Your guide to Adelaide’s most accessible venues

Thanks to the new Pavely app, it is easy to plan and rate accessible and sensory-friendly venues around South Australia.

Adelaide is a thriving hub of activity with more cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs than you can poke a stick at and more and more popping up every week. But when it comes to planning and enjoying outings, South Australians living with a disability often face a struggle, with many venues not catering to specific needs.

So, we’ve taken the guesswork out of planning your next access friendly outing by using the Pavely app, a new SA Government initiative that allows users to search and rate accessible venues, we’ve found a bunch of Adelaide’s top-rated venues!

Adelaide Entertainment Centre – 98 Port Road, Hindmarsh

Pavely rating 5.0

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Accessible seating in both the Arena and Theatre areas along with seating for accompanying companions. This seating is also available to those with vision impairment. Patrons who require hearing assistance can access the FM audio system by tuning into 88.3FM. Wheelchair access is available at all entry points and welcomes service animals.

Inclusive Café Brighton – Jack Fox Drive, Brighton

Pavely rating 5.0

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Inclusive by name and by nature, this Brighton favourite offers employment for people of all abilities with every purchase invested back into supporting those with disability. Featuring an anti-slip ramp and toilets, all staff are also disability and inclusion trained to provide the best service possible.

The Spot Espresso – 16 Topham Mall, Adelaide

Pavely rating 5.0

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The quaint CBD café is generally a quieter venue that has ramp access and allows assistance animals. Choose from a large range of brunch and lunch items and get to know the lovely staff.

Fremont Park Playground – Corner Main North Road & Yorktown Road, Elizabeth Park

Pavely rating 5.0

This beautiful recreation facility in Elizabeth Park features all-ability play equipment that has been newly renovated with shade sails and liberty swing. The flat, paved area makes it easily accessible and has ample parking.

South Australian Museum – North Terrace, Adelaide

Pavely rating 5.0

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Fully wheelchair accessible, SAM is dedicated to ensuring all visitors have an enjoyable experience. The museum offers a range of accessible programs including Auslan and audio-described tours.

Wheelchairs can be booked for hire and the museums Community Programs Team is often able to provide extra support in interpreting and descriptive services should you need.

The Maylands Hotel – 67 Phillis Street, Maylands

Pavely rating 5.0

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This popular neighbour pub features multiple accessible parking spaces at the rear of the venue as well as wide entry doors and accessible bathrooms and washrooms.

Adelaide Zoo – Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide

Pavely rating 4.72

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Equipped with accessible parking and drinking fountains, as well a full body ceiling bathroom hoist, the zoo is designed to meet many sensory and accessible needs. While assistance animals are not allowed they do offer wheelchair hire and sensory sessions.

Art Gallery of South Australia – North Terrace, Adelaide

Pavely rating 4.67

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All areas of the Art Gallery of SA are fully wheelchair accessible with plenty of nearby disability parking available and wheelchairs are available free of charge. An offering of Auslan interpreted and audio-description tours are also available.

Palace Nova Prospect – 98 Prospect Road, Prospect

Pavely rating 4.67

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The popular cinema actively welcomes and supports a diverse community with easy access to all cinemas and free admission for Carers with Companion Card. Audio description and enhanced hearing is available for all movies and the staff are more than happy to discuss your needs ahead of time if you wish.

Pony and Cole – 6 Manton Street, Hindmarsh

Pavely rating 4.67

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Pony and Cole offer drool-worthy meals in a comfortable and spacious venue. Disability parking and easy access make it one of the most accessibility-friendly cafes in Adelaide.

The Lighthouse Wharf Hotel – 1 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide

Pavely rating 4.67

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Enjoy fresh, local seafood and speciality craft beers at one of the Port’s most picturesque settings. The large alfresco dining space allows easy access with disability bathrooms and parking.

Adelaide Botanic Garden – North Terrace, Adelaide

Pavely rating 4.33

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Discover the inner-city sanctuary with universal access available on the Lakeside Trail. Embossed braille is available for all pieces and an audio trail has also been developed. Visitors should be aware that parts of the garden are quite steep and may be difficult for wheelchairs, prams and strollers.

400 Gradi – 121 The Parade, Norwood

Pavely rating 4.33

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With a paved, flat entrance, the popular Italian restaurant hosts accessible toilets and dim lighting however is often quite crowded and noisy. Call to find quietest times and book accordingly.

If you know of a particularly accessible venue, please get in touch or, better yet, add it directly into the Pavely app! The more we contribute to the app, the easier it makes it to find all the accessible and inclusive venues that SA has to offer!

For more information on Pavley, visit the website.

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