Silvan Reservoir Park accessibility information

Before visiting Silvan Reservoir Park, check the park page on the website for the latest changes of conditions.

Silvan Reservoir Park is divided into two distinct areas: Torulosa Picnic Ground, next to the main dam observation area and the Lower Picnic Ground.

Torulosa Picnic Ground

Parking

Access to the Torulosa Picnic Ground, lookout and information board is from the upper carpark.

There are two designated disabled parking bays halfway down the parking area. Each bay is 3.8 metres wide with a curb cut onto the footpath. From the disabled parking bays, a 90-metre path with a 1:50 gradient leads to the observation area. The observation area is level with supportive bench seating. There is also an easy to read information board.

Upper carpark at Silvan Reservoir Park

Upper carpark

Designated disabled parking bays at Silvan Reservoir upper carpark

Designated disabled parking bays at the upper carpark

 

Observation area at Silvan Reservoir Park

Observation area looking over Silvan Reservoir

Information board at Silvan Reservoir

Information board

 

Picnic facilities

A ramp immediately in front of the parking bays leads down to the picnic ground. The ramp has a steep gradient of 1:10 over the first 10 metres before levelling to a 1:14 gradient into the picnic area. The picnic area has electric barbecues and several accessible tables. They are a square design with one open side for wheelchair visitors to roll under. 

 

Gas barbecue at Torulosa Picnic Ground

Gas barbecue at Tolurosa Picnic Ground

Picnic tables at Tolurosa Picnic Ground

Picnic tables

 

Toilets

An accessible, unisex toilet is available 50 metres from the picnic ground. The path that leads to the toilets is sealed, with a maximum gradient of 1:14. The cubicle has ample maneuvering room with wheelchair space beside the toilet and grab rails both beside and behind it. There is an accessible hand basin contained within the cubicle.

Accessible unisex toilet at Tolurosa Picnic Ground

Entrance to the accessible, unisex toilet

The toilet block servicing the Torulosa Picnic Ground is closed most of the year but is open from Cup Day in November through to the Australia Day weekend in January.

Lower Picnic Ground

Parking

The Lower Picnic Ground carpark has a wide disabled parking bay located close to the main picnic shelter. It is approximately 5.3 metres wide.

Disabled parking bay at Lower Picnic Ground

Disabled parking bay at Lower Picnic Ground

 

Picnic facilities and playground

Directly opposite the designated disabled parking bay is the entrance to the barbecue and picnic ground. Both the outdoor and undercover areas have accessible picnic tables for wheelchair users. Electric barbecues are available, with a working height of 900 millimetres. Woodfired barbecues are also available.

Silvan Reservoir Lower Picnic Ground barbecues

Electric barbecue at the Lower Picnic Ground

Solid fuel barbecue at Silvan Reservoir Lower Picnic Ground

Solid fuel barbecue

 

Main picnic shelter at Silvan Reservoir Lower Picnic Ground

Main shelter at the Lower Picnic Ground

Outdoor picnic area at Silvan Reservoir Lower Picnic Ground

Outdoor picnic area

 

A playground is located at the bottom of the carpark. The playground doesn’t have any inclusive play features, but the surrounding areas are easily accessible.

Playground at Silvan Reservoir Lower Picnic Ground

Children's playground

Toilets

There is a toilet block that services the Lower Picnic Ground. Here, there is a unisex toilet and baby change room. The cubicle has good maneuvering room and wheelchair space beside the toilet. There is a side grab bar only, beside the toilet. The room is equipped with a fold down change table, a fixed bench and an accessible hand basin.

The path to the toilets is approximately 90 metres in length with a steep gradient of 1:10 over the entire length.

 

Toilet block at Silvan Reservoir Lower Picnic Ground

Toilet block at the Lower Picnic Ground

Unisex disabled toilet block at Silvan Reservoir Lower Picnic Ground

Unisex disabled toilet

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.
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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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