Grampians National Park is a diverse landscape famed for its environmental biodiversity, rich Aboriginal cultural heritage and recreational opportunities. The park attracts visitors from all over Australia and the world, with a strong reputation for excellent bushwalking, waterfalls, spectacular lookouts, Aboriginal rock shelters and mountain peaks.
This guide contains a selection of 25 walking tracks in and around Grampians National Park that can be accessed by people with limited mobility. These tracks have been chosen to offer a wide range of experiences and challenges – everything from flat and easy short walks, to steep, adventurous and sometimes ambitious ascents. Each track has been scrutinised for its suitability, with the key objective to provide an accurate information resource for TrailRiders (all-terrain wheelchairs), conventional wheelchairs and children’s strollers.
In the spirit of Healthy Parks Healthy People, Parks Victoria hopes this guide will give people with limited mobility the confidence to access areas of the Grampians that were previously thought of as inaccessible.
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The Sailability "Sailing For Everyone" philosophy has been wholeheartedly adopted by DYC and growing inclusive participation remains an enormous opportunity. The protected nature of the Docklands waterway and the club's fleet of Hansa dinghies are ideal for introductory sailing programs and the development of basic skills for people of all abilities.
With the club's unique location, surrounded by a new emerging community and a broader metropolitan catchment area, there is tremendous potential for growing participation in recreational sailing and introductory racing. At the same time, building membership and the pool of volunteers.
An ongoing participation and recreational sailing program, including the accompanying social activity, is seen as the core of DYC's future.
On Wednesday the 22nd of February, patients and staff from Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre visited the Docklands Yacht Club for an afternoon of sailing and to learn more about the Club. The conditions were sunny with a tricky and gutsy northerly breeze which made for some spirited sailing!!
The Docklands Yacht Club using a new community sailing sailing model. The club owns all of the boats, lifejackets and equipment. Use of the boats is covered in the annual membership fee. If you want to come and try sailing, or are a visitor to Melbourne looking for a unique view of the city casual day sailing is also availble.
The other unique aspect of the Docklands Yacht is its fleet of Hansa Dinghies, which have a ballasted centre board making them stable and ideal for first time sailors or sailors with a disability. In the context of inclusive sailing, the single fleet is ideal as all people, regardless of ability, are completing on a level playing field. On the water everyone is equal.
A selection of Images from the sailing day are available from PhotoAbility
Docklands Yacht Club runs regular 'Come Try Racing' days to encourage sailors to take the next step into competition. These are friendly, stress-free days where instruction and practical programs are offered to help sailors take the first steps into racing. DYC members are also active in regattas sailed at other clubs and State and National Championships. They also run a Short Course racing season throughout Summer.
Visitors and new members are most welcome. Come along to their regular sailing days on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, from 11am till 4pm.
For more information see the Club website at http://www.docklands.yachting.org.au
Today the new Arthurs Seat Skylift project has a new name - The Arthurs Seat Eagle.
The first of the 24 new Gondolas was unveiled today at the brand launch.
Eagle CEO, Hans Brugman said today:
The new name symbolised the “soaring flight” people would experience on the gondola, and paid homage to the wedge-tailed eagles that could be spotted from the ride.
With the arrival of the Gondolas from Switzerland, the project is on track for its December 3 official opening.
The Eagle will be a boon for Tourism on the Mornington Peninsula. The new Gondolas will seat 8 people and will also accommodate wheelchair users with level entry.
Martin Dixon MP
Eagle CEO Hans Brugman
Place your bid and you and your seven guests could be riding the very first Gondola leaving the station at our Grand Opening on Saturday 3rd December. You will lead the celebrations - even beating the Premier to the number one spot! Plus, you will receive VIP treatment all day with complimentary food and beverages and all round star treatment.
All money raised at the auction will be donated to our neighbours – the Peninsula Specialist College and Dromana Primary School.
This is a once in a life time opportunity – don’t miss out!
Puffing Billy is Australia's favourite steam train and operates everyday except christmas day!
The journey aboard Puffing Billy takes you through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, located only one hour east of Melbourne.
With lush fern gullies brushing past and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead, Puffing Billy makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate rainforest.
Visitors from around the world enjoy travelling aboard Puffing Billy as a stand-alone experience or as part of a Melbourne day tour. If you are a Melbourne local, you can bring friends, kids, other family members or interstate visitors, pack a picnic and travel aboard this historic Melbourne attraction.
Step back in time whilst dangling your legs over the side of the carriage - a favourite activity for kids (and adults!). Parents and grandparents relive their own childhood memories whilst introducing the next generation to this unforgettable part of Victorian history.
Puffing Billy Railway is committed to offering an enjoyable experience for everyone and has have a range of family friendly and wheelchair accessible facilities available for our passengers.
Only folding or narrow prams can travel on Puffing Billy because of our heritage carriage doors.
BABY CHANGE FACILITIES
Baby change facilities are available at all stations.
WARMING OF BOTTLES / BABY FOOD
A microwave is available in the baby change room at Belgrave station. Alternatively, please approach the volunteers in the refreshment rooms at one of our stations, and they will be able to assist.
Our friendly staff can provide special attention to visitors with reduced mobility. We recommend that you let us know about your requirements before you travel. Telephone (03) 9757 0700.
If you are travelling in a wheelchair, there are limited wheelchair spaces available. Please contact us on (03) 9757 0700 (+61 3 9757 0700 intl) during normal office hours on the weekday prior to travelling so that we can assist you in accommodating your needs.
There are two designated disabled car spaces at Gate 3 at our Belgrave station in Old Monbulk Road. From there, access to the station platform is via a ramp (the bottom of the "zig zag path"). Wheelchair assisted persons should please note that this ramp is steep. If you require further assistance getting from here to the platform, please contact us on 9757 0700 or 9757 0721.
ACCESS TO THE STATION
Pathways to Belgrave, Lakeside and Gembrook stations are all wheelchair accessible.
To assist passengers with reduced mobility and to avoid our steep pathway entrance to Belgrave station, passengers may be dropped off at Gate 4 which is in front of our Belgrave station building in Old Monbulk Road. The area from the station to the platform is on one level.
GETTING ABOARD THE TRAIN
Our station platforms are not at the same height as our carriage doors, however ramps are available to provide easy wheelchair access on many of our Excursion Trains. Please see one of our friendly volunteers on the day of travel for assistance. The wheelchair ramp width is 75cm.
TOILETS WITH WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
Toilets with wheelchair access are located at Belgrave, Lakeside and Gembrook stations.
Puffing Billy Railway welcomes visitors who use assistance dogs certified by a registered authority. Assistance dogs must be restrained by a harness or leash at all times.Please note that assistance dogs are the only dogs allowed aboard Puffing Billy Railway.
Companion card holders travels free of charge aboard the Excursion Trains. Companion card must be presented on day of travel.
TravAbility offers a full range of day and half day accessible tours of Melbourne and surrounds to suit your in-port time.
We operate modern vehicles and can cater for couples and small groups.
Accessible Transfers to and from the Port are also available.
Call us for availability and prices 1300 722 683 or internationally on +61 4 1769 0533
Cover photo by Paul Bride
With soaring peaks, turquoise waters, gleaming glaciers and shrouded in mysterious coastal forests, British Columbia’s dramatic Sea to Sky corridor beckons travellers from all over the world.
Welcoming visitors to experience Adventure by Nature, the marvellous Sea to Sky Gondola has become the focal point for tourism and outdoor recreation in and around the town of Squamish. Safely transporting sightseers and visitors and adventurers 850 vertical metres (1,900 feet) skyward from the architecturally impressive Highway 99 Base Camp, the Sea to Sky Gondola operates year-round and provides aerial views of Howe Sound Fjord, the Stawamus Chief, and the spectacular Diamond Head region of Garibaldi Park. It’s rare, indeed, to find such a stunning meeting place of mountain and ocean, anywhere in the world.
Located just a 45 minute drive from Vancouver, the Sea to Sky Gondola opens up new horizons to anyone adventurous in mind, body, or spirit. “Access the Inaccessible” and discover perspectives you never thought you’d see via the network of newly graded/constructed walking and hiking trails suitable for all ages and fitness levels, including wheelchair access.
Photo by Paul Bride
The Sea to Sky Gondola summit was once only accessible to those who committed to hours or days of hard work to reach the top or the backcountry. It is our intention to provide "access to the inaccessible" wherever possible with the Sea to Sky Gondola. All of our Basecamp facilities are wheelchair and stroller accessible. The gondola cabins are designed to accommodate both wheelchairs and strollers. Once at the top, the Summit Lodge walkways and ramps create easy wheelchair and stroller access throughout the facility. In addition to the Summit Lodge, the patio and viewing deck are wheelchair accessible (snow conditions permitting).
For visitors with babies and young children, the Summit Lodge is stroller friendly and the Panorama Trail, the Spirit Trail, and the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge are stroller friendly when there is no snow at the Summit. In the winter, check the conditions prior to planning your visit.
The following amenities are available to make the Sea to Sky Gondola as accessible as possible:
Since the 1920's Phillip Island to the south east of Melbourne has hosted one of nature's great spectacles, the Little Penguins waddling ashore at sunset to their burrows buried in the sand dunes. The Penguins live year round in burrows in large colonies. They fish all day returning under the cover of dusk to feed their young and avoiding their land based predators. The Little Penguin, also often referred to as the Fairy Penguin is the smallest Penguin in world standing at only 17 inches high.
The Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is now a world renowned attraction with over 650,000 local and international visitors enjoying the spectacle every year. The Penguin Parade has the highest eco tourism rating available with all viewing options designed to protect the animals and their homes. All forms of photography are strictly prohibited to further protect the birds. Phillip Island Nature Parks is a not for profit operation and all visitor income goes back into Penguin research and conservation.In addition to being an eco tourism attraction the Penguin Parade and its associated facilities are accessible and affords tourists with disabilities the opportunity to witness this remarkable nightly event.
On entering the car park follow the signs around to car park number one, proceed to the top of the car park and turn right into the adjacent area. There is a line of disabled parking spaces all of 3.5 metres in width. The path at the top of the car park leads directly to the Visitors Centre. Entry is via the paved path and ramp. The ticket counter is immediately inside the door. To the left is a theatrette. The door is level and there is an area inside where the short film can be viewed from a wheelchair. A ramp to the right of the stairs leads to the lower (main) level of the centre. There is a cafe and shops available inside and they all on level floors with easy access to all. Accessible toilets are available at the left hand end of the building. It should be noted that there are no accessible toilets out on the viewing platforms and boardwalks. There is an interpretative education centre down a small ramp way that explains the habitat and life cycle of the Little Penguin. All of these exhibits are at an eye height that can easily be seen from a wheelchair.
There is a fair roll from the visitor centre to the observation decks at Summerland Beach. For those that require it a courtesy buggy is available immediately outside the door of the visitors centre. The parade occurs at dusk each day so check with the centre prior to your visit for the exact time and allow for the walk to the platforms. Our photos have been taken in daylight to highlight the slopes and surfaces you will be traversing.Just outside the visitors centre there is a new gently sloping boardwalk that leads to the dunes. This path is wide and smooth it is with a gentle gradient and ample level rest areas. The boardwalk gives access to both the Penguin Parade and Penguin Plus viewing platforms. This boardwalk also allows viewing of the Little Penguins in their burrows.
This is the main viewing area at Summerland Beach. At the end of the flat boardwalk the boardwalk slopes up to the left. The slope here is 1 in 14. At the top there are two areas. Both have a large level area at the top to accommodate wheelchairs. The elevated position gives a good 180 degree view over the beach below as the Penguins arrive and waddle across the beach to their burrows. The designated wheelchair viewing area has a prime location right above the weighing station.
This area provides a more personalised penguin viewing experience. Limited to 150 people, this viewing platform provides a closer viewing of the penguin arrival than the main viewing platforms at the Penguin Parade. The stand is located in a high penguin traffic area and is much closer to the ground giving a more intimate experience. Rangers are on hand to give a full interpretation and insight into the lives of these little creatures. Wheelchair viewing is from the bottom of this stand and therefore gives a far better view than is available from the top of the stands at the Penguin Parade. Because of the limited number of spaces available at Penguin Plus bookings are essential.
The latest addition to the Penguin Plus experience is the underground bunker. The area is limited to 60 guest. It provides an eye level view as the penguins walk straight past the ground level windows. The is a special high floor section giving wheelchair users the same experience from a seated position. This option is perfect for people who are susceptible to the cold.
Jervis Bay is renowned for its natural beauty and extraordinary wildlife, such as dolphins, seals, sea birds, fairy penguins and migrating whales (from May through November). Rich in Australian history, Aboriginal culture and geological marvels, Jervis Bay is also famous for its diving, exceptionally clear water.
Experience the wonders of Jervis Bay on 18.5 metre catamaran Port Venture. She has five viewing levels, and has been specifically designed to suit all ages, especially those who are in wheelchairs or have a physical disability. Port Venture has disabled amenities on board and level walk/wheel on, and off ramp.
Guests with any type of disability can experience whale and dolphin watching, as well as be safely hoisted into the boom net or go snorkeling in the clear waters of Jervis Bay.
Once back on shore visit Jervis Bay Wild’s Portside Cafe to enjoy lunch or tea and a cake. Portside has fully accessible amenities available.
Jarvis Bay Wild operates 365 days of the year and run a number of Eco tours consisting of:
Dolphin – all year round
Whale – mid-May to mid November
Summer – mid November to mid-May
Boom Netting – mid-November to mid-May
Twilight – December to April
Seal Colony – dependent on wind and sea conditions
Private Charters – to suit any occasion.
Father and Son Watching Dolphins
On the tip of the Bow
Boom Netting Hoist
Portside Cafe and Dock
The Shoalhaven is situated on the South Coast of NSW and includes Jervis Bay.
Around the Shoalhaven there are many activities suitable for travellers of any ability, their families and their friends, making this region the perfect destination for people who may require some extra care and assistance with their access requirements. Whether fishing from an accessible jetty, admiring the spectacular pristine, white sands around the Bay, or out on the water in a fully accessible boat for dolphin and whale watching For those who are more adventurous a hoist can lift you into the boom net or off the back of the boat to go snorkelling with the marine life.
There is a large range of accessible accommodations options available.
The construction of the Iconic Arthurs Seat Skylift moves a step closer today with the erection of the gondola's support pylons.
The pylons were skillfully flown into place by a heavy lift helicopter overseen by the Australian lift company Doppelmayr.
The new Skylift will consist of fully enclosed 8 seat Goldolas making it an all weather attraction and for the first time allowing people of all abilities to take in the spectacular views over Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula from Arthurs Seat.
It will help revitalise Arthurs Seat State Park by creating an internationally recognised attraction, and contribute to the Mornington Peninsula’s economy through tourism and employment.
The upper and lower station buildings will each feature a loading area, mezzanine level, café/kiosk, information centre, toilets and office space.
The $16 million project will not only be a major tourism asset for the state of Victoria but it will be a world class Accessible Facility to cater for the rapidly growing Accessible Tourism market.
The Skylift chief, Hans Brugman said today:
Making it completely accessible has increased the cost of this project significantly but it was important to do it.
TravAbility's Founder, Bill Forrester said:
As a major iconic tourist attraction for both the Mornington Peninsula and the City of Melbourne, it is important that such a development be fully inclusive to everyone.The Arthur Seat Skylift project has taken the time and effort to understand the needs of the disabled traveller. By changing their approach away from a compliance to customer focus, the developers have gone far and above their obligations under the building codes. They have fully embraced the spirit of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, especially Article 30, and in doing so have created a truly world class accessible concept.
As a major iconic tourist attraction for both the Mornington Peninsula and the City of Melbourne, it is important that such a development be fully inclusive to everyone.
The Arthur Seat Skylift project has taken the time and effort to understand the needs of the disabled traveller. By changing their approach away from a compliance to customer focus, the developers have gone far and above their obligations under the building codes. They have fully embraced the spirit of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, especially Article 30, and in doing so have created a truly world class accessible concept.
The Arthur Seat Skylift has the potential to create a significant competitive advantage for the Mornington Peninsula and the City of Melbourne in attracting the Accessible Tourism market, as well as enhancing the city’s reputation as being the “Most Livable City” for all.
Gondola - Artists Impression
Upper Station - Artists Impression
The next major milestone will be the arrival of the Gondolas from Switzerland.
The Skylift is expected to be operational before the end of the year.
The Koala Conservation Centre offers visitors a chance to have a face to face encounter with arguably Australia's most loved animal. The unique tree top board walks are fully wheelchair accessible offering an inclusive experience.Unlike a Zoo, the Koala Conservation Centre offers visitors a chance to see these lovable creatures in their natural environment. The centre has played a crucial role in saving the population of Koalas on Phillip Island.The Visitors Centre is equipped with a cafe with accessible seating, disabled toilet facilities and an interpretative centre that will allow the visitor to leave with a full appreciation of this magnificent little creature.
Visitors CentreThe visitors centre is accessed from the five disabled parking places in the carpark via a wide and smooth path. Both the carpark and access path are gravel. The surface is smooth and the stones hard packed and fine. The centre is entered via a ramp with a 1 in 14 gradient equipped with handrails on both sides. The entrance door is wide and self opening. The centre houses a gift shop, cafe, disabled toilet facilities and an excellent interpretive centre. Inside the centre the floors are level and hard surfaced. The furniture in the cafe is movable as is the outdoor eating area furniture. The longer tables have roll under ends to cater for a wheelchair. The interpretative centre is spacious allowing easy wheelchair access. All displays are readable from wheelchair height.
Koala BoardwalkThe highlight of a visit to Koala Conservation Centre are the boardwalks that are fully accessible and allow a view of the Koalas at their level in the trees. The park is entered from the interpretive centre through a self opening door and another 1 in 14 ramp. The paths within the park are again a gravel surface. The paths are smooth and a moderate gradient. The two boardwalks are a short roll from the visitors centre. They are entered through a pair of gates that are very lightly loaded. The Koala Boardwalk lives up to its name with an abundance of Koalas on view giving some remarkable photo opportunities. The boardwalks are wide as are the observation areas allowing easy access to wheelchairs.
Woodland BoardwalkThe Woodland Boardwalk also affords good opportunity to see Koalas but is alive with native bird life. Like the Koala Boardwalk it is wide and easily navigated with a wheelchair.
Woodland WalkIn additional to the two boardwalks the Woodland Walk wanders through the natural bush at ground level. This path is a gravel surface, is smooth and of very moderate grade. Taking your time around this path offers the opportunity to spot a large variety of Australian native wildlife including wallabies, possums, echidnas and over 100 native birds.
LocationPhillip Island is a 90 minute drive from the centre of Melbourne via the Monash Freeway and the South Gippsland Highway. Once on the Island the Koala Conservation Centre is clearly sign posted. For further details see their web site
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