Unlocking Accessible Adventures

Your accessible travel guide to Brisbane and the Gold Coast

South East Queensland is one of the most undeniably beautiful, and fun, pockets of the Sunshine State, with people flocking to the region every single year.

With so much to see, do, and explore, there are all the more accessible adventures available for travellers keen to experience the region for themselves.

Check out our guide, below!

Brisbane and Gold Coast Itinerary: Accessible Travel

We suggest starting in Brisbane on Day 1. We would recommend securing accommodation which is central to the city. Then once you arrive and settle in, it's time to treat your taste buds.

Our first stop? City Winery, a place that's not only welcoming but also happens to serve the City Winery Dry-Aged Beef Experience. Picture this: you're seated in a cosy spot, savouring mouth watering dry-aged beef that practically melts in your mouth. And the wines? They're like a symphony of flavours dancing on your palate. It's the perfect warm-up act for the culinary scene in Brisbane, and trust me, you'll enjoy every bite.

Image: Queensland.com

Then, head back to your accommodation for the night fully satisfied, getting ready for the next big day of adventure!

On Day 2, it’s time to blend some nature and relaxation into your adventure. In the morning, make your way to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. We recommend booking the half day cruise and entry package option. It’s just the best way to see Brisbane and soak up the morning sun. The guide on the boat also shares the history of Brisbane as you cruise down the river. It was such a lovely relaxing morning and definitely the easiest way to get to Lone Pine from the City. 

Arriving at the koala sanctuary, you’ll realise that this place is like a haven for animal lovers, and it's all about getting up close and personal with Australia's iconic wildlife. The highlight? Holding a cuddly koala, of course! Their fluffy fur and laid-back vibe make for an unforgettable experience. There are also kangaroos, crocodiles and Tasmanian Devils! As the sun sets on Brisbane, turn your attention to the city's rich history and hidden gems.

Image: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Next on the agenda is the Dark Stories Crime Tour of Brisbane. You'll discover the city's historic streets, where tales of crime, mystery, and intrigue come to life. Be prepared to hear about the audacious criminals and unsolved mysteries that once had this city abuzz. It's like stepping back in time, and you can't help but get wrapped up in the stories.

That’s a wrap for Brisbane on Day 2! Now it's time to head south and journey to the Gold Coast for Day 3!

The Gold Coast is famous for its heart-pounding adventures, and today's all about living life to the fullest. First up, Gold Coast Parasailing – an adrenaline-pumping experience that offers options for everyone. You can go with one or two of your travel companions. You’ve got to experience soaring above the sparkling waters, feeling the wind in your hair. You’ll be gliding above some of the most pristine blue waters, looking below at the surfers and maybe if you’re lucky see some whales! It's a moment of pure exhilaration.

Then get ready for the Broadwater Adventure Jet Boat Ride. Feel the wind in your hair and the excitement in your heart – no worries, there's accessible seating to ensure everyone's in on the action. The heart-thumping turns and spins will make you feel like you're in a high-speed action movie. It's an absolute thrill. Being one of the longest jet boat rides offered on the Gold Coast, you’ll be visiting Broadwater, Moreton Bay Marine Park, Sovereign Island. So you really get to see everything the Gold Coast has to offer on the water. This adventure is also easy to get to, offering free transfers from Surfers Paradise.

Tuning it down slightly to end the day jump on the Aquaduck Safari. This unique land-and-water adventure guarantees a good time for all. You’ll cruise through the city streets learning about the city from a friendly guide. Then, the Aquaduck will transition from land to water, and effortlessly glide into the river. It's like being on two adventures in one – a safari and a cruise – and it's unlike anything else.

As for the accessibility part, it turns out that Brisbane and the Gold Coast have got it sorted without making a fuss. So, whether you're digging into gourmet grub, discovering cool stories, or chasing adventure, these cities have your back.

It's time to embark on an accessible journey that'll leave you with memories for a lifetime.

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We hope that this guide has helped you develop a plan for your weekend in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

To further alleviate any concerns Translink, which is the Queensland public transportation body, is committed to making transport accessible to everyone. Currently, small blue metal plates, featuring Braille, tactile and QR code bus stop numbers, have been added to select inner-city bus stops and bus stations. All ferry services, and trains also have wheelchair access for anyone to wishing to discover these two cities.

Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit: Explore New Zealand with a Campervan

Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand? Look no further than a campervan adventure! With the freedom to roam, explore, and immerse yourself in nature, campervan travel offers an unparalleled experience. Get ready to create lasting memories as you discover hidden gems, indulge in outdoor activities, and embrace the thrill of the open road. Join us as we delve into the wonders of New Zealand and why a campervan adventure is the ultimate way to explore this stunning destination.

The Beauty of Campervan Travel:

Campervans provide the perfect balance of comfort, convenience, and freedom. With your accommodation and transport combined into one, you can venture off the beaten path, discover remote corners of the country, and wake up to breathtaking views each morning. Imagine waking up to the sound of crashing waves on a secluded beach or surrounded by the majestic mountains of New Zealand's national parks. The possibilities are endless, and the beauty of campervan travel lies in the ability to curate your own unique itinerary.

Discover New Zealand's Natural Wonders:

From the pristine beaches and turquoise waters to the snow-capped peaks and lush forests, New Zealand is a land of unparalleled natural beauty. With a campervan, you have the freedom to explore it all. Journey through the rugged landscapes of the South Island, where you can marvel at the stunning fjords of Milford Sound, hike in the dramatic Southern Alps, and soak in the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. On the North Island, you can discover the vibrant cityscapes of Auckland, immerse yourself in Maori culture, and explore the otherworldly landscapes of Tongariro National Park.

Flexibility and Spontaneity:

One of the greatest advantages of campervan travel is the flexibility it offers. Unlike traditional tours or fixed itineraries, you have the freedom to change your plans at a moment's notice. If you stumble upon a hidden beach that captures your heart, you can choose to stay a little longer. If you hear about a stunning hiking trail from fellow travelers, you can alter your route and embark on a spontaneous adventure. The open road is your playground, and with a campervan, you have the power to shape your own unique travel experience.

Embrace the Campervan Community:

Campervan travel in New Zealand is more than just a mode of transportation; it's a way of life. Along your journey, you'll encounter a vibrant community of like-minded travellers. Swap stories, share tips, and make lifelong friendships at campgrounds, holiday parks and communal cooking areas. There's a sense of camaraderie that comes with being part of the campervan community, where everyone shares a love for adventure and the desire to explore the wonders of New Zealand.

A campervan adventure in New Zealand is a dream come true for every nature lover, adventure seeker, and wanderer at heart. With the freedom to create your own itinerary, immerse yourself in stunning landscapes, and connect with fellow travelers, this is a journey that will stay etched in your memory forever. So, unleash your adventurous spirit, hit the open road, and embark on an extraordinary campervan journey through the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand. The adventure of a lifetime awaits!

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Dive-In to this Swimming with Humpbacks Adventure

Nigaloo Reef, just off the coast of Exmouth, is a World Heritage-listed site and one of the longest fringing coral reefs in the world. It's home to turtles, manta rays, dolphins and of course, whales, who travel through the region as part of their migration from Antarctica to the Kimberley Region. It's estimated that 30,000 whales make this voyage each year, making it very likely that you will spot plenty on this half-day sail and snorkel tour, where you can also experience swimming with humpbacks!

On this Ningaloo Reef Humpback Whale Swim & Catamaran Ride, enjoy an incredible full-day experience that includes a swim with humpback whales, return accommodation transfer from Exmouth to Ningaloo Reef, a delicious lunch and MORE!

2023 Exmouth Whale Watching Itinerary

Your day will begin with a complimentary pickup from your Exmouth accommodation at 7:45am in the morning. You will be driven via shuttle bus to the boarding dock of your vessel for the day, a Windcheetah sailing catamaran. Once on board, you will be provided with all of your necessary snorkelling equipment and briefed on best snorkelling practices.

After that, get ready to immerse yourself in the clear blue waters of Ningaloo Reef, which is a safe and serene snorkelling spot nestled in a sheltered lagoon. As you snorkel, you will get to see all sorts of beautiful Australian sea creatures including fish, coral and perhaps even turtles or rays!

Image: Ningaloo Discovery

Hop back on the boat for morning tea and prepare yourself for the incredible humpback whale-watching experience that awaits you. Once your guides have located the whales, your catamaran will move closer to these large, docile creatures so you can observe them swimming through the reefs. The pilot, skipper and crew will assess the whales to determine the right time for you to get back into the water and interact with them! At their okay, you will put your snorkelling gear back on and get back into the water to experience swimming with humpbacks.

After spending as much time as possible with the whales and other reef inhabitants, it's time to get back on board the catamaran for a buffet lunch. As you eat, look out for other creatures that you may be able to spot from the boat. The catamaran will head back inside the bright blue lagoon and anchor up at a new spot so you can go on one last snorkel. If the time and weather permits, you will also get to test out one of the Stand Up Paddle Boards or Glass-Bottom Kayaks available for tour participants. If you prefer to stay on the boat and relax, there will be plenty of snacks, drinks and other refreshments for you to enjoy. 

Image: Ningaloo Discovery

Once you return to shore, you will be dropped back off at your Exmouth accommodation around 4pm. You will also go home with a complimentary photo package of pictures from your trip so you can always remember it!

Guests who book on as "Observers" are welcome to participate in all itinerary activities except for entering the water with a Humpback Whales.

Secure your thrilling whale-watching experience and get up to 10% cashback!

Dive-In to this Swimming with Humpbacks Adventure

Nigaloo Reef, just off the coast of Exmouth, is a World Heritage-listed site and one of the longest fringing coral reefs in the world. It's home to turtles, manta rays, dolphins and of course, whales, who travel through the region as part of their migration from Antarctica to the Kimberley Region. It's estimated that 30,000 whales make this voyage each year, making it very likely that you will spot plenty on this half-day sail and snorkel tour, where you can also experience swimming with humpbacks!

On this Ningaloo Reef Humpback Whale Swim & Catamaran Ride, enjoy an incredible full-day experience that includes a swim with humpback whales, return accommodation transfer from Exmouth to Ningaloo Reef, a delicious lunch and MORE!

2023 Exmouth Whale Watching Itinerary

Your day will begin with a complimentary pickup from your Exmouth accommodation at 7:45am in the morning. You will be driven via shuttle bus to the boarding dock of your vessel for the day, a Windcheetah sailing catamaran. Once on board, you will be provided with all of your necessary snorkelling equipment and briefed on best snorkelling practices.

After that, get ready to immerse yourself in the clear blue waters of Ningaloo Reef, which is a safe and serene snorkelling spot nestled in a sheltered lagoon. As you snorkel, you will get to see all sorts of beautiful Australian sea creatures including fish, coral and perhaps even turtles or rays!

Image: Ningaloo Discovery

Hop back on the boat for morning tea and prepare yourself for the incredible humpback whale-watching experience that awaits you. Once your guides have located the whales, your catamaran will move closer to these large, docile creatures so you can observe them swimming through the reefs. The pilot, skipper and crew will assess the whales to determine the right time for you to get back into the water and interact with them! At their okay, you will put your snorkelling gear back on and get back into the water to experience swimming with humpbacks.

After spending as much time as possible with the whales and other reef inhabitants, it's time to get back on board the catamaran for a buffet lunch. As you eat, look out for other creatures that you may be able to spot from the boat. The catamaran will head back inside the bright blue lagoon and anchor up at a new spot so you can go on one last snorkel. If the time and weather permits, you will also get to test out one of the Stand Up Paddle Boards or Glass-Bottom Kayaks available for tour participants. If you prefer to stay on the boat and relax, there will be plenty of snacks, drinks and other refreshments for you to enjoy. 

Image: Ningaloo Discovery

Once you return to shore, you will be dropped back off at your Exmouth accommodation around 4pm. You will also go home with a complimentary photo package of pictures from your trip so you can always remember it!

Guests who book on as "Observers" are welcome to participate in all itinerary activities except for entering the water with a Humpback Whales.

Secure your thrilling whale-watching experience and get up to 10% cashback!