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Wheelie Friendly Port Douglas

Updated: 25-Jul-2016

Port Douglas:

Port Douglas is quite flat and footpaths do have ramps on the gutters at crossings.  

Beach Friendly wheelchair for Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas:  
Visitors who have a disability or limited mobility can access the all terrain Beach friendly Wheelchair.  The wheelchair is kept at Macrossan House at 19 Macrossan St, Port Douglas.  Trevor and Phillipa can be contacted on 07 40994366.  You will need to call a few days in advance to make sure it is not already pre-booked.  You will also need a carer or friend to assist.  This is a service and you will need to sign off on the chair but there is not a charge for it.  Roll out matting allows the chair to access the hard sand on the waterfront.  

We are so pleased all visitors to Port Douglas can now access the beach and enjoy watching all of the activities up and down the beachfront.  This service is also provided in Palm Cove.  The all terrain wheelchair is at the Palm Cove Surf Lifesaving Club:  07 40591244 or 07 40491200 between 10am and 2pm. 

Kuranda Train & Skyrail:

Skyrail is suitable for, and caters to, people of all ages and abilities. Skyrail gondola cabins can accommodate most standard type wheelchairs. However, due to size restrictions and loading requirements, some types of wheelchairs can not be carried on the cableway.

A friendly cableway operator is available at each station to assist you on and off the cableway. The gondolas slow down at each station to allow easy embarkation and disembarkation from the gondola cabins; the doors open and close automatically. A ramp assists with loading and unloading from gondola cabins on the cableway.

Ramp access is available to all boardwalks at Red Peak and Barron Falls stations. Red Peak has a 175 metre rainforest boardwalk and there is approximately 400 metres of gentle walkways at Barron Falls Station. Access is also available to the CSIRO Interpretation Centre at Barron Falls Station. Wheelchair accessible restroom facilities are available at all stations.

Skyrail provides the complimentary use of wheelchairs (subject to availability) during a Skyrail experience. Please note that wheelchairs cannot be carried on Skyrail's coach transfer service.

Kuranda the ‘Village in the Rainforest’ has numerous attractions including a colourful bird aviary, koala park and a diverse range of markets, shops, cafes and restaurants. Depending on your travelling time on Skyrail, we recommend allowing yourself two to three hours in Kuranda which will give you enough time to explore and have some lunch/refreshments.

Rainforest Habitat:
Rainforest Habitat is Australia's leading environmental wildlife park, and boasting over 1600 animals, contains the largest collection in immersion exhibits. Informative guided tours, experiential displays and immersion exhibits provide an experience found nowhere else.

Located at the entrance to Port Douglas, this attraction makes a great half day visit if you incorporate the famous 'Breakfast with the Birds' or 'Lunch with the Lorikeets'. All areas of the park are accessible comprising of boardwalks, gravel paths and flat brick tiles. A wheelchair accessible toilet is also available.

Hartleys Crocodile Adventures:
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the best place to see crocodiles and native wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. Hartley's is famous for its exciting and educational wildlife presentations including crocodile shows, wetland wildlife, snake show, cassowary feeding, koala feeding and more.

A series of timber boardwalks provide elevated viewing of wildlife as visitors journey through a range of natural habitats. Ramps are provided to access the boat cruise. The only limited access areas are the Cassowary enclosure and farm animals where the gravel paths may prevent access.

At Rainforestation Nature Park you'll get to experience indigenous culture, Australian native wildlife and World Heritage listed rainforest all on one site. Set on 100 acres (40 hectares) in the midst of World Heritage rainforest, this unique tourist attraction is situated five minutes from Kuranda Village, and half an hour drive from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.  All attractions within the park are wheelchair accessible.

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