WHEELIE FRIENDLY CAIRNS

In Australia, a wheelchair user is referred to as a wheelie, just as a truck driver is a truckie, and a motorbike rider is a bikie. Whether you have a slight mobility impairment, or use an electric wheelchair to get around, your vacation in Far North Queensland will be worth every cent!

CAIRNS ACCOMMODATION


Oaks City Quays
Is a centrally located hotel and is very close to the Marina, Esplanade and Shops.  This is a ideal hub to base your FNQ holiday.  2 x Hotel Rooms and 1 x Apartment have been specially designed for disabled use. These apartments feature wider doorways, lower sideboards, and specially designed bathroom amenities. There are also two lifts on site and a large ramp into the complex.

Cairns wheelchair friendly accommodationMantra Trilogy
Is a centrally located hotel located right on the Esplanade.  Mantra Trilogy is only a short walk to shops , restaurants and the marina.  The Mantra Trilogy is wheelchair friendly.  The reception area is located on the ground floor and there are lift facilities throughout the building.  The building is also fully ramped to the pool / bbq area.   They are wheelchair friendly however the doorways are not to full standard. Twin Beds are available and the bathroom has a wide shower and hand rail. You will need to hire a chair if needed.

Mantra Esplanade
Mantra Esplanade is located right on the Esplanade directly opposite the Swimming Lagoon and Marina.  Mantra Esplanade offer 6 beautiful and spacious hotel rooms (2 on every level). They all face the Esplanade. The side boards are lower so you can wheel in, the doors have a slow delay closing, fully equipped bathroom and emergency button.

Cairns Central Apartments
Cairns Central Apartments caters for the needs of disabled guests.  In the One and Two Bedroom Apartments there are disabled facilities in the bathroom ensuite, with a wheelchair access shower, wide doorway and handrails fitted.  As the property has elevators there is wheelchair access to all floors, including car park levels.  To get up to the swimming pool on the 13th floor, after taking the elevator there is a chair lift up the stairs to the pool. There is also a wheelchair ramp at the front entrance for easy access.

Reef hotel CasinoPullman Reef Hotel & Casino
This luxury hotel is located right in the heart of the City Centre and is close to the marina, Esplanade and shops.  The Hotel features the finest service and facilities in Cairns.  The Hotel also boats fine dining restaurants and a boutique casino.  The Pullman features 3 rooms in the Superior Category for people with reduced Mobility.  All rooms are well fitted with walk in showers, railings on the wall and wider door frames.
Cairns Northern Beaches and Surrounding Islands

Fitzroy Island Resort
Fitzroy Island does have a Disabled friendly room available .  The room is in the 1 Bedroom Ocean Suite category and comes complete with separate living area / bedroom area.  The bathroom does have wider doorway’s, railings on the wall and a walk in shower.  Lift facilities are available to access the rooms.  The main Resort area /Reception however does have stairs.  You would be able to access the Reception by going around the side of the building. 

Green Island Resort with a wheelchairGreen Island
Green Island Resort is a 5 Star Eco-Certified Resort situated on a pretty coral cay, just 45 minutes off the coast of cairns.  The Island is board walked all throughout making this a very wheelie friendly property.  Green Island features 1 Wheelie Friendly room which comes complete with 2 double beds, a fold up chair in the shower wider doorways and a ramp area as well as rails in the bath & toilet area.  The room is located close to the reception and restaurant for easy access. 

Paradise Palms: - Trinity Beach / Palm Cove
Is set in an idyllic setting; nestled at the base of majestic mountains and surrounded by Tropical Gardens.  Paradise Palms is only a short drive to Trinity Beach, Palm Cove and is a great base to access some of the region’s most exciting attractions.  Paradise Palms feature 2 resort rooms which feature wider door frames and a wheelie friendly bathroom.  The Resort rooms feature tea / coffee making facilities.  These can be combined with a 1 Bedroom Apartment to make a 2 bedroom Apartment. 

Kewarra Beach Resort - Kewarra Beach
Is absolute beachfront and also nestled amongst luscious rainforest.  This couples paradise is a great spot to base your getaway.  The 2 Bedroom  Bauhinia Suite features disabled access and facilities .  There is also disabled access to the public areas of the resort. 

Blue Lagoon - Trinity Beach
Blue Lagoon Trinity Beach is located only 200m from the golden shores of Trinity Beach.  This beautiful property features 3 swimming pools and is the ideal base for your North Queensland holiday.  The Studio rooms at Blue Lagoon are self contained with kitchenette facilities, an ensuite and balcony.  The Studio rooms are not designated Wheelie friendly rooms and don't feature the wider door frames, railings etc., however the walk in shower is quite large.  You would need to request a ground floor when booking as there are no lift facilities at this property.    

PORT DOUGLAS ACCOMMODATION

Sheraton Mirage
The Sheraton Mirage is a very well known Port Douglas Resort situated on beautiful Four Mile Beach. The resort is particularly famous for not only their fantastic 5 star facilities and services but their 130 hectares of tropical landscaped gardens, a championship 18-hole golf course, and two hectares of magnificent swimmable saltwater lagoons that meander throughout the accommodation.  Disabled rooms are available in the Deluxe Garden  category.  All rooms are well fitted with walk in showers, railings on the wall and wider door frames.  All rooms also interconnect with a common door so it is possible to have a 2 Bedroom configuration. 

Oaks LagoonsPort Douglas with a wheelchair
Do not have disabled rooms as such, however the 1 Bedroom Plunge pools are Located on the ground floor.  They are very spacious and feature a walk in shower .  Note that there are no railings on the walls in the bathroom. These can also be combined with a Hotel Room to make a 2 Bedroom apartment. 

Peninsula Boutique Hotel
 Is an adults only retreat located opposite 4 Mile Beach.  The rooms are beautifully furnished with European Appliances and feature an Ocean View or Pool View.  All rooms are disabled friendly with large louvered doors separating the lounge to bedroom area.  There are grab rails for the toilets and the showers.  These rooms are suitable for guests with a little bit of mobility.  Wheelchairs will not fit into the shower cubicle. The Peninsula does also have lift facilities. 

Le Cher Du Monde
Is the ideal location to base yourself for your Tropical North Queensland and is located in the heart of Port Douglas; walking distance the shops, restaurants, Beach & Marina.  The spacious 1 Bedroom apartments can sleep a maximum of 3 persons.  The Disabled persons apartment is located on the ground floor.  The door feature wider door frames and railings in the bathroom.

Martinique on Macrossan
Martinique is one of Port Douglas' best boutique apartments, offering a prime location, just a short stroll from the Beach and Village. Blending luxurious comfort, a range of impressive facilities and a stunning setting, this charming Boutique Resort presents the ideal base for unwinding and exploring. Martinique features a "true" disabled access room with wider door frames and railings in the bathroom.

DAINTREE RAINFOREST ACCOMMODATION


Wheelchair friendly accomodation in the DaintreeRed Mill House
Has one wheel chair access bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The ground floor room is easily accessible from the parking area and opens on to a wide verandah overlooking the garden. The bedroom can arranged in either twin bed or king bed configuration. The bathroom is fully wheel chair capable with commode chair toilet, shower bench and surrounded by grab rails. Full cooked breakfast is served to guests on their verandah .

Cape Trib Beach House
Is located in Cape Tribulation right where the Rainforest meets the Reef.  These cabin style accommodation are nestled amongst pristine rainforest.  Cape Trib Beach house features one wheel chair friendly cabin in the Escape Family Category. 

BEACH ACCESS

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

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.  Palm cove Beach wheelchair

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. 

Beach Friendly wheelchair for Palm Cove:  
Visitors who have a disability or limited mobility can access the all terrain beach friendly wheelchair for free hire at Palm Cove.  There is a Queensland Life Savers station towards the Northern end of Williams Esplanade.  Just ask the on-duty lifeguard to issue it to you and fill in the indemnity book.  If you want to be sure you could 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.  We are so pleased all visitors to Palm Cove can now access the beach and enjoy watching all of the activities up and down the beachfront.  The all terrain wheelchair is at the Palm Cove Surf Lifesaving Club:  07 40591263 between 10am and 2pm. 

WHEELY FRIENDLY EXPERIENCES IN CAIRNS

Kuranda Train & Skyrail with a wheelchair:
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.Kuranda Train Wheelchair access

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.

Wheelchair access on 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. 

  • The width of the wheelchair can not exceed 630mm.
  • The length of the wheechair can not exceed 950mm. 

Skyrail Wheelchair accessWheelchairs must be capable of being tilted backwards to enable loading into the gondola. 

The gentle raising of the front wheels, then gently pushed into the gondola. 

The combined weight of the wheelchair occupant and the wheelchair must be of a manageable weight to allow cableway operators to load a wheelchair. 

Wheelchairs must have handles to ensure easy lifting into the gondola cabins.   

A friendly cableway operator is available at each station to assist you on and off the cableway. 

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. 

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.

Kuranda Scenic Rail with a Wheelchair
Kuranda Scenic Rail is suitable for, and caters to, people of all ages and abilities. Some types of wheelchairs can not be carried on the coaches that ferry guests to and from Skyrail and Freshwater Train Station.   

  • Wheelchair access available at all stations.
  • Wheelchair ramp at Cairns Central Station
  • Wheelchair lift at Freshwater and Kuranda Stations
  • Wheelchair access at Barron Falls station is not available. 

kuranda scenic rail wheelchair accessWhen booking please advise us that you require wheelchair access, so that we are able to provide appropriate assistance.  

Here are travstar.com we confirm tours for wheelchair guests every day. 

The Kuranda Train and Skyrail daytrip including return hotel transfers is available for wheelchair users.  

Please contact us at info@travstar.com so that we can make sure the details are correct for your booking. 

There is no additional cost for this service. 

Wheelcharir Access at Wildlife Habitat:
Wildlife Habitat is an environmental wildlife park located in Port Douglas boasting over 1600 animals. Wildlife Habitat 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 Wheelchair access:Hartleys creek wheelchair access
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.

Rainforestation:
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.

Great Adventures - Green Island

Green Island is accessible for wheelchairs. While there are a number of different vessels that transfer to Green Island, not all provide wheelchair facilities. Depending on tides and weather conditions, gangways from the vessel to the jetty are sometimes too small for a wheelchair and will at times have a few steps from the end of the gangway to the jetty. The gangways are able to accommodate standard sized wheelchairs, however larger motorised wheelchairs may not be able to be accommodated.

Green Island does have disabled toilet facilities, and paved or wooden board walked pathways that are easy for wheelchairs to access. There are wide paved or timber pathways throughout the island allowing wheelchairs to move around the island and through the island facilities. There is also a boardwalk that takes you directly through the rainforest into the centre of the Island which is easily accessible.

The glass bottom boat is only accessible via a number of steps (and is not able accommodate a wheelchair).

Great Barrier Reef Wheelchair accessGreat Adventures - Outer Barrier Reef
Great Adventures primary vessel, Reef Prince travels to the Norman Reef pontoon and is the most suitable product for wheelchair passengers. There are occasions however when this vessel may not operate and back up vessels are used that do not have wheelchair facilities. This is often not known till 24 hours prior to departure so we recommend reconfirming your booking 24hrs prior to trip departure.

Reef Prince is equipped with a motorised chair lift to enable transfer between the upper and lower decks of the vessel. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet onboard.

At the Outer Barrier Reef there are ramp facilities from our vessel to the floating platform.

There are no disabled facilities on the platform and the platform does have decking where wheelchair wheels may get stuck. Access to the underwater observatory, swim platforms and the semi-submersible coral viewing vessels is by stairs only.

Quicksilver - Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Quicksilvers primary vessel Quicksilver VIII is the most suitable vessel for wheelchair passengers including electric wheelchairs. While every attempt is made to ensure these facilities are available due to operational consideration, some facilities may not be available on the desired day of travel.  We recommend to reconfirm your booking within 24 hrs of trip departure.

Great barrier reef with wheelchairOn Quicksilver VIII there is an oversized toilet cubicle available suitable for most wheelchair passengers.  This toilet is endorsed "CREW ONLY" to restrict access.  At the Outer Barrier Reef there are ramp facilities from the vessel to the floating platform, however access to the underwater observatory, swim platforms and our semi-submersible coral viewing vessels is by stairs only. 

A chair lift enables disabled passengers to be lowered into the water to enjoy snorkelling.  This is available only on the Agincourt 3 floating platform.  (Quicksilver VIII)

The snorkelling platforms are situated right on the waterline and there are bench seats on the snorkelling platform where you can put on your fins, mask and snorkel before entering the water.

Sunlover Cruises:
Sunlover Cruises can accommodate wheelchairs with wide aisles onboard, ramps between the pontoon and boat, wheelchair access to the toilet on the main deck level and access to a reserved table onboard the boat.

There are many activities where you can experience the reef onboard the pontoon such as a touch tank where you can view and hold sea cucumbers and starfish. With a bit of movement it is possible to take part in the glass bottom boat tour subject to the size of the wheelchair and person. There are stairs leading down to the underwater observatory and semi sub tour.

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