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Arthurs Seat Eagle

Board a state-of-the-art gondola at the Arthurs Seat Eagle and fly over the state forest to the highest point of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. You will be torn between looking at the breathtaking view across the bay to the city and spotting wildlife as you soar high above the trees. Either way you have a bird’s eye view!

1085 Arthurs Seat Road, Dromana

P: 03 5987 0600

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Opening Hours

Saturday & Sunday
10:00am – 4:00pm

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At the Eagle everyone has a space and is welcomed and catered for. You will always feel a sense of inclusion. The fully enclosed state-of-the-art gondolas allow guests of all abilities to take in the spectacular views over Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula.

Accessibility info:

 The fully enclosed eight seat gondolas allow people of all abilities to take in the spectacular views over Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula.

  • Slow moving gondolas in the stations allow level access for wheelchairs, zimmer frames, prams and strollers to board easily.
    Please note that Gondola doors open to 80cm and double prams or oversized wheelchairs may not fit.

  • Enclosed gondolas are available for comfort in colder weather

  • Level accessible parking

  • Parking is available for mobility scooters at the Base Station but mobility scooters are not permitted inside the gondola cabins

  • Ramped access throughout Summit and Base Stations

  • Accessible observation decks

  • Accessible toilets and a Changing Places facility are available

1085 Arthurs Seat Road, Dromana

P: 03 5987 0600

E: [email protected]

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Opening Hours

Saturday & Sunday
10:00am – 5:00pm

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Arthurs Seat Eagle

Board a state-of-the-art gondola at the Arthurs Seat Eagle and fly over the state forest to the highest point of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. You will be torn between looking at the breathtaking view across the bay to the city and spotting wildlife as you soar high above the trees. Either way you have a bird’s eye view!

At the Eagle everyone has a space and is welcomed and catered for. You will always feel a sense of inclusion. The fully enclosed state-of-the-art gondolas allow guests of all abilities to take in the spectacular views over Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula.

Accessibility info:

 The fully enclosed eight seat gondolas allow people of all abilities to take in the spectacular views over Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula.

  • Slow moving gondolas in the stations allow level access for wheelchairs, zimmer frames, prams and strollers to board easily.
    Please note that Gondola doors open to 80cm and double prams or oversized wheelchairs may not fit.

  • Enclosed gondolas are available for comfort in colder weather

  • Level accessible parking

  • Parking is available for mobility scooters at the Base Station but mobility scooters are not permitted inside the gondola cabins

  • Ramped access throughout Summit and Base Stations

  • Accessible observation decks

  • Accessible toilets and a Changing Places facility are available

 

77 Beach road Torquay

P: 03 52614606

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Opening Hours

Saturday and Sunday

9:00am – 5:00pm

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Australian National Surfing Museum

The Australian national surfing museum in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital, celebrates the story of surfing.

The Australian national surfing museum celebrates the history of surfing in Australia. It tells the story of this country’s rich beach culture and surfing heritage that has developed over the last one hundred years. A visit to the museum gives people the opportunity to immerse themselves in the beach experience and explore one of Australia’s favourite pastimes.

 

Through themed exhibition spaces, visitors can relive time spent at the beach, or discover the intimate link between surfers and the breaking waves. Find out about surfing hero’s and legends in the Australian surfing hall of fame, which celebrates the lives of Australian surfing champions.

Relax in the theatre and enjoy spectacular footage of surfers in action while you are surrounded by vintage surf memorabilia and an epic array of historic surfboards. Trace the development of the surfboard along the boardwalk as a breaking wave looms overhead. Explore the many elements that make surf culture, clothes and movies and walk through the ultimate surf mobile, the VW Kombi Van.

Whether you are eight or eighty-eight, at the Australian National Surfing museum you can ride a wave of history and discover how awesome ands inspirational surfing can be.

 

Accessibility Information:

The Australian National Surfing Museum can be accessed via the main carpark off beach road with public access to the museum entrance via a ramp from the car park. Enter the museum via automated sliding doors and traverse the museum at your own pace with all museum displays on one level, and our theatre accessible via the boardwalk (ramp).

 
 

Belgravia Leisure - Regional

Belgravia Leisure manages a large number of aquatic, sport, health and wellness facilities across Australia and New Zealand, all of which cater to people of all abilities. On offer for Accessibility Weekend are 11 of their venues. Their regional venues comprise:
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​Civic Reserve Recreation Centre
Ph. 5975 0133
350 Dunns Road, Mornington VIC 3931
Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm Saturday (bookings required), CLOSED Sunday
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Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre

Ph. 4431 1000

9 Browning Street, Kangaroo Flat, 3555

Hours: 6:00am - 7:00pm Saturday & Sunday

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Pelican Park Recreation Centre
Ph. 1300 850 157
2 Marine Parade, Hastings VIC 3195
Hours: 8:00am - 7:00pm Saturday & Sunday
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Robinvale Leisure Centre
Ph. 5026 4544
75 Latje Road, Robinvale VIC 3793
Hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm Saturday & Sunday
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Somerville Recreation Centre

Ph. 5974 7800

14 Edward Street Somerville 3912

Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday (bookings required)

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Swan Hill Leisure Centre
Ph. 5032 5222
21 Pritchard Street, Swan Hill VIC 3585
Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm Sunday​
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Yarra Centre
Ph. 5967 1675
2435 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction VIC 3797
Hours: 8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday & Sunday
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Accessibility Information:

All facilities are wheelchair accessible, with accessible parking. Accessible bathrooms and change facilities are also available. Please contact each individual venue for specific accessibility information, as this may vary. 

 

250 Fussell street, Ballarat East

P: 03 5333 5933

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Opening Hours

Saturday & Sunday

9:00am – 5:00pm

Ballarat Wildlife Park

Meet the animals at Ballarat Wildlife Park. Hand feed some of the 100 free-roaming Kangaroos and see Koalas Wombats and ‘Crunch’ the 5-metre super Croc!

A daily tour and a schedule of animal conservation presentations will immerse you into the animal world. Around the park you’ll see Southern Cassowaries, Giant Tortoises, Dingoes and Emus. Visit the reptile house and find Snakes, Frogs and Lizards. A colony of little Penguins call the park home, the world’s smallest Penguin species. Marvel at the newest arrivals, six Meerkats, as they dig and explore in their surroundings.

 

Accessibility info:

Free accessible parking is available next to the entrance of Ballarat wildlife park. Accessible toilet located inside the park. Smooth, moderate gradient paths throughout the park.

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1 Tramways Avenue, Bendigo

P: 03 5442 2821

E: [email protected]

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Opening Hours

Saturday & Sunday
10:00am - 4:30pm

Bendigo Tramways

There is no better way to explore historic Bendigo than aboard a beautifully refurbished Vintage Talking Tram.

You'll be delighted by the remarkable sights and sounds of Bendigo as your tram shares entertaining stories about the city founded on one of the world's richest goldfields while passing monuments like the impressive Alexandra Fountain, the majestic Sacred Heart Cathedral and the stately promenade Pall Mall. Bendigo Tramways was awarded Australia's Cultural Tourism Attraction of the Year for 2016. Please visit www.bendigotramways.com for an up-to-date tram timetable.

Accessibility Information:

Free accessible parking is available at the wheelchair friendly Central Deborah Gold Mine Tram Stop (76 Violet Street, Bendigo VIC). A wheelchair accessible tram will be departing for Central Deborah Gold Mine at half past every hour in-between 11:30am - 3:30pm. If visiting at an alternate date, please phone in advance so we can make sure that an appropriate tram is on the tracks for your visit. Pre-booking tickets is not required.

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76 Violet Street, Bendigo

P: 03 5443 8322
E: [email protected]

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Opening Hours

Saturday & Sunday
9:30am - 4:30pm

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Central Deborah Gold Mine

History comes alive at Bendigo’s award winning Central Deborah Gold Mine.

Don a hard hat and miner’s lamp, descend 61 metres beneath the surface of Bendigo and walk in the footsteps of past miners!

Become enthralled by Bendigo’s golden past as you are guided through the honeycomb of hidden underground tunnels with one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides on a Mine Experience Tour.

 

With only the light on your cap to light the path you will discover what conditions as a miner were really like during the harsh gold rush era.

Afterwards, explore the surface of the mine with its treasure trove of vintage mining machinery, gold panning and interpretive museum.

 

Accessibility Information:

The Mine Experience Tour, surface of the mine and gift shop are all wheelchair accessible. Mine Experience Tours depart throughout the day, please visit www.central-deborah.com for tour times. Advanced booking is recommended for tours, please phone 03 5443 8322 to book your place. Mine Experience Tours run for 75 minutes and includes access to the surface of the mine.

An accessible toilet is located on the surface of the mine. Disabled parking is available at the rear of Central Deborah Gold Mine in Creek Street North.

 

246 Samuel Amess Drive, Churchill Island, Newhaven

P: 03 5951 2800
E: [email protected]

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Opening Hours

Saturday & Sunday
10:00am - 4:00pm

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Churchill Island Heritage Farm - Phillip Island

Escape to another time and enjoy the farm activities, explore the historical grounds and soak up the tranquil scenery.

Journey back in time and explore the heritage and tranquil scenery at Churchill Island. Wander through the heritage listed homestead and experience the daily working farm activities including cow milking, sheep shearing, working dogs and whip cracking.

 

Accessibility Information:

We are committed to offering an accessible experience throughout the Churchill Island Heritage Farm and have a range of disabled friendly facilities: disabled parking, disabled toilet facilities, smooth hard packed gravel paths with moderate gradient. Visitors who use assistance animals (certified by a registered authority) are welcome. Assistance animals must remain on designated paths and restrained by a harness or leash.

 

Bradshaw Street, Ballarat

P: 03 5337 1199
E: [email protected]

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Opening Hours

Saturday & Sunday
10:00am - 5:30pm

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Gold Museum

The Gold Museum is Ballarat’s regional social history museum and part of the Sovereign Hill experience.

Located directly across the road to Sovereign Hill, the Gold Museum celebrates Sovereign Hill’s story of Ballarat –

a provincial city built on the wealth derived from the great Australian gold rush of the 1850s.

Visitors can discover the beauty and power of gold when they view the impressive and valuable collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, priceless gold artifacts and gold coins.


As Ballarat’s regional museum, the Gold Museum presents permanent exhibitions on the social history of the city as well a diverse range of changing exhibitions of photography, special subjects and shows produced in association with community organisations. Check the website for the current exhibitions.
Although the Gold Museum at Sovereign Hill tells the story of Ballarat during the great gold rushes of the 1850s, our customer service is focused very much on the 21st century.

Accessibility Information:

Disability toilets are located within the Gold Museum for the convenience of our visitors. A large ramp leads to the entrance of the Gold Museum, ensuring that it is easily accessible. Ramp access to exhibits continues throughout the Museum.

Our friendly staff are always happy to answer any queries regarding accessibility – if you have any questions, please give us a call.

 

1810 Phillip Island Road, Cowes

P: 03 5951 2800
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Opening Hours

Saturday & Sunday
10:00am - 5:00pm

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Koala Reserve - Phillip Island

Explore the tree-top boardwalks at the Koala Reserve and see koalas up close in their natural habitat.

Wander the tree top boardwalks and see koala’s face-to-face in their natural habitat at the Koala Reserve.

Promoting koala conservation, this ecotourism attraction has been essential for saving Phillip Island’s koala population and natural bush environment. Our close viewing area plays host to a special koala breeding program over the next year, ensuring it remains a key player in the conservation of these important animals.

Accessibility Information:

Phillip Island Nature Parks are committed to offering an accessible experience throughout the Koala Conservation Centre and have a range of disabled friendly facilities: disabled parking, wide disabled ramp to Visitor Centre entrance with 1 in 14 gradient and handrails, disabled toilet facilities, movable café furniture, interactive interpretive displays accessible from wheelchair height, ramped wheelchair accessible treetop boardwalks to allow close-up koala viewing a short roll from the Visitor Centre, wide boardwalks and observation areas allowing for wheelchair access, smooth hard packed gravel paths with moderate gradient throughout bushland. Visitors who use assistance animals (certified by a registered authority) are welcome. Assistance animals must remain on designated paths and restrained by a harness or leash.

 

1320 Ventnor Road, Summerlands

P: 03 5951 2800
E: [email protected]

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Opening Hours

Saturday & Sunday
10:00am - 6:00pm

The Nobbies - Phillip Island

Overlooking the wild waters of Bass Straight, the Nobbies Centre is home to the brand new Antarctic Journey.

Take a virtual journey to Antarctica at the Nobbies Centre. Enjoy a range of interactive, informative and educational exhibitions in the Lab, before descending into a breathtaking multimedia experience. With cutting-edge technology encounter a whale breaching right in front of you while penguins skid across the ice at your feet with augmented reality technology.

 

Accessibility Information:

We are committed to offering an accessible experience throughout The Nobbies and have a range of disability friendly facilities: disabled parking, disabled toilet facilities, boardwalks with 1 in 14 gradient and coin operated binoculars and interpretive displays at wheelchair height. Visitors who use assistance animals (certified by a registered authority) are welcome. Assistance animals must remain on designated paths and restrained by a harness or leash.

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1019 Ventnor Road, Summerlands

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Opening Hours

Saturday & Sunday The Penguin Parade Visitor Centre is open from 10 am and the penguins will arrive at approximately 6:15 pm.

 

Click here to view the penguin arrival time calendar.

Penguin Parade

Take a waddle on the wild side and see wild penguins at the world-famous Penguin Parade, Phillip Island.

See the world’s smallest penguin in its natural habitat from viewing stands and boardwalks. Enjoy interactive and educational displays in the Visitor Centre and the spectacular coastal scenery from the Penguin Parade. This experience is sure to be the highlight of your visit.

Penguins arrive at sunset every evening. It is suggested you arrive one hour before penguin arrival time to explore the Visitor Centre displays.

Accessibility Information:

Phillip Island Nature Parks are committed to offering an accessible experience throughout the Penguin Parade and have a range of disabled friendly facilities: disabled parking, disabled ramp access through visitor centre and along boardwalks, complimentary buggy if transport to beach required, complimentary wheelchair, disabled access viewing areas, disabled toilets in visitor centre and interpretive displays at wheelchair eye height. Visitors who use assistance animals (certified by a registered authority) are welcome. Assistance animals must remain on designated paths and restrained by a harness or leash.

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Bradshaw Street, Ballarat

P: 03 5337 1199
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Opening Hours

Saturday & Sunday
10:00am - 5:00pm

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Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill is an outdoor museum that re-creates all the action and excitement of Ballarat during the great Australian gold rush.

Sovereign Hill brings to life the excitement of Australia’s great 1850s gold rushes. Named Australia’s best ‘Major Tourist Attraction’ three times, most recently in 2016, Sovereign Hill provides a unique Australian experience and a full day of entertainment.

There’s real gold to be panned – and it’s ‘finders keepers’, an underground gold mine, street and the opportunity to meet costumed goldfields characters. See a spectacular $150,000 gold pour and chat with our skilled craftsmen at work in the blacksmith’s forge, the candle works, the wheelwright’s plant, the coachbuilder’s and the confectionery factory.

Sovereign Hill entry also includes entry to the Gold Museum which displays a beautiful exhibition of gold and Ballarat history.

Accessibility Information:

Sovereign Hill provides large disabled parking bays for visitors, has several disability toilets located throughout, provides wheelchairs free-of-charge at the entrance building, ramp access or alternative access to various shops and attractions and an alternative route to the underground mine tours. Underground mine tours are accessible for visitors in wheelchairs. Please enquire at the mine office on arrival for bookings.

Before visiting please consider:

  • All roads and paths are gravel and there is some uneven ground

  • Coach rides require visitors to climb several ladder steps

  • Parts of Sovereign Hill have wide bluestone gutters between the timber boardwalks and gravel roads.


Please visit: http://www.sovereignhill.com.au/visit/what-s-on/accessibility-at-sovereign-hill/