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

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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.

​TrailRi​d​​ers 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.

​​​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, 1 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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Cradle Mountain (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Pencil Pine Falls and Rainforest walk

Take a short, easy stroll through the rainforest.

10 minute circuit, 431m, 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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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

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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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