We’ve got your wheelchair accessible guide to the arts, culture and food of Geelong
21.10.2021

We’ve got your wheelchair accessible guide to the arts, culture and food of Geelong

Words by Alice McDonald and Photography by Daniel Ali

As someone with a lived experience of a physical disability, I’ve accumulated your best guide to mobility aid accessible spots in Geelong - cause I needed it too.

Let’s start off the day with brunch. Pretty much the greatest meal of the day.

Pakington Pantry

Called in ahead to triple check and this bad boy is all 100% wheelchair accessible.

Located at 3/328 Pakington St, Newtown, Pakington is a Geelong hub for all things visually delectable and absolutely scrumptious. This is a must-go hub for all foodies and will get your arts filled aesthetic journey underway perfectly. With classic breakfast menu options with a stylish twist, you’ll find your plate to look almost too beautiful to eat.

 

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Now that you’re well fed, let’s head on to the first arts and culture spot accessible to anyone.

Boom Gallery

Still in Newtown, on 11 Rutland Street, Boom Gallery is a contemporary and welcoming space based in a former woollen mill. With monthly exhibitions, a design gallery including handmade ceramics and jewellery and publicly accessible stockroom and cafe onsite, this is the best spot to admire the artistic richness of Geelong and the surrounding areas.

Artists you may find here include the moody and inviting work of Colleen Guiny or the nostalgic pop culture style from Dean de Landre. There are so many wonderful exhibitions to check out there’s absolutely no cons to this experience.

Take a look at the gallery website here to get a little taste.

 

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For those who have a vision or auditory impairment – I haven’t forgotten you!

Geelong Gallery

The Geelong Gallery pride themselves on their ability to adapt to all access needs. Just keep in mind bookings need to be two weeks in advance and call up to let them know the accommodations you need. Geelong Gallery are more than happy to provide specialised guided tours as well as specific access events and programmes to all. They’re also the winner of the 2021 Geelong Business Excellence Awards for the best Inclusive and Accessible Business!

 

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And the art is pretty darn good too.

Platform Arts

Anyone with any interest in the arts will have an amazing time here.

With plenty of things on, Platform Arts pride themselves on their accessibility in both the main building as well as the café Courthouse Cafe – time for a caffeine refill?

Check out the space and see the LAB residencies, four artists in a 7 month residency culminating in new artistic works to be presented locally and toured at national festivals, organisations and events. Applications are also open for LAB residency 2022 if you feel inspired by the crew at Platform Arts.

Sailors Rest

Now this is a very special treat.

This is a melting pot of people, food and drinks. With multiple levels including a rooftop bar there are ramps upon request and elevators to get you up to the rooftop. Staff here are extremely welcoming and friendly, destined to ensure you have an amazing experience.

Perfect for a summer night and to top off a good day of art sightseeing.

The menu has Australian classics as well as middle eastern and Asian flavours perfect to order a few small plates and share.

 

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Keep up with the latest food and booze news here.

Piano Bar Geelong

Lets finish off this art filled day with a classic music venue spot. Entertainment venues have been hit so hard during COVID-19, so as soon as restrictions ease, you need to get down here.

Piano Bar Geelong is all 100% wheelchair accessible as well as all other locations.

This is also one of the very few spots that, when called ahead, will make the lighting epilepsy friendly for you. Legends.

If you don’t already know, Piano Bar has a fun and inviting energy and might entice you with the weekly Sunday party ‘Pitch Please!’, with piano by request and drag shows by two fabulous drag queens all night long. Sunday night fun? Can’t go wrong.

 

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Geelong is full of accessible options and these are only just the beginnings to the adventures to be had.

 

To find more about accessibility have a look here at Arts Access Victoria here.