Disability awareness in Queensland is reasonably high. Legislation requires that new accommodation must meet accessibility standards and tourist operators must not discriminate. Facilities for wheelchairs are improving in accommodation, but there are still many older establishments where the necessary upgrades haven’t been made: call ahead to confirm.

Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.

Resources

Australian Tourist Commission (www.australia.com) Publishes detailed, downloadable information for people with disabilities, including travel and transport tips and contact addresses of organisations in each state.

Deaf Australia (www.deafau.org.au)

Disability Information Service (www.communities.qld.gov.au/disability) Queensland government's Department for Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services; support throughout Queensland.

National Disability Services (www.nds.org.au) The national industry association for disability services.

National Information Communication & Awareness Network Australia-wide directory providing information on access, accommodation, sports and recreational activities, transport and specialist tour operators.

Spinal Life Australia (www.spinal.com.au) In Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns.

Vision Australia (www.visionaustralia.org)

Wheelie Easy (www.wheelieeasy.com.au) Runs specialised tours in Far North Queensland for travellers with impaired mobility.