Looking for some inspiration to get out-and-about around Perth, that also happens to be wheelchair accessible and disability-friendly? Here’s our top 10 favourites for you to consider; from axe-throwing to dolphin watching, there’s sure to be something to entertain, no matter where your interests lie!
Optus stadium tour and rooftop Halo experience
Learn about the 60,000 seat arena home to most of Perth’s major sporting events, or take the lift up to discover the new western viewing deck, giving you even better views of the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River) and outstanding views of Perth City from the stadium’s highest vantage point. A great place to take a few snaps for the Insta or just for memory’s sake, and to capitalise on all of the incredible weather WA has to offer.
And for those with a bit more of an adventurous spirit, Optus Stadium has announced that their VERTIGO platform is also now disability friendly:
“At the completion of the VERTIGO platform in early 2022, we are extremely proud to announce that our tours and experiences are now accessible for patrons of various abilities.
Both our HALO Rooftop Tour and VERTIGO Experience are wheelchair accessible. They allow patrons to access the Optus Stadium roof via a lift and the VERTIGO platform has been developed to encourage ALL daredevils to take up the VERTIGO challenge and dare to look down.”
Cost: Between $28 & $89 depending on experience chosen.
Visit the Optus website for more information: https://theozone.com.au/accessibility/
Aquarium of WA (AQWA)
AQWA is home to one of the world’s largest coral reef displays and more than 45+ unique exhibits, (all featuring only native Western Australian marine life and living corals.). A visit to AQWA means a super fun day out for all the aquatic life lovers out there.
Both AQWA’s entrance & exit have ramps and the underwater tunnel can be accessed via lift, so anyone of any ability can enjoy this exciting under-the-sea experience.
Visit the Aquarium of WA’s website for more information: https://www.aqwa.com.au/
Art Gallery of WA
With installations changing on a regular basis, there’s always something new to experience at the WA Art Gallery. See works from World renowned artists and also get a dose of some local flavours too.
The spacious halls and large lifts make it very easy to navigate, and the best part of all, it’s in the heart of the city, so easy to get to by train and surrounded by cafes and great places to eat, including AGWA’s own rooftop bar.
Visit the Art Gallery of WA’s website for more information: https://artgallery.wa.gov.au/
Create your own street art and graffiti tour
A relatively new craze that’s taken London by storm is street art & graffiti tours… The good news is, Perth now has it’s own version, and the best part is that it doesn’t cost a thing.
This interactive map is designed to help you track down local artworks and explore this fair city in a completely unique way. Choose a small route and walk/wheel or do a drive by and experience it all in the comfort of your vehicle.
Click the following to access the Perth and Fremantle Urban Art Map.
Kings Park is home to an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, and blessed with one of Perth’s most outstanding views of the city. It offers a veritable plethora of nature-based inspiration and education, with something new to experience in all of the Nyoongar seasons.
From wonderful wildflowers to blooming banksias, Kings Park is the perfect place to take a picnic and find yourself immersed in the best that nature has to offer on this side of the Australian coast.
The park is a total of 400 hectares, much of which has wheelchair friendly paths. There’s also disability friendly toilet access on site and a cafe and a restaurant with some pretty good nosh as well!
Visit the Kings Park and Botanical Garden website for more information: https://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/kings-park
Perth Lumber Punks Axe Throwing
Not your traditional day out – for any level of ability! But believe it or not, axe throwing is a thing, and these guys are proud to say they are not only wheelchair accessible but safety-forward, providing on-site training and creating a fun and stress-free experience for all.
Not for the faint hearted but definitely a memorable day out!
Cost: Between $30 & $45
Visit the Perth Lumber Punks website for more information: https://www.lumberpunks.com/perth-axe-throwing-lumber-punks
Worth its weight in gold, a visit to the Perth Mint is a must if you’re looking for cheap and cheerful entertainment that is also wheelchair friendly. The building itself is housed among some of the city’s prettiest architecture, it’s not only free to visit but also wonderfully educational.
And no, you don’t have to be a coin collector to enjoy it! To fully experience all the attractions and learn about the history of gold in Western Australia however, you might choose to also purchase The Perth Mint Gold Tour which runs for approximately one hour.
Cost: Free to visit or $20 Concession for tour (carers go in for free)
Visit the Perth Mint website for more information: https://www.perthmint.com/
Mandurah Dolphin Tours
This scenic boat tour showcases top highlights of the coastal haven and pristine-waters of Mandurah which are home to over 100 bottlenose dolphins – the largest residential population in Western Australia.
Get up-close to nature from the comfort of the boat, with guaranteed sightings of dolphins, amazing birdlife and other bonus sea creatures. Also a fun day out for the kids if applicable and a great excuse to indulge in some world-class fish and chips!
NB: Toilets on the vessel may not be accessibility-friendly.
Cost: $25 concession
Visit the Mandurah Dolphin Tours website for more information: https://www.mandurahdolphintours.com.au/
Caversham Wildlife Park
With wide paths, on-site cafes, disability-friendly toilets, heaps of parking and an incredible menagerie of animals, a visit to Caversham Wildlife Park is the perfect way to take a walk on the wild side.
Get up close and personal with kangaroos, see creatures from all over Australia and beyond, and treat yourself to an ice-cream when you’ve had enough encounters.
Visit the Caversham Wildlife Park website for more information: https://www.cavershamwildlife.com.au/
One-way river cruise with Captain Cook cruises
Enjoy the best that Perth has to offer on a one-way cruise on the Swan River. Listen to the narration and enjoy a provided tea and coffee on board as you admire views of the downtown skyline of Perth, as well as the homes, parks and yacht clubs that line the river.
Travel in either direction between Perth and Fremantle. Drinks and other refreshments can be purchased on board, total cruise time is around 1 hour and 15 minutes. NB: Toilets on the vessel may not be accessibility-friendly.
Visit the Captain Cook Cruises website for more information: https://www.captaincookcruises.com.au/