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Holidaying in Busselton

Posted 25/09/2016 at 8:45PM by Drew Bathgate

I thought I would write a quick blog entry on our recent stay in Busselton. Maureen and I both know Busselton well as we have been holidaying with the kids for over 20 years and we still love it. It's a couple of hours drive from home, so no days spent getting there. We went to Sofitel as we got it at a cut price, but we had to sit through a sales pitch on the Accor Holiday club, but that was not too bad and it soon passed.

We requested a wheelchair-friendly room but I suggest you ring the place direct because we used their booking system and even though we made sure they added the need for a wheelchair room, when we got there, no mention and we were booked in a standard room. Luckily we were able to swap into room 69 that was perfect. 

The room has all light switches at wheelchair height. The bathroom has a wall mounted shower seat/bench and all the hand rails around the toilet. I have a light-weight electric wheelchair as well as a walking frame and I was able to use both in the unit and bathroom.

There is a path out the front of the hotel that takes you to the shops and restaurant next door. There is also a great path along the beachside that is very gopher-friendly. We normally stay along the “Holy Mile” about halfway between Busselton and Dunsborough. I have taken my gopher into both of those places using their great paths.

We spent the weekend just chilling out and wandering around town and eating out. There are many places you can get an electric wheelchair into, everyone is so happy to help. There is also an indoor and outdoor pool but as we did not use it, so I cannot say how easy it is to get in and out of.

Things to be aware of. 
1.    Check your booking with the hotel direct for room requirement.
2.    There are a few places where there are steep ramps. You will need to look around for a better option.
3.    If you go to the restaurant “Stilts” at Broadwater Resort, don’t expect to get in with everyone else as there are steps. Go to the main reception entry and it is all flat and you can get into the restaurant that way. Well worth doing as we got a discount for staying next door.
4.    The bathroom has a shower bench, but no chair to dry yourself on. I suspect you can ask them for a chair, but we used my walker.

I hope this has been helpful, please post any questions below.

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