The best accessible Australia Day long weekend activities in NSW, Victoria and Queensland

Community, Disability January 21, 2019

Keen to fill up your weekend with events before school goes back? Or, want to get indoors to escape the summer heat? Just in time for the Australia Day long weekend, we’ve found some great events happening in NSW, Victoria and Queensland to get you and your family out and about.

Victoria

Australia Day Parade
As part of Australia Day tradition, Melbourne will be holding the Australia Day Parade on January 26. The Parade is expected to attract over 12,000 spectators who will watch on as 90 community and cultural groups make their way through the Melbourne CBD. The Parade will kick off at 11am, so there’s plenty of time to get in early and grab a great spot!

Accessibility features: wheelchair access, alternative access
When: 11:00-11:45am, January 26
Where: Corner of Swanston Street & Bourke Street, Melbourne

Baldessin Whiteley: Parallel Visions
This long weekend will be the final chance to see the masterpieces by George Baldessin and Brett Whiteley at the National Gallery of Victoria. The exhibition is also a fantastic excuse to escape the hot weather! To learn more about this event, click here.

Accessibility features: wheelchair access, Auslan interpreters
When: 10am-5pm daily, ends January 28
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, Swanston Street and Flinders Street, Melbourne

Australian Open 2019
Each year, the Australian Open never fails to bring international communities and the Victorian community together to celebrate tennis. As usual, this year’s tournament will wind up near Australia Day, with the final matches being played on January 27. Many final matches have already sold out, however, there are plenty of Ground Passes up for grabs. If you’d like to make a special needs booking, click here for more information or so the accessibility map.

Accessibility features: wheelchair access, hearing loop facilities, seating for people with vision impairments, limited mobility and those requiring shaded area.
When: Ends January 27
Where: Melbourne Park, Melbourne

New South Wales

The Vigil at Barangaroo
Want to reflect on the history of Australia without the hassle of crowds? The expansive Barangaroo Reserve will be an stunning outdoor venue for The Vigil – an indigenous reflection which focuses on the impact of colonisation in Australia and the significance of the day that the First Fleet arrived. Musical performances will be hosted by Elders who are asking the public to join in their rehearsals to share the words and songs of their local language – you can learn about the choir rehearsal sessions here. The Vigil is a free event and encourages participation of individuals of all backgrounds and cultures. See more.

Accessibility features: wheelchair access
When: 8pm, January 25-6am, January 26
Where: Barangaroo Reserve, Hickson Road, Barangaroo, Sydney

Auslan Tour: Tuckson the abstract sublime
For a limited time, Tuckson: the abstract sublime will be displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW. Between the 1950s and 1970s, artist Tony Tuckson was a common face at the Art Gallery of NSW. His abstract works are now being posthumously exhibited for the public. On January 27, the Gallery will be hosting an Auslan interpreted tour of Tuckson’s exhibit.

Accessibility features: Auslan interpreted, wheelchair access
When: Auslan tour – 1.30pm, January 26, Tuckson the abstract sublime: ends February 17
Where: Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney

Visiting the Government House
On January 26, the Government House will be open to the public and hosting an array of activities and live entertainment, as well as stalls and food options. Home to rich Australian history, the Government House is recognisable for its magnificent State Rooms, historic works of art and regal furnishings. So, why not bring the family along, have a picnic on the green and soak up the Harbour views? Learn more about this event here and read more about accessibility here.

Accessibility features: wheelchair accessible, accessible for people with low vision
When: House open from 9.30am-5.30pm, January 26
Where: Government House, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Queensland

Alice’s Wonderland: A Most Curious Adventure
This nationally-touring exhibition will be spending its last days at the Cobb + Co Museum over the Australia Day long weekend. Perfect for families, this exhibition is colourful and interactive and enables young people to apply their curiosity to learn about maths, physics, wordplay and optical illusions. To learn more about this event, click here.

Accessibility features: wheelchair access, accessible bathrooms
When: 9.30am-4pm, until January 28
Where: Cobb + Co Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba

Low Sensory Viewing: APT9 Kids
APT9, also known as the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, will be hosting a low sensory session for children with Autism or sensory sensitivities. Displaying the colour, culture and life of the Asia Pacific, APT9 features 400 artworks by over 80 artists.

Accessibility features: low sensory session (February 9 only), guided tours, Auslan interpreters, accessible parking, guide-dog friendly, Companion-Card friendly, available wheelchairs
When: 10am-5pm, until April 28
Where: Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Brisbane

Cool off over the long weekend
If you’re keen to enjoy the heat of the Gold Coast summer, there are plenty of pools open to help you cool off. The Helensvale Aquatic Centre is open every day and has disabled access and shaded areas, while the Miami Aquatic Centre has two heated pools with shade and disabled access. Want to know what else is open over the long weekend? Take a look at the complete list here.

Helensvale Aquatic Centre
Accessibility features: disability access, shaded areas, lifeguards
When: Open 6am-6pm Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday
Where: Helensvale Aquatic Centre, Rugby Lane, Gold Coast

Miami Aquatic Centre
Accessibility features: disability access, shaded areas, lifeguards
When: Open 5am-7.30pm Monday-Thursday, 5am-7pm Friday, 5.30am-5.30pm Saturday, 9am-5.30pm Sunday
Where: Miami Aquatic Centre, 80 Pacific Avenue, Miami, Gold Coast

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