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Our beach and outdoor adventures look a little different than most yet they can be just as adventurous.
You just have to know where to look and have some extra planning.
Each year the Disabled Surfers Association run two events at Point Leo surf beach in Victoria. There are also lots of other events that take place across the state and across the country. Head here to find all the locations.
This year at Point Leo the events will be held on Saturday January 14th and March 4th.
Registration opens at 10am and surfing happens between 11am-3pm.
Anyone with any type of disability can join in.
Cooper has attended these events for the last 4 years and here are our top tips!
As you head into the park you need to stop at the Rangers booth. Because you are part of the DSAMP event there is no cost to drive in.
Car parking is well signposted and lots of volunteers are around to guide you in the right direction. There are areas for people bringing larger groups.
To the right of the surf club are the tables for registration. They are clearly marked. Head over and introduce yourself to the great volunteers. There will be a small form to fill out ( you can save time by printing it off at home/doing it online) and a cost of $10 per surfer.
Each surfer will get a yellow rash vest marked with participant.
Each carer/support person will get a grey vest.
You may also get a wrist band if you are unable to float.
You are all signed up Congratulations!
The surf club is on your left past the registration. This area is wheelchair accessible. In this area are change areas, toilets and a chance to pick up a wetsuit if needed. This is the ocean it is cold!
Last year there was also a changing places bathroom.
This is also the area where you can check out all the new beach wheelchairs on loan from across the Shire.
Food and Drink.
Before you head down to the beach there is a chance to grab a drink or a sausage if you need some energy before your surf! Keep in mind that the great volunteers will also be cruising the beach with snacks during the sessions. You can also purchase the latest DSMAP t-shirt or hoodie or hat.
Access to the beach
There are plenty of beach wheelchairs and volunteers to help you access the surf area. If you can make your way down independently just remember its a little steep and the sand gives you a good workout.
On the sand.
There are several tents set up and you will be given a colour/group. Just locate that flag colour and head over to that tent area. Each tent is well staffed and friendly volunteers can help you out. There are chairs to sit and a board that will show the order of the surfers.
Sometimes there is a bit of a wait but its always fun to sit and chat with others and eat some lollies!
In the water.
There will be a huge support group in the water for each surfer. The people in RED rash vests are the group leader. They are usually people who are hard core surfers! The people in the GREEN rash vests coordinate it all and the BLUE vests are all the amazing volunteers. Some it will be there first time, others their tenth. They range in age from 8-80 ( well that might not be entirely correct but you get the idea)
The best way for you to surf will be individual so just work with the volunteers and let them know what you are comfortable with. There are some extra supports available like bean bag supports for those who need to lie down in the board.
The group of supporters are always smiling and always clapping and always giving a hi5! You may feel like a celebrity- well Cooper does!
Most of the time you can have a couple of turns and then its back to the beach and back in line if you’d like!
You have been surfing!
What to bring.
Change of clothes
Lots of energy and a smile!
See you there!
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Eureka Skydeck is located in the Eureka Tower building up on the 88th floor. It takes around 35 seconds to get to the top! 297m high! With the gold square on the top that glitters in the sun, you can’t miss it!
Once at the top you can explore the 360 degree views across this amazing city. It is highest public observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere.
There are some great signed telescopes for kids and adults to use to help locate our famous landmarks. We discovered the MCG, the Shrine, Flinders street station and the Art Centre.
In conjunction with enjoying the great views you can live on the edge by taking part in the EDGE adventure! The glass room moves out from the 88th floor and suspended us all almost 300 meters high above Melbourne city. The kids thought this was really fun and even though I don’t particularly like enclosed spaces I loved the fun of it all! ( this is extra on top of your entry ticket)
The Skydeck is accessible for wheelchair users.
Opening hours 10am-10pm
We spent 1.5 hours experiencing the views. ( our wait for the Edge experience was around 40 minutes)
Cafe and bathrooms on site.
For tickets and more info head here.
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Christmas is just a month away and we want to share with you our favourite Travel related gifts.
(This is not a sponsored post just products we use and love within our family)
These gifts are perfect for travellers and those with a love for travel and who have a serious case of wanderlust!
We love each and everyone of these products and have used them over the last year or even ten years.
They are a great addition to our usual “experience” gifts and are aimed at whole family togetherness.
1. Colour in Map
These great maps are perfect for the whole family to colour in!
Available from Tiger Tribe.
2. Travel toiletry set.
We love Little Innocents range and have used it since Cooper was little. Their great little travel set is perfect for use as carry on too.
Available from Little Innocents
3. The Travel Book
We love the kids range of books from Lonely Planet. Cooper got this one from his Great Grandmother last year.
Available from Lonely Planet
4. Scratch Map.
This map is great for kids to use to show where they have adventured too. We were gifted one this year from Jetstar Australia.
Available from Here.
Great game to take with you as its light and doesn’t take up much space. Great for all ages and abilities too.
6. Travel Journal
We have used lots of different journals over the years. Pepper has used this one for 3 trips this year and there is still plenty of pages left to fill up!
It can be found here.
7. Keyring fob.
These are great to individualise your travel bags so you can identify them quickly.
8. World Map bag.
Great bag with many uses. Cooper uses his for school library and swimming. We have also used it as a washing bag while travelling.
9. Hard cover notebook.
Adventure notebook. Great for planning your trip and writing down ideas!
10. Multi USB port
We use these a lot while on holidays. Perfect to charge up all our devices.
11. World Map Ball.
Easy to take along with you on any holiday to play and learn.
12. Wooden planes.
Great toy for young kids to take along on adventures.
13. Portable Charger.
We use these a lot on flights on budget airlines. We take the kids iPads and this charger with keep us charged for the whole flight!
14. Kmart Wishing tree.
While you are busy buying gifts for families and friends remember those who need your support this season. Its a great organisation and very special to take your own children to buy someone they don’t know a gift and learn the true meaning of giving and Christmas.
For more info head here.
15. World Map bedding. ( Kip and CO)
Okay so I don’t actually have this but it’s on my own Christmas wish list for Woody.
Available here .
16. World Floor Rug
My kids love using this rug to build with blocks, do puzzles or add animals to adventure. I like it as a photo prop!
What’s on your Christmas list this year? What gifts are you excited to be giving this year?