Second Home accessible accommodation is a forest retreat in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges, set in 3,000 square metres of land, and one hour from Melbourne CBD. Whether you are seeking the solitude of a forest location, or keen to partake in lots of activities, you will appreciate this feature-packed accessible accommodation.
Starting your journey, the lovely staff at Second Home can arrange an accessible taxi to pick you up, if you are in Melbourne and surrounds. On arrival, breathe in the cleansing forest air, greet the ponies, and chill out on the covered barbeque decking area. If you choose to bring your own Support Worker, that’s ok. Or take up the option of their onsite trained Support Workers.
Second-home is a large 5-bedroom property, with one of the extra spacious rooms perfectly suited to wheelchair users, overlooking huge ferns that the Dandenong’s are renowned for. At this Accessible Accommodation (Dandenong Ranges), there is a queen bed as well as a single bed (if you require a support worker in the room). Furthermore, there is sufficient room under the bed for a hoist which can be hired nearby. The bedroom has its own modern en-suite, with a roll-in shower with grab rails and a shower chair. The loo also has grab rails. Also, disability equipment can be hired for the duration of your stay.
The remaining (non-accessible- 3 steps to access) four bedrooms sleeps a total of 5 guests, with a shared bathroom. Alternatively, the rooms can be booked individually, offering you true flexibility.
You are quite spoilt for choice in this large home. You will find as you enter the home a large space decked out with a Foosball Table, Air Hockey Table, as well as a Keyboard to play a tune.
The dining and kitchen area is fully kitted out, (dishwasher, cooking appliances) with a large table seating 6. Glide down the ramp into a second entertaining area with a wood fire and a massive TV. Lounge on the comfy leather chairs and watch STAN or Disney Plus, or listen to the extensive range of music available.
The sensory room offers quiet solitude, which is lovely for guests sensitive to sound and movement, and to read one of their many books. Conversely, the large entertaining deck can accommodate up to 20 guests, ideal for a special occasion, with it being undercover to chillax in all seasons.
If you can manage a few steps, there is a lovely, forested area to enjoy as well, offering a fire pit and a Bubble Room! Whilst this area is not accessible by wheelchair, it can be used for guests who fit in our Assisted walking category.
Their quirky bubble room has a king size bed, for stargazing. Being higher up in the hills, the air is crisp and clearer, and the stars are beautiful at night. A way to connect to nature in the protective environment of their bubble room, without concern for mozzies.
Second Home Accessible Accommodation has two ponies on their property. The lovely staff are happy to bring them around to the front of the house for you to pay and feed them. This is ideal for wheelchair users. Or, if you can walk around the rear of the property to the pony pen.
The best part about Second Home Accessible Accommodation is that they offer on-site support workers. No matter what degree of care you need, they have 10 support staff available for your stay. Of course, the option is there to bring your own Support Worker, but it is so reassuring that you have that option for your trip.
Furthermore, the helpful staff can arrange Taxi pick up and drop off service if you are in Melbourne
If you are in the mood to venture out from your Accessible Accommodation in the Dandenong Ranges, do check out our suggestions along with links, that are close to your accessible accommodation in the Dandenong Ranges.
For a lovely accessible Italian Restaurant, I recommend Bam Bam Italian, a short 2-minute drive. Located in Avonsleigh, they have a ramp to access the property. Alternatively, stock up on their ready-made meals, craft beer and wines. Take home with you one of their awesome pickles and jam. Venture a taste of their Pumpkin Jam, or their wild rosella jam. Click HERE for more
If you are visiting in Autumn, then Emerald Lake Park is the place to visit. Paved paths meander around the lake, and the trees shedding their leaves in Autumn adds to the colourful vista. Click HERE.
Worth a 20-minute drive, venture over to Grants Picnic Ground which offers excellent accessible features including a Unisex accessible loo, picnic facilities, disabled parking, and gift shop/café. All disabled parking bays have an asphalt surface. In the lower carpark, next to the café, there are two disabled parking bays. Each has a width of 3.6 meters. Next to the carpark, an asphalt pathway leads directly to the toilet facilities and cafe
The best part about this location is The Margaret Lester Forest Walk, purpose-built for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. The path runs 200 metres, with a gentle decline on an asphalt path. Dandenong Ranges is renowned for its giant Fern Glades, and this path meanders around them in the lush forest. For more info click HERE
Good old Puffing Billy: Yes, a touristy destination popular with International Visitors, so make the best of the fact our International borders are closed, and take a ride. It is especially important to book in advance, as they have a few wheelchair spaces on board. Feel the cool forest breeze as you navigate around The Dandenong’s on the Puffing Billy Train. Quick note: bring your Companion card and avoid the steep path to access the train by going to gate 4. More info HERE.
A good viewing location to keep in mind is Sky High. Click HERE for more info.
Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park. Click HERE for more information.
Emerald Market: Opens every 3rd Sunday. Click HERE for more info.
And there you have it! Accessible Accommodation in the Dandenong Ranges is a lovely place to stay in a gorgeous location with caring staff to make your stay a memorable one. Click HERE to enquire and book
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