Travelling Accessibility in Canberra

Jesse Aungles

Through my studies and training as a professional athlete, I’ve had the opportunity to call Canberra home for 6 eventful years. Pair that with the fact that I’ve never been one for letting the weekend pass by and you have a recipe for tourism gold.

As a double leg amputee, accessibility is key. To compile the best list on where to go in Canberra, I have also talked with members of the Paralympic team which are wheelchair-bound. I hope you can learn something from our experiences and have an awe-inspiring and accessible encounter with Canberra.

 

The Arboretum

Born from the ashes of the 2003 Christmas bush fires that ravaged Canberra, this area is now a vibrant wash of gardens, forests and unique architecture. The drawcard is the beautiful view you can enjoy from inside whilst navigating the exhibition items that will captivate any nature enthusiast. My favourite is the National Bonsai Collection of Australia.

From the Snowy to the Blue Mountains

Undoubtedly my favourite spot of all, with accessibility at its best. Not many people tend to venture to the top of some of these lookouts so you can certainly enjoy the view in peace and quiet. Although public transportation isn’t available, disability car parking is plentiful. Every major viewing angle and activity is designed with accessibility in mind.

The Australian War Memorial

Each exhibit is best given some time to sink in each detail. The collection is vast. While the themes can be mature, the War Memorial doesn’t have to be avoided by those with a family. It’s hard to leave the Memorial without a humbling perspective shift, absolutely a must visit.

Australian Institute of Sport

The home of Olympic & Paralympic sport in Australia. Coincidentally, it happens to be my home too. The AIS runs tours 7 days a week through their high tech, world-class sporting facilities that give the public a chance to glimpse athletes in action, while also providing some useful background knowledge on the world of elite sport. Here’s a little hint, the best time to visit a tour is 3-5pm each weeknight and 9-11 Saturday mornings for the best odds of catching the gymnasts, volleyball, swimming, weightlifting and basketball athletes in their training environment.

 

All that’s left is for you to enjoy your time in Canberra!

 

Born out of a desire to normalise travelling with a disability and to further promote accessible travel options to the community, the team at The Good Scout have all the necessary information. Head over there for more information.

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