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Discover ACMI with kids.

Discover ACMI with kids.

Are you looking for a museum experience the whole family can enjoy? We have found it right here in Melbourne at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.( ACMI) Located at Federation Square, across the road from the famous Flinders Street Station, ACMI has something […]

Mexican fiesta at home.

Mexican fiesta at home.

We love creating food experiences at home that reflect our love of travel and adventure. We have always wanted to travel to Mexico so decided to hold a Mexican dinner at home while we dream and plan of adventures! With the help of Marathon Foods […]

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 of accessible rooms for two but what about people who have families? It is almost like hotels and resorts don’t think about this in their planning.

That is until we came across Seaworld Resort on the Gold Coast.

We were guests of Seaworld Resort and this review is our own opinion based on our stay here for 4 nights as a family including a wheelchair user.

The Room.

We checked into Rooms 3070 and 3071 for 4 nights.

Room 3070 is a typical family room with 2 double beds and bathroom ( with bath) and balcony. Nice room and can accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids. There is also the chance to upgrade to a room with 2 queen sized bed.

Wait until you open the adjoining door to find another room so that our whole family can stay and play together. Room 3071 is a wheelchair accessible room. ( they have 3 on the property amongst 400 rooms). One on each tier ground floor, 1st floor, 2nd floor.

The entrance is barrier free through the front door. ( card press to get in)

The bathroom has a sliding automatic door ( button push) with a roll in shower with fold down bench seat. Toilet supports ( RHS) and longer handles on the sink tap and shower tap.

Seaworld accessible room

accessible room seaworld

The room also has 2 double beds and a balcony. ( the balcony in this room wasn’t accessible though it was a small step down)

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The Resort.

The Resort is all accessible with ramps and elevators where needed. Paths are paved and in good repair to get around to everything you need.

The restaurant areas are busy but Cooper managed fine using his chair for buffet meal times. Staff always managed to seat us close to the food and action!

There is a kids club for a few hours each evening and a games room. We did not use these but spoke to lots of kids who loved hanging out with other kids.

The Pool.

The lagoon pool has a beach entry made from pebble mix. It has a waterfall and lifeguards on duty. There is a spa. The pool varies in depth with clear signage.

The splash pad  areas are barrier free with soft fall as the base. Water fountains and lights spurt out making the water experience for everyone. It would be very easy to use a beach wheelchair in this area if needed.

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The main splash area has steps with great grip and handrails which Cooper managed independently and loved!

The splash pad area operates from 10.30am to 5.30pm. The resort was at capacity while we visited and it was busy but more like an organised chaos but the pool! If you have a child who is sensitive to large group/noise the middle of the day was a little quieter as most people were off at the theme parks.

Each night they have a disco from 8pm. It is loud and wet with lots of music. My kids loved the Spongebob music and metting new friends.

The whole area is fenced with a few different access points.

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Entrance to Seaworld.

You can walk to the theme park via the ramped access or by mono-rail. The Mono-rail has an accessible carriage at the end that could fit around 4-5 wheelchair users at a time. There is a small lip down into the carriage from the platform.( just like a train)

Getting to Seaworld Resort.

We used a transfer from Coolangatta airport called ConXion. They do have one wheelchair accessible bus and it’s best to call them with your requirements.  You can also use Uber ( X, XL and assist)  and taxis very easily in the area.

There are 2 wheelchair accessible car spots out the front of the resort if you are self driving.

During our stay we met and chatted with many families. Most of these families enjoying their 2nd or 3rd stay at the resort. It is a great place for an easy, relaxing, predictable holiday with kids.

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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 […]

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 family.

Kuching the capital of Sarawak lies right on the Sarawak River dotted with historic colonial buildings and small family run stalls to dine while watching the sunset. We loved our time in Kuching and share our top 5 things to experience with kids.

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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 […]

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 travel with a freewheel attachment.

 

Here are our top tips to make the process smoother from home to the holiday destination.

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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 […]


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!

 

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