Accessible audio guides now available for visitors to Tasmania
1 June 2023
Tasmania has become the first state to offer audio guides on the Vacayit travel app, Australia’s only audio-based tourism platform for blind and low-vision (BLV) travellers.
Tourism Tasmania has partnered with Vacayit to produce 50 audio guides designed to help blind and low-vision visitors plan and enjoy their holiday in Tasmania by combining rich sensory descriptions and engaging storytelling with helpful travel information.
The audio guides showcase a range of experiences and tourism businesses across Tasmania’s regions. Listeners can be guided through a forest walk in takayna / Tarkine, visit the Furneaux Distillery on Flinders Island, take a cruise along the Gordon River, explore Cataract Gorge or indulge at Tasmania’s Taste of Summer festival.
Each of the audio guides features an accessibility section – highlighting details about wheelchair access, assistance dogs, braille, on-site audio guides, audio-tactile traffic lights, accessible parking, bathroom facilities and sensory considerations. The audio guides can also be read as transcripts for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The guides aim to encourage visitation and welcome people with disabilities to Tasmania’s world-class destinations, ensuring all travellers can get the most from their stay in Tasmania.
More than 575,000 Australians are blind or have low vision1. The accessible tourism market is estimated to be worth 17% of the total tourism market and is the fastest-growing travel sector in the country2.
To listen to the audio guides, download the Vacayit app for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
For more information about Vacayit visit www.vacayit.com