If you are looking to organise a little getaway this year, consider the beautiful Sunshine Coast. While possibly not as famous with the tourists as the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast has plenty to offer holidaymakers and also offers a variety of fun activities that cater to a range of mobility and disability needs. Here is a short list of some of the fun and exciting activities available on the Sunshine Coast.
Australia Zoo was made famous by the late great Steve Irwin, his family has carried on his legacy and this amazing Zoo continues to grow and flourish years later. Australia Zoo offers a range of experiences which can be adjusted to suit a range of care and mobility needs. You can enjoy the ‘Animal Encounters’ experience which gives you the opportunity to hand feed a giant tortoise. You can also have your photo taken with a range of interesting animals and watch wildlife shows. There is so much to see at Australia Zoo that it is best to plan to spend a whole day here. Keep an eye out for Bindi and Bob Irwin, the children of the famous Steve who still call this Zoo home and can often be spotted playing with the animals. One thing you won’t want to miss is the incredible croc show which takes place every day in the Crocoseum which has designated wheelchair seating in a shaded area and is also close to the food court for easy access to lunch after the show.
Spending a day at the beach is Australia’s favourite past time. While getting to the beach can sometimes be difficult when you are in a wheelchair or have other mobility needs, the Sunshine Coast’s Alexander Headland ensures that everyone has the chance to enjoy it’s beautiful beach with wheelchair accessible beach pathways and accessible bathrooms. Bring along a picnic to enjoy on the beach or support the local surf club by buying lunch there where you can sit on the deck and make the most of stunning sea views.
Sea Life is a Sunshine Coast attraction that invites you to explore the wonders of the ocean without actually leaving land. This includes tanks where you can see a range of exotic sea life living just as they do in the ocean including beautiful coral fish, turtles, octopus, sharks and more. Sea Life Sunshine Coast strives to be an attraction that is accessible to all guests and their facilities include accessibility parking, ramps throughout the venue that allow access to every aquarium.
One of the most popular national parks on the Sunshine Coast is Noosa National Park. In the headland section of the park, the first 1.2km of the coastal walk from Noosa Headland day use area to Dolphin Point is safe and suitable for an assisted wheelchair. The is a fantastic place to spend the day keeping an eye out for dolphins and enjoying a picnic by the ocean.