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.
Motorised wheelchairs and scooters are permitted within national parks and reserves.
Leave no trace
Before heading out on your journey, it may be a good idea to give wheelchair, mobility scooter and pram tyres a good scrub with brush to remove any dirt and seeds. Thoroughly cleaning tyres will reduce the risk of unwittingly spreading weeds and soil pathogens such as Phytopthora cinnamomi (also known as Phytophthora root-rot). See the biosecurity pages for more information on soil pathogens.
TrailRider all-terrain wheelchairs are available in a number of Tasmania’s parks enabling 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 pushing / pulling the chair. Some tracks may require as many as six helpers. Parks staff can advise on track gradings and the recommended number of helpers.
There is no charge to hire TrailRiders and 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.
TrailRiders are available at Cradle Mountain, Freycinet and Mount Field national parks. For location details check the Access friendly tabs on these park pages.
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.