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Wheelchair Facts for Far North Queensland

Travelling to North Queensland with a Mobility Device is a Tropical Breeze

Cairns and the surrounding region’s mobility device accessibility have been steadily improving to ensure all visitors to the region can enjoy the remarkable sights that the tropics have to offer.

We have compiled a list of helpful contacts, local facilities and easily accessible hot spots to help you plan your holiday.

Assistive Equipment

Our beautiful palm tree lined beaches at both Palm Cove and Port Douglas should be enjoyed by all and they can, below you will find the contact numbers to book a beach accessible wheelchair.

Palm Cove Surf Club: beach access wheelchair available with roll out matting. Phone the Palm Cove Surf Life Saving Club on 07 4059 1244.

Port Douglas: beach access wheelchair available phone Trevor or Phillipa at the Macrossan House on 07 4099 4366.

Any equipment that may not be convenient to bring along with you can be hired from the below suppliers.

Medical and Mobility: a full range of assistive equipment available to rent phone (07) 4035 5944 - Click here for link

Public Areas

Here’s a list of some nearby locations that shouldn’t be missed!

Cairns City

Esplanade Lagoon: pool chair is free to use, enquire with life guards. Wheelchair accessible shower and toilet located by lagoon. The Esplanade, Cairns City

Esplanade Boardwalk: all easily accessible, with wheelchairs accessible toilet facilities along the promenade. The Esplanade, Cairns City

Cairns Regional Art Gallery: ramps leading up into the building, elevators to travel to each floor and a wheelchair accessible toilet located in the building, one wheelchair available for use. $5.00 entry discounts available. Shield St, Cairns City

Night Markets: open every night from 5pm – 9pm, wide/flat walkways. Cairns City

Rusty’s Markets: showcasing the far North’s fresh local produce. Wheelchair accessible toilet facilities available on the Sheridan Street side of markets. Sheridan St, Cairns City

Cairns Surrounding Areas

Travel a short distance from Cairns and you’ll come across these beauties! See below for transport options.

Botanical Gardens: wheelchair accessibility map available and toilet facilities available near cafe. Ramp access to information building and parking on McCormack St. Collins Ave, Edge Hill

Sugar World Waterpark: wheelchair accessible toilets and parking, ideal for all children and young adults of all abilities, BBQ facilities available. Mill Rd, Edmonton.

Cattana Wetlands: 420m boardwalk through a nature conservation park, wheelchair accessible toilet facilities available, ideal for bird watching. Dunne Rd, Smithfield

Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway: accessible parking and toilet facilities, ramped access throughout, steep incline at entry/exit point. 90 min drive south of Cairns turn off Bruce Hwy onto Palmerston Hwy drive west for 27km.

Kuranda Village: Wheelchair accessible toilets located at the Visitor Information Centre. Some areas of walkways quite steep assistance may be required. Kuranda

Port Douglas Sunday Markets: are accessible with wheelchair accessible toilet facilities located beside markets, some areas of ground uneven. Most restaurants and shops are also accessible in the area. Anzac Park, Port Douglas

Transport

Getting around is easy with these companies below, not a bad idea to pre book just to be on the safe side.

Taxis: there are 20 wheelchair accessible taxis in the Cairns region that service Ellis Beach to Wrights Creek just south of Edmonton, Port Douglas also offers wheelchair taxi services 24 hours a day.

Phone 131 008 - Here

Public Bus: all Sunbus buses are wheelchair accessible. Phone 07 4057 7411

Dial A Bus Mini Bus Charter & Rentals: Toyota Hiace, with Tieman Wheelchair Lift, fits 2 wheelchairs. Phone 07 4031 3733

Wheelie Easy Charters: custom made 12 seater vehicle accessible for up to 2 wheelchairs. Driver/tour guides are also qualified carers. Prices at charter rate, please enquire 07 4059 5959.

Cairns Bus Charters: 1800 287 242

For all other  mobility device accessible tours including the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Train and  Daintree Rainforest also for all accommodation information contact your local Cairns Holiday Tour Specialists on +61 07 4059 5959 or info@cairnsholidayspecialists.com