Disability Access and Facilities at Sea World is less than desirable

  • May 5, 2009
  • Bruce Bromley

Access & Facilities for People with a Disability – Sea World Gold Coast

Keywords –¬†Disability | Disabled | Wheelchair | Accessible | Access | Fun Amusement Parks

As part of our family holiday last week we visited Sea World on the Gold Coast (Australia)

I would score the Access for people with a disability at 2 out of 10.

From the front entry and access throughout the site there are significant barriers for people with a disability and no serious approach towards wayfinding.

Barriers include;

  • An excessive number of level changes and no attempt to rectify
  • Stairways and ramps do not have complying handrails and Tactile Ground Surface Indicators
  • No wayfinding including TGSIs, signage with braille etc
  • Wheelchair access to eateries tucked away around corners that are not easily identifiable and signage not provide to indicate location.

Toilets Рstating they were unsatisfactory would be understating their design condition. Refer photos below. These do not meet the current standards AS1428.1 Р2001, they do not even closely meet the requirements of the previous 1992 release.

The following is the only Accessible Toilet that is centrally located within the park and services 2/3 of the parks attractions.