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Mt Warning Estate Accessible Accommodation By Ashlee Morton -Customer Experience Manager at At Accessible Accommodation
We started our trip to Mt Warning Estate in the Tweed Valley with a stop off at Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads.
Breakfast with a spot of whale watching at the iconic Byron Bay lighthouse, finals footy and beers at the pub (not mentioning name as accessible toilet sucked!) and the pièce de résistance – Surfing with DOLPHINS at Sharpes Beach, will see Byron bay hold a special place in my travel log. The dolphins were so close at one point we had to stop still in fear of running into them! Honestly it’s an experience I will never forget.
Then on to Brunswick heads for ridiculously good coffee courtesy of Footbridge Café and a leisurely kayak down the stunning Brunswick River. We didn’t do much research into accessible entrances to the river for the kayaking as I was travelling with the legendary Jacob from Access Adventures and knew we would be able to make pretty well anything work. As it happens there was a set of concrete steps to access the river nearby and the guys from Brunswick Buccaneers were happy to assist with bringing my kayak over to the steps to make for an easier entry. I wouldn’t call this activity independently accessible due to the entry/exiting of the kayak but well worth it if you can make it work. Gorgeous weather and stunning scenery.
And then finally it was on to the part of the trip we had been most looking forward to: Mt Warning Estate and she did not disappoint! From the moment we turned into the driveway with the giant fig tree to the right and acres of green paddocks surrounding we knew we were in for a treat.
Upon entering the property (a completely level entry no less – not a hint of a lip to be seen throughout the entire property), we were greeted by the sight of a beautifully presented home, seamlessly accessible and elegantly designed with touches so thoughtful we felt truly looked after.
From the fully stocked coffee and tea station to the complimentary continental breakfast with donuts and croissants so good you will return for the baked goods alone! That is all without even mentioning the accessibility of the property which we know is the most important part and Graham and Helen have put as much care and thought into that as they have with all the other aspects of the property. It’s no wonder why Mt Warning Estate is a finalist in the NSW Tourism Awards for 2022.
An electric bed, portable hoist and THREE types of shower stools/chairs, couch at a typical transfer height as well as being firm to help with transfers, under bench cut outs for both the sink and the stove top – even the clothesline is lowered to be reached from a wheelchair.
We were lucky enough to be given a tour of the property by Graham the owner of Mt Warning Estate Accessible Accommodation. I used the Jeetrike to get around the 300 acres of bush and paddocks, it would be tough going in a manual wheelchair but there are plans to mow in paths for easier access and Graham is such a wealth of knowledge about the history of the property and has so many interesting stories about the different areas that if you are able to you should definitely take advantage of the tour.
Pathed access to the fire pit allowed us to watch the sun set over Mt Warning with a beer in hand and take full advantage of the peace and serenity of the area. Dinner cooked on the BBQ, followed by a dip in the outdoor bath was the perfect way to end our stay.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mt Warning Estate Accessible Accommodation and have been raving about it to all who will listen since. Graham and Helen have done a wonderful job with this cabin and should be looked to as examples of how to do accessible accommodation that is beautiful as well as functional. Next time I plan to stay longer and explore the numerous accessible experiences and dining on the extensive list that Graham put together. Check it out HERE
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