In 2012, Brisbane launched its first accessibility and inclusion plan. Since then, improvements have been made to public transportation, parks, and other community spaces so everyone can enjoy the city without discrimination.
Queensland’s capital is home to beautiful botanical gardens, renowned art institutions and various entertainment venues. It is also close to the best-known beaches in the country.
Cross the Victoria Bridge and walk along the South Bank. To learn more about the main parks and tourist attractions in the area, let yourself be accompanied by friendly experts and volunteers. Guided tours are held every day at ten in the morning. Register in advance and specify that you want to do a barrier-free route. You can find all the information on the Visit Brisbane website.
Later head to the Wheel of Brisbane, which has two cabins with access for wheelchair users. You will enjoy spectacular views. If you prefer, reserve this activity for when it gets dark and observe the illuminated urban landscape.
The Ferris wheel was inaugurated in 2008, on the occasion of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the creation of the state of Queensland and the 20th anniversary of the World’s Fair in 1988. Since then, it has become one of the most iconic places in the city. Take the opportunity to take beautiful photographs from above.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Discover the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the oldest reserve dedicated to these endemic animals in Australia. It all started in 1927 with the rescue of two wild koalas that were going to be slaughtered for the fur trade. Since then, wildlife has been protected and conserved in this place.
The sanctuary is situated on hilly terrain, therefore wheelchair users will need to take some alternative routes to avoid hills or unpaved areas. Download the map to avoid the less suitable paths.
In case you need to, it is possible to rent a wheelchair (the number is limited, so we recommend you book in advance through the contact information indicated on the website).
Brisbane Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Explore the Brisbane Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. It comprises the Bonsai House, the National Freedom Wall, the Japanese garden, the planetarium, and the tropical exhibition dome. Keep in mind that it usually closes at 6 pm (at 5 from April to August), so go early.
You can download the accessibility map from the Brisbane City Council’s official website. It will allow you to better orient yourself around its facilities.
Finally, take in spectacular views from Mount Coot-tha lookout.
Much of Brisbane’s public transportation is accessible. The new buses circulating around the city incorporate a ramped entrance and spaces suitable for wheelchairs. Likewise, the bus and train stations are equipped with elevators, ramps, tactile indicators on the floor and induction loops, among other services for different travelers with disabilities.
To find out more, take a look at this list with information on transportation and rental of mobility equipment:
- Translink. Public transportation agency in the state of Queensland. It operates train, light rail, bus and ferry services.
- Hello Mobility. Maintenance, repair and purchase of mobility equipment.
- Queensland Rail. Rail services in Queensland are accessible to people with reduced mobility.
- Queensland Government. Traveling with a wheelchair in the state of Queensland.
- Wheelchair Vehicles Brisbane, AccessCar Hire, Wheelaway y Wheelies Van Rentals. Rental of accessible vehicles for people with reduced mobility.
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