Wheelchair to boat access at Patterson River and Tooradin Jetty

Parks Victoria has installed an electric hoist on the pontoon at the Patterson River boat ramps in Carrum, to assist wheelchair users to transfer safely in and out of boats and canoes. The hoist is free to use and is available to approved users who have attended a hoist safety induction session.

Please note that the hoist is designed for lifting people in/out of boats and it is not designed for lifting wheelchairs. It is recommended that users of the hoist are seated in a manual wheelchair when using the hoist and also bring their own sling.

Patterson River electric hoist induction
Above image of the Parks Victoria electric hoist provided at the Patterson River boat ramps.

Visitors interested in using the hoist are first required to attend a free induction session, provided by a qualified hoist trainer, on how to safely operate the hoist. For further information on the hoist and the induction sessions, contact Parks Victoria on 131963.

Parks Victoria has also installed a sleave on the pontoon at the Patterson River Boat Ramps for those visitors who wish to bring and use their own Hansa C Crane hoist for transferring in and out of boats and canoes. The pontoon at Tooradin Jetty in Western Port Bay also has one of these sleaves.

Please note that the sleaves provided on both pontoons are designed for Hansa C Crane Hoists only.

Sleave provided for a Hansa C Crane hoist on the Tooradin Jetty pontoon.
Above image showing sleave provided for a Hansa C Crane hoist on the Tooradin Jetty pontoon for visitor use. The actual hoist is not provided and visitors are required to supply their own.

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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