Dandenong Ranges National Park accessibility information

Before visiting Dandenong Ranges National Park, check the park page on the website for the latest changes of conditions.

Grants Picnic Ground

Grants Picnic Ground is an accessible destination in the Sherbrooke section of Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Parking

There are three areas where designated disabled parking is provided. All disabled parking bays have an asphalt surface.

In the lower carpark, next to the café, there are two disabled parking bays. Each has a width of 3.6 metres. Next to the carpark, an asphalt pathway leads directly to the toilet facilities and cafe. 

There are two disabled carparking bays, each 3 metres wide, in the middle carpark. This carpark is located just uphill from the picnic shelter at the start of the Margaret Lester Forest Walk.

In the upper carpark, at the top end of the Margaret Lester Forest Walk, there are three further disabled carparking bays, each 2.8 metres wide. There is also a designated area for large buses on the lower side of the cafe.

Grants Picnic Ground disabled carparking near the cafe

Disabled carparking bays outside the cafe.

Grants Picnic Ground coach carparking bays

Coach carparking bays

 

Margaret Lester Forest Walk

The Margaret Lester Forest Walk is a purpose-built walking track for people with limited mobility. The walk was designed with assistance by Margaret Lester, who was a architecture graduate and paraplegic. The path contains 200 metres of asphalt path on a gentle gradient. It stretches through the forest and fern glades from the middle to upper carparks. Along the path there are information boards about the forest and its ecosystem.

Margaret Lester Forest Walk at Grants Picnic Ground

 

Picnic facilities

An accessible picnic table and barbecue are located directly in front of the disabled parking bays in the middle carpark. The picnic tables are a square design, with one open side to allow wheelchair users to roll-under the table. Adjacent to this area is a large picnic shelter. The shelter has a level concrete floor and four picnic tables, none of which have roll-under ends. 

Opposite the carpark on the road side is a picnic area with steel tables that have overhanging tops at both ends. There are also gas barbecues with a working height of 900 millimetres.

At the upper carpark there is another set of accessible wooden tables with the square design. 

Grants Picnic Ground barbecue and picnic table

Barbecue and picnic table

Grants Picnic Ground shelter near main toilet block

Picnic area shelter adjacent to main toilet block

 

Cafe and Gift Shop

Both the café and gift shop are fully accessible, with wide self-opening doors and level access. A mobile park information office is located near the café. The office is usually staffed during popular visiting times. 

Cafe and Gift Shop near Grants Picnic Ground

Cafe and Gift Shop

Mobile Park Information office

Mobile Park Information office

 

Toilet facilities

There is one older toilet block located on the upper side of the cafe. This toilet block is currently closed until further notice. Both the male and female toilet blocks have an accessible cubicle. These cubicles have side and rear grab bars and an accessible hand basin. The cubicles are large enough for a wheelchair and space is provided beside the toilet.

Older toilet block at Grants Picnic Ground

Older toilet block at Grants Picnic Ground

Opposite the coach parking area is a newer toilet block containing an accessible unisex toilet. There is ample room to manoeuvre inside and space for a wheelchair beside the toilet. There are two vertical grab bars, one level with the front of the toilet on the side wall and one level with the outer edge of the toilet on the rear wall. An accessible hand basin and mirror are also provided.

Unisex accessible toilet at the newer toilet block near the coach parking area

Unisex accessible toilet at the newer toilet block near the coach parking area

Interior of unisex accessible toilet near the coach parking area at Grants Picnic Ground

Interior of the unisex accessible toilet

 

O'Donohue Picnic Ground

O’Donohue Picnic Ground is a small area used as a starting point to the Sherbrooke Falls walk. Although this is the easiest access to the falls, the path has gradients in excess of 1 in 10 and is not suitable to people with limited mobility. The viewing platform for the falls requires the descent of a narrow staircase.

Parking

There is no designated accessible parking at O'Donohue Picnic Ground.

Picnic facilities

O’Donohue Picnic Ground contains picnic tables of the square design with one open side to allow wheelchair users to roll-under the table.

O'Donohues Picnic Ground barbecue, picnic tables and carparking bays

Barbecues and picnic tables and additional carparking bays

Toilets

There is an accessible unisex toilet at O’Donohue Picnic Ground. The cubicle is large with wheelchair space beside the toilet and grab bars on the side and rear. It also contains an accessible hand basin.

O'Donohues Picnic Ground toilet block and carparking bays

O’Donohue’s Picnic Ground toilet block and car parking bays

 

O'Donohues Picnic Ground unisex accessible toilet

Unisex accessible toilet

O'Donohues Picnic Ground hand basin in accessible toilet

Unisex accessible toilet vanity

 

Sherbrooke Picnic Ground

Sherbrooke Picnic Ground is situated in a bush setting, surrounded by Mountain Ash trees and ancient ferns.

Parking 

There are no designated disabled parking bays in the Sherbrooke carpark, however, all parking is a steep angle parking giving side access to all cars. The carpark is an asphalt surface.

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Sherbrooke Picnic Ground carparking bays and information shelter

Carparking bays and information shelter

Picnic facilities

The picnic area contains accessible picnic tables and gas barbecues. Picnic tables are the square design with one open side to allow wheelchair users to roll-under the table.

Sherbrooke Picnic Ground accessible picnic table and barbecue

One of the picnic tables and barbecue

Toilets

There is an accessible unisex toilet to the far left of the picnic ground. The cubicle has room to manoeuvre and space for a wheelchair beside the toilet. Grab bars are provided on both sides and rear of the toilet and an accessible hand basin is provided. The large door opens out and is fitted with a full width grab rail to aid in closing it. 

Sherbrooke Picnic Ground toilet block

Sherbrooke Picnic Ground toilet block

Sherbrooke Picnic Ground accessible toilet

Unisex accessible toilet

 

 

One Tree Hill Picnic Ground

One tree Hill is a small picnic ground at the top of the 1000 steps/Kokoda Track Memorial Walk.

Parking

There are two designated disabled parking spaces near the picnic area located adjacent to a small stone rotunda. Both car parking spaces are standard width but do not allow for side disembarking of visitors in wheelchairs. There is a grass verge beside each that may be used. 

Disabled parking bays at One Tree Hill

Disabled parking bays

 

Picnic facilities

The picnic area has a crushed rock surface, with three accessible picnic tables. These are the square design with one open side to allow wheelchair users to roll-under the table. There is an electric barbecue which has a working height of 900 millimetres. 

There is a large picnic pavilion beyond the barbecue which does not contain any accessible picnic tables.

One Tree Hill picnic area

Picnic tables and barbecue at One Tree Hill

Toilets

Down the hill on the left-hand side of the barbecue area is an accessible unisex toilet/parent facility and several ambulant toilet cubicles. The unisex accessible toilet is fitted with side and rear grab bars and an accessible hand basin. The direct path from the parking area is mainly sealed with a gradient of 1:14. 
Toilet block at One Tree Hill

Toilet block at One Tree Hill

Unisex ambulant and accessible toilet facilities at One Tree Hill

Unisex ambulant and accessible toilet facilities

 

Outside toilet wash basin at One Tree Hill

Wash basin outside of toilet at One Tree Hill

Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground

(1000 steps/Kokoda Track Memorial Walk)

The Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground is best known as the start of the 1000 steps/Kokoda Track Memorial Walk. This picnic ground is on the side of a hill and has limited accessibility. Once through the official entrance of the Kokoda Track Memorial walk, the main trail has a gradient of 1 in 10.

Parking

There is a designated disabled parking bay approximately 50 metres from the middle toilet block. Access is via a sealed path with a gradient of approximately 1:14. There is also a long disabled parking bay suitable for buses located close to the café, the picnic facilities and middle toilets.

At the top of the carpark, next to the track entrance, are two more designated disabled parking spaces. These spaces are 6 metres wide. 

Disabled parking bay for long vehicles located near the café

Disabled parking bay for long vehicles located near the café

Disabled parking bay located lower down in the carpark at Ferntree Gully

Disabled parking bay located lower down in the carpark

Disabled parking bays at top of carpark adjacent Kokoda Track Memorial Walk entrance

Disabled parking bays at top of the carpark adjacent to Kokoda Track Memorial Walk entrance

 

Toilets

In the middle of the picnic ground is a toilet block that has two unisex accessible toilets. One has a right-hand grab rail and the other a left-hand grab rail.  The toilet block also has four unisex ambulant toilets. 

There are also toilet facilities at this end of the top carpark, including a unisex accessible toilet. The path leading to the toilets is very steep and not recommended for visitors in manual wheelchairs.

 

 

Toilet block in the middle of the picnic area at Ferntree Gully

Toilet block in the middle of the picnic area

Unisex ambulant and accessible toilet facilities at Ferntree Gully

Unisex ambulant and accessible toilet

 

Wash basins outside of toilet at Ferntree Gully

Wash basins outside of toilet

Toilet facilities at the top of the carpark at Ferntree Gully

Toilet facilities at the top of the carpark

 

Picnic facilities and playground

There is a playground, but entry requires negotiating a single 150-millimetre step. The playground has no inclusive play features. There is one accessible picnic table, but it also requires the negotiation of a single 150-millimetre step.

  
Picnic table located near the top of the carpark at Ferntree Gully

Picnic table located near the top of the carpark

Accessible gas barbecue and picnic area at Ferntree Gully 

Accessible gas barbecue and  picnic area located near the middle of the carpark 

 

All abilities access

Visiting a park can be more of a challenge for people with disabilities, however, in Victoria, there are a wide range of facilities to help people of all abilities enjoy our wonderful parks around the state.

TrailRider Dandenong Ranges National Park

Motorised TrailRider chairs are available to book at Dandenong Ranges National Park, Grants on Sherbrooke Restaurant at Grants Picnic Area, phone (03) 9755 2888.

All-terrain wheelchairs

TrailRider all-terrain wheelchairs are available in a number of Victoria's, enabling visitors with limited mobility to access more rugged walking trails and sites.
A young girl walking on a winding balance beam with children and families playing in the background at Yabby Hill Playscape

Autism friendly visits

Social script resources for children on the autism spectrum are available for Brimbank Park, Buchan Caves, Jells Park, Serendip Sanctuary and Wilsons Prom.

Assistance dogs in parks

Assistance dogs are welcome in Parks Victoria parks and reserves. Entry requirements apply for parks and reserves that are usually dog prohibited, such as national parks.
A vision impaired woman and friend inspecting a large, old tree at Valley Picnic Ground

Walk in the Park program

The Walk in the Park program provides group walks in selected parks in Melbourne, Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula for visitors who are blind or vision impaired. The program also provides organised group camps in some of Victoria’s iconic national parks.
A family plays at the Brimbank Playscape

Brimbank Park Playscape

A haven for creative play, Brimbank Park Playscape was designed to create opportunities for children of all abilities, including those in wheelchairs.
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