There are always so many things to think about when planning an outdoor adventure with kiddos, and for many families accessibility might be an additional factor to consider.
If you’re looking for a national park to visit with your crew, know-before-you-go by getting familiar with the Adelaide parks that have accessible features.
Accessible Trails in Adelaide, South Australia
Belair National Park
Belair National Park is equipped with lots of accessible parking spaces and toilets, as well as accessible picnic grounds at Playford Lake and Pine Picnic Area One.
If you’re after accessible trails, there are a few here that have hard packed gravel and bitumen surfaces.
1km Wood Duck Walk trail: Starts at the carpark at Playford Lake. The trail is best to be completed in a clockwise direction.
3km Lorikeet Loop Walk: It is recommended to start the walk from Old Government House and travel in an anti-clockwise direction. Surface is a mix of hard packed gravel surface and bitumen.
You can also book accessible tennis courts at Belair National Park online before you go if you’re keen for a hit.
Morialta Conservation Park
Enjoy an open air picnic while the kids explore Mukanthi playspace, which is located near accessible parking, toilets and BBQ areas.
1.6km Morialta Falls Valley Walk: Take the wide, hard packed gravel trail to just below the first falls. Sections of the walk have short incline, the last section is on a boardwalk to just below the falls.
Fourth Creek Trail: The first half of this trail is compacted gravel and the second half is bitumen, both about 1m wide. The trail is suitable for prams and wheelchairs, but be aware there is a short incline near the start, just beyond the Morialta Playground and after the footbridge.
Cleland Conservation Park
There are two accessible parking spaces located at the Waterfall Gully carpark, as well as accessible and ambulant toilets.
300m Waterfall Gully Trail: Take the bitumen trail which climbs from the car park to the first falls pool and back.
Steub Trail: An exciting addition was made to the Mount Lofty ranges network of trails last year, with a new shared use trail officially opened for use, with a gentler incline especially designed to be accessible to families with small children, and people with reduced mobility. It’s less heavy duty, wide and with a gentle incline, giving diversity in the tracks for a broad spectrum of our community to enjoy. Beginning at Cleland Wildlife Park, The Steub Trail gently climbs through forest woodlands on its way to Mount Lofty Summit.
Assistance dogs are permitted in most public places and are therefore welcome in South Australia’s parks and reserves. Your assistance pooch must be appropriately restrained on a lead and remain under your effective control at all times while in a park or reserve.
Did you know?
The National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia and some local governments provide all-terrain wheelchairs, or TrailRiders, in several parks and some towns for visitors to explore the great outdoors.
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