The famous Blue Mountains are located to the west of Sydney, a World Heritage Site. The region gets its name from the bluish haze created by the beautiful eucalyptus forests. Seduced by the wild beauty of the Australian nature, many travelers take advantage of their visit to the capital of New South Wales to experience new adventures in this place.
Below, we provide information about the accessibility of the most frequent activities in the Blue Mountains:
- The renowned Jenolan Caves website makes clear that the tours cannot accommodate wheelchairs and access is difficult. However, a special visit is offered to the first part of the Orient Cave, which is accessible for wheelchair users. To do this, you must book in advance. Some people with reduced mobility have the option of taking The Imperial Cave tour, which is the easiest.
- Scenic World has several attractions that will allow you to fully enjoy the landscape. The scenic cable car, the scenic walk, the main building and the parking lot, among other facilities, are accessible. Visit the Accessibility section on its official website to find out more.
- Many people choose to take a private tour. Companies such as Australia in Style facilitate and tailor this service for wheelchair users.
- The Bygone Beautys museum is also located in the Blue Mountains, which houses the world’s largest private collection of teapots. There is access for visitors with disabilities If you wish to get closer to snoop around.
- The stunning Blue Mountains Botanic Garden can be explored by scooter. It is possible to rent in advance at the Visitor Center.
The largest privately-owned garden in the country is in Oberon. The spectacular Mayfield Garden is a venue ideal for year-round festivals. Its charm manages to surprise guests on any occasion.
As indicated on its official website, new handrails have been installed on the paths and there are routes designed for those who want to avoid stairs.
Kiama is located 120 kilometers south of Sydney. The coastal city has a blowhole as one of its main tourist attractions, and it is really worth visiting. The world’s largest blowhole features accessible platforms from which everyone can view the water plumes.
Royal National Park
The Royal National Park is another place to get in tune with nature. Curiously, this is the second oldest national park in the world. It was established in the year 1879 and hosts fascinating fauna and flora.
Specifically, we recommend going to the Bungoona Lookout and Path, which is accessible for wheelchair users and offers magnificent views of the Hacking River. The Wild Walks website also offers other accessible paths.
Let us know, what other accessible getaways would you like to do in Sydney? We have much more to recommend: leave us a comment if you would be interested in a second part of this post!
Sources: Destination NSW, Jenolan Caves, Scenic World, Australia in Style, Bygone Beautys, Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Mayfield Garden, Destination Kiama, National Parks, Wild Walks