The Ballarat Heritage Festivals events and attractions are becoming more and more equipped to cater for people with disabilities and their carers.
Before deciding what events to attend, we recommend you contact the event organiser and discuss your special needs and their level of access. Each event organisers contact details are available on each event listing’s website.
Our main city is wheelchair aware with kerb and footpath standards in main commercial areas allowing ease of use.
BALLARAT VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE AT THE BALLARAT TOWN HALL
225 Sturt Street, Ballarat
The Visitor Information Centre is located to the rear of Town Hall. It has an adult change room with full service hoist and a non peninsula toilet.
Parking is available off Bath Lane.
The Visitor Centre can be accessed from the rear of Town Hall through self-opening doors and is well laid out with easy access to brochures and staff.
The Town Hall has a self guided tour via a downloadable app and QR Codes.
Access to the upper level is via a lift in the foyer
The Eureka Centre has designated accessible parking in the main car park opposite the centre.
A gently sloping concrete path leads to the centre.
Entry to the foyer is through a wide self opening door.
A ramp leads to the lower level exhibition space.
The upper level of the 140-seat theatre is accessible from the upper level opposite reception. Inside, there is a large area for wheelchair users. The lower level is also accessible and four seats at either side of the theatre in the front row are removable to allow for wheelchair seating. The theatre is also equipped with hearing augmentation.
The displays and cafe have good circulation space.
There is an accessible toilet on the upper level opposite reception. It has side and rear grab rails and a padded back rest.
When arriving at the National Trust listed bluestone homestead (1861), the grass carpark is on the left. Access to the main homestead and to all areas of the property are via gravel pathways so assistance will be necessary. All areas from carpark and front area are flat with no steps, however there are two steps to access the vegetable garden at rear of the homestead.
Access to building where tea will be served is via a slightly raised threshold at front door opening up into a level floorspace. However, flooring is paved due to age of building some assistance maybe necessary, seating is open at standard tables.
Unfortunately, due to the age of the homestead there are no disabled toilets available and limited standard toilets. Therefore, it is best to plan toilets before arriving, which are located close by at Waubra Reserve. There are ambulant toilets available which are at the front RHS are accessed by a gravel roadway, the surface is uneven so assistance will be necessary.
If further help is required for preplanning, please contact the venue who are here to help ensure you have a lovely visit on ph.: 0400899075.
Post Office Gallery
The Post Office Gallery front entry which is on Sturt Street has steep incline which may be hard to access with assistance.
However, the gallery can be accessed with assistance via the Building P archway on Lydiard Street. Turn right once pass the archway and follow path down to metal walkway on the RHS then door on the right. Call for assistance and Shelley the curator can lead you through to the gallery section, all flooring throughout building is open and flat without steps.
The gallery section is open and spacious level floor and easy to move around unassisted.
Access to the accessible toilet is through same passageway when first entering if assistance is necessary, please ask staff.
If further help is required for preplanning, please contact gallery curator Shelley who is here to help ensure you have a lovely visit on ph.: (03) 5327 8615.
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