2 adults assisting child in wheelchair up a steep rocky bush path

Volunteer Sherpas

For the more adventurous there are now ten all-terrain TrailRider wheelchairs in various locations to take visitors along tracks and to places they could never have previously visited. Volunteer sherpas are available to help TrailRiders navigate tracks in the Grampians National Park.

 

Two guys in beach wheelchairs on the beach

Get down to the beach

There are also seven beach wheelchairs available in five coastal parks allowing children and adults to share the fun of getting onto the beach.

2 adults assisting child in wheelchair up a steep rocky bush path

Visit Buchan caves

At Buchan Caves Reserve, a Stairclimber is taking children and light adults with disabilities into the Fairy Cave, and there are now escorted walking programs in a number of parks providing the feels, smells and sounds of nature to the vision impaired.

 

Tomorrow is International Day of People with Disability

We thought it a great idea to share news from Parks Victoria’s media release to highlight :

 the importance of accessibility, especially to places where everyone can experience the benefits of being outdoors and enjoying nature.

Park access facilities have continued to expand in recent years. Examples are the Playscape at Brimbank Park, an accessible canoe launcher at Kings Billabong Reserve, near Mildura, and new visitor facilities at Toorourrong Reservoir Park.

The design of the new Arthurs Seat Eagle skylift makes it accessible to visitors of all abilities as is the new Changing Places toilet for visitors with severe physical disabilities, also located at Arthurs Seat.

We are committed to making parks more inclusive for everyone,” says Parks Victoria’s Access and Inclusion Coordinator, John Kenwright. “It’s part of our Healthy Parks Healthy People philosophy to give everyone the opportunity to get out into parks and enjoy the benefits of being close to nature.”

For more information on accessibility in parks – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/visit/improving-park-access-for-all

For those who fancy spending a few days at Tidal River or at Cape Conran, additional equipment is available for the all-abilities cabins there, including hoists, electric high-low beds and shower commode chairs.

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