Guide to Sydney’s best accessible attractions

By Kate Reid, 4 February 2019 , Comments

Had one too many Netflix binge sessions and looking for a way to get yourself and the family off the couch? Then fill your weekends with fun and adventure with our guide to some of Sydney’s best accessible attractions.

Taronga Zoo

Skip the nature documentaries and instead come face-to-face with your favourite animal friends in real life at one of Sydney’s favourite attractions.

While some paths around the zoo are steep, ramps and elevators are located around the site to ensure wheelchair users won’t miss out on the fun. In fact, more than 95% of Taronga Zoo’s animal displays are wheelchair-viewable! Along with the displays, all food outlets, shops, shows and presentations are wheelchair-accessible.

If soaring through the air is more your speed, then check out Taronga from above with the Sky Safari cable car, which can accommodate wheelchairs up to a width of 610mm.

Taronga Zoo also holds Access Taronga days throughout the year to allow visitors with autism and their family and friends early entry to the zoo to avoid the hustle and bustle of general public crowds. For more info and dates click here.

The zoo also provides support for guests with autism with a downloadable social story and access to VIP badges to alert staff that the wearer may require extra support.

If you’re keen to spend an evening with the animals keep on eye on our Events page to find out details for Dreamnight, which takes place each December. On this magical night Northcott partners with Taronga Zoo to offer a private few a VIP zoo experience that’s not to be missed!

For more information on accessibility head to the Taronga Zoo website or speak to staff at the Visitor Centre upon arrival.

Malabar Beach

On a warm day in the harbour city there’s no better way to cool down than at the beach.

If you’re in or around Sydney you can head to the iconic Bondi Beach – which offers accessible beach matting and beach wheelchairs. Or you could skip the crowds and head to Malabar Beach south of Maroubra. This protected swimming spot has recently become the first Sydney beach to offer permanent wheelchair access!

Beach matting will provide year round access to the beach – which was chosen for the project due to its relative calmness.

For those who want to wet their feet, the Malabar Ocean Pool is also fully wheelchair-accessible.

Wet ‘n’ Wild

If the beach isn’t your cup of tea, but you still want to cool down and have some fun, head out west and check out Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney.

The Nickelodeon Beach Splash Pad, Dinosaur Lagoon and The Beach are all wheelchair-accessible, and water wheelchairs are available for loan from Guest Services.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney also offers people with disability a discounted disabled admission rate, which can be purchased at the box office on the day of your visit. For full terms and conditions click here.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Northcott Events and Facebook pages for your chance to get your hands on a ticket to Wet ‘n’ Wild’s annual Community Day.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

Whether you want to make friends with a lovable dugong, or scare yourself silly with a shark encounter, there’s something so special about spending a few hours under the sea at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

The aquarium is wheelchair-accessible throughout and people with disability can purchase tickets at the door for a discounted rate. For more information check out the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium website.

For those who are looking to avoid the crowds, weekdays (outside of school holidays) and any day after 2pm are the best times to visit.

The Blue Mountains

Spent too much time in the city and craving the sights and sounds of the bush? Then head one hour west of the Sydney CBD and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Blue Mountains. Here you’ll find several accessible walking tracks that feature stunning views of some of the most well known Blue Mountains sites.

The Fairfax Heritage walking track offers stunning waterfall and Grose Valley views from one of the most spectacular vantage points in the mountains – Govetts Leap lookout. The walk is 1.8km one-way and takes around 30-45 minutes to complete.

If you want to meet the Blue Mountains most notable siblings, then check out the Three Sisters walk which allows visitors to take in arguably the most iconic view the mountains has to offer. The walk is 0.8km return and takes around 25–45 minutes to complete.

For more information on accessible walking tracks in NSW National Parks click here.

Once you’ve had your fill of bushwalking, head to Scenic World to enjoy the sights from above. Both the Scenic Cableway and the Scenic Skyway are wheelchair-accessible and offer a bird’s-eye view of the valley below. For more information on individual access requirements contact Scenic World.

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