Five accessible activities to embrace the sunshine

When the temperature rises nature comes alive, bringing with it an abundance of activities waiting for you to explore the warmer months. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, like to spend quality time with your loved ones or just enjoy soaking up the sun, there are so many fun and accessible options to explore the great outdoors in the warmer months. 

Swim at the local pool

Cool off and make a splash at your local pool. Many pools now offer accessibility features such as ramps, lifts, and transfer platforms. This is so people with disability can enjoy the refreshing benefits of swimming. Whether you're a seasoned swimmer or looking to relax in the water, the pool is a perfect way to cool off in warmer months.

Picnic in the park

Take advantage of the longer days and warmer nights by organising a fun picnic with your friends, family or even with one of our Learning and Lifestyle hubs! Pack a basket filled with your favourite snacks, refreshing drinks, a picnic blanket and head to the park. Parks often have accessible picnic areas with flat areas that are easy to navigate. No matter what, this can be a great activity to enjoy with others while enjoying the fresh air and basking in the beauty of nature.

Beach day out

Feel the sand between your toes and the sea breeze in your hair with an accessible beach day. Many beaches provide beach wheelchairs, ramps, and other amenities to ensure that everyone can partake in the joys of a day by the ocean. To help plan your beach trip, you can search for your local beach’s accessibility.

A morning walk

Kickstart your day with a walk. Many parks and nature walks have smooth paths and other accessibility features; ensuring there’s a perfect walk for everyone. You can easily find the right walk for you whether it’s a scenic bush walk or a relaxing stroll in the cool morning air to start your day off in a positive way.

Outdoor concerts and events

Warmer months are often full of music festivals and outdoor concerts. Many venues now make sure everyone can join in the fun by offering various accessibility options. These include special seating, sign language interpreters, sensory break out rooms, and listening devices. You can check local event listings for inclusive options or work with your support worker to plan for a night out of music and community.

Don’t forget if you’ve soaked up too much sun, you can always beat the heat and head indoors to catch a movie. Many theatres now offer features like closed captioning, audio descriptions, and wheelchair-accessible seating. Whether it's a blockbuster or an indie film, enjoy the cool comfort of the theatre while being entertained. Check out your local cinema guide or work with your support worker to find your nearest accessible cinema.

The warmer months are a playground offering a range of activities that go beyond the traditional scope of summer. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or a combination of both, these accessible activities promise to make your warmer months unforgettable. So, gather your loved ones or embark on a solo adventure – and don't forget your sunscreen! Summer is meant to be savoured by all.

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