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Indoor Skydiving – Experience the thrill WITHOUT jumping out of a plane. Discover an accessible experience and accommodation in The Gold Coast, and take advantage of an exclusive 20% saving for Accessible Accommodation followers.

When I watched Lonnie Bissonette, Payalympian jump out of a plane in his wheelchair I thought he was certifiably mad! I was also quite envious and in awe of his guts and determination. So when I discovered there is a way to experience the thrill without having to actually jump out of a plane, my first thought was ”I wonder if you could do it if you have a disability??”

Yes you can!

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In today’s blog, I share with you an amazing accessible experience you just have to try if you are anywhere near The Gold Coast (Queensland Australia). Fortunately, Accessible Accommodation has three accommodation options to choose from should you wish to travel to the Gold Coast.

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Gold Coast Accessible Accommodation

But back to the indoor skydiving.

How does Indoor Skydiving work?

Indoor skydiving is safe and fun for people aged 3 and up, and is accessible to people with most types of disabilities. An indoor skydiving wind tunnel enables people to fly in a state-of-the-art, fully-controlled, ultra-safe environment. Simply lean through the door and you’re lifted into flight on a cushion of air! Click HERE to see a video demonstration.

Who can do it?

This is the part I am most excited about! This accessible experience caters to people with the following disability challenges:

  • Wheelchair users
  • Amputees
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Quad and paraplegics (they have a special harness that these people can fly in to support their lower limbs).
  • People with mobility restrictions
  • Hearing loss or partially deaf
  • Low vision
  • Psychological disorders.

Flyers are accompanied by a highly qualified instructor at all times to help them learn to fly their body.

The nature of the activity means that carers can go through the whole process with the participant and provide assistance if necessary without having to pay any entrance fees. Only if you choose to jump into the airflow itself would you need to pay for your part in the experience.

However, there are some restrictions and the crew at iFly put your safety as their top priority. So if you have any of the following issues, it’s a no go activity I’m afraid.

  • People who have had prior shoulder dislocations
  • People with back or neck injuries,
  • Women who are pregnant
  • If someone is wearing a hard plaster cast
  • Weight limit: If you are under 180cm tall, the weight limit is 105kg. If you are over 180cm tall, the weight limit is 115kg. Customers that do not fit into either of these categories yet are under 135kg may opt to pay an additional $30 to be flown by a specialist instructor – further terms and conditions apply. If you don’t fit any of these categories, please contact them and discuss your personal situation.
Exclusive to Accessible Accommodation followers. Promo code ACCESSACCOM. 20% off their Classic Packages, which is the Basic, Value or Family & Friends – any day of the week. IFly Gold Coast and Penrith only.

What’s included?

Each indoor skydiving session includes:

  • Pre-flight training
  • Flight of all flight gear (helmet, suit, goggles)
  • Flights
  • De-brief
  • Personalised flight certificate
  • And photos, videos and merchandise are available onsite for purchase
  • There is also the option to do a high fly, where the instructor whirls you towards the top of the tunnel and back down twice for $15.

Where is it?

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Photo by Nathan Cowley 

This accessible experience and accommodation is in Gold Coast in sunny Queensland Australia. Note, there are other centres around Australia, but you will need to check with them individually about their accessibility. (I have focused primarily on their Gold Coast location because the feedback from our followers has been excellent.)

Phone: 1300366364


iFLY Gold Coast: 3084 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

They also have a location in Penrith Sydney Australia.

What does it cost?

Packages start from $72 on the Gold Coast. The good part about being a fan of Accessible Accommodation is this offer with a 20% saving. (For Penrith, packages start from $89 before discounts).

Exclusive offer to Accessible Accommodation followers.


20% off their Classic Packages, which is the Basic, Value or Family & Friends. Any day of the week.

IFly Gold Coast and Penrith only.

Accessibility considerations.

The Gold Coast and Penrith facilities all have the following:

  • Accessible parking bays
  • Lift access
  • Accessible bathrooms
  • Continuous accessible paths of travel
  • Lowered check-in screens
  • Well-lit internal areas

So now you know about this awesome accessible experience, accessible accommodation is your next consideration.

Accessible Accommodation options on the Gold Coast.


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Brand New Cabins Big4 Gold Coast

 A Holiday Park that is the nearest caravan park to the Gold Coast Theme Parks with family and pet-friendly accommodation located across the road from Movie World, Wet’n’Wild, Outback Spectacular, Topgolf & only 2 minutes’ drive from Dream World & White Water World. An ideal property for events too! So if you or a family member have an upcoming celebration, you might want to head to The Gold Coast.

This is for the Brand New 2 Bedroom Family Deluxe – sleeps up to 6 however they do have several other accessible options. Ideal for independent wheelchair users and assisted walking (cane or frame users).


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Bilinga Beach Motel

Absolute beachfront accommodation! Prime location and affordable Motel rooms situated 1.5 km from Coolangatta Airport, and right on the beach. (You may like to try beach wheelchairs or disabled surfing, head over to this blogs to learn more. Note: Whilst we have rated this property for Independent walking (frames and canes) only, the Motel owners are prepared to supply a toilet and a shower chair upon request. Therefore this Motel may suit some independent wheelchair users. Check photos to see if it suits your needs.


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NRMA Treasure Island Gold Coast

You’ll love the endless facilities available with sparkling resort-style pools perfect for relaxing in the sunshine, an outdoor cinema, licenced restaurant, kids club and water park for the little ones, mini-golf and much more. Pandanus Villa is an accessible option. This accessible villa features ramp access, accessible fixtures and fittings, kitchen and bathroom. It has two bedrooms and sleeps four. The main bedroom has one king-size bed and television, the second bedroom has two single beds.

This property suits assisted walking (cane or frame users) and independent wheelchair users. Learn more about how we categorise levels of accessibility. Click HERE.

Get cracking, book your accessible experiences and accommodation with Accessible Accommodation HERE. We have dozens of accessible places to stay around Australia. And, please do share photos of your Indoor Skydiving adventure on our Facebook Page or Instagram.

For other awesome accessible experiences such as Disabled Surfing, Beach Wheelchair, and Accessible Playgrounds head over to our blog page HERE.


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