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Advocates for Inclusive Tourism

Working Towards Making the World Accessible For All

 

IUCN World Parks Congress - Sydney 2014

Park ManualTravAbility is proud to a part of the ICUN World Parks Congress in Sydney in 2014.

Our mission is to be agents of change; to inspire people who have never traveled before to do so, and to inspire others to do more. To encourage all cultures of the world to see disability as an integral part of life, and to provide the motivation and tools to the tourism industry to allow them to create accessible environments that enable inclusion in an economically sustainable way.

We see National Parks as a key pillar in the developing market of Accessible Tourism and as a critical element of the health and wellbeing of the world's population regardless of an individual's ability.

We are delighted to see accessibility on the agenda of this congress and hope that we can help create a network of professionals that can further the accessibility agenda around the world. We have worked with Parks Victoria to develop the Park Accessibility Evaluation Manual.

We have created this page as a starting point.

If you would like an electronic copy of the Park Accessibility Evaluation Manual please complete the request details below.

 


Networking Group

We are keen to keep the conversation going and sharing worlds best practice and innovation after the congress. If you would like to be part of a new Accessibility in Parks networking group please complete the form below.

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We believe that positive imagery creates awareness amongst potential visitors to parks on what is available and what is possible in any particular park. PhotoAbility is an image library with over 3000 images of people with a disability engaged in lifestyle and leisure activities. Many of our images have been sourced from National Parks around the world.

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Example Park Accessibility Write-ups


Karkarook

Karkarook

Karkarook Park is a recreational and environmental oasis, revegetated with indigenous plants.

It is located on the corner of Warrigal Road and South Road, Moorabbin in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs.

The 15 hectare lake is a good spot for canoeing, kayaking or sailing. Explore the park on foot or bike on 6km of trails. Take the dog for a walk. Or try your luck fishing for Rainbow Trout or Red Fin.

Karkarook has excellent accessibility for people with a disability.

 

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Cardinia

Cardinia Reservoir Park

The Cardinia Reservoir was completed in 1973 to augment the water supply for the rapidly growing south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Its one large wall created an immense basin that provides a spectacular sight from the Parks wall walk. The park is close to Melbourne's CBD and just a stones throw from the eastern and south eastern suburbs. It provides a great day out for the family or an opportunity to walk in a bush setting. At dawn and dusk the native kangaroos can be seen grazing on the grasslands below the wall.

This park has many areas suitable for people of all abilities.

 

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Karkarook

Coolart Wetlands and Homestead

Coolart was originally part of the traditional lands of the Bunurong people, with the word “coolart” deriving from the Bunurong name for nearby Sandy Point. The area was taken up as a pastoral lease by the Meryrick brothers in 1839.

The estate was purchased as a farming property in 1895 by Frederick Sheppard Grimwade, a Melbourne businessman and parliamentarian, who built the homestead built as his family’s country retreat. In 1937 the state government to declared the property a wildlife sanctuary and began a program of habitat development that included the construction of an artificial lake and other wetlands for waterbirds.

Parks Victoria took over the management of the property in 1996. Coolart’s land and buildings are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Much of the Coolart estate, including the ground floor of the mansion, the bird hides and wetland trails are accessible for visitors of all abilities.

 

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Links

Parks Victoria - Accessibility and inclusion in parks - http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/visit/improving-park-access-for-all

PhotoAbility - Inclusive Imagery - http://photoability.net

Reference

The Disabled Travelers Guide to the Galaxy

Accessible Tourism has to be Customer, not Compliance Focused

Accessible Tourism is the Tourism Industry's Bicycle

Inclusive Tourism - An Economic Imperative driven by the Baby Boomer Generation

An Economic Model of Disability - Changing the demand drivers for the provision of products and services in Inclusive Tourism. The Why and How.