Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the biggest city in Australia. Located on Australian east coast, Sydney extends about 70 km on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, and Macarthur to the south. The city’s estimated metropolitan population is 6 Million. Sydney wheelchair access is very good at new locations such as Darling Harbour and it is even worth visiting the historic ‘The Rocks’ district if you can handle some bumps as you traverse the cobblestone pathways and alleys in this location. Sydney wheelchair access is good, with very a high standard of disability access to most of the high profile attractions.
The Sydney Opera House has first rate disability access. They run accessible tours and offer Auslan interpreting, low vision access, relaxed performances, closed captioning and audio descriptions on select performances. There are workshops and performances created especially for those with a disability such as audio-described tours of Vivid LIVE and Oddysea: a highly specialised interactive theatre experience for young people with special needs, including multiple disabilities.
Attractions and Opportunities
Sydney wheelchair access buses display the international wheelchair symbol. These buses include ramps and kerbside kneeling technology to provide easier boarding. Priority seating and extra room inside allow for a more comfortable journey. As all buses are not accessible, passengers are advised to visit the Transport Info website or call 131 500 to check which services best suit your needs.
All ferries are accessible. However, some wharves have stairs that mean restricted access for disability travel. Accessible wharves have level or ramped access to allow passengers of all abilities to board easier. The Transport Info website has information about accessible wharves. You can also call 131 500 for more information.
Some train stations have stairs that mean restricted access. However, all trains are accessible. Boarding ramps are available to help people using mobility aids. Just ask one of the station staff to help you board the train and let them know your destination.
Taxis can be hailed at legal parking zones on-street or at designated taxi ranks. Some taxi ranks are supervised on Friday and Saturday nights. These ranks are secure until 5am Saturday and until 2am on Sunday.
People who carry an Australian subsidy voucher or card are entitled to a taxi fare subsidy. There is no ‘lift’ fee for taxis in NSW. Ramps providing wheelchair access have been provided at 10 key taxi ranks around Sydney.