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The Gorge Day Visitor Area

Parking

There is a large, sealed carpark that has 59 angled parking bays, including two disabled parking bays. There is one designated disabled carparking bay close to the viewing area that looks out over the bluff. This parking bay has room for disembarking on the side and rear of the vehicle for visitors in wheelchairs. There is a small cross slope in this parking bay that wheelchair users should be aware of.

The second designated disabled carparking bay is at the other end of the carpark close to the visitor toilets. This parking bay is designed for passengers disembarking from the rear of a vehicle and also has a small cross slope.

Mount Buffalo The Gorge viewing area disabled parking

Designated disabled carparking bay close to the viewing area.

 

Viewing Areas

There is a another viewing area adjacent to the main viewing area that is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Located sixty metres from the nearest disabled parking bay, the lookout has been designed for all abilities access. This parking bay provides adequate room for disembarking from both sides of the vehicle for visitors in wheelchairs.

An accessible path to the lookout starts next to the parking bay, creating a continuous accessible path of travel to the lookout viewing area.

Mount Buffalo The Gorge viewing area accessible path

 

The path has a short, crushed and compacted rock section leading into a solid, compacted surface on the lower path sections. There is a continuous grab rail on the right side of the path that commences at the initial sloped sections of the path. At one section, there is a break in the hand rail for two metres to allow for cross traffic. Further along the path, the grab railing is provided on both sides. The sloped sections of the path have a gradient of approximately 1:14. The latter part of the path consists of a fibreglass, non-slip mesh ground surface.

Mount Buffalo The Gorge viewing area accessible path with grab rail

Path to the viewing area with break in the hand rail.

Mount Buffalo The Gorge viewing area accessible path

Path to the viewing area with break in hand rail to allow for cross traffic.

 

The actual viewing area is wheelchair accessible and provides uninterrupted views from both sitting and standing positions, with the use of frameless glass balustrading. A section of the lookout deck consists of transparent glass, allowing spectacular views of the gorge below.

Mount Buffalo The Gorge viewing area accessible path

Wheelchair accessible viewing area.

Mount Buffalo The Gorge viewing area

Viewing area with glass balustrades enabling views over the gorge.

 

Mount Buffalo The Gorge viewing area glass section with view

Looking through the transparent section of the lookout floor.

 

The main viewing area from the top of the bluff is not wheelchair accessible due to its location on a large boulder and having steps.

 

 

Toilets

There are visitor toilets at the far end of the carpark that have separate male and female standard toilets and a separate unisex accessible toilet. The toilets are approximately 25 metres from the designated accessible parking bay and access to the toilet is via a wide, sealed, sloping path of approximately 1:12 gradient.

 
Mount Buffalo The Gorge viewing area disabled parking in carpark with the toilet block in the background

Disabled parking bay and toilet block in the background.

Mount Buffalo The Gorge viewing area path to toilet block

Path to the toilet block.

 

The unisex accessible toilet has an outward swinging door with an easy to grab door handle. The cubicle has adequate room for manoeuvrability of wheelchairs. Grab railings are located behind the toilet and on the left side wall. A wash basin, with a cold-water tap, is located in the corner of the cubicle. A fold-down child change bench table is also in the cubicle.

Mount Buffalo The Gorge viewing area unisex accessible toilet

Unisex accessible toilet and grab railing.

Mount Buffalo The Gorge viewing area unisex accessible toilet and handbasin

Hand basin in the unisex accessible toilet.

 

 

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