I'm sure you'd agree, Perth is one of the most amazing places in the world!
We have some fantastic attractions here, with universal accessibility being a key driving factor for the design of our streets and public areas. Inclusion is paramount for our local attractions and entertainment centres to allow people with disabilities to enjoy the best of what Perth has to offer.
The recent completion of Elizabeth Quay shows just how great it is when you ensure that people with disabilities can easily navigate and enjoy our foreshore too. It also brought with it Perth's first Changing Places toilet for people with disabilities to take advantage of.
Perth Stadium is also setting the benchmark for accessibility and inclusion in large public venues in Australia. It was designed looking to accommodate people from all backgrounds regardless of age, experience or ability.
It's planning and inclusions like this that makes Perth the ultimate place to get out and join in on local community activities and events. Thinking of where to have your next outing? Here are 5 locations you can visit that are perfect for people with disabilities.
Head to The Beach
The North Mindarie trail is a beautiful coastal cliff path that caters to everyone. Coming up to summer, it's a perfect way to spend the morning soaking up the sun and looking out over our beautiful Perth beaches. At the end of the path, stop off at Portofino's café for lunch. Right next to Portofino's café, there's a universal access ramp so people with mobility disabilities can go down to the beach and enjoy the beautiful tranquillity of the ocean.
One of Perth's most well-known locations, Perth Zoo goes above and beyond to cater for people with disabilities, which includes a variety of hands-on activities. Children and adults alike can get involved in all aspects of the zoo, making for a wonderful day out, especially during the warmer summer months. Perth Zoo also allows access to assistance animals, as long as a request is made in writing a minimum of two weeks prior to the visit to ensure all necessary precautions are taken.
Carers and companions of an individual with a Companion Card also receive free entry and are handed an accessibility map to help guide them through the zoo.
If you love local history and not afraid to explore a haunted hot-spot, Fremantle Prison is a must for the list! And an awesomely spooky one at that.
With access and discounted entry for people with disabilities, manuals are also provided to give information on areas not accessible by wheelchair. People with hearing disabilities also have access to Australian Sign Language handheld guides free of charge.
Kwinana Adventure Park
The enormous Kwinana Adventure Park is broken up into 6 zones, perfect for a long day out or the adventurous spirit. What makes this such a fantastic location is that its unique sensory play equipment to suit people with disabilities. This includes a carousel designed for two people with disabilities and their carers to enjoy.
The splash pad is also a popular attraction, especially with summer looming. It even has a cubicle including a shower close to the splash pad ideal for people with disabilities. If you're travelling by car, there are four disabled car parking bays located at the main north entry car park.