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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 […]

Wheelchair Bush Walk. Exploring the Briars on the Mornington Peninsula.

Wheelchair Bush Walk. Exploring the Briars on the Mornington Peninsula.

Growing up in Victoria we would spend lots of time outdoors in the bush. Camping, bushwalking, weekly Girl Guides and Brownie camps. We haven’t done much bush walking with our kids as honestly the bush track and terrain and a wheelchair are really hard work […]

Wheelchair travel, Sri Lanka.

Wheelchair travel, Sri Lanka.

We knew when we looked into exploring Sri Lanka that wheelchair access was going to be hard, really hard. After coming off a trip to Tokyo where travel was easy we threw ourselves into the island of Sri Lanka for a challenge, a big challenge is more ways than one.

We discovered that independent wheelchair travelling would be extremely challenging as most of the streets and roads are in disrepair and temples always have a million steps! For wheelchair users living in Sri Lanka they tend to use more of a bike wheelchair to cope with the terrain.

However with planning and support from the amazing local people Sri Lanka should be on your list!

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Together. Like a well oiled machine!

Cooper travels using a manual wheelchair ( Quickie Zippie) that has a fixed frame which means it can fold but the fame remains one piece. The wheels can come off easily breaking it into 4 pieces. We had to do this many times as we travelled on buses, trains, cars and tuk tuks. Travelling the country in a private car would of course be much smoother and easier. Sri Lanka is the kind of country that can be explored in a rustic or luxurious fashion.

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The wheelchair on the luggage racks on the train.

At one stage I had herded ( threw) the kids up into the local bus and Andrew was hanging out the door with the wheelchair in one arm as the bus took off!

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It was Woody’s job to carry the wheels!

We have also added a freewheel attachment which makes life much easier when we are pushing him over rocky ground and up and down gutters. It easily clips on and off and we take it on as hand luggage on the plane.

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Walking to have dinner in Trincomalee with the Freewheel
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Waiting for the train. The wheelchair is in parts ready to load on the train.

Reality Check

Most of the time we ended up having to carry Cooper all, some or at least part of the way on most adventures we undertook. It was very tiring in the heat and very challenging at times. It is really important to us that Cooper is included in everything that we do and the time to do it is now! He is still light enough and can some good independent mobility right now. It taught us that perhaps a travel stroller would be better suited to this type of adventure or at least a wheelchair with an umbrella fold. We found it really difficult to manage the three kids on and off transport and the two bags plus the disassembled wheelchair. Yes we did it, yes we loved it but just putting it out there that it wasn’t easy.

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Cooper loves this ride!

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Beach accessibility. Exploring beaches across Frankston and Kingston. Melbourne.

Beach accessibility. Exploring beaches across Frankston and Kingston. Melbourne.

Beach Accessibility across Kingston and Frankston. Melbourne. The beginning. I grew up going to the beach every weekend with my¬†family. We could walk or we would pack up the car and make a day of it. When we decided to become parents I dreamed of […]

Om Nom Dessert Bar Melbourne

Om Nom Dessert Bar Melbourne

My name is Cooper a.k.a The Wheel foodie. I was very lucky to experience the degustation dessert menu at Om Nom Dessert bar in Melbourne.

Bali Zoo.

Bali Zoo.

When we ask the kids what their favourite Bali memory is they all say the Bali Zoo. They all loved our special after dark experience and we highly recommend this adventure with kids.

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SHR Travel Series. Erin.

SHR Travel Series. Erin.

Today we welcome Erin to the blog as part of our travel series. You just have to look at Erin’s photos to see she’s an amazing adventurer and pretty daring! I was so impressed seeing her skydiving with a huge smile on her face! Erin […]

Wheeling around Penang. A Wheelchair users guide.

Wheeling around Penang. A Wheelchair users guide.

Airasia Airlines held a flash sale one night for an hour and for $456 I got 5 tickets for our family of 5 from Melbourne to Penang return. 5 months later we jumped on that plane and discovered Penang, Malaysia for 10 days.

Guest Post. Thomas and Tyler. “Me my brother and his chair”

Guest Post. Thomas and Tyler. “Me my brother and his chair”

Today as we enjoy our adventures in Penang, I have a guest post from two amazing brothers. I connected with Thomas and Tyler and their Mother Erin on Instagram just prior to their big trip to Europe this August. They live in Utah, America and I love their attitude to travel and can really relate to lots of their adventures as they too travel with a wheelchair. We hope you love their story and explorations as much as we do.

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Laos with kids.

Laos with kids.

Here is a ¬†movie we made showing our adventures in Laos.