With warmer weather ahead, it’s good to know the places to go to cool off. Check out these accessible options for getting wet and having fun in the sun in Sydney this summer.
Dawson-Damer Water Park
The Dawson-Damer Water Park in Sydney’s south-west offers a range of accessible activities to suit all tastes and abilities, from tame water fountains to the big bucket feature. When you need to dry off, there’s a Changing Places bathroom facility with plenty of room to change chairs and clothes. The ample accessible parking and multiple Hippocampe wheelchairs available to borrow makes this the perfect spot for family gatherings with more than one wheelchair user in Sydney this summer.
Location: Corner of Dick Johnson Drive and O’Toole Avenue, Oran Park
Curry Reserve Water Play Park
Curry Reserve Water Play Park is free to enter, and sure to be popular with families in Sydney this summer. Relax in the shade, get hands-on in the Discovery Stream, or brave the Beach Ball Soaker. There are Hippocampe water wheelchairs available to borrow, and an accessible bathroom built to Changing Places specifications. With a public barbecue and plenty of seating, this is a great all-day spot!
Location: 24 Camden Valley Way, Elderslie
South Cronulla Beach
The Sutherland Shire Council has recently added even more options for people with access needs to enjoy the stunning views and coastal walks at South Cronulla Beach in Sydney this summer. If you get in touch ahead of time, you can arrange a wheelchair (Hippocampe, Freewheeler, or power wheelchair), beach matting, and accessible parking right in front of the Surf Life Saving Club. The stand-alone uni-sex accessible bathroom also has a shower, if you need to rinse off the sand and ocean spray.
This story first appeared in Travel Without Limits magazine. You can subscribe here.