Walk in my Wheels

Access. Awareness. Support.

My name is Paul McKenzie, but you can call me Macca.  I'm a regular Aussie bloke, born and bred in Victoria. I broke my neck 22 years ago jumping off a rope swing into the Murray River, becoming a quadriplegic - or 'Benny' as like to call those of us with a spinal cord injury.

I now live in Darwin in the top end after owning a demolition business in Echuca, Victoria for 25 years.  I started this site to record my regular travels around Australia, I'm a self-appointed advocate for wheelchair access. I hate being told I can't get in somewhere and I have to sit outside like a dog.  I'm hoping that my efforts will mean less people will experience that feeling.

 On the beach in Yeppoon in QLD with my companion dog Horsey

On the beach in Yeppoon in QLD with my companion dog Horsey

I'm big on what the rehabs like to call 'peer support' - I always chat to other blokes or sheilas with spinal cord injury wherever and whenever I can in the hope that I might be able to encourage them or give them some tips from my own experience.

I'm known to be a straight talking, no bullshit kind of guy, that sometimes can get me in trouble.

My right hand man - or rather bitch - is my dog Horsey. She's a Blue Heeler who loves the beach, especially loves chasing seagulls, and has the gentlest nature.  She's never far away, although often we have to leave her in the car while we're staying at a hotel.

Oh and my left hand... girl... is Jess. She's a bit of alright, even though she hails from the 9th state, otherwise known as New Zealand.  After our travels in 2015/2016 during which we fell in love we decided to give IVF a crack and ta-daa we were blessed with our daughter Eleven on 1/1/2017.  Trust me, I know I'm one lucky bloke to have these girls by my side.

So head over to the blog to read a little about our travels, and flick me an email to say g'day.

Sept 2014 Channel 7 Sunrise clip - a great intro to Macca

 Getting into the swing of being on holiday - Jess and I at the Daly Waters Pub on our first trip in 2015.

Getting into the swing of being on holiday - Jess and I at the Daly Waters Pub on our first trip in 2015.

 Road trip take 2 - 2 years later - this time with Eleven and Poppa Parker

Road trip take 2 - 2 years later - this time with Eleven and Poppa Parker