During the July school holidays the family went on a Good Scout mission to the Barossa Valley to check out Jacobs Creek winery. The day was a success, however the weather was awful!
The people at Jacob’s Creek are actively trying to improve their accessibility, and have made some improvements towards welcoming everyone through their doors. After a push around the cellar door, a coffee (no wine as it was before midday!) and a good chat with Jacobs Creek staff, we headed out for the kids to do some scouting of their own.
They quickly lead us to the tenpin bowling and mini-golf setup. This brand new venue had a concreted car park, yet the accessible parking spots were on gravel, heavy manual front doors and high service counters didn’t make a good start. Apart from that, they had an accessible bathroom with grabrails, and a ramp to get down to play tenpin bowling.
Considering the weather and the fact we were with the kids, they decided to play mini-golf and we were lucky enough that the rain held off, however that didn’t stop the wind!! Being in a manual wheelchair, I was not expecting to be able to participate, however the service attendant advised me that it is possible, and they have had people in wheelchair go around before. Brilliant, off we went. I must say, I was able get around the course, however it was hard work, and is certainly not for everyone, it would have been near impossible in an electric wheelchair.
Mini golf finished with an S.Crowley win, C.Crowley second place with Oli and Maddy bringing up the rear…not that we were counting 😉
Much to the delight of Clair and the kids, the next stop was the $5m Barossa Valley Chocolate Factory!! A quick stop here, to sample of their goods and have a look around and it was busy!! There were only two accessible car parks, being a new build they had accessible bathroom facilities, low viewing windows to view the chocolate making, and a well-spaced venue.
The last stop of the day was to Seppeltsfield Winery, one of Australia’s oldest and most iconic wineries and a micro destination itself. After a wine tasting and a sample of their popular Tawny Port we were to head home. As you can imagine with an old winery, accessibility has its issues, the museum and JamFactory are all accessible and have a ramp to view the range of arts and crafts, and to get to the cellar door itself, a short push on a loose gravel after finding your way down the paved paths and walkways.