Wheelchair friendly holiday accommodation reviews

LAST EDITED ON 24-Oct-06 AT 12:08 PM (GMT) by australia (admin)

We found our first disabled holiday accommodation abroad by accident on the internet and took the risk, which turned out to be lucky. Our son Christopher is a disabled wheelchair user, and we now love to go on holiday, but were frightened for many years. While looking for our next break we have found an apartment that is "disabled friendly", but the bathroom doorway is too narrow for a wheelchair to fit through. We also found another that is perfect, were it not for the six steep steps leading up to the front door.

We are building up a free resource of disabled friendly accommodation that is only reviewed and recommended by a disabled person, family member or carer (No spin).

We need people to send information of where they have been and give us some feedback about them. If they have some photos that would be great as we all like to know what other places look like. Our aim is that many other people in the same situation will also benefit from all we can collect and show.

We are collecting this information at wheelyaccessible.co.uk which is non profit and independent.


Posted By wheelyaccess on 23rd October 2006

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Had an enjoyable 4 days staying at Attwood Motel in Warnambool in Victoria. My friend is on a walker and quite unsteady. The disabled unit consists of 2 rooms. Has grab rails in bathroom, slip mat, toilet and shower chair. Enough room to move around. Owners very caring and supportive.

EMAIL : navastarmiracle@gmail.com

PHONE : +61448014723

Posted By Lara on Friday 9th September 2016 @ 08:50:35


Hi Robyn
Nice to hear that you provide Accommodatin for the disabled but I am unfortunately based in Melbourne and care for my Mom who is in need 24/7 care.

Thank you any way for letting me know

EMAIL : shiranee1@gmail.com

PHONE : 0422223122

Posted By Shiranee on Thursday 7th July 2016 @ 07:38:22


Hi Robyn
That is good to know that there is somewhere in Bribie that might be suitable for a holiday in accessible accommodation. we live in Brisbane so not far to go.
Will check it out on Stayz soon.

EMAIL : liz.henderson57@gmail.com

Posted By Liz Henderson on Wednesday 6th July 2016 @ 22:24:55


Hi - My husband and I have a wheelchair-accessible holiday house called "Birdsong - Bribie Island" in Queensland. I'm a retired occupational therapist and designed the accommodation based on my decades of experience working with people with disabilities.

In the 2 1/2 years that we've been operating, we've only had about 5 guests who've needed the accessibility that we provide, although elderly people often appreciate the absence of stairs. We had intended to install a pool hoist, but with so little interest, we can't justify the $8,000 or so, that it would cost.

I found this page whilst looking for ways to let people with disabilities know of Birdsong's existence. There seems to be very few effective ways of doing this. We are on STAYZ and, although that works very well attracting able-bodied guests, it hasn't worked so well for attracting guests with disabilities.

I would be very happy to subscribe to an online data base of disability-friendly holiday accommodation. Please let me know if this has come to fruition.

Best wishes

EMAIL : speakesy@corplink.com.au

Posted By Robyn on Tuesday 5th July 2016 @ 08:36:05


I care for my mom 24/7 who is disabled. I am been looking for a holiday home within Victoria for a reasonable amount to have a break not only with my mom but also with my cats . But so far I have not been able to find one suitable for my pets and mom who also will need a special bed . Anyone with any info pl let me know.

Thank you

EMAIL : shiranee1@googlemail.com

Posted By Shiranee on Sunday 7th February 2016 @ 12:12:33


This looks absolutely stunning. Out of our price range unless we were able to have another family share the cost. Will definitely keep it in mind though if we ever get to Vic for holidays.
As you said it is really hard finding decent accessible accommodation.

EMAIL : liz.henderson57@gmail.com

Posted By Liz Henderson on Monday 28th October 2013 @ 15:51:21


I just had the loveliest holiday and would like to share. It's in Barwon Heads Victoria Australia. Brand new luxury house designed for disabled friendly. Extra wide showers, shower chair provided by the owner as well as removable sturdy grab bars, non slip mats. Very wide doors too, wheelchair ramp and internal access by garage.

So hard to find quality accomodation I am partially disabled, what I loved most is being able to explore town and beach paved level walkway for miles.

The house is luxurious, you can really tell the owner is an interior designer.
Whilst I didn't need it, I thought it was really thoughtful to have a children's play room with toys games and bean bags. Web site is www.100hitchcock.net.au

Highly recommend this place


EMAIL : Stan_barb@bigpond.com

Posted By Barbara Walker on Saturday 26th October 2013 @ 17:27:35


I had the same problem, so I have produced a website so other disabled people and carers can share their experiences about good and bad access for the disabled. www.disabledaccessreviews.com

EMAIL : info@disabledaccessreviews.info

Posted By ron bath on Tuesday 6th March 2012 @ 01:17:48


nice forum guys, I have a brother who is disabled and he has constant problems finding accommodation, he stayed in a really nice place last year called barneys place, its a holiday home in the gold coast, he was really impressed as it had all the mod cons and a disabled access swimming pool. Also fully fitted out for disabled access via ramps, Have a look at the web site, its under disabled accommodation gold coast in google or directly http://www.barneys-place.com/

Posted By Russell Lesnar on Thursday 24th February 2011 @ 12:21:06


Jude, How reliable have you found are the suction type handles for bathroom? I have a very elderly husband who needs handles. Some advertised on the net have a maximum of 60kgs ... Jack is around 70kgs.

EMAIL : wenmurray@optusnetcom.au

Posted By Wendy on Monday 27th September 2010 @ 20:10:06


Thank you for supplying this sort of information! Just wondering if anyone has done any cruising? Have heard mixed reviews about the facilities on cruise boats.

EMAIL : gem.ski@hotmail.com

Posted By gemma_h on Wednesday 1st September 2010 @ 15:16:33


Hey just writing to let you guys know that i'm also in the process of making a web page to help disabled people out. it's www.freewheeler.com.au it's only new but it's coming along. it contains information on wheelchair accessible accommodation in Newcastle Australia as well as other stuff that should help people out like nursing info, things to do, accessible restaurants and a few other things. give it a look, we would love some feed back

EMAIL : emailfreewheeler@gmail.com

PHONE : 49423697

Posted By freewheeler on Monday 17th May 2010 @ 17:16:00


My husband, son and I have stayed at Coffs Harbour NSW at Aqua Villa Resort in their two bedroom unit which is purpose built. We have stayed twice. My son is in an electric wheelchair and this accommodation is great. The owners cannot do enough to help even with moving one of the beds to make more room for the hoist. They are also able to raise the bed if more height is needed for the hoist. (Not all hoists have the same height room). It is a short walk from a shopping centre so if the person in the chair is independent enough they can go across by themselves.
Cannot recommend this enough as I could not see how anyone could fault it.

EMAIL : liz.henderson57@gmail.com

Posted By Liz on Thursday 25th February 2010 @ 22:13:32


Hi. We have been on many holidays with our son who is in a w/c. Travelling around Australia, experience (good and bad) has been, that we now pre-book at w/c accessible cabins in caravan/tourist parks before going on holidays, and always take along a suction type grab bar to use on the bathroom wall if necessary. Quite often grab bars are on the wrong side, wrong height/place. Having our own has come in very handy.

The cabins are generally great and always clean and plenty of room for a w/c. There are always people around on holidays, so opportunity for interaction for us all.

Hope this is helpful. Enjoy your holiday.

Posted By Jude on Wednesday 12th August 2009 @ 11:50:41



I am in the exciting "brainstorming" phase of my vision to establish a fully accessible holiday destination for disabled people and their family or carer. Any ideas, suggestion or resources that you could suggest in planning this, my great adventure,would be greatly appreciated.

Thanking you,
Regards, Margaret

EMAIL : mandlt@tpg.com.au

Posted By Margaret on Wednesday 22nd July 2009 @ 20:27:40


Was wondering if you had compiled such a resource guide as you had mentioned. I know this was over a year ago now, so hoping you can help me. I am an advocate for a disabled man who is wanting to travel around Australia and wishes to know what are the best spots to go to to find disabled friendly hotels, tours and attractions.
Any suggestions would be welcomed!

EMAIL : sbso4@bigpond.com

PHONE : (02) 98085500

Posted By Vickie Rollo on Tuesday 26th February 2008 @ 11:35:06


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