Sugarloaf Reservoir Park accessibility
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Saddle Dam Picnic Area
The Saddle Dam Picnic Area is the most accessible within the Sugarloaf Reservoir Park.
Just inside the entrance are two designated accessible parking bays, each approximately 4 metres wide. The car park surface is level asphalt, and the bays are adjacent to both the toilet facility and the covered picnic area.
Saddle Dam carpark with designated accessible parking spaces
The toilet block is accessed via a gently sloping asphalt pathway and contains a unisex accessible cubicle. The toilet is equipped with side and rear grab rails (85 centimeters high) and has ample room beside it. The toilet height is 45 centimeters with the flush button at 1.1 meters high, toilet roll dispenser at 85 centimeters and a lower alcove directly adjacent to the toilet at 30 centimeters in height. There is an accessible hand basin (85 centimeters high) with a timed push-to-operate tap and a clear space of 20 centimeters under the basin. There is cold water only supplied to the basin. The entry door is 80 centimeters wide and is a swing type requiring only light pressure to open. The handle is a lever type (95 centimeters high) with a rotating internal lock (1.1 meters high).
Accessible toilet at Saddle Dam Picnic Area
Next to the toilet block is a large covered picnic shelter. Inside the shelter are individual bays with tables. None of those tables have provision for wheelchair users, however on the outside of the main shelter is several tables with long overhanging ends (70 centimeters).
The walking path around the Saddle has a compacted gravel surface.
Picnic Pavilion with wheelchair accessible picnic tables located outside the shelter
The Southern Lookout is located next to the Saddle Dam Picnic Area. It provides a very similar view to that available at the Saddle Dam Picnic Area. There are no designated disabled parking spaces available. The car park is asphalt with a concrete curb. The only curb cut available is at the far end of the car park where there is a gravel road leading to the launching ramp. The road also provides the only paved surface to the viewing area and is loose coarse gravel.
There are no facilities at the Southern Lookout.
Southern Lookout carpark and view
There are no designated disabled parking spaces available at the Western Lookout carpark. The carpark surface is asphalt and is level. It has a concrete curb 150 millimetres in height but there are no curb cuts. The Western Lookout provides good views across Sugarloaf Reservoir even from the car and is worth the stop.
Ridge Picnic Area
The Ridge Picnic Area is spread out around the ridge at the northern edge of the reservoir park. This picnic area has limited accessible facilities. Wheelchair users and those using mobility aids should choose the Saddle Dam Picnic Area.
Ridge Picnic Area car park entrance
Path to the reservoir
Accessible toilet facilities are provided in the toilet complex. The facilities are contained within the male and female blocks. Entry to the toilet block is 1 meter wide with cubicle door 80 centimeters wide. The cubicle provides a toilet with a 45 centimeters seat height, side and rear grab bars (85 centimeters high), a toilet paper dispenser at 1 meter high, and a lower alcove at 30 centimeters. There is space beside the toilet for a wheelchair and there is turning space within the cubicle. The hand basin is located outside the cubicle. The cubicle door is equipped with a rotating lock.
Ridge Picnic Area toilet block
Accessible toilet facilities in both male and female toilets
The best access to the toilet block is via the upper or entry road. Parking is adjacent to the block, however there are no designated disabled bays. The first bay in the park is a wide 4 metre one with an additional triangular vacant area beside it. There is a curb cut in the adjacent bay, opposite the path to the northern lookout, but it is subject to being blocked by parked cars. The curb is sloping and is 150 millimetres high.
Ridge Picnic Area car park
There are several picnic areas and pavilions in this area, however, all of them involve the negotiation of gravel sloping paths. The largest pavilion found directly below the toilet block can be accessed from the lower road. The path is gently sloping and has a compacted gravel surface. Electric barbecues with a 1 meter working height are provided. The picnic tables do not provide adequate roll under ends.
There are no designated disabled parking bays in the lower car park, however the park next to the access path provides an option for those needing space beside the car for wheelchair access.
Ridge Picnic Facilities
At the northern end of the lookout’s grassed picnic area is a gate leading to the designated fishing area. Access to the edge of the lake is via a 1/10 gravel path of approximately 50 metres. The lake edge is a sloping rock wall which would make fishing by wheelchair users difficult without a long rod.