All-terrain wheelchair to help people enjoy the Great Ocean Walk and more
Tuesday 7 October, 2014
A new all-terrain wheelchair at Apollo Bay will help people with a disability to enjoy sections of the spectacular Great Ocean Walk and parks in the region.
The TrailRider will allow people with limited mobility to access one of the most breathtaking sections of the walk with the help of TrailRider chair operators. The section stretches almost 10km and runs from the Cape Otway Lighthouse car park to Aire River Camp Ground. Accessible toilets have also been installed recently at both ends of this section.
Parks Victoria and the Colac Otway Shire have joined forces to fund the $7,400 wheelchair that will be managed by the Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre at Apollo Bay and can be booked free of charge.
The all-terrain wheelchair is suitable for children and adults, is easy to disassemble and fits in the back of a station wagon.
Victoria is the first state in Australia to have these all-terrain wheelchairs and other states are now showing interest in the program and utilising our expertise and experience with them.
The chair is part of Parks Victoria’s broader Healthy Parks Healthy People programs that are improving park access for all. The program has resulted in 15 wheelchairs being provided in seven parks across Victoria in the past three years.
To book the all-terrain wheelchair call the Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre on 1300 689 297.
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