People of all abilities can now explore Kinglake National Park
Wednesday 2 December, 2020
People of all abilities can now enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of Kinglake National Park like never before with the help of an all-terrain wheelchair called a TrailRider.
From fern gullies along walking tracks, to the cascading Masons Falls, the TrailRider opens up these opportunities for everyone.
Philip Buggy enjoys Kinglake National Park in the TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair.
The TrailRider, generously donated by Rotary Club of Kinglake Ranges, allows visitors to access more rugged walking trails not otherwise accessible with conventional wheelchairs.
“The TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair means everyone can now enjoy and experience the important physical and mental health benefits of getting out in nature, alongside their family and friends," said Ranger Team Leader Trevor Graham.
“My top tip for a great walk to enjoy is Lyrebird Circuit at Masons Falls and the track down to the Falls. At under 2km return this walk takes in beautiful tall forests and a sweeping view of the falls and valley below. If you’re lucky you might even see a lyrebird along the quiet narrow walking track.”
What you need to know
A minimum of two people is required to help push and pull the chair.
The TrailRider is now available at the Parks Victoria Kinglake office. Bookings can be made by calling the office during business hours on 03 8427 2066. An induction and training session for all users is provided by Parks Victoria upon pick up. Expert local advice on the best tracks is also available.
The TrailRider (and helmet if users can’t provide their own) will be sanitised thoroughly after each use.
Visiting a park can be more of a challenge for some visitors with disabilities, however in Victoria, there are a wide range of accessible park visitor sites and park resources to help people of all abilities connect with nature. For more information click here.
Visitors to parks and reserves are reminded of physical distancing, hygiene and face-mask requirements, and to stay home if unwell.