Blind travelers support Australia’s tourism recovery | Focus

Australians with sight loss have taken action immediately after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced: “Australian tourism is experiencing its most important problem in dwelling memory”. This month, small groups of blind and lower vision local community associates from all above Australia, have just returned from brief sensory breaks on NSW’s Northern Rivers and Queensland’s Fraser Coast, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

The tourists have been supported by Cocky Guides who have been providing extra inclusive tourism activities to enable blind and lower vision local community associates find a passion for travel. 

“My vacation to Byron Bay was one of the very best I have ever experienced. It is also fantastic to have carried out my little little bit to aid other Australians that depend on tourism for jobs” explained Margaret Shanahan, a initial time traveler with Cocky Guides.

Cocky Guides founder James McFarlane explained “We have presented some of Australia’s most common places to our blind and lower vision tourists during February and embraced Tourism Australia’s ‘Holiday Listed here This Year’ marketing campaign. Our itineraries usually have focused on sensory tourism having said that, we enhanced our products to ensure we take a look at extra small relatives-operated enterprises like farm gates and cellar doors. We also choose attractions that hire locals.”

“So significantly this calendar year, we have visited Byron Bay, Nimbin, Surfers Paradise, Noosa, Montville, Rainbow Seashore and Fraser Island. Upcoming month I am quite excited to guide our travellers on a brief crack to South Australia, checking out the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula” James McFarlane explained.

Guideline Canine Australia estimate above 450,000 Australians are now dwelling with sight loss. The previous 12 months, all over three hundred blind and lower vision Australians have professional quite a few of Australia’s popular vacationer web-sites and places without sight with Cocky Guides.

Cocky Guides run common Sensory Shorter Breaks to extra than 10 places throughout Australia, showcasing varied places like Tropical North Queensland, the Snowy Mountains and the Crimson Centre.  As a creator of tactile and sensory adventures, Cocky Guides supply entertaining small team excursions with enriched sensory pleasure for blind, lower vision and sighted visitors. 

You can obtain out about future activities on line at or by calling +sixty one 1300 657 640.