FREE Guided Badu Mangroves Tour at Sydney Olympic Park: Part of the Festival of All Abilities

01 Dec 2015

FREE Guided Badu Mangroves Tour at Sydney Olympic Park: Part of the Festival of All Abilities

Part of the Festival of All Abilities and to mark the International Day of Disability (3 December), Sydney Olympic Park will host children with autism and their families to discover the mystery and magic of the Park's wetlands environment on Sunday 6 December, from 9.00am-10.15am.

The FREE tour guided by interpretive rangers will commence at the Education Centre at Bicentennial Park, where participants will experience sensory elements and engaging activities while exploring the Park's Badu Mangrove and the Bennelong Pond freshwater wetlands.

Open to all ages, with bookings essential, the event will uncover a rich diversity of flora and fauna at Bicentennial Park, which is home to Sydney's largest stand of grey mangroves, a breeding habitat for waterbirds and attracts migratory birds from as far away as Japan and Siberia.

An excellent exercise for the development of observational skills, the Guided Badu Mangroves Tour is one of numerous activities featured in the Festival of All Abilities. The Festival is an initiative of Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Auburn City Council, in partnership with Paraquad NSW, Wheelchair Sports NSW, Wentworth Point Community Central, Wentworth Point Probus, The Department of Family and Community Services, and Newington Neighbourhood Association.

Last weekend (on 29 November), visitors to the Park gained an insight into what it takes to be a wheelchair athlete and 1 December saw staff of Sydney Olympic Park venues and businesses participate in a disability awareness training program, conducted by national disability rights and advocacy organisation, People with Disability Australia.

Designed to challenge people's ideas about social inclusion and break down barriers to opportunities for people with a disability, the Festival of All Abilities coincides with Social Inclusion Week (26 November – 6 December). The Festival is being held across Sydney Olympic Park and Auburn City at venues equipped with lift or level entrances, mobility parking close by and accessible bathrooms.

For more information about the Festival of All Abilities, visit facebook.com/festivalofallabilities or call Auburn City Council’s Community Development Officer - Access and Inclusion on 9735 1378.

For more information about the FREE Guided Badu Mangroves Tour at Sydney Olympic Park, visit sydneyolympicpark.com.au.

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