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Australia: Access to Public Transportation

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Australia has had a national disability act for decades. Commonwealth Government’s Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (2002). It entitles those with disabilities to the same level of services as all Australian citizens. There are no exceptions, though as most of us know the world is slow to follow up on what is needed to make life easier for those with disabilities. Australia is no exception, but slowly things are improving. Regardless of government, Aussie’s are very egalitarian, approachable and friendly. They are always willing to help with directions, assistance or advice. Australia, like the USA and...

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Australia Taxis: Wheelchair Access Overview

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Australia has a long history of providing taxis for those with disabilities. Way back in the 1980’s Australia saw the need and quickly introduced wheelchair access taxis. The early ones were cumbersome converted Ford sedans and were horrible to ride in, and equally horrible to drive. The early 90’s saw the introduction of the English “Metro Cab” in some Aussie cities but the cab was made for UK conditions and didn’t really fit the bill here in OZ. We moved on to Volkswagen Transporters and Toyota Hiace vehicles, the latter being the mainstay of the Australian taxi fleet for disabled...

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Sydney, Australia Accessible Transportation Options

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The beautiful state capital of Sydney offers something for every kind of tourist, whether it be for a thrill seeker or a quiet sightseer. Getting around Sydney, Australia is thankfully quite easy. There are many wheelchair user-friendly options for getting from A to B in Sydney, and there are many fun stop off points along the way. A few ideas for accessible attractions are included below but more can be found via Sydney for All and this site has a list of accessible hotels. By Train A recent renovation of the Sydney Trains System has ensured that all carriages and...

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Australia Gold Coast Travel: Accessible Attractions

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On the southeastern coast of Queensland, Australia is the beach city known as the Gold Coast and my home. This coastline of Australia is popular place to live because of the beautiful beaches but it is also a hot spot for tourists and accessible for those with access needs. The following is a local travel guide I created addressing the accessibility of different areas and attractions along the Gold Coast. I hope you enjoy exploring this part Australia as much as I do!   BURLEIGH HEADS Burleigh Heads is a suburb of the Gold Coast famous for its local...

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Australia Gold Coast Accessible Transportation Options

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The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations and is world famous for its beaches and beautiful weather. It is a small city and is pretty easy to get around. Whichever way you travel, the Gold Coast is a safe and relaxing place to be. There is some fantastic accessible accommodation and lots of great activities to get involved in, so enjoy your stay on Australia’s Gold Coast. NOTE: It is important to know that the Gold Coast Hwy is the main road that runs up and down the coast.   AIRPORTS Coolangatta Airport is the closest...

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Accessible Hotels in NSW Australia

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New South Wales offers the savvy traveller easy access to breath-taking natural treasures and one of the world’s most famous and vibrant cities. Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour, outdoors lifestyle, and natural beauty. Or escape the crowds and venture further north to explore beautiful Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens. There is a holiday to suit everyone. As the most visited State in Australia, by total visitor nights, Sydney and the NSW region count many hotels accessible for people in wheelchairs even if this information is not always clearly indicated on their website. With some careful research you can...

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Australia Gold Coast Accessible Home for Rent

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Australia is one of the most wonderful places in the world to visit and the Gold Coast in sunny Queensland is a popular holiday destination with many accessible attractions available along with one of the most accessible holiday homes in Australia. Award winning Barney’s Place was voted best Gold Coast accommodation 2013 by the Spinal Injuries Association and has been specifically designed to cater for everyone, it offers you a beautiful open plan home that allows you to experience the very best family & disabled accommodation on the Gold Coast, along with the tropical climate and casual lifestyle it has...

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Accessible Accommodations in the Blue Mountains of Sydney, Australia

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A few wheelchair accessible lodging options are located in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia. I have stayed at all three of these locations and provide my knowledge of the properties. If you have additional or specific questions it is best to contact the places individually.    Berkana Cottage, Blackheath I read about Berkana Cottage and asked about wheelchair accessibility.  This house was previously owned by a man with quadriplegia so the design and layout is very wheelchair friendly. There is an undercover parking space right next to entry into the house. The cottage is spacious with easy maneuverability for a wheelchair...

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Sydney, Australia Local Tips on the Best Accessible Attractions

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I should probably declare from the outset that I am biased because Sydney is my home town and I love it!  I have travelled the world, both as a child of parents who embraced travelling and as a travel consultant.  When I travel there is always one sight that I love no matter how many times I see it and that is Sydney Harbour, the hub of this vibrant city. On a sunny day there is simply no better place to be. Having a son who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair I’m on the hunt for level...

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New Zealand Travel Tips: Wheelchairs & Seniors

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When you arrive in New Zealand, the airports provide ground staff to assist with boarding and disembarking. Air bridges at the major terminals (both domestic and international) provide level access but at smaller airports fork lifts are used to assist wheelchair users. Aisle seats with lift up armrests on some flights and aisle transport chairs (Newton) are available on request. On domestic flights wheelchair users may stay in their own chair to the cabin entry before transferring to an aisle chair. 1. Make sure you take plenty of any medication you may need. Never try to buy it overseas....

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Travel New Zealand by Wheelchair

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New Zealand is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. New Zealand society is laid-back, diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural, and the honesty, friendliness and openness of Kiwis will impress you.  New Zealand’s awesome landscapes, gorgeous beaches, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities. New Zealand has mild temperatures, high rainfall and lots of sunshine. The great advantage of New Zealand is that all of its diverse physical, cultural, and artistic landscapes are so close to each other! Comparable in...

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3 of the Best Wheelchair Accessible Destinations in the World

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Travelling the world is a must-do for people of all ages, abilities and background, and usually the restricting factors are time and money, but if you are born with a disability or have an accident and are required to use a wheelchair all the time or from time to time you may encounter problems that even time and money can’t overcome. Here at Stechford Mobility we specialise in mobility aids for all, including many types of wheelchairs. We want to keep our customers mobile and independent, and to help make travel dreams possible we have put together a list...

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A Look @ Tasmania for Wheelchair Travelers

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With its distinction as the world’s most rugged island, Tasmania is not exactly the place you would put first on the list of accessible travel destinations. Handicapped travellers of the world might shy away from Australia’s southernmost region, mainly because of images of disheartening weather, steep cliffs, and frozen valleys. Despite that, the island is also home to fauna and flora that are endemic – a diverse wildlife that rivals those of the Amazon and Asia. Amid all of these natural beauty, a wide selection of accommodations and destinations are gracious enough to provide service to wheelchair travellers.    ...

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