Accessible Tall Ship Sailing Adventures

Life Changing Adventures For All

6 fantastic reasons to sail with the JST...

Going aloft, helming, setting sails - a voyage with us offers hands-on adventure.
Here at the JST we are used to accommodating sailors of all abilities. Whether you are a tall ship enthusiast, fair-weather sailor or have never stepped on board a ship, the JST is perfect for you. We offer a range of voyages from epic passages, to day sails in local waters for a taste of life at sea.

Discover some incredible stories of bravery and courage… On a JST voyage you will be sailing alongside people in wheelchairs, those with visual and hearing impairments and other disabilities. By throwing yourself into this diverse team you will learn an incredible amount about your perception of what’s possible, both within yourself and within other people.

Work together and improve your life skills. There is something truly magical about sailing under the power of the elements alongside your fellow voyage crew. On a voyage with us you will learn the value of communication, the genuine need for each person to play their part in the team and the significance of leadership skills in a pressurised but fulfilling environment.

Explore the planet from the decks of a magnificent tall ship. A voyage with the JST is the very definition of adventure. From Tenacious’ overseas odyssey to the South Pacific and Australia, to Lord Nelson’s European Tall Ships Races in Gothenburg and Lisbon, there is no better way to discover the hidden corners of our planet Earth.

From exotic birds to brilliant beasts, you can see them all. There really is nothing like seeing the wonders of the natural world. Imagine dolphins skipping playfully alongside the ship, or an albatross gliding overhead - you will have the opportunity to experience wildlife in a truly unique way. All of this and more is possible on board a JST voyage.

The camaraderie of ship life means firm friendships are formed. On our tall ships you will meet some remarkable people. Trainee voyage crew from all walks of life are brought together to experience a unique adventure, and these people become your ‘family’ while on board. You will laugh, sail, explore, learn and discover…together. You will be sure to make friends for life.

About the Jubilee Sailling Trust

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is a globally-unique, UN-accredited not-for-profit which utilises the adventure of tall ship sailing to unlock human potential and break down barriers between people of different circumstances especially between people with physically disability and those without.

The JST has designed and built two special purpose tall ships (Lord Nelson and Tenacious) which include features not seen on other vessels so crew members with disability and those without can work together side-by-side. There are no passengers and no restrictions. In this way, a JST voyage provides a unique environment where disability is not a factor and those with disability can operate as equals, where everyone comes together to work as a single team. 


This shared adventure and teamwork, in a structured environment, quickly breaks down barriers between people who may not have previously interacted and changes perceptions of what is humanly possible. The JST has received the rare honour of being accredited by the United Nations for the charity’s tireless work on disability and inclusion and support for the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The JST is now part of an extremely select group of just 254 accredited charities and NGOs around the world. Since the early days, the JST has provided never-to-forget adventures to almost 45,000 people, including: 5,548 wheelchair users; 1,899 people who are blind; 547 amputees; 1,671 with cerebral palsy; and 1,295 with hearing impairment A voyage with the JST is about joining in and getting involved in all aspects of sailing the ship, regardless of your physical ability. Whether you are a tall ship enthusiast, fair-weather sailor or complete beginner - we welcome everyone. Don’t worry if you haven’t sailed before - most people step on board Tenacious with no experience of sailing a tall ship, so you won’t be alone! Our permanent crew will support you through all the tasks involved with sailing the ship.

About Tenacious

Since its inception in 1978 the Jubilee Sailing Trust has strived to enable people of all physical abilities to sail. In the early 1990’s it was becoming clear that the mission was becoming increasingly popular. The Jubilee Sailing Trust’s ship Lord Nelson, commissioned and specifically designed for the trust, was unable to continue to supply the growing demand.

With this in mind Lindsey Neve, then director of the JST made it her aim to fundraise for the build of a new ship. A new committee was set up comprising six members of whom five were volunteers.

In July 1995, the National Lottery awarded the trust 65% of the estimated cost of such a large project. Initial funding secured, the project got fully underway.

After extensive research and negotiations, the new ship committee chose Merlin Quay, a site that included an old office block. The site was renamed Jubilee Yard.



Now funding was in place, Tony Castro’s design JST/02 which took over 2½ years to fully complete (and at one point involved 25 people working from four offices to complete all the drawings), could get underway.

On the 6th of June 1996 HRH The Duke of York hammered golden rivets into Siberian Larchwood during the “keel laying ceremony” and work could officially begin.

The timber frames used to construct the hull were first cut in Aug 1996, whilst work began on the old office block the JST acquired. The building was to be transformed into accommodation for volunteers who would stay for “Shorewatch” holidays and offices for the JST. During their stay volunteers of all physical abilities enjoyed helping the shipwrights in the construction of the ship.

Constructed upside down, the wooden hull was finally turned the right way up on the 23rd October 1998 in an extravagant ceremony with The Duke of York. The turning process involved fitting large circular turning clamps to the hull and took just over one hour.

With the hull the correct way up, fitting out the interior of the vessel could begin. Prefabricated sections were put in place, including the fixed bunks designed to be wider on the bottom bunk to enable wheelchair users easier access.

On Thursday the 3rd of February 2000 Tenacious was ready to leave the yard, and to a great many people it was an emotional day. Crowds gathered to get a glimpse of Tenacious as she saw daylight for the first time. Transporters drove the ship towards the barge which was to send Tenacious into her natural element. The following day tug boats took Tenacious to Vosper Thornycroft to have the masts and yards fitted.

On the 6th of April 2000 Tenacious was officially named in a ceremony attended by HRH The Duke of York.



Tenacious sailed on her maiden voyage 1,548 days after her keel was laid, on 1st September 2000 from Southampton to Southampton calling at Sark, St Helier and Weymouth. She has been delivering freedom, fun and adventure for everyone ever since.












Program 2016/17



Cairns to Brisbane
18 Oct to 29 Oct (12 days)

$2,961  TNS498

Board Tenacious from Cairns, known as the entrance to the Great Barrier Reef, and follow the Reef down to Brisbane sailing down the spectacular Queensland coastline. You will be sure to see lots of unique sea life either side of the reef.  We won’t know which side we will be sailing on until we know what the wind is doing, but we either way we can expect some brilliant sailing and plenty to see.

Sydney to Melbourne  
11 Nov to 19 Nov (9 days)

$2,221 (plus GST) TNS 500

Celebrate Tenacious’ 500th Voyage!

Join the JST Australia for an extra-special adventure as Tenacious takes to the seas for the 500th time!

This memorable 9-day adventure will be a prime opportunity to spot the Southern Humpbacks as they migrate to the Antarctic feeding grounds for the summer. We may also have the chance to visit the Orca Museum at Eden, or perhaps a sheltered night in the beautiful Refuge Cove on Wilson Promontory.

A 9-day voyage is considered the perfect time away to fully experience life at sea and a JST adventure. Life-changing experiences and challenges await – plus a lot of fun!

Melbourne Round Trip
20 Nov to 26 Nov (7 days)

$1728 TNS501

Climb on board Tenacious for this exciting week-long adventure following the channels of global seafarers to The Rip and explore the full delights of the waters around Melbourne. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, we hope to voyage on toward Phillip Island, French Island or out toward Flinders Island (where west-to-east winds attract yachtsmen from around the world).

Melbourne to Auckland
2 Dec to 21 Dec (20 days)

$4935 (plus GST) TNS502

Get a taste of life at sea on our fabulous ship Tenacious! Harness the power of wind and ocean as you sail from Australia to New Zealand the traditional way.  This is the opportunity of a lifetime, blue water sailing out of sight of land, experiencing the passage tall ships were made to sail. Along with the variety of marine life you’ll encounter on this longer passage voyage across the Tasman Sea, you’ll experience the routines of the ship, learn new skills like celestial navigation, and form deep and lifelong friendships.  While you enjoy the rhythms of wind and waves as you settle into life with your watch and the routines of the ship. Enjoy putting your new skills to the test in this challenging blue water crossing, and feel the satisfaction when you get your first sight of Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.

Contact us for more information or bookings

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Arthurs Seat Eagle Takes Flight

Today the new Arthurs Seat Skylift project has a new name - The Arthurs Seat Eagle.

The first of the 24 new Gondolas was unveiled today at the brand launch.

Eagle CEO, Hans Brugman said today:

The new name symbolised the “soaring flight” people would experience on the gondola, and paid homage to the wedge-tailed eagles that could be spotted from the ride.

With the arrival of the Gondolas from Switzerland, the project is on track for its December 3 official opening.

The Eagle will be a boon for Tourism on the Mornington Peninsula. The new Gondolas will seat 8 people and will also accommodate wheelchair users with level entry. 


Accessibility Features
  • Slow moving Gondolas in the stations allowing level access for wheelchairs, prams and strollers
  • Improved car parking overall and level accessible parking
  • Ramped access throughout
  • Accessible observations decks
  • Accessible toilets and a Changing Places facility
Official Brand Launch

Martin Dixon MP


Eagle CEO Hans Brugman

Ride the first Gondola at the Grand Opening


Place your bid and you and your seven guests could be riding the very first Gondola leaving the station at our Grand Opening on Saturday 3rd December. You will lead the celebrations - even beating the Premier to the number one spot! Plus, you will receive VIP treatment all day with complimentary food and beverages and all round star treatment.

All money raised at the auction will be donated to our neighbours – the Peninsula Specialist College and Dromana Primary School.

This is a once in a life time opportunity – don’t miss out!

Place your bid

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Gold Coast trials beach wheelchair mat on city surf beach

Image: Beach Access City of Gold Coast, Jagger with mum Rachel Collien (behind) and Divisional Councillor Pauline Young and Mayor Tom Tate

Mayor Tom Tate today rolled out the first beach wheelchair mat in the city on a surf beach - promising a new era of accessibility for all.

To be trialled on Burleigh Beach on Saturday mornings, the beach mats allow wheelchairs to easily maneuver across sand.

The beach mat and two new beach wheelchairs, which are specially designed for beach use, have been donated by the City of Gold Coast as part of a $33,670 trial to run from September 2016 to May 2017.

Mayor Tate said the City was committed to ensuring everyone enjoyed a beach experience.

“The community asked for better access to our beaches and we listened,’’ he said.

“If this trial is successful, we will look to provide beach access equipment at other locations.’’

The City will also donate two new beach wheelchairs to not-for-profit group Gold Coast Recreation and Sport Incorporated, for city-wide use at no charge.

“When we host the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ in less than two years’ time, we are also hosting the largest para-sport program ever held at a Commonwealth Games,” said Mayor Tate.

“There has never been a more important time to ensure our city is accessible for all.’’

The Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Lifesaving Club will manage the trial, with equipment available on Saturdays from 9am to midday.

Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Lifesaving Club president Michael Boyce said his club was ready.

“Burleigh is a great location because of the easy connection between the surf club, carpark and amenities. Our patrol members will advise the public if the weather and surf conditions are suitable for the equipment on the day,” he said.

The beach wheelchair matting and beach wheelchairs join the Gold Coast’s growing number of accessible options, including viewing platforms along the Oceanway and permanent beach matting at Southport’s Broadwater Parklands.

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Puffing Billy

Puffing Billy is Australia's favourite steam train and operates everyday except christmas day! 

The journey aboard Puffing Billy takes you through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, located only one hour east of Melbourne.

With lush fern gullies brushing past and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead, Puffing Billy makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate rainforest. 

Visitors from around the world enjoy travelling aboard Puffing Billy as a stand-alone experience or as part of a Melbourne day tour. If you are a Melbourne local, you can bring friends, kids, other family members or interstate visitors, pack a picnic and travel aboard this historic Melbourne attraction. 

Step back in time whilst dangling your legs over the side of the carriage - a favourite activity for kids (and adults!). Parents and grandparents relive their own childhood memories whilst introducing the next generation to this unforgettable part of Victorian history.

Accessibility at Puffing Billy

Puffing Billy Railway is committed to offering an enjoyable experience for everyone and has have a range of family friendly and wheelchair accessible facilities available for our passengers.


Families with children


Only folding or narrow prams can travel on Puffing Billy because of our heritage carriage doors.


Baby change facilities are available at all stations.


A microwave is available in the baby change room at Belgrave station. Alternatively, please approach the volunteers in the refreshment rooms at one of our stations, and they will be able to assist.


Reduced Mobility

Our friendly staff can provide special attention to visitors with reduced mobility. We recommend that you let us know about your requirements before you travel. Telephone (03) 9757 0700. 


If you are travelling in a wheelchair, there are limited wheelchair spaces available. Please contact us on (03) 9757 0700 (+61 3 9757 0700 intl) during normal office hours on the weekday prior to travelling so that we can assist you in accommodating your needs.


There are two designated disabled car spaces at Gate 3 at our Belgrave station in Old Monbulk Road. From there, access to the station platform is via a ramp (the bottom of the "zig zag path"). Wheelchair assisted persons should please note that this ramp is steep. If you require further assistance getting from here to the platform, please contact us on 9757 0700 or 9757 0721.


Pathways to Belgrave, Lakeside and Gembrook stations are all wheelchair accessible. 

To assist passengers with reduced mobility and to avoid our steep pathway entrance to Belgrave station, passengers may be dropped off at Gate 4 which is in front of our Belgrave station building in Old Monbulk Road. The area from the station to the platform is on one level.


Our station platforms are not at the same height as our carriage doors, however ramps are available to provide easy wheelchair access on many of our Excursion Trains. Please see one of our friendly volunteers on the day of travel for assistance. The wheelchair ramp width is 75cm.


Toilets with wheelchair access are located at Belgrave, Lakeside and Gembrook stations.


Assistance Dogs

Puffing Billy Railway welcomes visitors who use assistance dogs certified by a registered authority. Assistance dogs must be restrained by a harness or leash at all times.
Please note that assistance dogs are the only dogs allowed aboard Puffing Billy Railway.


Companions and carers

Companion card holders travels free of charge aboard the Excursion Trains. Companion card must be presented on day of travel.

Visit Puffing Billy's web site Contact us for Accessible Tour Options

Accessible Sightseeing Tours.

TravAbility offers a full range of day and half day accessible tours of Melbourne and surrounds to suit your in-port time.

We operate modern vehicles and can cater for couples and small groups.

Accessible Transfers to and from the Port are also available.

Suggested Destinations:

  • Moonlit Sanctuary and Cranbourne Botanical Gardens
  • Melbourne City Sights
  • Yarra Valley Winerys
  • Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy
  • Phillip Island Koala Conservation Centre and Penguin Parade

Call us for availability and prices 1300 722 683 or internationally on +61 4 1769 0533


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Station Pier - Melbourne's Cruise Ship Terminal

Station Pier was originally known as Railway Pier and was first openedin 1854. It played a key role in Victoria's history and through the mid to late 1800's saw the arrival of the first visitors keen to seek their fortunes on the goldfields and then the settlers. It saw off the first contingent of Australian troops headed for the Boer War. In October 1914 16 ships left Station Pier for World War I. Again in 1940 troops headed for the European, African and Pacific theatres of World War II from Station Pier. Post the Second World War many thousands of the migrants that came to Australia's shores and gave Melbourne its rich multicultural diversity first set foot on Australian soil at Station Pier. The pier and its unique Gate House are heritage listed.
Today Station Pier is Melbourne's premier cruise ship terminal and is also host to the Spirit of Tasmania ferry service from Melbourne to Devonport. It also plays host to visiting naval and tall ships. Unlike many cruise ship terminals, Station Pier is not located within a freight terminal. The pier is constructed directly off the beach into Port Phillip Bay at the historic and cosmopolitan suburb of Port Melbourne, giving visitors stunning views from their ship and the chance to wander along the beach side board walks directly from the end of the pier.
Station Pier is 15 minutes from Melbourne's CBD.
The pier is open to the general public from 6am to 9pm daily (for pedestrians only). However, the pier is closed to the public during cruise ship visits, some naval ship visits and other exceptional circumstances.

Terminal Building
During cruise ship visits entry to the pier is via the left side gate for initial security. The path down the pier is level and smooth with a road crossing about half way down to the cruise terminal. The cruise terminal is the second building on the pier and there is a set of elevators just past the main escalators. The terminal is on the first floor with a small cafe accessible toilets, and a gift shop prior to the main security checkpoint and gangway entry. The tidal movement in Port Phillip bay is only approximately 18 inches, gangway slope will alter greatly during your visit. Depending on the ship and gangway configuration assistance is on hand for wheelchair users.

Drop off and pick up procedures
From the main gate and security checkpoint it is approximately 500 metres to the cruise ship terminal. Drivers are permitted to drive onto the pier and drop passengers with a disability at the terminal building. On return the procedure is more complex. Passengers with a disability must arrange with the ships purser for a pick up at the terminal building. The passengers name will then be added to the security gate register. The driver of the pick up vehicle will need to quote that name to be allowed through the security checkpoint. As it is a pickup zone only prior arrangements will need to be made to contact the driver when the passenger has cleared customs and is ready to be picked up.
Please note: These arrangements must be made with the cruise line. Station Pier is not manned when there are no ships are in port.

Access to the City
There are two public transport options to the CBD. There is an accessible shuttle bus that operates on weekdays from the cruise terminal to the arts precinct in the city near the Flinders Street Station.
An accessible tram service (route 109) operates from the Beacon Cove terminus right into the centre of the centre with stops along Collins Street. Route 109 operates flat floor roll in trams from elevated tram platforms. Each platform has a 1 in 14 ramp at one end for wheelchair users. The accessible stops are:

  • 8-Parliament/Collins St (Melbourne City)
  • 7-101 Collins St (Melbourne City)
  • 6-Melbourne Town Hall/Collins St (Melbourne City)
  • 5-Elizabeth St/Collins St (Melbourne City)
  • 1-Spencer St/Collins St (Melbourne City)
  • 124A-Casino/MCEC/Clarendon St (Southbank)
  • 129-Beacon Cove/Light Rail (Port Melbourne)

The Tram terminus is a pleasant 10 minute walk/roll from the cruise terminal. On Cruise visiting days an accessible bus shuttle operates from the terminal to the Beacon Cove terminus.

When ships are in port public transport tickets can be purchased at Station Pier. For further details and ticket prices contact Public Transport Victoria




accessible vehicleAccessible Sightseeing Tours.

TravAbility offers a full range of day and half day accessible tours of Melbourne and surrounds to suit your in-port time.

We operate modern vehicles and can cater for couples and small groups.

Accessible Transfers to and from the Port are also available.

Suggested Destinations:

  • Moonlit Sanctuary and Cranbourne Botanical Gardens
  • Melbourne City Sights
  • Yarra Valley Winerys
  • Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy
  • Phillip Island Koala Conservation Centre and Penguin Parade

Call us for availability and prices 1300 722 683 or internationally on +61 4 1769 0533

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New all terrain wheelchair gives everyone access to Dandenong Ranges National Park

Continuing the successful Trailrider program, Parks Victoria has introduced its newest power-assist model at Grant's Picnic Ground in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. All visitors to Dandenong Ranges National Park will now be able to enjoy trails in the park. 

A modified version of a Canadian invention, the motorised TrailRider, was created by Parks Victoria and is the first of its kind in the world. 

TrailRider all terrain wheelchairs are a cross between a rickshaw and a wheelchair and can handle more rugged bush trails where conventional wheelchairs cannot go. 

Hardy Gully

The motor on the chair makes it easier to manoeuvre the chair over rough trail surfaces and makes it easier for visitors with mobility limitations to access steeper and longer trails than ever the before. The new model can be easily handled with two helpers to drive and balance the chair making it ideal for families or small groups of friends.

“Everyone has the right to enjoy the benefits of being in nature and we want to help everyone to be active in our parks. This is just one way we are making this possible,” said John Kenwright, Community Inclusion Coordinator, Parks Victoria.


“The TrailRider really opens up park areas that people with limited mobility may never have been able to see or experience.”

The TrailRider has recently been trialled by a YMCA Recreation camp in the Dandenong Ranges for children with disabilities. Having a TrailRider based in the Dandenong Ranges will make it much easier for the YMCA , other organisations and individuals to regularly access a TrailRider chair to explore parks. 

The TrailRider is located at Grants on Sherbrooke café at Grants Picnic Area in Mount Dandenong National Park. It can be booked by calling 
03 9755 2888

Key facts

  • For work on improving access to parks, including making TrailRiders available, Parks Victoria last week won a 2015 National Disability Award.
  • TrailRider all terrain wheelchairs are just one of the facilities and programs supported by Parks Victoria to ensure parks are accessible to everyone. 
  • There are now 11 TrailRider all terrain wheelchairs available to explore Victoria’s park trails. 
  • Trained volunteers from the Sherpa Volunteer program are available in the Grampians National Park to assist visitors with disabilities to explore the many spectacular park trails using the TrailRider chairs. 
  • There are now ten child and adult beach wheelchairs available to explore Victoria’s coastal parks.   
  • Thirty eight of Victoria’s most visited parks now have more comprehensive park access information provided to help visitors plan their park visit and park activities.  
  • For more information about accessible facilities in Victoria’s parks go to  

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