On holiday in Malta recently, buses were the best way of getting around the small Mediterranean island. There were many scenarios trying to get on a bus with my scooter. These included many not stopping, being too full, ramps breaking and metal ramp rings pulling off. Locals and tourists frequently used the buses. No one seemed concerned by the full buses. By the end of the holiday, we had enough of busing. Back home in Melbourne I take trams regularly but I have never caught a bus. I am interested to know what others think about their bus experiences in Victoria.
The Kokoda Track is a route over the Owen Stanley Ranges in Papua New Guinea. It crosses some of the most rugged territory imaginable. There is a memorial with the words “courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice.” These words embrace the spirit of the Australian soldiers of World War II. The walk is now a pilgrimage for others. John Saunders is 70 years old and is legally blind. He chose to walk the Kokoda Track with his son.
Port Stephens is a beautiful beach holiday spot in New South Wales. Over the last summer holidays I went there for the third time. I stayed in an apartment and found some good food and coffee. I spent a day in Newcastle and I also enjoyed the beach. Port Stephens also offers some exciting activities such as dolphin watching and buggy riding making it a great place to go. There are many accessible activities to enjoy.
The front wheels of my scooter fell off on the first day of a holiday in Finland. It was on an unexpected cobblestone paths. Luckily, I was outside a carpentry shop and two men helped put the wheels back on. However, the wheels kept falling off. I went to buy my own set of tools to fix the wheels. I could not find a hardware store so I went to a large department store. I was lucky that a shop assistant was able to properly fix the wheels. From then on, I was able to use many other cobblestone paths.
V/Line, which runs Victoria's regional train services, has removed some of its carriages from service. This has hit wheelchair users hard in four Victorian cities as it means train services in these areas are no longer wheelchair accessible. The carriages were removed due to safety concerns. V/Line is still supporting these passengers by providing travel in taxis. It could now take as long as two years for these accessible carriages to return.