Russell Falls access friendly track
Russell Falls access friendly track (photograph: Jonathan Wherrett)

Access friendly

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Parks for ​all p​e​ople​​​​

There are a number of access-friendly sites around the State that enable mobility impaired visitors to enjoy our parks, reserves and historic sites independently or with assistance.  The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is committed to providing tracks, facilities and equipment that are accessible to a broad range of people, including the mobility impaired, vision impaired, elderly, infirm, and people with prams. ​Motorised wheelchairs and scooters are permitted within national parks and reserves. 

​​Tra​il​Ri​d​​ers ​

TrailRider all-terrain wheelchairs are available at Cradle MountainFreycinet and Mount Field national parks. Trailriders enable visitors with mobility limitations to explore more rugged tracks where conventional wheelchairs would not be suitable.

TrailRiders have adjustable seating and supports, and are suitable for adults and children. They are operated by two or more reasonably fit helpers. PWS staff can advise on suitable tracks.

There is no charge to hire TrailRiders though we recommend booking seven days in advance via the relevant visitor centre. Users are required to bring a helmet and to undertake a TrailRider induction before heading out on the track. To access trailheads away from the visitor centres, TrailRiders disassemble and will fit in the back of most medium sized SUVs.

​​​​Assistance animals

Guide Dogs are permitted in national parks and reserves, but it is advised that you bring reasonable proof that the dog is an assistance animal​ with you and advise PWS staff of the dog's presence on your arrival, where applicable.  

For other assistance animals, please contact the relevant field centre ​at least a few days before you head out to seek an authority. An authority is required to be granted prior to arrival with an assistance animal.

​Loc​a​​​​tions

Many of our parks and reserves have amenities suitable for people with mobility limitations. You will find park-specific access friendly information on each reserve's page. On this page you will find all of our walk and reserve sites that have accessible facilities.

Enjoy exploring. 

Contact

Parks and Wildlife Service
GPO Box 1751
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 TASPARKS, (1300 827 727)

Access friendly walks

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Freycinet National Park

Cape Tourville

If you don't have much time on your hands while visitng Freycinet National Park, this easy walk offers remarkable coastal views in a short amount of time.

20 minute circuit, 600m circuit, Grade 1
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Hobart and South

Coal Mines Historic Site

Take a short walk around this picturesque site on the Tasman Peninsula, which once housed up to 600 convicts, labouring in the the inky blackness of underground tunnels.

1-2 hours return, 2km, a 300m section at the start of track is wheelchair accessible, Grade 2
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East coast

Evercreech

A short stroll amongst the magnificent white gums of Evercreech, the tallest of their type in Australia.

10 minute return or 20 minute circuit, 400m return or 1km circuit., Grade 2
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North West

Fern Glade

Fern Glade is a magnificent walk among large, spectacular tree ferns along the Emu River. If you are lucky you may see a platypus.

15 minutes to 1 hour return, 1km return, Grade 1
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Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Franklin Nature Trail

Those travelling between Queenstown and Derwent Bridge will cross this well-known wilderness river on their way. Plan a rest stop here and enjoy the tranquillity of water and rainforest.

25 minutes return, 1km, Grade 1
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Launceston and North

Goblin Forest Walk

The Goblin Forest Walk is an easy, wheelchair accessible track located in the beautiful rainforest of the Blue Tier Regional Reserve.

20 minute circuit, 400m circuit, Grade 1
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Launceston and North

Hollybank

Hollybank has spacious picnic facilities and walking tracks nestled amongst ash and pine trees.

15-40 minute circuit, 2km circuit, Grade 1
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Cradle Mountain (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Rainforest Walk

Take a short, easy stroll through the rainforest.

10 minute circuit, 431m, Grade 1
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Tasman National Park

Remarkable Cave

Follow the steep steps to the viewing platform for this spectacular sea cave.

15 minutes return, TBC, Grade 3
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Mount Field National Park

Russell Falls

Russell Falls is one of Tasmania’s most treasured places. The falls delight every visitor and can be reached by a wide, very easy track suitable for wheelchair users and those with strollers.

25 minutes return, 1.4km return, Grade 1
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Hobart and South

Tahune Airwalk

The Tahune Airwalk offers a rare chance to gain a perspective on a part of the Tasmanian forest that is rarely seen by people - the canopy.

50 minutes return, 1.6km, Grade 1
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Tamar Island Wetlands Centre

Tamar Island

Just 10 minutes drive from the heart of Launceston in the Tamar River Conservation Area is the Tamar Island walk. For company you’ll have pelicans, swans, cormorants and numerous other bird species as well as frogs, dragonflies and lizards.

1.5 hours return, 4km return, Grade 1
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