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Top 10 Holidays in 2019 for Travelers with a Disability

Written by: Iris

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More travel options are now being enjoyed by travellers with a disability. Gone are the days when wheelchair-users would find it quite hard to travel to and from a certain place. Nowadays, there are plenty of tourist attractions and wonderful destinations around the world that are made more accessible for people with different abilities, offering facilities that are wheelchair-friendly, and with staff that are happy to provide support to those who need assistance in mobility. This lessens the challenges faced by the people with a disability, allowing them to fully maximise and enjoy their holiday. 

Aside from the holiday destinations, accommodations, restaurants, and attractions that are disability-friendly, there are also the tailor-made supported holidays available that make the traveler achieve their holiday of a lifetime. The supported holidays from ClubMates Travel make it possible for holidaymakers with a disability to partake in any kind of holiday that they want—be it an adventurous, relaxing, or a family-friendly one—within Australia and internationally. Supported holidays are tailor-made by assessing the needs of the traveler and what they want to see or enjoy first, organising the type of assistance that they need, and then providing or customising a getaway that will perfectly meet their needs and wants.

These Top 10 Supported Holidays are ideal as each supported holiday is arranged with exciting destinations that are wheelchair-user friendly and with facilities that provide accessibility. Each tour has a support crew who are knowledgeable and have a strong, extensive experience in providing the best support and care possible, so you can relax and achieve your holiday of a lifetime!

Perth – Western Australia

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Find yourself in a one-of-a-kind place that’s considered one of Australia's most beautiful cities—Perth! Learn how gold is turned into a gold bullion and visit the gorgeous spots such as King's Park, which is accessible for people in wheelchairs and often provide a concrete extension for wheelchair seating. Get to visit the Bell Tower, and then set foot on the Subiaco Oval, perfect for the footy aficionados. Relish the rich history of Perth as you explore Fremantle by learning about the lives of the convicts at the Fremantle jail before you go shopping at the Fremantle markets. Take a selfie with the adorable and friendly Quokkas at the well-preserved and lovely Rottnest Island before spending your time at the Perth Zoo and seeing the fascinating animals such as a rhino and meerkats. The offerings at Swan Valley will also surely make your taste buds happy!

Enchanted Dolphins – Victoria

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Discover the wide array of everything that’s charming and fabulous as you get lost in the magical gardens at the Enchanted Adventure Garden! The garden's Canopy Walk is very much suitable for prams and wheelchairs. With assistance, wheelchair-users can definitely explore the whole property. This tour is also centred on some 'me' time at the Peninsula Hot Springs as you relieve your tired mind and body from the stresses of daily life. Guests will enjoy the healing benefits from the hot springs and the facility provides accessible pools and allowing the guests with a physical disability, arthritis, and other musculosketal conditions navigate the venue with convenience and ease. Then, enjoy the day with cheese-tasting and sampling the local produce at the Main Ridge and excitedly filling your basket with some fresh strawberries at the Sunnyridge Strawberry Farm. Relax on a windswept day aboard a ferry crossing the Port Phillip Bay, (and spot a cute dolphin!) going to the beautiful Sorrento to gain the best views of Queenscliff. Have an unadulterated time at the Savannah grassland on a safari adventure before you tour around the Werribee Open Range Zoo!

Paraiso Philippines – Luzon, Philippines

Witness the distinct beauty and colorful history of this country and experience a supported holiday in the Philippines like no other! Enjoy a city tour of Manila on a 'jeepney'—the locals' main form of transportation which also symbolizes the country's culture. Ride a horse-drawn carriage or 'kalesa' as you journey around the historical sites such as Fort Santiago which is also an accessibility-friendly historical site. Visit Intramuros where Jose Rizal, the country's national hero who freed the Filipinos, was imprisoned before wandering through the ornamental gardens at the Luneta Park. Explore the Shrine of Valor at Mt. Samat, which is the country's national memorial for the defenders of Bataan, then relive the memories of yesteryears as you join a heritage tour at Las Casas that also includes a refreshing time on a raft getting swept away by the gentle waters around the houses. You can also get an opportunity to dig into some delicious Filipino dishes and exciting exotic treats!

South Island Tranz– South Island, New Zealand

Wander around the world's most magnificent sights on a Tranzalpine train and be captivated by being on one of the best train journeys in the world in the South Island of Aoteroa in New Zealand! The train offers spaces for mobility-impaired passengers and has a public toilet accessible for wheelchair users. For passengers who have a hearing-impairment, there is a hearing loop that covers all of the café carriage saloon and serving area. Explore Christchurch and the city's container shopping centre, visit the Greymouths coastline that is not only rich in gold mining but with the marvellous natural beauty such as the majestic rainforests and waterfalls. Take Instagram-worthy snapshots and selfies on a Treetop walk and dive into a pool of magnificence and awe seeing the stunning glaciers and the popular Fox Glacier! Enjoy the Haast Blue Pools and the lovely sunset over a delightful meal and cuppa. Then, show your thrill-seeker side as you take a jet boat ride! Those who want to relax can simply take a laidback cruise on a steam-powered vessel. Shopaholics can also have fun in this NZ supported holiday!

Disney Magic Cruise– Florida, USA

Unleash the child in you as you go on a magical journey to Disney! See Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, the Disney princesses, and the rest of the Disney characters, and have a surreal moment seeing the iconic Disney castle. This cruising tour offers experiences that provide accessibility and support. Enjoy the nightly cruise party, the tea parties and dine and relax like king and queens on your luxurious cruising getaway. Another unforgettable journey awaits as you sail away to a Disney-owned private island in the Bahamas: the Castaway Clay, and immerse yourself in pure fun, relaxation and pampering time. Then cap off your Disney supported holiday taking a dip into Key West's stunning beaches.

X-mas in July on the Island– Victoria

Experience Christmas in the month of July that includes all the exciting activities such as a wonderful Christmas dinner, exchanging 'Kris Kringle' gifts, and a memorable photo op with Santa on this 'Xmas in July on the Island' getaway! This supported holiday in Victoria is packed with all the awesome experiences such as a visit to the Maru Animal Park. The park offers parking, prams, walkers and toilet facilities for the visitors with a disability. Get to explore the panoramic Phillip Island. Phillip Island is accessible and offers a wide range of facilities suited for people of all abilities such as prams, disabled parking and ramp access, complimentary wheelchair and disabled toilets. The park has also launched a set of "Access Keys" to three of its attractions in an effort to provide increased access and inclusion for visitors with different abilities. Try fishing at the Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm and explore the beauty of the historic Churchill Island. Visit the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and let the adorable little penguins make you smile at the Penguin Parade. Chocolate-lovers can also sample the heavenly delights and treats at the Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate.

Thrilling Theme Parks – Queensland

Are you a theme-park fan and an animal-lover? Then this supported holiday is the ideal one for you! This supported tour is brimming with lots of escapades and fun experiences at Australia's top theme parks! Spend a time filled with adventure and entertainment at Movie World—where most rides and attractions are accessible by wheelchair—and wherein you can enjoy all the exciting rides and seeing your favourite characters. Then, witness the awesome marine life at Sea World! Sea World is equipped with facilities that enable wheelchair access. Explore the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and feed the lorikeets, watch the crocodile feeding display, get buzzed by the eagles at the Birds of prey show, or pat a friendly kangaroo. Watch the adorable dolphins show their moves at the Affinity Dolphin Presentation, feed the sting rays and let the sea lions amaze you with their performances. Have a stirring moment on a Jet Stunt Extreme Show or take your holiday to the next level with a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a scenic helicopter tour of the Gold Coast!

Tranquil Tulips– Victoria

Be a part of the Tulip Festival to see the beautiful tulips and envelope yourself with the explosion of colours! See the spring flowers in the wheelchair accessible farm, listen to awesome music, and enjoy all the entertainment! Get to experience the beauty and simplicity of country life at the Chesterfield Farm where you can experience farm life like milking a cow, hand-feeding a kangaroo, and watching a sheepdog demonstration. Get the pampering that you deserve with a soothing massage before you engage in a thrilling time at the SkyHigh Maze and Observatory. Enjoy an engaging experience at the Geppetto’s Workshop where you can see the interesting array of puppets and dolls, before indulging in a delicious Devonshire tea and wonderful sights at the Grant’s on Sherbrooke. Feel reinvigorated with the fresh mountain air at the majestic Dandenong Ranges and have fun on a Puffing Billy ride, then go shopping at the Caribbean Garden markets.

NSW Central Coast– NSW

Enjoy all the central coast has to offer: from the gustatory delights, to the natural wonders, and the electrifying experiences! Take pleasure in the inspiring views of The Entrance, visit the Australian Reptile Park, which is a wheelchair-accessible park, and sail around the lovely waters of Brisbane aboard The Lady Kendall, passing through the alluring sandstone cliffs and also allows you to enjoy the only place in the world where you will view 5 separate waterways! Go on an unparalleled water adventure at Aquafun before gaining an enchanting 360-degree views from the Norah Head Lighthouse. The Norah Head Park has facilities designed to provide accessibility and has easy wheelchair access. Experience walking with the animals at the large Australian bush setting at Walkabout Wildlife Park, before enjoying some retail therapy shopping for souvenirs and sightseeing over the Sydney Harbour Bridge the next day. 

Cradle Mountain Lakes– Tasmania

Make your December extra special by taking a breather and joining a cruising holiday aboard the luxurious Spirit of Tasmania. The cruise ship provides an accessible trip and is known to offer special assistance to travelers who have special requirements. Marvel at the picturesque views of Cradle Mountain and journey through the captivating landscapes with a visit to Lake St. Clair—the deepest lake in Australia! Discover the country's rich wildlife by meeting the native animals such as a Tassie Devil and the endangered spotted-tail Quolls. Go on a refreshing journey traversing the beautiful waters from the town of Strahan and witnessing the idyllic beaches. Have a simply laid-back holiday that is filled with a myriad of delicious dining experiences such as the best-tasting coffees and sampling the delights from a Salmon farm which houses more than 10,000 Atlantic salmon!

Now more than ever, our family and friends with a disability can be unstoppable in experiencing the best supported holiday that they want—wherever and whenever! Thanks to the recent legislation, supported holidays and assisted tours with support crews that embrace travellers with special needs, an inclusive tourism is now within our reach.

Learn more on how you can achieve your dream supported holidays with the NDIS funding. You might be asking: What is the NDIS? Well if want more information you can click our NDIS guide for a detailed explanation or visit our NDIS checklist for a simple guide to see if you are eligible for it.

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