Parks for all people
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.
TrailRiders and Beach Wheelchair
A TrailRider is an all-terrain wheelchair that can manage areas and tracks that are normally inaccessible to mobility impaired visitors. A minimum of two reasonably fit operators are required to assist the rider on easier graded walks, with more needed for difficult tracks. The TrailRider is available for hire without charge, though bookings need to be made 7 days in advance via the relevant visitor centre.
TrailRiders are available at Cradle Mountain and, Freycinet and Mount Field national parks.
A beach wheelchair is also available on Maria Island. This is designed to be used in outdoor environments and specifically for use on sand and in or near salt water.
Trained assistance dogs for vision and hearing impaired people are permitted in national parks, but it is advised that you bring appropriate identification with you and advise PWS staff of the dog's presence on your entry.
For other assistance dogs, such as companion dogs and guide dogs in training, please plan ahead and contact our Parks Entry team 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 dog. Please have the assistance dogs identification and details handy when you make contact.
Many locations in the parks and reserves throughout the state have amenities suitable for people with mobility limitations. You will find access friendly information relating to each site on the relevant page. In addition, all the tracks listed below have a relatively flat and even surface with no steps or steep sections. Some wheelchair users may require assistance. Enjoy exploring.