy, including talks, feeds and seal presentations every day.
Visitors can admire some the underwater residents, including grey nurse sharks, reef sharks, jellyfish, seahorses, octopuses, sandbar whalers, green turtles and more.
Address: Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.
Phone: 07 5458 6226
Opening hours: 9am to 3pm
Accessibility information: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is wheelchair accessible. Some ramps may be long and steep. Wheelchairs may be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park brings the world’s oldest living culture to life through dance, art and interactive demonstrations from Aboriginal performers.
Visitors can watch traditional performances of dances, bush foods and medicines and hunting and weapons and learn more about tribal law and culture and Aboriginal art.
Address: 4 Skyrail Drive, Smithfield (about a 20-minute drive north of Cairns CBD)
Phone: 07 4042 9999
Opening hours: Day sessions: 9am to 5pm. Night sessions: 7pm to 9.30pm.
Accessibility information: The venue is fully wheelchair accessible and includes accessible parking and toilets.
Reef HQ Aquarium
Reef HQ Aquarium offers visitors a chance to experience the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef, right in Townsville’s CBD.
Reef HQ is the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, with more than 150 species of fish and 120 species of hard and soft coral on display in the 2.5 million litre Coral Reef Exhibit.
For a walk on the wild side, explore the Predator Exhibition complete with sharks patrolling a replica shipwreck of North Queensland’s SS Yongala.
You can also visit North Queensland’s only turtle hospital, where sick and injured marine turtles are cared for until they’re ready to return to the reef.
Address: 2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville QLD 4810
Phone: (07) 4750 0800
Opening hours: 9.30am – 5pm
Accessibility information: All Reef HQ exhibitions are fully accessible to wheelchair users.
SparkLab at Queensland Museum
Play, test, observe, question and talk your way through 40 interactive exhibits as part of Queensland Museum’s new Sciencentre experience, SparkLab!
Inquiring minds can investigate how science impacts their everyday world, where the only limit is your imagination.
From investigating how matter behaves, designing solutions to challenging questions in the Maker Space to getting up close with live science experiments at the Science Bar, SparkLab is a memorable way to inspire young minds about the world we live in.
Address: Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Phone: (07) 3840 7555
Opening hours: 9.40am – 5pm
Accessibility Information: SparkLab Sciencentre is wheelchair accessible, with lifts connecting each floor and the car park entrance. Accessible toilet facilities are also avialable on site.
Exhibitions and programs use a range of objects and materials you can touch, most of which should be physically accessible to visitors using a wheelchair.
Cobb+Co Museum in Toowoomba is part of the Queensland Museum and home to the National Carriage Collection.
As well as Cobb & Co coaches, their collection includes a vast range of vehicles from the horse-drawn era, from farm wagons and delivery carts to the “Rolls Royce of Carriages”, the landau.
The museum also features extensive displays on the natural and cultural history of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.
Address: 27 Lindsay St, Toowoomba
Phone: 07 4659 4900
Opening hours: 9.30am to 4pm
Accessibility information: The venue is accessible to wheelchair users.
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Part of the Queensland Museum Network, the Museum of Tropical Queensland delivers a snapshot of North Queensland with family-friendly galleries and interactive displays.
The star attraction is the hundreds of amazing artefacts recovered from the wreck of the HMS Pandora, which sank off the coast of Cape York in 1791 on a voyage to capture the famous Bounty and her mutinous crew.
In the cool comfort of the Museum you’ll discover World Heritage listed rainforests, fossils from ancient Queensland, creatures of the Great Barrier Reef and much more.
During your visit, take advantage of the variety of talks and tours on throughout the day and enjoy a coffee break or light lunch waterside at the Museum Café.
Address: 70-102 Flinders Street, Townsville
Phone: (07) 4726 0600
Opening hours: 9.30am to 5pm
Accessibility information: All Museum of Tropical Queensland exhibitions are fully accessible to wheelchair users.
The Workshops Rail Museum
All aboard for a fully interactive authentic heritage and cultural experience located at Australia’s oldest railway workshops still in operation.
Make history come alive with hands-on exhibits, multi-media encounters and colourful stories coupled with huge steam locomotives and massive industrial machinery.
Explore over 15 larger-than-life exhibits to discover the enormous impact rail has had on our lives, beautifully restored carriages, the largest model railway of Queensland, and treasured icons including the Vice-Regal carriage and Australia’s oldest working steam locomotive, the A10.
Address: North Street, North Ipswich
Phone: (07) 3432 5100
Opening hours: 9.30am to 4pm
Accessibility information: Exhibitions and the Trackside Cafe are accessible to wheelchair visitors and accessible water fountains and toilets are available.