Abbeys Story
Abbeys Story

Abbey's trail ride opens door to her love of nature

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​Everyone loves to get out and explore nature, especially when it involves our national parks, however this can be easier said than done for some.

Abbey is 11 and has an inoperable brain tumour. The tumour and associated treatments she receives rule her out from walking long distances due to the fatigue she experiences– meaning lengthy bushwalks are simply out of the question.

However, thanks to an all-terrain wheelchair, Abbey and many others are now able to get back outside and explore the places they love.

Abbey's mum Justine said having access to the wheelchair made their recent trip to the Mount Field National Park a special experience.

“The TrailRider wheelchair​ allowed our family to visit Lake Dobson and to explore the Pandani Grove Nature Walk - one of our favourites. Surrounding ourselves with nature, smelling the bush, and listening to the currawongs after months of hospital visits and appointments was absolute bliss!" Justine said.

TrailRiders are much narrower than a standard wheelchair and are able to navigate stairs and uneven terrain, allowing users to access areas of our national parks that would usually not be accessible to them.

At Mount Field, this includes walks such as the Pandani Grove, Tall Trees, Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls.

TrailRiders are available for visitors to borrow, free of charge, at Mount Field, Freycinet and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Parks.

Find out more about access-friendly sites.​

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After long stints in hospital, getting back to nature is bliss for the Barrett family.

Published 1/02/2024