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Sorrell visits Seashell Cottage, Phillip Island.
Sorrell visits Seashell Cottage, Phillip Island.
Colin tells us what passes the test.
Functional bathroom facilities.

Wheelies Guide

Thursday, August 24, 2000
Wait no longer for accommodation and attractions with wheelchair facilities – the Wheelies' Guide is out and proud!

At the Getaway office and the annual Getaway expos we are often asked about wheelchair-friendly destinations. Fortunately people are more aware of the needs of those in wheelchairs these days and Colin James has recently updated his Wheelies Guide to Australia.

Colin and his wife Diane spent three years researching their first guide and another eight months for the second and latest.

Colin is a country singer/entertainer and has travelled Australia extensively. Because he has to be in a wheelchair, it was often a real problem finding somewhere appropriate to stay. The Jameses decided a guide to accommodation was very necessary.

One of the places that has passed the wheelchair test is Seashell Cottage on Phillip Island. Carolaan and John Wake have made their place wheelchair-friendly and Colin certainly recommends it.

The feedback to the guide has been extremely positive from people in wheelchairs and parents with children in chairs.

First on the list of things to look for is good front-door access, including the reception area of the hotel. The rooms themselves need to be large enough to move a chair around, while clothes-hanging space, mirrors and vanity units need to be at a practical height for someone in a chair. Likewise, the height of the bed and any benches in the room need to be easy to access. The telephone should be easy to reach from the bed. Tables should be at the right height and sinks need to have knee space.

It is preferred that there is no lip around the shower, a hand-held hose makes things easier if you are sitting and lever taps are much simpler to use. Support rails near the toilet and shower are also necessary and, of course, non-slip tiles are of great benefit.

Colin's book includes surveys and recommendations for not only accommodation, but over 400 wheelchair-accessible tourist attractions. If you run or have visited a wheelchair-friendly tourist attraction or accommodation, Colin would certainly love to hear about it.


Phillip Island, Victoria.


The Wheelies Handbook of Australia
For information, contact Colin James direct.
Seashell Cottage starts at $80 per night
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

The Wheelies Guide
3 Furner Avenue, Bell Park 3215.
Ph/Fax: (03) 5278 9454.
Seashell Cottage Ph: (03) 5956 7325.

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