Travel with Ease
Travelling with kids can involve much planning at the best of times, and for those of us with kids who have special needs, planning is essential!
We suggest visiting leaps and bounds for general travel tips and flying with kids for general flying tips and our overseas section for more tips specific to travelling with kids who have special needs, these tips are also helpful when planning day trips or weekend get aways.
- In The Car
- In A Taxi
- On The Bus
- Western Australia
- Around Australia
We recommend visiting our equipment section to view seats with specialised postural supports, and tilt functions to accommodate most special needs.
Click here to view hire vehicles that can accommodate wheelchair seating/transport available for hire throughout Australia.
Most taxi companies have taxis that will accommodate passengers in wheelchairs. If you require assistance by the driver, it is best to call and book a taxi in advance and notify the company of your needs. Take note of the time you called and the operator’s name. When you receive good service ask the driver for their card and call them direct next time! Click here to find about Taxi Users Subsidy Scheme
We recommend using crash tested strollers.
For plane travel and more handy hints please view our overseas section.
Please click the following links for accessible services, facilities and venues:
- Accommodation and travel
- Accessible Holiday Accommodation.doc
- Accessible Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs & Clubs
- Arts and culture
- City of Perth
- Driveway petrol service locations
- Public Transport
- Rest rooms/Toilets
- Water access
Many airlines offer Carer discounts for passengers accompanying those with profound disabilities so ask about these. View Qantas carer offers.
BEFORE YOU GO
- We recommend visiting our equipment pages to view lightweight, portable equipment that can make your holiday both possible and enjoyable!
- Many airlines offer Carer discounts for passengers accompanying those with profound disabilities so ask about these. View Qantas carer offers.
- If your child requires a specialised seat, some airlines require to inspect this prior, allow up to 2 weeks. Check with your chosen airline.
- If your child is on medication, it is a good idea to carry more than you need in case of flight delay. It is also wise to have your paediatrician write a letter outlining your child’s condition and medication needs in case you need to consult a health professional overseas.
- If your child is on nutritional supplementation or food thickeners, check if these are readily available overseas and the brand names. Check if they require prescription. If so your paediatrician/dietician may be able to assist you.
- If your child requires medical supplies (such as N-G tubes, tape, syringes) always pack spares and ask you paediatrician to write a outlining your child’s condition and medical supply needs.
- If your child regularly requires hospitalisation, obtain appropriate travel insurance and consider making contact with local hospitals prior to travel (your paediatrician may be able to contact hospital on your behalf).
- Google National Disability and Carers associations of countries you intend to visit as these are likely to list access info. Google access + (country name) for more accessibility info.
- When you are travelling for significant periods or moving overseas, google playgroups for younger kids and google associations if your child has a diagnosed condition and ask about parent groups- parents are often good sources of info!
Be prepared – complete strangers may ask lots of questions when it is obvious your child’s needs are high. Use this as an opportunity to educate others about your child’s needs. This may open some doors for your travels or make a difference for others.