Accessing Melbourne
Chapter 12
Melbourne River Cruises has been operating for the longest time and is probably
the biggest operator and does accommodate people in wheelchairs   the crew
physically lifting the chair into the boat. Once inside, the deck is flat and wide but
there are no accessible toilets. Melbourne River Cruises departs on its group
cruises from a wharf just alongside Princes Bridge and accessed from Batman Ave.
If considering a cruise, call the operator and discuss your needs to arrange
The Melbourne City Baths
The Melbourne City Baths (9663 5888, 6am 10pm Mon Fri, 8am 6 pm Sat & Sun,
public holidays 10am 6pm) were built in 1859 in an attempt to improve hygiene in
order to combat the cholera epidemic that had become prevalent in Melbourne.
Opened as first and second class baths including turkish and vapour baths, they
were renovated in 1981.
The Baths consists of two pools on ground level. The larger pool is for lap
swimmers divided according pace. The second, smaller pool is a hydrotherapy
pool, which must be booked through the adjacent clinic (9639 2286).
On street parking with one disabled persons parking space is available on Franklin
St. The main entrance is up steps so wheelchairs gain access through the Franklin
St emergency exit. Phone in advance and the door will be propped open with a
brick or have a companion go to the office. An hydraulic lift is available from the
pool attendant, but the change rooms and toilets present some problems. Separate
facilities for members include accessible toilets but no grab rails in the showers.
Casual visitors with a disability are permitted to use the facilities but assistance
with a short steep ramp may be needed.
Rialto Towers
525 Collins St, Rialto Towers, towering over the corner of King St with the
Observation Deck a popular attraction for visitors.
The Rialto Towers are office buildings with main entry off Collins St back from the
corner as Collins St slopes towards King St. Revolving glass doors can be slowed
with the push of a button and security will direct you to the appropriate tower and
lifts. Accessible toilets are available in the towers. Cafe and Bar, Paninoteche is
accessed from a two stage ramp (grade of 7%) off Collins St or via the lift lobby.
The basement car park has its entry off Flinders Lane at the rear of the building.

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