Make Your NDIS Accommodation Gold Coast Better with These Activities!
January 9, 2023
Considering a sun-soaked stay in short-term accommodation on the Gold Coast? Make your NDIS Accommodation Gold Coast even better!
The Queensland Government has declared 2023 is The Year of Accessible Tourism in Queensland, and with accessibility already an important part of the Gold Coast’s planning, it’s an inclusive destination with plenty of fun, accessible things to do all year round! Attracting adventure lovers of all ages and abilities, the Gold Coast boasts beautiful natural wonders, thrilling theme parks and pristine beaches, making it the perfect place to enjoy a change of scenery during a respite stay.
Here are some accessible activities to make your NDIS Accommodation Gold Coast even better:
1. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Get up close and see an amazing range of wildlife at The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, including, Dingos, Red Pandas, Capybara and more. There are also interactive shows on twice a day, with activities such as Dingo feeding and koala cuddling – you’re sure to make plenty of memorable moments! The sanctuary is accessible with a range of ramps and boardwalks throughout, and entry ticket discounts are available for people with disability and their carers.
2. Village Roadshow Theme Parks
The big three Village Roadshow theme parks; Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet ‘n’ Wild are plenty of fun- and all offer discounted single day entry admission tickets if you present your State or Commonwealth issued Disability Pension Card. Wheelchair hire is complimentary for all three parks, and Companion Cardholders are entitled to one free Companion Ticket, which ensures that care and support can be provided to you during your visit, making it a smooth and easy experience!
Thrill-seekers and adventure lovers can enjoy all the action at Warner Bros. Movie World, where you can experience a variety of themed rides, meet your favourite super heroes, and watch live stunt shows. Many rides and attractions here are accessible for guests using wheelchairs or mobility aids.
For a cruisier pace you can check out Sea World, the Gold Coast’s iconic oceanarium, theme park and marine mammal park, for a sensory and educational experiences to remember! Home to some of our favourite underwater creatures, you can watch one of the many live animal presentations and shows, check out the reef and even participate in a penguin feeding session. Almost all shopping and dining venues at Sea World are also wheelchair accessible, and there are a range of assistive devices and facilities on hand to help you get the most out of your visit!
Wet ‘n’ wild has attractions that are accessible via wheelchair, and an aquatic wheelchair is also available for accessibility to pool areas like the Wave pool and Calypso beach, which have a slope entry. The chair can also be used in the shallow splash areas at Wet ‘n’ Wild Junior, for safe and easy water play.
3. Accessible Beaches
There’s no better feeling than sand between your toes and the waves lapping at your feet! In a recent collaboration between Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Life Saving Club and Gold Coast City, the Gold Coast has been working to make many of its most popular beaches fully accessible. Burleigh Heads, Nobby’s and Southport beaches all provide free mats and sand chairs to the public, and now feature level walkways for wheelchair users and visitors with mobility restrictions, so you can access the beach with ease. They also have Sandcruisers, Hippocampes and Water Wheels chairs on hand to help make the beaches accessible to all. The Surfers Paradise Esplanade and accessible walkway at Burleigh Heads are also a beautiful spot for a beachfront stroll or a spot of fish and chips.
4. Skypoint Observation Deck
Reach new heights at the Skypoint Observation Deck, which sits 230 metres from the ground, on level 77 of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise. Wheelchair accessible via an elevator, it offers stunning 360-degree views of the Gold Coast. Check it out at sunset to see the city lights by night or enjoy the buffet breakfast at sunrise and enjoy the views from the observation deck. You can also grab a bite to eat and a refreshing drink from the Skypoint Bar & Bistro.
‘Home of the arts’ or ‘HOTA’ is a hub for art, entertainment and culture on the Gold Coast! With exhibitions, live theatre, music, comedy and art galleries, it’s a creative and fun experience for all ages and abilities to enjoy. For wheelchair users and people with mobility restrictions, the venue has a ramp for street access and lifts inside for accessibility, as well as a range of assistive technology available for hearing and vision impaired visitors, including listening assisted headsets and captioned glasses. The HOTA Gallery also offers a quiet hour on the first Saturday of every month, between 9-10am, to support those requiring a relaxed and calm environment.
Finding the right disability accommodation for your stay on the Gold Coast
Did you know you can easily visit these attractions when you stay at Aspire Hub’s NDIS Accommodation Gold Coast?
At Aspire Hub, we have a range of Disability Accommodation types available, which are conveniently located close to all the amenities you need to enjoy your stay, as well as local attractions and activities:
· SIL: Supported independent living is a type of in-home support that can be delivered within your current home or your chosen shared NDIS housing. It aims to help you live as independently as possible while building your skills with daily tasks such as cleaning, nutrition and medication management.
· ILO: An individualised living option is a NDIS support that lets you choose the home you live in and set up supports in the way that best suits you.
· SDA: Specialist disability accommodation is for people with complex care needs. It involves a purpose-built, accessible home that is tailored to your specific needs.
· STA: Short term accommodation, including respite, is funding for support and accommodation for a short time away from your usual home. It covers the cost of your care in another place for up to 14 days at a time. You might have a short stay with other people, or by yourself.
· MTA: Medium term accommodation gives you somewhere to live while you are waiting for a long-term housing solution. It is only funded while you are waiting for your disability related supports and have a confirmed long term housing solution.
You can view our Gold Coast disability accommodation vacancies here.
If you’re looking to take a break and have STA NDIS approved in your plan, reach out to us today.
To find out more about STA with Aspire Hub, click here.