Recent Posts

Seaworld Resort on the Gold Coast.

Seaworld Resort on the Gold Coast.

Finding accommodation for a family of 5 is tricky. There are always rooms for 2 adults and 2 kids but we need more rooms that allow bigger families to stay together! Then adding a wheelchair into the mix and nothing seems to come up. Plenty […]

Top 10 places to visit in Thailand for kids and families.

Top 10 places to visit in Thailand for kids and families.

Thailand is calling! Thailand has fast become one of the top destinations for family travel. With it’s pristine beaches, bustling markets, amazing wildlife and relaxed vibe it has something to suit every type of family. Thailand with kids has you adventuring across a variety of […]

Mornington Peninsula for ALL Abilities.

Mornington Peninsula for ALL Abilities.

We show you how to explore the Mornington Peninsula with a wheelchair. The Mornington Peninsula is a fantastic area to explore as a family. With adventures in the water, hills, beach and bush to be had its the perfect playground for adventuring families. We share our top 10 experiences for families on the Mornington Peninsula with a focus on activities that include all abilities. With lots of info on wheelchair access, accessible parking and bathrooms and whether the venue accepts the companion card. We hope you find this guide helpful to exploring the Peninsula your own way.

  1. Arthurs Seat Eagle.

The old chairlift has gone and has been replaced by a modern gondola ride on the Arthurs Seat Eagle, from the Base Station to the Summit. The whole experience is a smooth barrier free adventure. There are accessible car spots both at the top and bottom for easy parking. At the base station it’s an easy roll into the gondola as the staff stop the ride for a smooth transtition. Within the gondola the two timber bench seats can go up to allow more room to manoeuvre your wheelchair. The base station also has a Changing Places bathroom which is an universal accessible bathroom for all ages. ( just bring your own hoist cover and the key is at the ticket box) Great views from any spot in the gondola and covered windows for those wet days. At the Summit there is a cafe or the opportunity to explore more of the Peninsula while you are up there.

Costs; $25 return for an adult. Companion card accepted.

Accessible Mornington Peninsula

2. Moonlit Sanctuary.

Wanting to get up close and personal with some native Australian animals? Moonlit sanctuary allows you to engage and interact with wallabies and Kangaroos by hand feeding them, have close up animal encounters and learn more about native wildlife during the daily show. Staff are friendly and on hand to answer any question you or your kids might have during ranger talks and displays.

Paths are flat yet a little bumpy in spots ( tree roots) but Cooper managed fine in his powechair independently. There are new boardwalks at the koala enclosure and through the Wallaby walk making access much easier. The viewing windows are open and large and perfect for wheelchair users to get a great view of the animals.

There is ramped access to the cafe and lots of places to sit and rest along the way if needed. Picnic tables are available throughout the sanctuary too.

2 accessible car spots on site.

The Accessible bathroom needs updating as the toilets are tricky to get into with a baby change table sharing the small space.

Cost- $56 for a family 2A2C.

3. Playgrounds.

Looking for a great playground suited to all abilities? The playground at Ballam Park has some amazing equipment including a nest swing, double slide, fenced playground and climbing wall. Accessible parking and bathrooms on site. For another great playground closer  which suits younger kids, check out Jubilee Park.

Entry is FREE. For more Free activities for under 5’s check out our list here.

 

4. Hit the beach.

The Mornington Peninsula has lots of amazing beaches and Mt Martha Surf Lifesaving club roll out the accessible beach matting each Summer season. For more info on the accessibility features beaches throughout Frankston head here.

5. Surfs up.

Point Leo beach holds two all abilities surf days in January and March each year. It’s a greta way for the whole community to come together and its one of our favourite Summer events. During the year the Lifesaving club has beach wheelchairs for loan if you’re up for a surf! Cooper and our family have attended these events for the last 5 years.

Cost is $10 for each participant. Beach wheelchairs, support, rash vests and surfboards all provided. Each participant must being a support person to jump in the water with them.

Sausage sizzle and lollies on the day!

Mornington Peninsula wheelchair

6. Mc Celland Scultpure park.

Perfect for the whole family to discover and extend their interests in art and sculpture. This in an outdoor gallery that can be seen and touched. The paths are outdoors and a little bumpy in spots as its in the bush. The labyrinth is a great spot for kids to enjoy and Coopers wheelchair was able to fit in too. We have use his power chair, manual chair and beach wheelchair here successfully.

Accessible parking, cafe and bathroom on site.

Access to the park is FREE, exhibitions held inside attract a fee.

7. Bush walking/wheeling.

We love accessing the bush walks in this area and there are two great accessible ones on offer. The boardwalk is a short walk great for younger kids and families. My kids love the bird hide and watching for birds on the water. Staff are engaging and helpful too so make sure you stop by the rangers office first to check on conditions.

This outing is FREE.

Accessible parking and bathroom on site.

Mornington Peninsula wheelchair

8. The Hot Springs.

We need to balance the adventure with some relaxing! The Peninsula Hot Springs is a great adventure for the whole family with their family bathing area. Wheelchair access is good for the bottom area but not for the hill top pools. There are plenty of areas on the main level to access like the foot pools, plunge pool, family pool and pools around the lake. They often have special nights like pizza and bathe if you don’t feel like taking the kids!

Accesible parking, bathroom, change room site.

Packages vary and start from $25.

Mornington Peninsula wheelchair

9. Lets Eat! Some of our favourites.

With all this adventuring your going to get hungry! The Peninsula has an amazing selection of places to eat from small cafes, to wineries to farm gates. Some of our very favourites are:

Green Olive- There is a trampoline for the kids and tasting platters! Accessible parking and bathroom. Site is on a winery so uneven paths and grounds for exploring. Restaurant has accessible dining options inside and out.

Red Gum BBQ. Great playspace for kids and delicious meals.

Common folk Coffee, Mornington. Warehouse space converted and wheelchair accessible.

Cheeky Squire, Frankston. Accessible venue newly updated with great Pumpkin gnocchi, lots of space and views to the bay.

The Milkman Cafe- a great cafe on the water in Frankston. Big cafe doors open up with good access during warmer days. Friendly staff and good coffee!

Commonfolk Coffee

10. Jump

Gravity Zone in Seaford is a great place for all the family. Each area is accessible to wheelchair users and they have a hoist available to use. It is a great place for a physio session too! During the week the little leapers session is great value at $11 all you can jump 10-3 and parents jump free.

Cafe on site.

Accessible parking and bathrooms on site.

 

accessible mornington peninsula

Looking for even more adventures on the Peninsula? Check out how we went tubing down a hill at the Enchanted Garden Adventure.

  • Please note we received our admission tickets for The Eagle and the Moonlit sanctuary to review their wheelchair accessibility, and all opinions are our own.
Kuching with kids. Visit Malaysian Borneo.

Kuching with kids. Visit Malaysian Borneo.

Exploring the state of Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo is like stepping back in time. Exploring Kuching with kids will have you adventuring through wide open spaces, abundant wildlife and a culture that adores children. Kuching for kids will be an enriching experience for the whole […]

Kyoto with kids. Our top 5 experiences.

Kyoto with kids. Our top 5 experiences.

Is Japan on your bucketlist?Kyoto with kids will be an enriching experience for your family. The once capital is home to brilliant gardens and traditional houses, shrines, temples and many family friendly activities for your next family holiday. We spent 1 week in Kyoto and […]

Family fun on the Mornington Peninsula.

Family fun on the Mornington Peninsula.

Summer on the Mornington Peninsula with kids means long days outside exploring in the sunshine and warm evenings at the beach, having BBQ’s and tasting some amazing food and wine on offer. With the best of everything for families we share with you our top experiences on the Mornington Peninsula with kids. Just over an hours drive from Melbourne come and discover Victorias best kept secret!

To explore the area driving in the best option as there are minimal public transport links.

Ashcombe Maze and Lavender farm.

Red Hill is a beautiful area and the Maze is well sign posted and an easy drive on Peninsula Link. Staff were friendly and welcoming on entry and our kids were excited to go on the gnome and fairy search. They were given a clipboard and paper & pencil to jot down their answers.

There are 4 main areas to explore.

The Hedge Maze.

This was lots of fun and a great lesson in teamwork and taking it in turns. We may have gotten lost a few times but we managed to find our way with Aunty Katies method of navigating!

Please note as per their website the maze is really tricky in places for access for wheelchairs, prams and mobility devices. The hedge is 40 years old and 2 meters thick in spots which makes some paths very narrow. We found the second half of the maze wider although not entirely accessible.

The Lavender Labyrinth.

The lavender area is beautiful and paths are wider for everyone to enjoy. The tracks are crushed gravel and have some slight inclines. There are lots of benches and fountains to stop and rest and adore throughout the park.

The Fairy Walk

This area is where you can find all the fairies to add to your list and a great space for kids to roam free. There is a small stream down the middle and a big dam at the end so close supervision is always required. Our kids loved playing in the leaves and running down the hill.

The Rose Garden

This area is a great little maze that is pram and wheelchair accessible. Some of the roses were in bloom and this was our last stop. The kids found that 2 hours was a great time spent exploring and needed a refuel at this stage.

Extras:

The onsite cafe has a great outdoor and indoor seating area. We loved sitting outside after our exploring to enjoy a coffee and some lavender scones.

 

  • There are toilets within the cafe including an accessible toilet.
  • Bring mozzie and fly repellant
  • No outside food
  • Bring a water bottle
  • hat/sunscreen
  • There are many family friendly wineries in the area so keep exploring!

Ashcombe maze

The Big Goose Kids Fun Farm.

We  were excited to hear that a new outdoor farm experience had opened up on the Mornington Peninsula. We have enjoyed farm experiences at Chesterfield, Collingwood Children’s and Myuna in Victoria and always had a great time.

There is plenty of parking at the entry on gravel road. There are no designated accessible car spots as yet just some temporary fence pieces and blue paint marked for all spaces.

The path from the car park to the ticket booth is rough gravel. We used Coopers manual wheelchair with the freewheel attachment. His power chair or beach wheelchair wold have also suited. Using a walker might have been a bit tricky in spots due to large gravel pieces.

The ticket booth is just at the entrance where you receive a wrist band and can buy extras such as animal feed and pony rides. The staff person was very friendly and knowledgeable about using the companion card ( allowing an adult carer free admission with a person with a disability)

There is lots to do onsite and there is a great mix of farm activities and play spaces.

We enjoyed watching the sheep show with Buddy the Border Collie. This was out in the paddocks next to the Ostrich and Camels.

IMG_5780

The kids loved the giant jumping pillow. Next to the tyre obstacle course. ( The jumping pillow is surrounded by sand but does have a step up into the arena) Thankyou to the very helpful staff member who supported Coop up the top of the pillow and helped him jump.

IMG_5781

The petting zoo is in the big red barn and enables the kids to pick up and pat the animals. The pens are wheelchair accessible so Cooper could stay in his supported seat and pat the guinea pigs and lizards. All areas are wheelchair accessible. Again thank you to the same staff person who supported Cooper to access the enclosures. There is plenty of hand sanitiser to access inside and outside the enclosures.

There is a big pavillion perfect to bring a picnic alongside a converted airstream that you can grab coffee and drinks from. There are lots of tables. Drinks cost around $3.

The adventure playground is a great shared space for older kids 4 and up to use rope netting to climb and flying foxes and slides. There is also a designated play space for up to 3 years old. (There is a step up into the playground being that its a giant sandpit supporting the structure)

There are toilets and a wheelchair accessible bathroom onsite.

The day we went was really hot ( 30oC)  so we only lasted a couple of hours. There are many trees planted and when established they will provide much needed shade.

Included in the entry price is a tractor ride which run every 30 minutes.

We had a really great time and would love to explore more when the weather cools down a bit. We were very impressed with the friendliness of the staff and how engaged they were with my kids.

Our tips:

  • pack a picnic lunch with cold bottled water.
  • take insect/fly repellant
  • sunscreen and a hat.
  • closed toe shoes for the gravel and paddocks.

Contact Details

Phone: 0459911549

Email: fun@thebiggoose.com.au

HOURS

Monday – Sunday

10am-4pm

Closed on New Years Day

ADDRESS

233 Mornington-Tyabb Road Moorooduc (Entry via Stumpy Gully Road)

ENTRY COST

$17 per Adult

$13 per Child

Age Pension card $13

Family of 4 – $50

Each additional person $10

Kids under 2 Free

Dinosaur World.

Entry $15.00
Children $12.00
Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 Children) $50.00
Children Under 2yo FREE

PLEASE CHECK SITE FOR UP TO DATE OPEN HOURS.

Currently during school term time its open on weekends 10-4. During school holidays it is open each day.

Dig and Discover $8.00
Let your child enter the world of paleontology
where they can dig & discover a fossil

BYO picnic or BBQ supplies.( there is a small playground and BBQ next to the marquee for fossil digging)

Wheelchair access is moderate. The carpark and pathways are a little rocky in spots but generally flat. The incline from the dinosaurs to the digging spot is a little steep for wheelchair users. We used Coopers beach off road chair for this terrain. Accessible toilet at the front.

dinosaur world

Boneo Maze and Lantasia.

Coming off the high of all the magical Christmas Light Houses we found in December, my kids were excited at the prospect of another night of lighting adventure! So we packed up our crew and headed down the Mornington Peninsula for an evening of summer fun at Lantasia: a light sculpture event in the night garden.

As our kids are only 4 and 6, a late night provides the extra benefit of an afternoon nap and following morning sleep in (for us that’s anything past 6am!) The nap was only achieved with the bribe of a quick trip to the Rosebud Carnival and fish’n’chips on the beach before heading to Lantasia. Had we known about the adjoining WaterWild Inflatable Fun Park, we would have arrived even earlier and packed bathers and towels. If our kids were older and could manage a full day out and about, it would have been a great opportunity to visit the Frankston Sand Sculptures during the day as well.

We arrived at Boneo Maze for around 7pm. It was still too light to view the sculptures, but there was a lot to do while we waited. The kids had a blast on the mini golf course, which had two different starting points and three different holes to cater for all ages and abilities. The maze was loads of fun – we got lost more than once, which the kids loved – especially when they managed to find a small hole in the hedge and leave the parents to walk around the long way.

As we exited the maze, the sun was beginning to set and the light sculptures had come to life. Suddenly there were butterflies, grasshoppers, snails, ladybugs, flamingos, giant lilies, lotus flowers and even a dragon!  While many sculptures are located in or around the lakes and the front lawns, we loved all the friends we found as we walked along the boardwalk. Every bend and turn provided a new character to meet.

 

The boardwalk ended in the back garden, with gorgeous flower sculptures, lanterns hanging from the trees, mega family games (such as checkers, croquet, chess and snakes’n’ladders), 2 smaller mazes and a magnificent vintage carousel providing unlimited free rides (no wonder the kids were still wide awake at 10pm!) We were very glad we’d packed some aeroguard, as the mosquitoes were enjoying the festivities as well. Some families had obviously arrived much earlier and had brought along a picnic for dinner; while others had purchased supper, coffee and ice-creams from the lakeside café before taking their journey along the boardwalk.

We had a wonderful family night and it was great to go to something that adults and kids both enjoyed equally.

When: Nightly from 6-10pm until January 27, 2016

Where: Boneo Maze, 695 Limestone Rd, Fingal

Tickets: $60 family or $18 adult & $15 child (3-17yrs) available at the gate

Food & Drink: Welcome to bring a picnic, or enjoy supper at the lakeside cafe

Website: www.lantasia.com.au

Lantasia

Peninsula Honey Farm.

There was a room set up with a real life working hive. It was fascinating to watch the bees come and go covered in pollen and working so hard. There were little microscopes for the kids to use to get up close to the hive. Pho gave the kids all the information they needed to learn about the hive.

Where: 871 Derril Road, Moorooduc. (Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia)

Open : 7 days a week 9-5.

Cost : FREE.

Access: There is wheelchair accessible parking. (Ground is gravel ) There is wheelchair access via a ramp into the portable building. Access within the building is rather cosy and with a powerchair it would be very tricky to get a decent turning circle into and out of each room.

Tours of the farm can be arranged by appointment. Read all about more FREE school holiday activities.

Peninsula honey farm

Sandsculpting on the Foreshore.

Each year artists transform the Frankston Foreshore with amazing sand sculptures following a yearly theme. We have loved seeing the sand come to life into story book characters, fantasy and fiction and amazing animals too.

The details:

The sand sculptures are on the Frankston Waterfront in Frankston VIC.

Prices 

Extra activities available at an extra cost.

There is a great deal with the Frankston Fun Pass where you can get entrance to 3 activities for $30. ( Sandsculpting, Gravity Zone and PARC) You can read all about our time at Gravity Zone trampolining here.

Wheelchair access is on flat sand paths.

Companion Card accepted

Accessible toilet on site

 


Mornington Peninsula with kids

 

Accessible Travel. All you need to know from booking to flying with a wheelchair.

Accessible Travel. All you need to know from booking to flying with a wheelchair.

Travelling with a child with a physical disability that uses a wheelchair takes extra planning. Cooper has been travelling since he was 6 months old and loves exploring new places. Cooper has Dystonic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy and uses a manual quickie Zippie wheelchair while we […]

Taipei for Kids. Our top 5 experiences for Family Travel.

Taipei for Kids. Our top 5 experiences for Family Travel.

With it’s amazing food markets. Cheap and efficient transport. Adventures across  both city and nature scapes. Taipei the capital city of Taiwan is the perfect place for your next family adventure. There are plently of fun things to do with kids in tow and we […]

The World Street Art Bible.

The World Street Art Bible.

One of my favourite free and accessible experiences while travelling is wandering through new streets and laneways in the hope of discovering some creative street art. I love learning about the history of street art and trying to decide if it’s actually street art or graffiti. While exploring Asia for 11 weeks I stumbled upon some famous and not so famous street art and wondered if people around the world were doing the exact same thing but in different places.

This is where the World Street Art Bible was born.

Lets take a look at all the wonderful free street art that has been discovered across the globe right now. I have divided the extensive list into Regions to make it easier for travel planning and research.

Do you have a favourite street art?

(more…)

What travel has taught these well travelled kids.

What travel has taught these well travelled kids.

Without a doubt travel teaches kids so much. From learning about new cultures, to eating new foods, learning new languages and stepping outside their comfort zone. I am a strong believer that travel opens the eyes and hearts of our children and they develop an […]


Top tips for traveling with a 3 year old.

Top tips for traveling with a 3 year old.

This adventure saw our youngest child aged three.
On reflection it is at this age that some things become easier, gone are naps, nappies and prams but you also have to allow for a lot of flexibility as far as tiredness, determination and moods go!
Here are our top tips:
  • Reduce expectations. Gone are the days of cramming in activities from dawn to dusk! Be happy if you get one outing and limited tantrums.
  • Schedule pool time. It was the hottest month in Laos and a pool was a necessity. We would have two swims a day which kept Woody happy and allowed us all to cool off.
  • Reduce travel speed. Once you slow down to three year old walking pace you get to experience a lot that you may have missed. You get to talk to more people and make new friends.
  • Stock up on favourite snacks and drinks. Woody is not as adventurous with his food like his siblings. He’s happy if there is a steady supply of strawberry milk and biscuits. We always had these handy at airports, on the train and by the pool. We encouraged all efforts of trying something new.
  • Praise all efforts made to say hello to new faces. It’s beautiful the response kids get when they say hello and please in the local language. Encourage politeness but also understand that kids may get annoyed with the costant attention, arm and cheek squeezing and touching of golden locks.
  • Take small adventures in new vehicles. The experience of getting from A to B was enough of an outing if it involved a tuk tuk, push bike or motorbike. Woody loved the journey as much as the destination.
  • Join in activities with local kids. My kids loved swimming in the river at sunset in Vang Vieng and running through the markets with kids in Vientiane. Having kids opens up so many conversations with both locals and other tourists. Language is often a barrier but hand gestures and facial expressions go along way.
  • Bring along notepads, stickers and a favourite toy for the plane and waiting around airports. iPads are also great filled with favourite short tv shows to hold interest. Lollipops are also great for take off and landing as well as waiting in Immigration queues.
  • Tag team parental repsonsibility. We always try and get a morming or afternoon alone to explore while one of us stays with the kids. This allows the kids to rest around the hotel.
  • Our kids were welcomed everywhere we went. We went for family massages, temples and out for dinner and the kids were always greeted warmly. Don’t be afraid to get and and try everything even with kids in tow!

 

Tips