Albany is beautiful should be accessible for all of us, including those with accessibility challenges. Albany’s attractions are diverse and we believe everyone able to enjoy our beautiful region to the fullest.
Many of the historic and cultural sights on offer in and around Albany are fully accessible. Accessibility improvements are ongoing.
The map above is of these accessible locations:
Eyre Park is a five-minute drive from Middleton Beach. This playground is suitable for all people, disability, or no. There is a cement path that leads from the smaller carpark, next to the fully accessible, shaded BBQ and picnic area, all the way around the park, to each piece of play equipment. Whilst some of the playground is inaccessible for wheelchairs, most of it is connected through sealed paths.
Eyre Park does, however, have a disabled accessible flying fox swing chair, making sure that all can be included in this playground. The path around the park is frequented by carers and those with a mobility disability as it leads to a small bridge that crosses over a duck pond and around toward the toilet block off to the right.
The block has both male and female assigned sides, with wheelchair friendly facilities. This park/playground is an extremely accessible and friendly playground for all and is only going to get more accessible as time goes on (as of 2022, the first stage of accessibility has been completed).
One of Albany's most popular beaches, Middleton Beach, is extremely wheelchair friendly. Middleton Beach offers a completely accessible cafe/restaurant, many disabled parking spaces across the area. The parking across from the Surf Life Saving Club has a direct line to a disabled bathroom. This bathroom is slightly hidden along the side of the building, next to a wooden wall that holds posters and signs. It is a simple silver door with the word "disabled" written on a silver label. Just to the left as soon as you get to the restroom, you will be met with a wooden wall that holds information and a number to call if you're in need of all terrain, beach access wheelchairs.
There are two types of wheelchairs available; a Beach Trekker 'all terrain' wheelchair, which is land and water based, but will not float; And the Beach Access wheelchair, which can also be used on land and in water. Users must be aware that this wheelchair will float in water and may not be suitable for people with high support needs because of this. - Security's 24-hour service number; 0417 964 102
Continuing along the main path, toward Three Anchors Cafe/restaurant, a fully accessible place to dine whether it be for a simple coffee and cake or a meal. Three Anchors has both indoors and outdoor seating perfect for almost any occasion. Just next this simple cafe is another fully accessible bathroom block. This block contains both male and female rooms, both fully equip for any individual. It is accessible by a ramp to the left of Three Anchors.
Middleton beach has an accessible boardwalk with picturesque views of the harbour, but it is not advised to trek up the slight hill without a carer or guardian accompaniment.
Albany's other most popular beach, Emu Point, is extremely accessible, having wheelchair beach access via ramp, all terrain wheelchair hire, and an accessible cafe. Emu point also has two disabled parking spaces right next to the Emu point cafe. To access the cafe, go around the front door to the right, you will see a ramp leading up to the cafe with tables overlooking the water.
Going down the ramp and around to the right side of the cafe, there is a fully accessible toilet block. This block has an accessible male and female side, equipped with functional toilets, and a disabled only bathroom as well.
At the front of the cafe, to the right, there is a small, pale, rectangular box holding the information and number to a 24 Hr hire for an all-terrain wheelchair. The beach is accessible with use of this wheelchair, by a ramp just across the grass from the cafe.
Unfortunately Emu Point's playground is inaccessible to those in wheelchairs. The grass can be ventured upon, but the play equipment is extremely limited and surrounded by a sandpit.
Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum sits atop Mount Adelaide, overlooking Albany's King George Sound. Princess Royal Fortress has a menagerie of sights and facilities, most of which are accessible. Starting with the museum gift shop off the right-hand side as you enter. The gift shop has an easy ramp to guide you through the front door, where you are met with many wonderous trinkets and treasures.
This beautiful little shop has a table covered with goodies hand-made from local produce. Just across from the gift shop is Garrisons restaurant, this restaurant has one entry way which is wheelchair friendly. The interior is fairly small but can be navigated through with some help. To the right of the Garrisons restaurant, is the National ANZAC Centre (NAC), where you may purchase tickets for the museum. The NAC has a nice flat ramp/walkway to the doorway, completely wheelchair accessible, and further up has another ramp leading down to the well-kept grounds below.
This pathway and set of ramps is completely wheelchair friendly and leads to some beautiful sights. Sadly, the Princess Royal Fortress is inaccessible unless you have an all-terrain wheelchair and carer, as the ground is not sealed, but is instead hard rocky granite. This is a letdown as the fortress has many cool sights that we wish we could share with all people.
The toilet block on the side of the museum is sadly not accessible. Anyone requiring an accessible toilet block will need to enter the National ANZAC Centre, where they have fully accessible toilets and changing facilities. Mount Adelaide has two disabled parking spaces suitable for those eligible, and many other parking spaces as well.
Our welcoming, stylish, accessible-friendly Bed and Breakfast accommodation is designed with a stylish, yet cosy vibe. Both The Studio and The Suite, have lift chair, roll under bench tops, high sink, accessible appliances, roll in bathroom, non slip tiling, grab rails, shower seat and hand held shower. Cook a meal in the accessible and safe kitchen, go out for a meal or have one sent in. Retreat to the screened verandah for a relaxing wine and sunset through the forest. Wake up to tranquil surroundings with the sound of the waves on one side and the forest, olive groves and bird song on the other. Our interconnected suites can be booked together or separately. Speak to your support coordinator who can advise on short term funding available in your plan for a minimum of 3 nights up to 7 nights, or longer depending on your travel plan. We are always here to support you throughout the duration of your stay, and we offer assistance as you need it. You may bring your own supports, or family members, or we can arrange support for you. Generous room discounts apply when your carer accompanies you.
With beach and nature at your doorstep Emu Point Motel and Studio Apartments offers unique 4 star accessible accommodation, in peaceful surroundings, on 7 acres of bush-land, in Albany’s premier location of Emu point. Our wheelchair-friendly Executive Studio is situated at the rear of the Motel, overlooking the garden setting, ensuring complete privacy away from the road, with easy ramp entry and free private courtyard parking. Your room includes a mini kitchen with a full size fridge/freezer, microwave, hotplate, bench-top oven, toaster, kettle, crockery and a welcome pack including tea, coffee, sugar and milk. The bathroom has a room-in shower and grab rails and your room is serviced as requested with daily towel exchange available, and access to the coin operated guest laundry. Relax in your room with large screen remote control TV, reverse cycle air conditioning and free WiFi or in our enclosed communal Gazebo, complete with kitchen, BBQ, and TV. Call our friendly staff for personal attention during the office hours of 8am to 6pm, with courtesy phone for after-hours guest assistance.
Family owned and operated Motel Le Grande offers you superb, attractively priced spacious rooms with a queen-size bed, plus a spacious ensuite with shower, ample support railings and shower chair. The Superior Room has table, chairs, desk, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities plus reverse cycle air-conditioning . The LCD 42 inch TV has complementary in-house movies, Foxtel sport, news, and lifestyle channels and there is free WIFI, and ISD/STD telephone. The ground-floor room has laundry facilities and parking at your door. Dine in our fine dining licensed seafood restaurant, with its friendly atmosphere, fresh cuisine and fine local wines. Our bar is open for a drink and breakfast is served daily or room service is available. Our premier Mediterranean style Motel is just minutes from Albany city and within walking distance to the cinema and supermarket. BOOK DIRECT FOR THE BEST RATES. Call and chat with our friendly staff.
Located adjacent to the Albany Entertainment Centre, accessible via the shared carpark at the far-right end of the View carpark, is a fully accessible, special access, disabled changing room/lavatory.
This changing room is slightly hidden by a small bit of bush just up from the carpark but can be reached by a sealed path that leads from the parking spaces to the door of the restroom. The changing room may only be used by those eligible and requires a special key to unlock and enter.
The Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) is a temporary key to open this change room and can be obtained by going to the Albany Visitor Centre on York Street, or the City's Administration Building on North Road. The key requires a deposit of $20 which will be fully refunded upon the return of the key. Contact the City of Albany at 102 North Rd, Yakamia (Tel: 6820 0300) or from the Albany Visitor’s Centre at 221 York St (Tel: 6820 3700).
Entry is via Stirling Terrace footbridge or via the 2 ACROD bays provided. The state-of-the-art Albany facilities are part of a Nationwide Accessible and Inclusion Program and they include:
The three main accessible toilets are located below, but all known Public Toilets on Google Maps are on the map, below:
Emu Point Harbour, Emu Point (End of Swarbrick Street), the Town Jetty (Foreshore) (limited), the Marina Jetty (limited), and Middleton Beach (limited).
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