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Sailing the seas

The Dawn Princess at a dock.

Going on a cruise can be daunting due to its size and the amount of people sharing the experience with you. However, the crew are so helpful, the access is adequate and the food is aplenty. The ship may be taking you to a wonderful destination, like New Zealand, but at the end of the day, the cruise is the holiday. Would I recommend a cruise for people who have a disability? If needed, I think it is important to travel with someone who can offer that extra support for personal care and access.

Posted by: Tully Zygier, on 10/06/14

1 comment - last comment on 18/06/14

Experiencing Israel

A concrete beach ramp along the sand to the sea.

I did not know what to expect when I travelled to Israel. I wanted to see the country and experience the food. I found Tel Aviv was a vibrant and accessible city. There were accessible walkways, beach wheelchairs and bathing boxes in Tel Aviv’s beaches on the Mediterranean Sea coast. Even part of the old city was surprisingly accessible. I saw dividing walls but learned of friendly relations between Arabs and Jews. I also learned national disability insurance has been in place in Israel for many years. I felt safe and loved my time there.

Posted by: Maureen Corrigan, on 30/05/14

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Buses in Malta

An old and new bus in Malta.

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.

Posted by: Maureen Corrigan, on 08/04/14

1 comment - last comment on 10/04/14

The Kokoda spirit

John with his arms up in triumph on the Kokoda Trail.

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.

Posted by: Kate Giles, on 04/02/14

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Port Stephens

Salamander Bay in Port Stephens.

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. 

 

Posted by: Deanne Newton, on 17/12/13

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