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Wheelchair access

Perth, Australia
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Wheelchair access

Hi all.

We are flying to Alice Springs in July and one of us uses a power wheelchair. Can anyone recommend suitable accomodation and also transport options when there. I believe there are accessible taxis but how far do they go? Ie...tours etc?

Any info at all would be really appreciated.

Jacqui

Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Wheelchair access

Hi Jacqui

Try www.centralaustraliantourism.com

There's an office in Alice Springs & you may need to give them a call if the website doesn't answer all your queries.

Tours - lots to choose from but naturally you would need to speak with the operators to see what their equipment & accommodation includes.

San Diego...
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2. Re: Wheelchair access

Central Australia is not the most wheelchair-friendly area. In Alice the sidewalks are good but sometimes the ramps don't line up and/or they slant one way or another. There are some wheelchair-ready taxis and it would probably be best to contact your hotel to find out which companies they use. The Todd Mall (all outdoors) is a pedestrian mall, so the shops are easy to get to.

The Desert Park, a little way out of town, is accessible and I highly recommend that you go there. Outside of town, however, you are in the desert. Access to a majority of sites will be via footpaths with sand (sometimes deep), gravel, and uneven terrain. The nearby gorges are beautiful but, again, you have the problem of getting from the car park to the water hole via a footpath.

As far as your accommodations go, I would think that Lasseter's, which is a hotel and casino on the edge of town, would be comfortable for you. Perhaps the Crowne Plaza, too. Some of the smaller hotels would not be able to handle the chair as the loo would not be accessible.

Since you're in-country (as opposed to overseas), would it be possible to call one of the hotels yourself to see if they can take wheelchairs? They may be able to suggest tour companies for you. Or, you can also contact tour companies such as AAT or Cobb & Co to see if they have wheelchair accessible tours. Good luck

Darwin, Australia
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3. Re: Wheelchair access

I'm pretty sure Cobb & Co was bought out a few years ago.

The following link should provide some tour info. travelnt.com/things-to-do/guided-tours.aspx

If you are unsure if they can accommodate wheelchairs contact the operator or Tourism NT.

I agree Alice Springs Desert Park is a good spot to visit and very accessible.

San Diego...
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4. Re: Wheelchair access

I did a little more research (and the link given by ShazDwn was a good starting spot) and I finally found some more info. None of it is encouraging, however. It really makes me angry that access for the disabled is so hard to find and difficult to arrange! (I am partially disabled myself). Enough of my <rant> however... here is the info I found:

1) Lasseters is the only hotel in Alice that LISTS access for wheelchairs (there may be others, but they are not easily found)

2) There are wheelchair-accessible vehicles in Alice (with info located here:

…nt.gov.au/public/bus/accessible-transport )

3) Here's a list of tourist spots in NT that are OK for wheelchairs:

www.australiaforall.com/NT%20Venues.html

Not much in Alice; just a viewing platform at Uluru. Dig through other pages on that site for other info. Darwin seems to be better prepared for disabled folks.

4) Here's a site you may want to look into...it''s supposed to have listings of recreational activities and accommodations for disabled:

http://www.nican.com.au/

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Good luck on your own search. After your holiday it would be great if you could write up some reviews to post here to help others who have the same questions in the future. I hope you have a wonderful trip.

Cheerz,

Maudy

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5. Re: Wheelchair access

Hi, I was just wondering how you went with your planning? Our son uses a power wheelchair and we would love to take him to Ayers Rock, but don't want to get there and find the wheelchair access is not very friendly. I have come across these walks that show wheelchair access, if you have any info it would be very helpful.

Many thanks.

environment.gov.au/parks/…uluruwalks.pdf

Edited: 10 June 2013, 22:30
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6. Re: Wheelchair access

Hi, I was just wondering how you went with your planning? Our son uses a power wheelchair and we would love to take him to Ayers Rock, but don't want to get there and find the wheelchair access is not very friendly. I have come across these walks that show wheelchair access, if you have any info it would be very helpful.

Many thanks.

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