Get a sense of Sydney from another angle
At 268m above the city centre, with views stretching out to the ocean on one side and toward the mountains on the other, Sydney Tower Eye SKYWALK is wheelchair accessible – be sure to book.
Prepare for hair-raising fun! Many of Luna Park’s rides and attractions are suitable for people with disability. Service animals can accompany riders where possible.
Did you know BridgeClimb offers Auslan guided tours (subject to demand and interpreter availability) and hearing loops are installed on the bridge? People with low vision are also well looked after, with continuous handrails throughout the climb. Plus, there's a lift to the Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway.
Check out live performance
Sydney’s top venues are programmed with inclusion in mind.
- Sydney Opera House runs accessible tours and offers Auslan interpreting, low vision access, relaxed performances, closed captioning and audio descriptions on select performances. There are workshops and performances created especially for people with disability such as audio-described tours of Vivid LIVE and Sydney New Year’s Eve. The Opera House has several accessible toilets including a Changing Places facility, located in the corridor next to the Box Office.
- Sydney Theatre Company offers hearing enhancement systems in all theatres, captioned and Auslan interpreted performances, accessible parking and wheelchair seats.
- On the other side of the bridge, Ensemble Theatre partners with Vision Australia to provide an audio description service at designated performances for people who are blind or have low vision, tactile backstage tours before their audio described performances. It offers a hearing loop for people with hearing aids or who are hard of hearing and also has wheelchair seating and level access.
- City Recital Hall offers a hearing loop for performances, and accessible seating. Access is at street level and accessible toilets are located on each floor.
- The International Convention Centre has step-free access to every conference, exhibition and entertainment venue. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for hire free of charge. They also have a Changing Places facility located on level 2 of the exhibition centre.
Many of Sydney’s live music venues are wheelchair accessible and offer low-vision access. We’re also proud to support Gig Buddies, a program pairing people with learning disability with volunteers who take them to shows around the city.
Explore parks and gardens
Many local and major parks cater for people with mobility issues.
- Explore the rose garden or soak up the sun on the Bennelong Lawn in the Royal Botanic Garden. The garden has 3 accessible toilets and 8 accessible entrances.
- Escape to a secret garden in Darling Harbour. The lower level of the Chinese Garden of Friendship is accessible to wheelchairs and prams. The Chinese Garden has 1 accessible toilet.
- Take advantage of Sydney Park's playground, designed for children and parents, including kids who are blind or have low vision and kids who are deaf or hard of hearing and anyone who uses a wheelchair.
- Pirrama Park has an accessible spinner so kids in wheelchairs don’t miss out!
Get active with disability-inclusive sports
There are heaps of disability-inclusive sports happening in Sydney, from adaptive tennis to basketball and gentle exercise. Check out What’s On for inclusive sports and activities.
Indulge in world-class art and culture
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers free access support to reduce barriers to all its programs and events. It runs regular Auslan tours, and online and in-person audio-described online tours of its collections. The Bella program offers free opportunities for adults, young people and children with physical, intellectual, and sensory access requirements to experience the gallery and engage in creative activities. The MCA also runs a regular 6 week Art and Dementia program to create new connections and life-enriching experiences through contemporary art for people living with dementia and their support networks. Visit the Sydney Modern Project - the Art Gallery’s new expansion will open to the public on 3 December 2022.
Home of the annual Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize exhibitions, the Art Gallery of NSW is wheelchair accessible and has 4 free dedicated accessible parking spots. Carers receive free entry to ticketed exhibitions, and an audio-induction loop is available in the Domain Theatre and Centenary Auditorium. Auslan interpreters can be provided for tours when booked.
The Australian Museum provides access to all areas of the museum for people in wheelchairs and mobility scooters. It runs a series of Early Birds Access Mornings to provide a reduced-sensory, relaxed and supportive environment for visitors on the autism spectrum or people who have other access requirements. Wheelchair accessible toilets are located on all public gallery floors and there’s a Changing Places adult facility located on level 2.
The Australian National Maritime Museum has lift or ramp access to all exhibition spaces within the main building, and to wharves and the viewing platform outside the museum. Accessible toilets are available on the museum lower level and in the ground level entry foyer, and 2 accessible carparking spaces are located near the front entry and can be pre-booked. Audio-induction loops are available in the theatre, main ticket areas and museum meeting rooms. Interactive displays are located throughout the museum. Carers are offered free access to everything available in the museum.
Engage with the workings of the parliament at the NSW Parliament House. It has fitted induction loops in most rooms for people who are hard of hearing, deaf, deaf-blind or have a speech impairment. There is access for people in wheelchairs and guide dogs are welcome. It also has a Changing Places facility.
The State Library of NSW has a continuous program of free and low cost events, exhibitions and workshops open to everyone.
Celebrate in a big way
Sydney’s major events are designed with inclusion in mind. Vivid offers audio descriptions of all installations.
Christmas concerts are for everyone – accessible features include surtitling on stage, hearing loop, Auslan interpretation and accessible toilets. Listen to the audio description while you visit the Martin Place Christmas tree.
Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks offer accessible vantage points and audio descriptions of the fireworks displays. Auslan interpretations are projected on the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons.
Sydney prides itself on accessibility and inclusion
- See events for International Day of People with Disability on 3 December 2022.
- Kids aged 3 to 5 can enjoy free storytime videos in Auslan and English. These fun videos combine storytelling and craft to help foster an early love of reading and social interaction in readiness for school.
- Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre offers state of the art accessibility features, including a Changing Places facility and an access key so you can prepare for your visit in advance.
- Use our online accessibility map and mobility parking map for information on how to get around in the city.
- Get the inside story on accessible Sydney experiences, from tours and programs to amazing attractions at Sydney For All.
- Plan an accessible trip on public transport in NSW if you have an assistance animal, use a mobility aid or want to find out which concessions are available to you.
- The Disability Gateway has information and services to help people with disability, their family, friends and carers, to find the support they need in Australia.