5 Disability-Friendly Things to do this Weekend

If you are at a bit of a loss of things to do this weekend, don’t fret, because here are five things to do this weekend around South-East Queensland. If you do any of these activities, be sure to share your photos with us on Instagram using the #MyGreatDayOut. We love seeing what you get up to!

Get the kids out of the house

Got restless kids itching to get outside? The All Abilities Playground in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens might just be the answer you are looking for. Hidden away in the middle of the Gardens, the All Abilities Playground is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, while your little ones enjoy the playground. The Playground provides access for children in wheelchairs and has a diverse mix of equipment that all children will enjoy. The All Abilities Playground even has a wheelchair accessible carousel, with two designated wheelchair spots and seats, so that your little ones can spin until their hearts are content. With interactive buttons that talk, visually impaired children can enjoy the park too. There is even a communication board at the entrance!

There are also wide pathways and upgraded toilet facilities scattered throughout the park. The bathrooms at the Playground also have a ceiling hoist fitted. How fantastic is that?

Accessible elevated play structure in City Botanic Gardens playground.

Get Cultured

Get cultured at the Gallery of Modern Arts in South Bank. Until April, Gary Carsley’s Purple Reign will be at GOMA. The exhibition is free and beautiful, inspired by R Godfrey Rivers’ painting Under the Jacaranda. The exhibition is a beautiful secret garden, decorated with jacaranda flowers. It is a stunning sight to see!

GOMA itself is fully accessible, with AUSLAN tours available on the last Sunday of every month. Audio-described tours for those with low vision are also available for some exhibitions.

Go for a day trip

If you have a hankering to escape the big smoke for a day, why not jump in the car and head to Peacehaven Botanical Park in Highfields. Just 15 minutes north of Toowoomba, this beautiful park has spectacular views of the Bunya Mountains. It is truly a beautiful spot to spend a while in nature! The best spot to take in the view is from the rotunda, which has a ramp access to ensure that no one misses out on the stunning 360° views. The Park has a large circular driveway entrance that provides easy access, and wide pathways.

While you are in the area, if you have the kids in tow, there is also an All Abilities Park in Queens Park in Toowoomba. There are electronic games set up, instruments at walking frame and wheelchair height, an arm-wrestling machine and even a liberty swing!

Visit the NightQuarter

NightQuarter is a night market and live music venue in Helensvale, on every Friday and Saturday night between 4pm and 10pm. With 60 food vendors inside the precinct, you will be guaranteed to find a delicious treat, or two. There are also six bars for you to choose from. Entry is $3.

NightQuarter strives is to provide barrier-free access to all. All eating areas are either level or accessible by small ramps, and the entrances to the market are all sufficiently wide. Nearby Helensvale Westfield is the best place to park, just 300m down the road. There is an accessible path to the market, however there is also a drop-of area right at the market itself.

Walk through the tree tops…

The Tree Top walk through Lamington National Park is a beautiful weekend activity. The walk consists of nine suspension bridges winding through the forest, at 16 metres high. The Tree Top walk is entirely accessible by wheelchair unlike most, and it is a fantastic experience to tick off your bucket-list.

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By Kate Nutting