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Big Red Kidney Bus - NSW

Stephen on the Big Red Kidney Bus

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Kidney Health Australia have taken the advice of our clinical partners in our Bid Red Kidney Bus program; Monash Health in Victoria and Royal Northshore Hospital in NSW, to withdraw operations for the bus for the remainder of 2020.

Kidney Health Australia will continue to work with our clinical partners and site locations to resume the buses’ services once the restrictions are lifted.


Stephen first used the Big Red Kidney Bus in Ballina, June 2019. After his first time he was hooked, booking two more trips for later that year. Stephen is no stranger to travel and hasn’t let his end-stage kidney disease get in the way of exploring this beautiful country.

“Planning is a big part of travelling whilst on dialysis and using the Big Red Kidney Bus makes planning for trips so much easier. It is so simple to go online to see the bus locations and to book through the Kidney Health Australia website. I can’t express enough how great this facility is! The staff are excellent and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and even introduce you to fellow Bus users."

Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay is the entrance of the stunning Clyde River surrounded by stunning natural wonders.

Batemans Bay is great base for exploring the Eurobodalla region along ancient pathways, strolling along beaches and encountering some of Australia’s famous wildlife.

For adventure seekers, water sports are popular too such as swimming, surfing, kayaking and fishing. And foodies will relish the local produce and delicious seafood including their famous oysters!

Things to do:

  • Observation point lookout
  • Garden Pay Picnic Area
  • The Old Courthouse Museum
  • Batemans Marine Park and Sanctuary
  • Birdland Animal Park

Where to stay:

The Big Red Kidney Bus will be parked at BIG4 Batemans Bay Beach Resort 51 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay NSW 2536. 

Learn more about what to do in Batemans Bay.

Holiday dialysis renal nurses the buses are proudly provided by Royal North Shore Hospital in New South Wales.

Umina Beach

Umina Beach

Umina's long sandy beach is one of Central Coast’s most popular beaches for families, ideal for swimming and surfing. Bordering the Brisbane Waters National Park, there are plenty of natural and man-made wonders to explore, including rugged sandstone country, Aboriginal engravings and wildlife.

Pack your camera and visit the nearby Mt. Ettalong Lookout which offers spectacular panoramic views of Umina and Ettalong as well as south across Broken Bay down to Palm Beach. 

With an incredible selection of cafes and restaurants, take your tastebuds on a tour of the food scene in Umina Beach.

Things to do:

  • Mount Ettalong Lookout
  • West Head Lookout
  • Barrenjoey Lighthouse
  • The Crommelin Native Arboretum
  • Somersby Falls Picnic Grounds

Holiday dialysis renal nurses on the buses are proudly provided by Royal North Shore Hospital in New South Wales.

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie

Boasting one of the best year-round climates, Port Macquarie is the perfect place to take a holiday.

Stroll, swim or explore one of the 17 beaches the region has to offer and discover famous lighthouses, local wildlife and more. Land lovers will enjoy the Googik Heritage Walking Track discovering some of the area’s best-kept natural secrets.

Immerse yourself in history and local culture at the Timbertown Heritage Theme Park or the Cedar Creek Goldfield. If the night sky is of more interest, take a peek at the stars in the Port Macquarie Astronomical Observatory.

There is so much to see and do in Port Macquarie.

Things to do:

  • Grants Beach Coast Walk
  • Sea Acres Rainforest Boardwalk
  • Tacking Point Lighthouse
  • Innes Ruins
  • Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

Where to stay:

The Big Red Kidney Bus will be parked at NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park, 1 Munster Street, Port Macquarie.

Learn more about what to do in Port Macquarie.

Holiday dialysis renal nurses the buses are proudly provided by Royal North Shore Hospital in New South Wales.

Nelson Bay

Visit Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay is an enchanting destination with plenty of fun things to do, from dolphin watching to sunset cruises, plus the sheltered beach are ideal for families with young children.

The Nelson Bay marina is a wonderful place to grab a delicious plate of local seafood or take a stroll and soak up the seaside atmosphere.

Those with an adventurous side will not be disappointed, as there is a wide range of water sports available to try including snorkelling, diving and sailing.

With beautiful lookouts, walking and cycling tracks, and cosy cafes there will always be something to do and see on your getaway in Nelson Bay.

Things to do:

  • Gan Gan Hill Lookout
  • Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters
  • Tea Gardens
  • Nelson Head lighthouse cottage
  • Stockton Bight sand dunes

 

Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour

Nestled between Sydney and Brisbane, the Coffs Coast offers stunning beaches, world heritage rainforests and, of course, the Big Banana.  

Coffs Harbour is a must for any lover of wildlife with the Solitary Islands Marine Park being home to abundant wildlife, seasonal whales and coral reefs. For the land dwellers, there is the Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, with its large population of wedge-tailed shearwater birds and learning centre.

The kids won’t be bored either, with a tonne of activities for the whole family to enjoy including the Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, beach camel rides, and the Tabatinga Entertainment centre.

Things to do:

  • Forest Sky Pier
  • The Clog Barn
  • The Big Banana
  • North Coast Regional Botanic Garden
  • Solitary Islands Coastal Walk

Where to stay:

The Big Red Kidney Bus will be parked at Park Beach Holiday Park, 1 Ocean Parade, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450.

Learn more about what to do in Coffs Harbour.

 

Ballina

Ballina

Nestled between the stunning hinterlands and long sandy beaches, not to mention just a stone throw from Byron Bay, Ballina offers holiday-makers the perfect place to unwind and relax.

The sparkling Richmond River is a fisherman's paradise and a foodie’s delight. Settle into one of the many cafes and restaurants along the river and enjoy the charming views whilst nibbling on the local produce.

The natural beauty Ballina makes it a favourite holiday destination as more people discover its hidden treasures.

Things to do:

  • Northern Rivers Community Gallery
  • Lake Ainsworth
  • Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum
  • Heritage Trails
  • The Big Prawn

Where to stay:

The Big Red Kidney Bus will be parked at Discovery Parks Ballina, 25 Fenwick Dr, Ballina NSW 2478.

Learn more about what to do in Ballina.

Holiday dialysis renal nurses the buses are proudly provided by Royal North Shore Hospital in New South Wales.

 

Further Information

Further information

You’ll need to book your own holiday accommodation. Most of the holiday parks where the Bus is located give a discount, so please mention the Big Red Kidney Bus when making a booking.

Arrange transport to and from the holiday destination, as well as from your accommodation to the Bus location for your dialysis. There is a hydraulic hoist on the Bus, therefore, we are able to accommodate people with wheelchairs. However, you need to be able to transfer from the wheelchair to the dialysis chair unassisted.

Dates and locations are subject to change under extenuating circumstances.

Please read the admission criteria before you book a haemodialysis dialysis chair. In NSW, Royal North Shore provides the clinical and medical aspects of the Big Red Kidney Bus and will confirm bookings once the admission criteria has been met. 

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