Wilsons Prom more accessible than ever before for people with a disability.


Parks Victoria is embracing inclusive tourism, not just providing accessibility, with the latest redevelopments of Wilsons Promontory

Parks Victoria, Australia is again setting new standards in inclusion. We have reported previously on their initiatives to bring the trailer rider all-terrain wheelchair to some of their parks, their initiative to provide enhanced accessibility information on their mainstream park information web sites, a project that we were proud to be involved in, their series of instructional videos, and now this major upgrade to the park cabin accommodation at Wilson's Promontory. The upgrades now make Wilsons Promontory a world class accessible destination and opens up this magical destination to all.

6 Aug 2012

One of Victoria's most loved national parks is now equipped with all-terrain wheelchairs and modified cabins to make it easier for people with a disability to enjoy its spectacular natural beauty.
Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said new equipment and upgraded facilities were part of Parks Victoria‟s statewide program to make Victoria‟s amazing parks and attractions more accessible.

“Two cabins at the Prom have been equipped with electric high-low beds; in addition a personal hoist and specialised bathroom equipment such as a shower commode chair, is available to visitors free of charge,” Mr Smith said.
“These specially-modified cabins will make it much easier for people with a disability and their families and carers to enjoy their stay.

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Cabin entry ramp

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Living area and kitchen

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Accessible bathroom with roll-in shower

“Visitors with a disability will also be able to use specifically designed wheelchairs to access the beach or some of the many wonderful walking trails,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith, who was briefed about the new equipment at the Prom today said Victoria was leading the way with accessibility strategies for parks, with Parks Victoria winning a National Disability Award last year.
Dr David Stratton, who has MS and first brought the idea of the all-terrain wheelchair "the TrailRider‟ to Parks Victoria at Grampians last year, said the new chairs at the Prom were a sensational addition to the park.

“Our family took great delight in climbing Mount Bishop in the TrailRider and walking on the beach in the beach-access wheelchair. It was the most amazing feeling to experience the heights, views and beauty of the Prom. I haven't been on a beach for ten years. I encourage anyone, families or carers of a person with a disability to contact Parks Victoria about these great new facilities and equipment.”

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General store picnic area with accessible tables​

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Tidal River Camp families amenities room

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Tidal River Camp families amenities room

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Information centre with a low counter top​

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Accessible tables in the general picnic area

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Network of boardwalks​

Images courtesy Parks Victoria

Peter Van Benthem and his family also recently put the new facilities through their paces, and gave them the tick of approval.

“The accessible cabin was first class. It was open and had a good layout and met my high quadriplegia needs without any challenges at all. We really had a great time and have taken some great memories with us. I was especially pleased to be able to watch my son catching waves on his boogie board at the beach, with the help of the all-terrain beach wheelchair.”

For more information on park accessibility visit www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 19 63.

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