The Queen’s birthday long weekend is approaching: get your inspiration here

Care Workers, Community, Disability June 4, 2019

Photo credit: Destination NSW-Vivid Light 2019 – Darling Harbour Tumbalong Lights, The Milky Way.

Unless you’re in WA or Qld, another public holiday is coming up on the 10th of June. We take a look at what’s on around the country. Whether you’re staying local, or looking to get out of town, now is the time to think about support you might like.

If you’re new to the Mable platform, but are looking for some flexible, last-minute support over the public holiday weekend, there’s still time to find what you need! Sign up today for free and you can post a job to send details of your requirements to all available support workers in your area. Remember – for those who are already accessing support via Mable’s network of independent support workers, it’s always a good idea to confirm availability of your support team over public holidays.

If you don’t have any concrete plans yet and are looking for a little inspiration, we’ve selected just some of the activities and events going on around the country. Take a look in your area…

New South Wales

The long weekend will be one of the last opportunities to check out Vivid Sydney. Accessible viewing areas are available at Vivid, offering a less obstructed view and an opportunity to chill out away from the crowds. Audio descriptions, text to talk and interactive guest experiences are available with the support of trained volunteers. Note that this particular service is available Monday to Thursday. Wheelchair hire and adult change facilities are also available. Sydney Taronga Zoo’s Vivid event, Lights for the Wild is back, but tickets are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are back at the Art Gallery of NSW. The gallery offers a range of access programs, including Auslan-interpreted events, audio described and art and dementia events.

More information about access at the Art Gallery of NSW can be found here.

Victoria

If you haven’t experienced it yet, visit the NGV’s exhibition of China’s ancient terracotta warriors alongside new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang. The Gallery accepts Companion Card and Carer Card and access aids including wheelchairs, social scripts, ear plugs, fidget devices, magnifying sheets and coloured overlays are available.

The Big Freeze 5 is on at the MCG as Melbourne take on Collingwood on June 10. FightMND & Melbourne Football Club will be selling beanies at the stadium to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease, with the ‘Walk to the G’ – an annual event designed to raise awareness for FightMND – departing at 1.15pm from Federation Square. You can find more information about how to join the event or support the cause here.

If you prefer fantasy over football, Oz Comic-Con Melbourne will take over the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre over June 8-9. The ultimate pop-culture event, whether you’re keen to pick up some merchandise, meet a sci-fi celebrity or just check out the costumes, it’s a fun day out for the family. You can find out more about the venue’s accessibility by downloading the guide here.

South Australia

Adelaide loves a festival, and this Queen’s Birthday weekend will see the Adelaide Cabaret Festival kick off. With Julia Zemiro at the helm as artistic director, the event, which has garnered a reputation of highlighting the best local, national and international artists, promises an eclectic program of classic and contemporary performances. This year, Access2Arts will provide audio description services, other information on accessibility can be found here.

If food and vino is more to your taste, the McLaren Vale Sea and Vines Festival features a diverse selection of winery events. There’s something for everyone, from intimate degustation dinners, tasting with winemakers and chefs, to winery tour adventures, food trucks and live music. Families can head there on the Monday public holiday to enjoy free entertainment for the kids while you sit back and sip. There is wheelchair access at the event – more detailed accessibility information can be obtained by contacting the organisers on info@seaandvines.com.au.

ACT

There’s so much culture always available in our capital, history or art buffs are never short on something to do. If you’re into interiors, there’s still an opportunity this long weekend to check out Marion Hall Best: Interiors, a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums hosted by Canberra Museum and Gallery. Described as electrifying, vital and avant-garde, Marian Hall Best was the most flamboyant Australian interior designer of the 1950s through to the 1970s.

If you’re looking for something for the family, on the 9th June the Old Bus Depot Markets will host Kids in the Shed, a day where they can browse stacks of products they’ll love including handcrafted toys, kids’ room accessories, artworks as well as handmade clothes for babies and little boys and girls. The markets are wheelchair accessible, and information about accessible parking spaces can be found here.

Northern Territory

Known as the ‘ultimate desert race’, the Finke Desert Race is one of the biggest annual sporting events in the Northern Territory. An off road, multi terrain two-day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quad, the race as the reputation of being one of the most difficult offroad courses in one of the most remote places in the world. If you’re not keen on getting roadside, spectators can attend the Finke Street Party & Night Markets on Thursday 6 June in the heart of Alice Springs on Todd Street.

Take the opportunity to get away

The kids are off school and if you’re lucky enough to be off work too, the long weekend is the perfect opportunity to get out of your own neck of the woods. Mable’s community of independent support workers is nation-wide, so if you would like some support when you arrive at your travel destination, chances are you’ll be able to find it.

If you’re looking to get out and do something different over the long weekend, now is the time to think about the support you might like. Search the profiles of independent workers in your area, or to get some last-minute support, post a job to send your requirements to all nearby support workers.