Accessing Melbourne
Chapter 13
Albert Park
Only a few kilometres south of the city is the picturesque Albert Park, site for the
Australian Grand Prix. It also features the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic
Centre, a golf course, fantastic children's playground and Albert Park Lake with
walking track around its perimeter. The Point Restaurant is easily accessible with
an accessible toilet and available any time of the year.
The Australian Grand Prix
Annually for four days early in March Albert Park becomes home to a Grand Prix
racing circuit for the first race of the GP season. In 1999 the Grand Prix attracted
record crowds on each of the four days, almost totally bringing Melbourne to a
stand still with GP fever. Vehicles and parking are restricted in the immediate area
as Melbourne's whole transport system focuses on shifting the vast number of
spectators to and from Albert Park, free of charge!
Access to the Grand Prix has been well catered for with transport, seating in stands
and toilets provided for people with disabilities. The following facilities were made
available for the 1999 Grand Prix; a carer ticket available free of charge when a
person with a disability purchases a ticket, wheelchair accessible buses operate
free of charge from Spencer St and Flinders St stations taking you straight to the
nearest appropriate gate at Albert Park, two dedicated accessible General
Admission stands along with accessible seating in the Jones, Prost and
Schumacher Stands.
The Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
The Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (9926 1555, Aughtie Drive, Albert Park),
open daily except Christmas day, facilities are available at various times, so check
first. Use of the pool area costs $4 per day, $3 concession/child. A cafe and clothes
shop are on the entry level.
Free car parking spaces for 500 cars in Aughtie Drive with ten disabled persons car
spaces near the entrance.
Facilities include a 75 meter competition pool, a diving tower, leisure pools, spa
bath, gymnasium, squash, badminton, volleyball and basketball courts and table
tennis tables. All pools are accessible via portable hydraulic lift. Staff will assist
relocate the lift but will are not permitted to help you in/out of the lift, pool etc). Two
accessible bathrooms are in close proximity to the pools.

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