Cory Lee is a self-proclaimed travel addict. He is a wheelchair user who has spinal muscular atrophy. He began a traveling blog called Curb Free with Cory Lee where he documents his adventures in hopes to motivate other people in chairs to travel the world. Cory visited Australia and lists his top five accessible places in Melbourne, Australia.
“I fell completely in love with the city. It offered more than I ever imagined and was extremely wheelchair friendly. From the accessible metro to all of the attractions that my heart desired to see, it was easy to get around the city and have a spectacular time.”
“This massive skyscraper is not only the southern hemisphere’s highest viewing platform, but it also boasts one of the most beautiful views in all of Australia,” says Cory. Cory boasts about how wheelchair accessible the skyscraper truly is. People who use wheelchairs can go all the way up the skyscraper and see the sights with everyone else. Cory says, “And if you’re brave, you can even roll out onto The Edge, a glass bottomed platform that sticks out from the side of the building.”
The Twelve Apostles are giant limestone stacks that formed as the sea eroded the limestone cliffs. They are a few hours away from Melbourne, but according to Cory, totally worth the drive! There are paved pathways all the way to see the sights making it accessible for wheelchairs.
Cory gives a shout-out to a tour guide for people with disabilities. “Ambleside Tours, a Melbourne based tour company specifically for people with disabilities, can bring you all the way from Melbourne to the Apostles.”
Hot Air Ballooning
Cory states Global Ballooning has balloons with baskets that have specially designed seats and seat belts. The baskets even have a door on the side for easy access.
“Don’t let your wheelchair stop you!”
Cory highly recommends the Werribee Open Range Zoo, a 45-minute safari. He says, “Not only is this tour accessible for wheelchair users, but it’s actually best experienced by people in wheelchairs! Why? People using wheelchairs get to sit up front by the bus driver. You’ll not only get your own private tour guide in a way, but you’ll also have the best view out of the entire bus!”
The last destination Cory suggests visiting in Melbourne is the Bellarine or Mornington Peninsula beaches to go surfing. He recommends contacting The Disabled Surfers Association of Australia who helps people with disabilities learn to surf.
“As you can see, you’ll be able to take in the beautiful view of Melbourne, see wild animals, and catch the crashing waves lapping up on shore. There are no limits for wheelchair users in Melbourne, so let yourself enjoy a true vacation without the stress of having to sit everything out simply because you happen to use a wheelchair.”
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