Top 5 accessible park experiences
Discover more accessible experiences in parks this Winter. And if the weather turns wet, all these parks have a cafe or somewhere to stay dry.
1. Arthurs Seat State Park
Experience the beauty of Arthurs Seat and surrounds. The accessible Gondola offers some of the best views of the Mornington Peninsula and it’s a great wet-weather option to keep dry. There is also a fully-accessible ‘changing places’ toilet, carpark and ramp access. There is a café restaurant at Arthur’s Seat lookout where the Gondola terminates as well as carparking. And the views from the lookout along the Mornington Peninsula and across the bay are stunning!
2. Albert Park
The scenic walk around the lake is accessible and enjoyable with city skyline views and a variety of water birds and other wildlife to see. Accessible toilets are available at different points. ‘Sailability’ is an accessible sailing experience that can be enjoyed feeling safe and secure as the boats are specially designed to not capsize. There is also a hoist to assist getting in and out of the boats if needed. Whether on the water or land, a lap around the lake is a great way to stay fit and enjoy the park. There are numerous accessible cafes and restaurants for a coffee or bite to eat and lots of benches and ‘sit spots’ to relax and enjoy being in nature.
3. Grampians National Park
Many accessible choices are available for people to experience Grampians National Park. The ‘Trail Rider’ program provides an all-terrain wheelchair and Sherpa volunteers can be booked free of charge to help access some of the more challenging tracks. Walking tracks have been graded with all Grade 1 tracks suitable for wheelchairs, while 2.1 are suitable for those with some assistance. Download the trail assessment guide for Grampians National Park, developed by Parks Victoria.
4. Wilsons Promontory National Park
Winter is the ideal time to get away from the crowds and enjoy the natural beauty of Tidal River at Wilsons Prom. A number of accessible cabins and units are available to keep warm at night. And during the day, beach wheelchairs are available to get close to the waves. A range of accessible equipment and information is available, including Social Scripts which can assist people with sensory issues including Autism and Dementia prepare their trip and manage their expectations. A ‘Trail Rider’ all-terrain wheelchair is also available, and more – just ask for details at the Visitor Centre at Tidal River. For the more adventurous, you can even pitch a tent and get the true winter camping experience! We recommend you pack a few hot water bottles!
5. Serendip Sanctuary
Serendip is a fantastic place with its own Animal Sanctuary, and it’s free of charge. The flat terrain of the open grassy woodlands and wetlands makes getting around easier. With accessible viewing areas, wheelchair accessible toilet and social scripts so people can prepare for the visit. Bird watching areas have accessible areas and it’s a lovely place to picnic. From the bird hides you can see some of the 150 species of birds that live or visit Serendip Sanctuary. The popular Wildlife Walk offers close encounters with wildlife including emus and Eastern Grey Kangaroos as well as the abundant birdlife of Brolgas, Whistling Kites and Yellow-billed Spoonbills. Or if you’re very lucky, you might spot a well-hidden Tawny Frogmouth. Serendip Sanctuary is open 8am to 4pm every day except for Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Whether it's a day trip, a weekend away or you're lucky for it to be even longer, there are lots of activities to enjoy in parks for people of all ages and abilities. Start exploring today.