Parks Victoria has purchased new beach access wheelchairs designed specifically for children, which are now available for use at the spectacular beaches of Wilsons Promontory National Park and Cape Conran Coastal Park. The light-weight chairs are free of charge, easily dismantled for storage or transport in the car and just in time for some summer fun in Victoria’s parks.
Adult beach-access wheelchairs are also available at Wilsons Promontory, Cape Conran and Point Nepean National Park. All-terrain wheelchairs can be booked in a number of Victoria’s parks to help visitors with significant physical disabilities to explore the great outdoors.
Businesses interested in donating a beach-access wheelchair or all-terrain wheelchair to their favourite park this holiday season are encouraged to contact Parks Victoria and the People and Parks Foundation on 13 1963.
See the TrailRider all-terrain wheelchairs in action in Wild Places: A Parks Victoria film with Dr David Stratton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVyZ8FgjazY
Wilsons Promontory National Park and Cape Conran Coastal Park have specially modified cabins with entrance ramps, accessible bathrooms and parking close by to make it much easier for people with a disability, families and carers to enjoy their park stay. In addition to the accommodation personal hoist and specialised bathroom equipment, such as a shower commode chair, are available to visitors free of charge.
Parks Victoria is Advanced Ecotourism Certified with Ecotourism Australia.
For further information about park accessibility visit the Parks Victoria website at www.parks.vic.gov.au.
Parks Victoria won the National Disability Award in 2011 under the Health and Wellbeing category and is implementing access strategies for people with disabilities across the state.