Sensory Tourism Australia creates itinerary for blind and low-vision travellers in Port Stephens

Sensory Tourism Australia creates itinerary for blind and low-vision travellers in Port Stephens
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Sensory Tourism Australia has worked with local tour businesses across Port Stephens to create an itinerary for blind and low-vision travellers.

    The itinerary generates excitement, creates repeat visitation, and improves confidence in local businesses to embrace inclusive tourism.

    Sensory Tourism Australia director and co-founder Kellie Hayes says, “Destination Port Stephens has been instrumental in connecting us with local tour operators and helping us develop sensory journeys that showcase the region beyond sight. Our first group of blind and low-vision travellers from Sydney will visit for four days. This initial trip focuses on highlighting the evolving wildlife experiences in Port Stephens. We selected our
    accommodation immersed amongst the eucalyptus trees at the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary. We are really excited to introduce our travellers to this award-winning facility and listen out for the koalas moving around at night.”

    Mel Turner, industry engagement manager at Destination Port Stephens, says, “Many of our local tourism industry members want to do more to improve accessibility and be more inclusive but don’t know where to begin. Others have invested substantially in their businesses and are keen to showcase their venue. Wherever a venue or attraction is on its accessible tourism journey, it’s great to have organisations like Sensory Tourism Australia available to do business with our members. Next month, on 15 August 2024, Destination Port Stephen has invited Sensory Tourism Australia to run a workshop for our members”.

    Other sensory attractions on the itinerary for this inaugural visit are a guided walk at the Port Stephens, Koala Sanctuary, Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters, a ranger guide walk at Oakvale Wildlife Park with animal interpretation and personal experiences.

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