Failing to find their quadriplegic daughter Rachael a comfortable holiday destination was reason enough for Joy and Steve Berry to build their own.
The Berrys are opening up their custom-built Karnup property as a holiday destination where people can come for a comfortable holiday without the stress of travelling long distances.
Mrs Berry said even going to a hotel in Perth was difficult because Rachael’s wheelchair would not fit though some accessible doors.
“We realised quite a few years ago there was nowhere to give her a proper holiday, nowhere for her to actually go away like the other kids would so we decided that it needed to be done,” she said. “There were places around but they are so far from the city, Bunbury and Geraldton, but to send someone away with carers to Geraldton is a long trip.”
The Karnup property is completely wheelchair accessible and Mrs Berry said she was excited about people coming to enjoy their holidays.
“We wanted it to feel rural but be close enough to the city so they didn’t have to travel a lot,” she said. “We also wanted it in a place where they have things to do and where they can go out and see places.“We ended up here where we’ve got Mandurah one side and Rockingham the other.”
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