State-of-the-art centre makes accessible holidays easy

State-of-the-art centre makes accessible holidays easy

Planning a getaway isn’t always easy – sometimes it feels like you need a holiday from planning a holiday.

This is especially true for people with a physical disability or mobility issues and older Australians, where accessibility can become a huge factor in choosing appropriate accommodation.

A new state-of the-art accommodation and disability services centre opening in Cairns in February 2020 will provide guests with the peace of mind knowing their getaway will be fully accessible with a specialist team on hand to support their health and therapy needs.

The Spinal Life Healthy Living Centre is the first of its kind in Queensland and regional Australia, combining fully accessible accommodation with vital therapies and services for people with physical disabilities.

The Centre, located just minutes away from the iconic Cairns Esplanade, also includes an accessible gym and hydrotherapy pool to help guests to continue their rehabilitation work or look after their health and wellbeing.

In addition to a perfect holiday destination for visitors with a disability or mobility impairment looking to explore the beautiful sights of Far North Queensland, the Healthy Living Centre is also available for medium-term transitional accommodation for people returning home after sustaining a serious injury.

The Centre includes a team of specialist-trained Personal Support Workers who can assist guests with their daily routines or getting out into the community.

NDIS-funded packages are also available for scheme participants, with included accessible gym access, therapy consultations (including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Exercise Physiology) and access to a Personal Support Worker.

Here are some of the services on offer:

Active Gym

The Healthy Living Centre’s Active Gym includes the latest in accessible gym equipment specifically designed for people with a disability and can be used with or without a wheelchair.

Guests and gym members can enjoy seven-day a week access to the Active Gym or join in one of the regular classes.

You can also work with the on-site Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist to develop a training or rehabilitation plan that works for you.

Active Hydro Pool

The Centre’s Hydrotherapy Pool is a great way to improve your movement, balance and strength, as well as helping to manage pain.

The Hydrotherapy Pool is open six days a week and is open to solo visitors, classes or one-on-one sessions with a qualified Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist.

The pool features an accessible lift for easy entry and exit and is open to guests by appointment.


The Healthy Living Centre includes seven self-contained, fully accessible units with one and two bedrooms and water views available, all located just a few meters away from the Cairns Esplanade.

There are options for holiday accommodation as well as medium-term transitional accommodation and are open to self-funded guests as well as guests looking to fund their stay via MyAgedCare, the NDIS and other funding options.

Each room contains a height-adjustable bed and ceiling hoists, left or right transfer bathrooms, shower chairs and tablet-controlled electronics, lights and blinds for the convenience of guests with a disability.

Therapies and services

The Spinal Life Healthy Living Centre includes a team of specialist therapists and support workers on site to assist and empower guests and visitors to the Centre.

This includes:

  • Occupational Therapy to help find the best assistive equipment and provide specialist advice on NDIS applications and assessments for funding.
  • Personal Support Services to provide personal assistance tailored to the guest’s needs.
  • Physiotherapy to help reduce pain and improve muscle movements and assist in injury management and prevention.
  • Hydrotherapy to manage rehabilitation, pain and muscle strength.
  • Exercise Physiology to make the most of your time at the Active Gym or Active Hydro Pool and assist in developing a tailored fitness plan.
Spinal Life Australia have used their 60 years of experience to create a state-of-the-art facility specifically designed with the needs and comfort of people with a disability or mobility issues in mind.

To find out more, or book your next holiday and stay supported as you explore the wonders of Far North Queensland, visit spinalhealthyliving.com.au