Can you believe we're almost halfway through summer?
If you've run out of things to do during the holidays, don't worry — we've found 8 ideas that are bound to entertain Aussies of all ages and abilities. There's a mix of outdoor and indoor activities, so you can soak up some Vitamin D and enjoy a blast of air conditioned-air afterwards.
Don't forget to slip, slop and slap and always keep a bottle of water handy. And if you're a Like Family Member or Social Carer, don't forget to send pics of your adventures to email@example.com!
1. A refreshing dip in the sea
Stay cool by heading to a local beach! Celebrate summer the Australian way by having a picnic on the sand or get your swimmers on and dip your toes in the waves.
Luckily, some Aussie beaches are accessible. This means beach mats, beach wheelchairs, or lead-up pathways are available so that people of all abilities can enjoy the sea and sand. Accessible parking is also available at the majority of locations.
Head to the Accessible Beaches site to find accessible beaches in your local area.
2. Support your local markets
Fancy some handmade decor or fresh veggies? Support your locals by heading to the local weekend markets and discover a new perspective on how your food gets onto your table, or where the items in your house come from! A Sydney local favourite is Glebe Markets, every Saturday at Glebe Public School.
Our tip is to head bright and early in the morning to avoid crowds!
3. Get your daily dose of calm in nature
If the hustle and bustle of the city is too much, a nature retreat can help get your mind back into zen. Enjoy a quiet bushwalk by yourself or with a buddy on an accessible walking trail. Remember to bring plenty of water!
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4. Embrace your inner David Attenborough
More of an animal whisperer? Visit your local wildlife park or zoo for a fun safari experience. There is plenty to see and do for a jam-packed day. Whether it's feeding the cuddly koalas or watching an educational live show, there is an abundance of things to see and do!
95% of the animal displays at Taronga Zoo are wheelchair accessible and they offer free entry to carers, making it a must-visit venue in our books.
5. Enjoy a sensory-friendly session at the Museum
Did you know that many museums have dedicated days or sessions that are autism and sensory-friendly? The museums often dim the lights, lower the music and limit attendee numbers so that their exhibitions can be enjoyed by those who are sensitive to certain lights and sounds.
Some of our favourites include:
6. Look to your local library!
Many libraries host accessible events throughout the week, whether it's for children or adults. Enjoy quiet arts & craft or reading time at your local library this summer holidays!
We recommend jumping onto your local library's website to see what's on.
7. Explore wildlife indoors
Not a fan of the outdoors? Not a problem! Explore the ins and outs of sea life at your local aquarium. Sea Life in Sydney and Melbourne is our favourite pick!
If cute dolphins and luminescent jellyfish don't satisfy your inner explorer, Wildlife Sydney Zoo offers a look inside the life of our Australian furry friends.
Be sure to check these attractions' websites as some offer guided tours for accessibility, so you won't miss a beat!
8. Catch your favourite movie or live play
We've saved a classic for lucky last. If you just want to sit, watch and enjoy a movie whilst munching on some deliciously buttered popcorn, this is for you! Summer is one of the best times of the year to catch a movie (particularly those in the running for an Oscar). If the weather is good, consider attending Moonlight Cinema, which is running outdoor movie sessions across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Alternatively, if you're a live drama kind of person, we got you. Enjoy harbour views before you head into the Opera House for a perfectly put-together show by the Sydney Theatre Company.
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Find a Social Carer this summer
Hopefully this article has provided you with plenty of ideas to get out there and explore! You can discover more summer activity ideas by visiting our accessible events page.
Like Family can help you find the perfect Social Carer to accompany you on your adventures. Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 545 332 to speak to our friendly Customer Care team. As always, we love seeing what our Members and Social Carers get up to, so send through your pictures!