Australians are increasingly mindful of the people with different access needs and more operators are realising the social and economic benefits of accommodating them.

  • Legislation requires that new accommodation meets accessibility standards for mobility-impaired travellers, and discrimination by tourism operators is illegal.
  • Many of Australia's key attractions, including many national parks, provide access for those with limited mobility and a number of sites also address the needs of visitors with visual or aural impairments.
  • Contact attractions you plan to visit in advance to confirm facilities available.
  • Tour operators with vehicles catering to mobility-impaired travellers operate from most capital cities.
  • Facilities for wheelchairs are improving in accommodation, but there are still many older establishments where the upgrades haven't been implemented.

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

Australian Resources

Deaf Australia (www.deafaustralia.org.au)

e-Bility (www.ebility.com)

Vision Australia (www.visionaustralia.org)

IDEAS (Information on Disability & Education Awareness Services) (www.ideas.org.au)

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (www.scia.org.au)

Air Travel

Qantas entitles a disabled person with high-support needs and the carer travelling with them to a discount on full economy fares. Guide dogs travel free on Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and their affiliated carriers. All of Australia's major airports have dedicated parking spaces, wheelchair access to terminals, accessible toilets, and skychairs to convey passengers onto planes via air bridges.

Public Transport

All of Australia's suburban rail networks and the vast majority of urban buses are wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are permitted on all public transport.