Famous sightseeing hot spots around Sydney like the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Manly, Kiama and the famous Sea Cliff Bridge along the Illawarra Escarpment, are now easily and regularly accessible for the blind and low vision community with the launch of Cocky Guides, a new multi-sensory tourism venture.
Cocky Guides have launched eight tactile and sensory tours from Sydney, allowing vision impaired travelers unique experiences and access to some of Sydney and New South Wales most visited sites. The more popular day trips include a tactile sculpture walk at Manly, an opportunity to meet the farmers at the local market in Kiama and a visit to the world heritage listed Blue Mountains by train.
“We’ve been running trips the past six months and building our capability with blind and low vision community groups across Sydney, the Hunter and Illawarra. Our collaborative approach to product development has resulted in a program of group adventures offering low cost support for active community members, allowing participants to experience popular tourism destinations.” said founder of Cocky Guides, James McFarlane.
In 2016 Vision Australia estimated there are 384,000 people in Australia who are blind or have low vision. The 2018 annual report from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT estimated 122,000 people in NSW and the ACT have a vision impairment serious enough to affect their everyday lives.
Cocky Guides run regular tactile and sensory group adventures from Sydney. For more information phone 1300 657 640 or visit cockyguides.com.au