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Melbourne Accessible Day Trips
  • Werribee Open Range Zoo
  • Emerald Lake, Dandenong Ranges
  • Ashcombe Maze
  • Penguin Parade at PhIllip Island Nature Park
  • Golden Dragon Museum

We’ve made planning your accessible day trips easy. We have highlighted a variety of wonderful day trips with specific information about the many accessible options that can assist in making touring easier for people with disabilities. Whether it is marvelling at the landscape, visiting the vibrant cities, trying the local produce, or meeting the characters and experiencing the unique Australian way of life en route – these trips will leave you feeling inspired. And no matter whether you pack up a car, board a plane, jump on a train or float on a boat, the stories you’ll bring back will stay with you forever.

Bellarine PeninsulaGeelong & Torquay
Located 75 km from Melbourne on Corio Bay, Geelong is the second largest city in Victoria. A port city with an urban population of 205,000 people, it is also one of the largest provincial cities in Australia. The area was settled in the mid 1830s and was the centre for the Western District wool industry. During the gold rush the port at Corio Bay became a landing point for prospectors. Today it is an industrial centre for the petroleum industry and remains a centre for the wool industry. Geelong is renowned as the gateway to the Surf Coast and the Great Ocean Road.
INFORMATION - Geelong Visitor Information Centre
Address: 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong, VIC 3220
Phone: 61 3 5222 2900 or 1800 620 888  Web: www.greatoceanroad.org

ATTRACTIONS
»»Eastern Beach
Geelong’s history relates to its glory days as a port for the wool industry and gold rush. The waterfront is the scenic playground for visitors and locals. In the 1830s the swimming pool and park off Ritchie Boulevard and Eastern Beach Road were popular. Along with eating options offered by Cunningham Pier, today you can enjoy the vista across Corio Bay. Dedicated parking and accessible toilets are provided offering access to the walkways behind the beach and pier accessing The Bay Walk Bollards. A sculpture work of 106 painted wooden sculptures located at historical points along a walking trail on the foreshore of Corio Bay.
»»National Wool Museum
The museum reflects Geelong’s role in the development of the Western District’s fine wool industry. A dedicated parking space is on Moorabool Street or park behind the museum. A flat entry leads from street level and long ramps take you to each of the museum’s three levels. An accessible unisex toilet is on the lower level.
Address: 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong, VIC 3220
Phone: 61 3 5226 7071  
Web: www.geelongaustralia.com.au/Visiting_Geelong/Attractions/National_Wool_Museum/
»»Ford Discovery Centre
The Ford Discovery Centre is located in the historic woolstore beside Geelong’s waterfront. Geelong was central to the motor car industry in Australia and the centre is across the road from where the first Model T Fords were assembled in Australia in 1925. Address: Corner Gheringhap & Brougham Streets, Geelong, VIC 3220
Phone 61 3 5227 8700   Web: www.forddiscovery.com.au/
»»Geelong Gallery
Free guided tours of the Geelong Gallery’s permanent collection are conducted every Saturday from 2.00pm. There is designated parking adjacent to the entry, which is level. A lift takes visitors between levels and an accessible toilet is available.
Address: Little Malop Street, Geelong, VIC 3220
Phone 61 3 5229 3645   Web: www.geelonggallery.org.au
»»Queenscliff-Sorrento Ferry
A vehicular ferry crosses the bay to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula every second hour between 7am-6pm and returns every second hour from 8am-6pm with extra services during the summer months. Two vessels make the crossing; The MV Sorrento is the more accessible with a lift and accessible toilet, but advise the company of your plan to travel. At the Queenscliff and Sorrento piers there are drive-up ticket windows and accessible toilets nearby. Address: Larkin Parade, Queenscliff, VIC 3225
Phone: 61 3 5258 3244   Web: www.searoad.com.au
»»Torquay
The Surf Coast Highway leads south from Geelong to the resort town of Torquay on the coast exposed to Bass Strait. Regarded as one of the surf capitals of Australia it is the base of a large surf industry at Surfworld Plaza, a unique shopping centre dedicated to surfing.

»»Surfworld is a museum and learning centre about surf and surfing, including a surfing hall of fame, wave making tank, videos and hands-on displays. Plenty of parking is available but no designated spaces and the entrance is flat in, down a bitumen slope. A unisex accessible toilet is available. Address: Surf City Plaza, Beach Road, Torquay, VIC 3228
Phone: 61 3 5261 4606   Web: www.surfworld.com.au
»»Bells Beach
It is then just a short drive to Bells Beach, Victoria’s surfing Mecca and the home of the longest-running professional surfing event in the world, the Rip Curl Pro. Keen surfers ‘discovered’ Bells Beach in the early 1950s and it became the world’s first ‘surfing reserve’ in 1971. This ‘break’ is not for beginners!

Werribee
Coming from Melbourne or Geelong, jump off the Princes Freeway and take the Point Cook Road exit and head south towards Port Phillip Bay. Your journey along the Bay West Trail to Werribee will take you past the award winning Victoria State Rose Garden with over 4,000 rose bushes; the striking K Road cliffs where they provide a backdrop to the meandering Werribee River; the RAAF Museum at Point Cook which provides a fascinating insight into Australia’s aviation history; the imposing and stately 1870s Mansion at Werribee Park, and the adjacent luxury Mansion Hotel, day spa, restaurant and Shadowfax Winery or stop and experience ‘Africa: Out Of Africa’ at the Werribee Park Open Range.
INFORMATION
Address: Wyndham Cultural Centre 177 Watton St, Werribee, VIC 3030
Phone 61 3 9741 9500   Web www.wyndham.vic.gov.au
ATTRACTIONS
»»Werribee Open Range Zoo
Located 35 km from the Melbourne CBD on the Princes Freeway (take the Werribee South exit to K Road), the Open Range Zoo offers an experience where visitors can wander the pedestrian path or take a vehicle tour. There are two wheelchair accessible vehicles running throughout the day. Address: K Road, Werribee, VIC 3030
Phone: 61 3 9731 9600   Web: www.zoo.org.au

Yarra Valley
Under an hour's drive from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is famous for its wine, fresh food and breathtaking scenery. The place where Victorian winegrowing started, the Yarra Valley is now home to over 55 wineries, most of which offer cellar door tastings and sales. The village of Warburton is about 80 km from Melbourne and sits above a trickling stream – the eastern and early reaches of the Yarra River. Riverside Walk provides several access points along the river or from the town itself. The town trail offers the best path, with an accessible toilet, but the full walk is not totally accessible, so some assistance may be required.
INFORMATION - Yarra Valley Visitor Information Centre
Address: The Old Courthouse, Harker St, Healesville, VIC 3777
Phone: 61 3 5962 2600   Web www.visityarravalley.com.au
ATTRACTIONS
»»The Upper Yarra Reservoir
The Upper Yarra Reservoir is located about 24 km from Warburton. The park has ample parking and accessible toilets. A viewing platform is available and the wet weather hall entry is ramped, with accessible toilets nearby.
Phone: 13 16 93 (Parks Victoria)   Web: www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
»»Yarra Valley Wineries
It takes less than an hour from the city along the Maroondah Highway through the town of Lilydale to access the wineries of the Yarra Valley. The industry commenced in the 1830s, with cool climate and rich soils. Some of the better known wineries have restaurants, cafes and offer good access. Sit back and allow the experts to introduce you to the famous food and wine of the Yarra Valley. Join a guided tour with one of the region’s many tour operators. Details can be found at www.yarravalleywine.com
A selection of wineries include:

Coldstream Hills Winery

Address: 31 Maddens Lane, Coldstream, VIC 3770
Phone: 61 3 5964 9410   Web: www.coldstreamhills.com.au
De Bortoli Winery & Restaurant
Address: Pinnacle Lane, Dixons Creek, VIC 3775
Phone: 61 3 5965 2271   Web: www.debortoli.com.au
Domaine Chandon & Green Point
Address: Greenpoint Winery, Green Point, Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, VIC 3770
Phone: 61 3 9738 9200   Web: www.greenpointwines.com.au
Fergusson Winery & Restaurant
Address: 82 Wills Road, Yarra Glen, VIC 3775
Phone 61 3 5965 2237   Web: www.fergussonwinery.com.au
Kellybrook Winery & Restaurant
Address: Fulford Road, Wonga Park, VIC 3115
Phone: 61 3 9722 1304   Web: www.kellybrookwinery.com.au
Rochford Yarra Valley
Address: Corner Maroondah Highway & Hill Road, Coldstream, VIC 3770 Phone: 61 3 5962 2119 Web: www.rochfordwines.com
Yering Station
Address: 38 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen, VIC 3775
Phone: 61 3 9730 0100   Web: www.yering.com

»»Healesville Sanctuary
The Healesville Sanctuary is located about an hour’s drive along the Maroondah Highway to the east of Melbourne. The road takes you through part of the Yarra Valley as you head towards the picturesque backdrop of the Great Dividing Range. Situated about 4 km through the township of Healesville, the sanctuary is well sign-posted on Badgers Creek Road. The sanctuary displays around 200 species of Australian birds, mammals and reptiles. A large car park has an area reserved for dedicated parking. Wheelchairs are available for a deposit, and it is a good idea to book ahead if you need one on the weekend. The site offers graded access with several accessible toilets and a cafe.
Address: Badger Creek Road, Healesville, VIC 3777
Phone: 61 3 5957 2800   Web: www.healesvillesanctuary.com.au

The Dandenong Ranges
The beautiful Dandenong Ranges, under one hour from Melbourne, are visible from Melbourne and only about 40 km away from the CBD. Today visitors flock to the romantic hilltop villages for luxury hideaways, beautiful gardens, magnificent tall forests and views. You’ll find birdlife here is prolific although the famous lyrebird, a once plentiful but shy inhabitant is becoming very scarce. Visitors love to picnic amongst the bush and nature. The Mt Dandenong Tourist Road languidly winds its way between Montrose and Upper Ferntree Gully, through ferny glades and stands of mountain ash, to the 633m summit of Mt Dandenong, providing wonderful views across the valley to the city and even the bay.

INFORMATION - Dandenong Ranges & Knox Visitor Information Centre
Address: 1211 Burwood Hwy, Upper Ferntree Gully, VIC 3156
Phone: 61 3 9758 7522 or 1800 645 505  Web: www.dandenongrangestourism.com.au

ATTRACTIONS
»»The Dandenong Ranges National Park
The national park encompasses Ferntree Gully National Park and Sherbrooke Forest Park. Download information from the Parks Victoria website.
Accessible picnic areas often with accessible toilets include:
• Doongalla, The Stables Picnic Ground,
• Fern Tree Gully Picnic Area,
• Grants Picnic Area (there’s also an accessible nature circuit walk – the Margaret Lester Walk), •One Tree Hill, and;
• Valley Picnic Ground.
Phone: Parks Victoria 131 963   Web: www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
»»Puffing Billy
The Dandenong’s most popular attraction is Puffing Billy, a steam train, built in 1900, that runs on a narrow gauge track through green farming country and forests of eucalypts. It departs Belgrave station, just beyond Upper Ferntree Gully and heads out to Lakeside station at Emerald, and the township at Gembrooke. You can get to Belgrave on the Met (Melbourne’s suburban rail network, Ph: 131 638), a journey of 40km or 70 minutes. Carriages are accessed via timber ramps - book ahead. Accessible toilets are available at Belgrave, Lakeside and Gembrook.
Phone: 61 3 9757 0700   Web: www.puffingbilly.com.au
»»Emerald Lake Park
At Emerald Lake Park you can enjoy a day in the tea rooms, walking along trails, fishing, and paddling on the lake. Accessible toilets are available at the station, behind the kiosk, and on one of the trails and at the Interpretive Centre. The 1¼ km Emerald Lake Park Trail (with accessible toilet) commences above and behind the kiosk and leads through a swamp, mana gums, wattles and you may even spot a wombat. Another flat path leads down to the lake and the Interpretive Centre wh, and then over an arched bridge and around the lake. Emerald Lake Model Railway lays claim to being Australia’s largest, working, small railway with 2,000 m of scale track. Access is from the bitumen path leading from the station up the hill to a flat entry.
Phone: 1300 131 683   Web: www.emeraldlakepark.com.au
»»Skyhigh Mt Dandenong
Less than 1 hour from the Melbourne CBD you can be SkyHigh – on the uppermost reach of the Dandenong Ranges, amid cool fern glades and lush towering native forest, looking at the big picture, from the Mornington Peninsula across the majestic sweep of Port Phillip Bay, surrounded by Melbourne’s growing urban fringes, to the You Yangs on the southern horizon. After sunset the southern sky, brilliant in the clear mountain night, is imitated by a spectacular carpet of city lights. They have ramp access into the bistro and an access toilet.
Address: 26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong, VIC 3767 
Phone: 61 3 9751 0443   Web: www.skyhighmtdandenong.com.au
»»William Ricketts Sanctuary
Situated in the Dandenongs in a ferny glade, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and the mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns along the pathways. It is a place for quiet reflection and for contemplation of the essence of the vision of William Ricketts. Many travel across the world to visit this place time and time again. The main circulation path around William Ricketts Sanctuary offers a good level of access to the remarkable sculptures that emerge from the lush forest setting as if growing there. There are a number of obstacles around the site. General car parking is on the opposite site of the road, and the driveway to the front gate is steep. The Visitor Centre is generally accessible, as is the studio building. The display building is poorly accessible due to a narrow entrance and corridor width, as well as poor lighting.
Address: Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, VIC 3767
Phone: 13 1963   Web: www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

The Mornington Peninsula
The Mornington Peninsula, on the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay, feels like an island with a vast ocean to the south and bays and sheltered beaches on either side. Fertile hills roll down to pretty beaches or harbours and serene bay views abound. Agriculture is the principal land use with towns becoming holiday resorts over the summer. Tourism is playing a more important role in the area as is a burgeoning wine industry; there are about 100 wineries in the region. Fronting the bay is a string of excellent, safe swimming beaches known as front beaches. Back beaches face Bass Strait and provide some magnificent scenery of rocky headlands, rolling hills and crashing surf.
INFORMATION - Mornington Peninsula Visitor Centre
Address: 359B Point Nepean Rd, Dromana, VIC 3936
Phone: 61 3 5987 3078 or 1800 804 009   Web: www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org

ATTRACTIONS
»»The Briars Historic Park
Situated at Mt Martha, just before Mornington, the Briars Historic Park homestead was built between 1848 and 1851. A visitors centre (Phone: 61 3 5374 3686) with level entry has an accessible unisex toilets and easily accessed walking tracks to bird hides overlooking large swamps.
Address: Nepean Highway, Mt Martha, VIC 3934
Phone: 61 3 5974 3686
»»Mornington
The town of Mornington was established in 1864 with a deep safe harbour. Good pier fishing and period architecture, especially the hotels. Check out the charter services on the pier for fishing charters.
»»Dromana
Dromana is the starting point of the holiday resort villages stretching along the foreshore, which becomes a tent city over the summer months. Arthur’s Seat, a 305m granite outcrop named in 1802 after a mountain near Edinburgh in Scotland, is the focal point of the resort. A road winds to the summit and there’s also a chairlift. Views from the summit over the bay and peninsula are exceptional. Seawinds National Park off Purves Road has picnic facilities, barbeques, short tracks, carvings by William Ricketts and spectacular views over the bay. Two designated car spaces are provided.

Dromana and the surrounding area are home to many wineries. A couple to try are:
Dromana Estate
Address: 555 Old Moorooduc Road, Tuerong, VIC 3933
Phone: 61 3 5974 4400   Web: www.dromanaestate.com.au
T’Gallant
Address: 1385 Mornington Flinders Road, Main Ridge, VIC 3928
Phone: 61 3 5989 6565   Web: www.tgallant.com.au
The Nepean Highway continues to other sea side towns of Rye, Rosebud, Blairegowrie, Sorrento and Portsea. Just before Sorrento, is the site of the early settlers’ graves, where white settlement began in Port Phillip District in 1803. Parking is available but on uneven sandy ground, the path up to the graves is sloping but paved.

»»Sorrento
Sitting on the hill overlooking the bay, Sorrento has some magnificent examples of colonial architecture, constructed from locally quarried limestone. The foreshore and front beach parkland has dedicated car parks and accessible toilets. Access is available onto the pier for fishing.
»»Queenscliff-Sorrento Ferry
A vehicular ferry crosses the bay to Queenscliff every second hour between 7am and 6pm and returns every second hour from 8am and 6pm with extra services during the summer months. Two vessels make the crossing. The MV Sorrento is the more accessible with a lift and accessible toilet. Advise the company of your plan to travel. At the Queenscliff and Sorrento piers there are drive-up ticket windows and accessible toilets nearby.
Address: Larkin Parade, Queenscliff, VIC 3225
Phone: 61 3 5258 3244   Web: www.searoad.com.au
»»Moonraker Dolphin Charters
Sorrento Moonraker offers a swim with the dolphins experience. A ramp conveys people from Sorrento pier into the Moonraker but is not suitable for motorised wheelchairs. There are several steps from the deck to water level. Call ahead to discuss your needs.
Phone: 61 3 5984 4211   Web: www.moonrakercharters.com.au/index.htm
»»Point Nepean National Park
Point Nepean National Park stretches from the heads to Cape Schanck. The park abuts Bass Strait and encompasses many headlands and vantage points above coves and beaches. Popular are Portsea Back Beach, Sorrento Back Beach and Koonya Beach. There are accessible toilets at Sorrento. The tip of the peninsula is the site of Victoria’s first quarantine station built in 1856, and then an army training camp. The national park is open to the public but numbers are strictly limited so it’s important to book. Enter via the Nepean Highway to the car parking area. Dedicated car parking spots are near the Orientation Centre. Access into the centre is flat and there is an accessible toilet. A transporter takes visitors out to the fort. The carriages are about 20 cm above the ground and access is via a portable ramp to on open carriage capable of carrying two wheelchairs. The Walter Pisterman Heritage Walk, is probably the best option and gives direct access almost to the water’s edge where you can view Port Phillip Heads and ruins of the cattle quarantine jetty, built in 1879. Download the park notes and map from the website.
Phone: 61 3 5984 4276 Web: www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
»»Coolart Wetlands and Homestead
An historical home surrounded by beautiful gardens and bushland with plenty of birds. The visitors centre is easily accessed, however, the loose gravel car park is difficult. Accessible toilets can be found in picnic area, but the walking tracks are not easily accessible. The Minsmere Hide and Wetlands Observatory are accessible.
Address: Lord Somers Road, Somers, VIC 3927   Web: www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
»»Ashcombe Maze and Water Gardens
The entrance to this 25 acre garden and maze is possible through an alternative front gate and accessible toilets are also available. The maze itself in areas might be difficult so call ahead. Address: Shoreham Road, Shoreham, VIC 3916  
Phone: 61 3 5989 8387   Web: www.ashcombemaze.com.au
The region is also noted for its historic homes and gardens and has been a retreat for artists for more than a century. Visit some of the excellent galleries and craft markets at towns such as Red Hill and Mornington.

Phillip Island
90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island is home to some of Victoria’s most popular wildlife experiences. It was ‘discovered’ in 1798 by George Bass and named after Captain Arthur Phillip. Agriculture was the island’s economic mainstay, with chicory-growing one of the largest primary industries. The island is a summer resort destination for many Melburnians but is famous for the nightly Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre, the Nobbies and Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals.

INFORMATION - Phillip Island Information Centre
Address: 895 Phillip Island Tourist Rd, Newhaven, VIC 3925
Phone 61 3 5956 7447 or 1300 366 422   Web: www.visitphillipisland.com

ATTRACTIONS
»»Wildlife Wonderland
About 10 km before Phillip Island is a building shaped like a 100m long replica of a giant Gippsland Earthworm, which can grow up to three metres long and the museum reflects the result of 20 years research.
Address: Bass Highway, Bass, VIC 3991  
Phone: 61 3 5678 2222   Web: www.wildlifewonderland.com.au
»»Phillip Island Nature Parks
Three nature parks are managed together for the conservation of fauna and the environment as a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to excellence in nature conservation and eco tourism. Visitors may experience the famous Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm. The website has links to each attraction and offers detailed access information about parking, toilets and viewing. For the Penguin Parade there is wheelchair access throughout the Visitor Centre and Penguin Viewing Areas. In addition there is a golf buggy service to the beach with a specially allocated viewing area at the Penguin Parade. Nobbies Centre and Boardwalk provides a viewing platform with telescopes for seal viewing and there is boardwalk access to the spectacular blowhole which has steep gradients in some parts. Koala Conservation Centre has wheelchair access throughout the Visitor Centre, Koala Viewing Areas and walking tracks.
Phone: 61 3 5951 2800   Web: www.penguins.org.au
»»Phillip Island GP Circuit
This circuit plays host to an annual motorbike GP plus other events. There is a Visitors Centre and Cafe.
Address: Back Beach Road, Cowes, Phillip Island, VIC 3922
Phone: 61 3 5952 9400   Web: www.phillipislandcircuit.com.au
»»A Maze ‘N Things
While there is parking and an accessible toilet, there is only limited access to various parts of the attraction – gravel pathways, steep gradients and steps.
Address: 1805 Phillip Island Road, Cowes, VIC 3922
Phone: 61 3 5952 2283   Web: www.amazenthings.com.au

Ballarat
The Victorian Goldrush commenced around 1851 when gold was discovered around the Ballarat region. Gold was soon discovered around Bendigo and by the early 1850s the boom was on with prospectors coming from all over the world to make their fortune in ‘Victoria’s Golden Triangle’. Ballarat is about 110 km north-west of Melbourne along the Western Highway. Major goldfields towns of Ballarat and Bendigo were significant during the 1850s and much remains today of their rich but explosive past. Tensions between the miners and authorities erupted at The Eureka Stockade which was to become pivotal in Victoria’s history. In the 1850s, the Melbourne based Government instituted a system of gold licences that was brutally enforced by a police force mainly consisting of ex-convicts. Led by Peter Lalor, the miners rose up and revolted against the injustice of the licence system and treatment by the police. On 3 December 1854 a bloody battle occurred at the stockade – 30 miners and six government troopers were killed. This was the watershed which led to a fairer deal for miners – they were granted the vote. The nearby mineral springs town of Daylesford is a pretty contrast to the rough and tumble of the gold mine towns. Daylesford boasts the highest concentration of mineral springs in the country together with an equally large array of therapists. Holistic health services, provided in conjunction with the mineral springs and spas, continue the region’s long tradition as a place of healing. The natural beauty of the area and its period character have drawn a widening artistic community, providing visitors and the community with performing and visual arts by artists of national and international repute.

INFORMATION - Ballarat Visitor Information Centre
Address: Corner Eureka & Rodier Streets, Ballarat, VIC 3350
Phone: 61 3 5320 5741 or 1800 44 66 33   Web: www.visitballarat.com.au
Daylesford Regional Visitor Information Centre
Address: 98 Vincent St, Daylesford, VIC 3460
Phone: 61 3 5321 6123   Web: www.visitdaylesford.com

ATTRACTIONS

»»The Eureka Centre
The Eureka Stockade is one of Victoria’s more historically significant tourist attractions. The Eureka Stockade centre stands on the site of the Eureka Rebellion. You can’t miss the Eureka Sail symbolising the Southern Cross. View state-of-the-art galleries, compelling stories and spectacular, larger than life human statues of the battle that took place at Eureka Stockade between the miners and the government troopers. There are dedicated parking places, and entry to the exhibit is accessible. All facilities are on ground level including the unisex accessible toilet and the souvenir shop.
Address: Corner Eureka & Rodier Streets, Ballarat, VIC 3350
Phone: 61 3 5320 5741 or 1800 44 66 33   Web: www.visitballarat.com.au
»»Sovereign Hill
The Sovereign Hill experience includes Blood on the Southern Cross, the Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill Lodge. The Sovereign Hill Township presents unique problems in terms of access. The site is on a hillside and quite steep so it is advisable to visit with some assistance. Wheelchairs can be borrowed if required. The car park has a cross-gradient and reserved places near the entrance, which is ramped for easier access. Download the map which identifies the accessible toilets. Sovereign Hill is an experience that can take two days to absorb. It reflects life on the goldfields during the decade from 1851-1861. A number of activities are undertaken by costumed staff and volunteers, reflecting life in the 1850s goldfields. The township reconstructs in faithful detail the buildings and business that served the miners of that period. Main Street has community shops ranging from the blacksmith, the apothecary, bank (and gold office) to confectioner, school and fire station – there are 60 buildings overall. Regular demonstrations and street theatre are performed by staff and actors. Address: Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, VIC 3350
Phone: 61 3 5337 1100   Web: www.sovereignhill.com.au
»»Blood on the Southern Cross
A brilliant sound and light show, Blood on the Southern Cross tells the story of the infamous Eureka Rebellion. The audience is at the heart of the battle. An accessible transporter conveys visitors to the major part of the show at the rear of the property. The transporter is equipped with a hydraulic hoist and can carry up to five wheelchairs.
Address: Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, VIC 3350 
Phone: 61 3 5337 1199   Web: www.sovereignhill.com.au
»»The Gold Museum
The Gold Museum is located across the road from the Sovereign Hill Township. The museum has three allocated parking bays near the beginning of the wide curving ramp to the entrance. The Gold Museum houses the Paul Simon Collection of alluvial gold and gold coins in a surprisingly large and interesting display. The coin collection contains examples of gold coins from almost every region on earth. There is even a little gold coin minted 300 years before Christ!
Address: Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, VIC 3350
Phone: 61 3 5337 1107   Web: www.sovereignhill.com.au

Bendigo
Gold was discovered in the Bendigo Creek in 1851, near Golden Square. The resultant gold rush realised an impressive city of tree-lined streets and fine Victorian architecture, testament to the value of the gold discovered. Access in the centre of Bendigo is good along Pall Mall, the glorious 19th century boulevard. A stroll along the footpath rewards visitors with views of heritage buildings, sculptures and a beautiful treed backdrop of Rosalind Park behind the visitors centre. Historic buildings include: The Old Post Office (1887), now the Visitor Information Centre and the Law Courts (1896), the Exchange Hotel, (renamed the Shamrock Hotel), Town Hall built in 1885 and the Bendigo Regional Arts Centre, which was the Masonic Temple (1874). The Bendigo Art Gallery (on View Street) has parking in designated spaces on street, ramped access from street level and an accessible unisex toilet.

ATTRACTIONS

»»Central Deborah Gold Mine
Bendigo’s Central Deborah Gold Mine gives you the opportunity to explore a real gold mine. Gold is mined, not on a commercial basis, but to carry on the skills necessary and to show visitors how underground gold was mined during the past century. Located just south of town – head for the tall white poppet head. Designated car spaces are approx 50m from a gently ramped entry and auto sliding door into the gift shop. Central Deborah Cafe is off to one side and the tour commencement point is found by following the cleverly laid “ore truck” tracks giving the impression you are already in the mine. An accessible unisex toilet is located outside, past the poppet head, across a gravel surface. Hour long tours are conducted by one of the miners and commence with a description of the mine shaft, cages used to lower and raise miners from the shaft and winch mechanism. Surrounding sheds set up as displays further describe a miner’s life at work. All visitors must wear a helmet with a miner's lamp, and once fitted you enter a large wire covered cage/lift which descends down a 62 m shaft, in about 60 seconds.
Address: Corner High & Violet Streets, Bendigo, VIC 3550
Phone: 61 3 5443 8322  Web: www.central-deborah.com
»»City Circle Heritage Tram Tour
Disabled access to the Vintage Talking Trams is available. Make a booking for the tram tour when you book the Mine Tour so the ramp-equipped tram can be made available. The tram will arrive next to a small brick platform by the cafe where a short (and steep) metal ramp extends providing roll-on access.
Phone: 61 3 5442 2821   Web: www.bendigotramways.com
»»Golden Dragon Museum & Classical Chinese Gardens
Access is flat from street level to a counter/ gift shop, with an accessible unisex toilet. Wheelchairs can be borrowed and a gentle ramp leads down to a cafe serving Chinese food. The main museum section is a huge circular building – evil spirits won’t hide in corners. There are many historic and ancient displays of life on the goldfields, but the highlight is Sun Loong the longest Imperial Dragon in the world. Sun Loong makes an annual appearance at Bendigo’s Easter Fair Parade. A side room houses changing displays and a theatrette with continuous video of Chinese history in the region.
Address: 5-11 Bridge Street, Bendigo, VIC 3550
Phone: 61 3 5441 5044    Web: www.goldendragonmuseum.org
»»The Bendigo Pottery
Bendigo Pottery was established in 1858 when it was realised the fine white clay in nearby creek beds would be suitable for making pottery. You can wander around the site where some of the original kilns are still standing, visit a small museum of historic pottery ware, visit independent potters making their own unique works and have a break at the Potter's Cafe. An accessible unisex toilet is available up a slight paved grade.
Address: Midland Highway, Epsom (6.5 km north of Bendigo) VIC 3550
Phone: 61 3 5448 4404   Web: www.bendigopottery.com.au
»»Living Wings & Things
Part of the Bendigo Pottery site, Living Wings and Things is a wildlife park with a difference. After you view the local (and some exotic reptiles) which are clearly displayed, you then move through a Tropical Butterfly House, after which you enter an aviary with numerous different species of coloured parrots and lorikeets. There’s also a barbeque and picnic area with pademelons (small wallabies), a cage of galahs and sulphur crested cockatoos. A flat entry takes you into the centre which provides an accessible unisex toilet.
Address: Located at the Bendigo Pottery Tourist Complex, Midland Highway Epsom, VIC 3550
Phone: 61 3 5448 3051

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