Our travels with 3 kids and a wheelchair.

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Bushwalking using a wheelchair.

Bushwalking using a wheelchair.

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Discover Bendigo with kids.

Discover Bendigo with kids.

Bendigo lies 150kms North West of Melbourne and showcases some great adventures for families. From amazing architecture, gardens, and museums to art galleries, and new vibrant cafe precincts adorned with street art. We loved discovering Bendigo and here is what you can do with 24 hours in the city.

24 hours in Bendigo with kids.

7am. The day starts with breakfast. Head to the Beechworth Bakery on Hargreaves street as it’s open from 6.30am. Young kids don’t sleep in ( well mine don’t) so its the perfect place to find coffee and something that will suit everyones tastes. (sweet and savoury) We can recommend the beesting.

8.30am Take a walk through the Botanical gardens and marvel at the amazing Moreton Bay fig trees. Listen to all the cockatoos screeching through the air.

10.00am Science Discovery Centre.

An amazing place for kids to discover everything about Science! With many interactive exhibits learning about weight, magnets, illusions and speed. Including the tallest vertical slide in the Southern Hemisphere.( must be 5 to slide and overalls are provided) I must send a special thanks to Kaylee who was very supportive of Cooper accessing the slide. Lots of kids and adults couldn’t go through with it ( Woody and myself included) Cooper and Pep had the best time!

11am. Slide time.

11.30. Planetarium.

12.00 Science show.

 

Wheelchair access is great with ramped access to both levels. Experiences can be accessed at wheelchair height. Lots of hands on learning. There are three flights of stairs to the slide. Accessible car spots outside. Companion Card accepted.

1.00pm Lunch at the Boardwalk  on Lake Weeroona. Big space and easily accessible. Great kids menu and escape from the heat! Take a walk around the lake or play at the playground.

3.00 pm.  Dragon Museum. This museum gives a really good insight into Chinese History in the area. The kids loved seeing all the artefacts including the silk dragon. You can learn all about the Gold Rush and how people from China made their way to Australia during this time. There is also a Jade chariot on display that is stunning and we still don’t know how much it is worth even though Cooper asked a million times!

Outside the museum are the Chinese gardens. A beautiful way to relax and enjoy calm in the city. The kids loved feeding the giant Koi in the pond.

Next door is a Temple where the kids made a wish for their family and friends. They may have also asked for more adventures.

All areas are wheelchair accessible. (Culturally there is one small step into the temple) Accessible car spots available at the front. Companion Card accepted.

4.30pm Head back to your accommodation for a swim and rest! We stayed at Quest apartments. 2 bedroom apartments that can sleep 5. Grab a snack. Apartments are self catered.

6.30pm In the cool of the evening take a walk and discover some street art before dinner. This art was in Pennyweight lane.

Cool down again in the Mall playground. The kids loved the mist coming from this slide.

We headed back to the hotel for some noodles as the kids were exhausted from all the exploring. This is the bonus of having a kitchen at your accommodation. There are plenty of dining options available and a pub on most corners too.

Have you been to Bendigo? What was your favourite experience? We will be adding the Talking Tram Tour when we next discover Bendigo!

 

For all our other Victorian adventures head here.

Free Top 5 for kids on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Surfing for everyone.

Surfing for everyone.

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!

Arrival.

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.

Registration.

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!

Getting ready.

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.

Bathers

Hat

Towel/picnic rug

Change of clothes

Sunscreen/insect repellant.

Lots of energy and a smile!

See you there!

 

Pure Peninsula Honey, Farm Talk.

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Sky high in Melbourne.

Sky high in Melbourne.

Eureka Skydeck.

I think we have found the best way to discover Melbourne! Head up! You can gain amazing views of this fabulous city and really get your groundings for when you explore the city streets.

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.

Eureka Skydeck
View Towards Station Pier.

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.

Eureka Tower
Woody found the Shrine.

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)

Eureka Skydeck
The View across to Fed Square.

 

Extra Information.

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.

The Tower is located in the Southbank area so lots of dining options available.

*We were hosted by Eureka Skydeck and as always our opinions are our own.

 

 

 

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

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