Best Accessible Destinations in WA 2020 - Part 3 Cape Naturaliste

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06 January 2021

Best Accessible Destinations in WA 2020 - Part 3 Cape Naturaliste

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 Part 3: Head South: Busselton, Dunsborough and beyond

For Part 3 of our WA-travel Blog series we are taking you to our beautiful South West Region. Think caves, wild & rugged coastlines, Wines, Cheese and most importantly FUN.

In our previouse posts we have covered

1. Head North: Kalbarri

2. Head West: Rottnest Island

The Main Destination:

Cape Naturalist & Cape to Cape Track  

Have you heard of the Cape to Cape track? If you live in WA, it’s hard not to. But did you know that there is a 3.7 km long accessible track as part of the Cape to Cape? It starts at Cape Naturaliste and finishes at Sugarloaf Rock.

 

The Quick Facts:

• 260km south of Perth

• The main track Starts at Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, which is the northernmost point of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge and finishes at Sugarloaf Rock

• Other parts of the Cape to Cape that are accessible include

• Ellensbrook Homestead 1 km paved path & boardwalk to Meekadarabee Cave and Falls (Toilets available).

• Ellensbrook Beach 200 m paved path to coastal lookout. (No toilets)

• Redgate Beach Coastal lookout at main carpark. (Toilets available)

• Includes paved and broadwalk wooden paths

• Open all year-around

• More Info: Parks and Wildlife Service Busselton: 9752 5555  

The Journey &Surrounds:

There are so many options to stop on the way to our beautiful South West. Enjoy Lunch in Mandurah or Bunburry as you “head south”.  

Busselton Jetty

Did you know that both the Jetty Train and Underwater Observatory are wheelchair accessible? If you haven’t managed to check out Australias largest artificial reef it well overdue.

  

Dunsborough Beach Wheelchair

Here at Motobility, we get many enquiries for the purchase and rental of mobility equipment that can handle WA beaches. The Dunsborough visitor centre has a Beach Wheelchair available for hire for free. Bookings are essential as the demand is very high. Get in touch with the Dunsborough visior centre to find out more and lock it in. 08 9755 3517  

Margaret River: Mammoth Cave

The entrance boardwalk follows the path of a winter-stream, winding through the forest outside and into the massive first chamber of the cave. This is the site of one of Australia's most important palaeontological digs in the early 1900's. The cave still contains the fossil jawbone of a long-extinct giant marsupial species, embedded within the limestone wall - 50,000 years after the animal roamed the forests above.

Don’t forget to visit your favourite local winery, pick-up some chocolotes for the neighbours, friends or family back home and visit one of the many lookouts and watch the locals and visitors alike battle the waves. You can even continue down the cost toward Margaret River and Yallingup and check out the many wineries, art galleries and gourmet food places on the way.  

 

Motobility Pro Tip:

Make it a family event, The South West and this part of the cape to cape track is perfect for an inter-generational outing or holiday, providing easy access for mobility equipment and prams alike! Plan your walk to finish at Sugarloaf Rock around sunset, which is a spectacular sight.

Select your mobility equipment with care, travelling on unsealed roads, woodan broadwalks and grassed areas can pose problems for some mobility devices. Opt for products with suspension or pneumatic tyres wherever possible.

  

 

The best Products:

There are many options of mobility devices and products that would be suitable for this trip. Ultimately it will depend on what you are planning and how much assistance, comfort you require

Convenience & Portability

Check out our Solax Automatic Folding Travel Scooter Range, for the ultimate ease of folding and unfolding.  To allow for extra comfort we recomend the Solax Charge or the Solax Transformer, both feature rear suspension, for just that little bit more comfort on the bumps in the road. 

Maneuvrability & Loading/unloading

If you like the scooter experience, but prefer something slightly easier to load and with a tighter turning scooter the Freerider Luggie Range is a great option. The Elite Plus and Super Plus, offer superb maneuvrability, while providing additional comfort through the rear Pneumatic Tyres. The easy lift and push function of the scooters, also make them easier to load and unload.

Comfort & Maneuvrability

The third option is to opt for an Electric Wheelchair. A simple one-step folding mechanism allows for easy transport, while the overall design of electric wheelchairs offers higher comfort levels as well superior maneuvrability for use in confined spaces, such as restaurants and busy broadwalks. The two models below are of the E-Traveller brand and come with 12inch rear tyres and a 180kg weight capacity. They are also available in a regular or wide seat.

Choose from the E-Traveller 180 Ergo for the ultimate in support and breathability or opt for the more traditional E-Traveller180 Flex.

 

Do you like to fish?

Fishability offer a wide range of different fishing experiences including Jetty & Boat fishing in a variety of locations around WA including Perth, Mandurah, Geraldton, Albany and BusseltonMake it the highlight of your tip or add it to your existing trip  

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