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

Access friendly

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​​​​​​​​​​​​Parks for ​all pe​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. 

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.

​Tra​ilRi​d​​ers 

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 MountainFreycinet and Mount Field national parks. For location details check the Access friendly tabs on these park pages.

​​​​Assistance dogs

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.

​Loc​a​​​​tions

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.

 

Contact

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

Access friendly walks

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Narawntapu National Park

Bird Hide Walk

Stroll through the undercover of a paperbark forest, along a boardwalk and into the bird hide on Narawntapu National Parks most popular short walk.

30 minutes return, 2 km, Grade 1
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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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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 Forest 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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West coast

Huon Pine Walk

The Huon Pine walk takes you along a wide boardwalk through thick rainforest, by the banks of the Pieman River.

20 minutes return, 600m return, Grade 1
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Apsley Waterhole, Douglas-Apsley National Park

Douglas-Apsley National Park

Loop Track

A short, gentle stroll through open forest leads to the delightful Apsley Waterhole. Beautiful views, and a popular spot for cooling off in summer.

10-15 minutes return, 1.2km return, Grade 1
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Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Nelson Falls

Located in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, visitors can reach the delightful Nelson Falls after a gentle walk. Break the long drive and stretch your legs—you won’t be disappointed.

20 minutes return, 1.4km return, Grade 1
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Launceston and North

Pine Lake

The Pine Lake walk offers a rare opportunity to get close to one of Tasmania’s rarest trees without having to go on an extended bushwalk. The pencil pine is an ancient species that evolved before flowering plants and which is only found in the Tasmanian highlands.

30 minute return, 800m return, 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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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 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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Cradle Mountain (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Waldheim Chalet

Uncover the colourful history of the Weindorfers.

20m, 100m, Grade 1
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Hartz Mountains National Park

Waratah Lookout

Waratah Lookout is an easy five-minute stroll, offering a great introduction to the beauty of Hartz Mountains National Park.

5 minutes return, 300 metres, Grade 1
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