ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL

Experience the wonders of the Alpine National Park in a TrailRider chair, relax with a craft beer tasting, or discover hidden mosaic art. There are plenty of accessible things to do in Bright & Surrounds for those with limited mobility. Here are some places to stay, eat and drink that are wheelchair-friendly, have ramps for people with walkers, or are fitted out with disability aids.

TOP 5 ACCESSIBLE THINGS TO DO

1. Glass-bottomed lookout, Mount Buffalo

Ramp access will lead you to a glass-bottomed lookout jutting over the edge of Mount Buffalo Gorge with spectacular views of the Ovens and Buckland Valleys and the Australian Alps. The Gorge has two accessible parking bays and ramp access to a disabled toilet.

2. Enjoy a craft beer tasting

Order a tasting paddle of craft beers at Bright Brewery with lunch or dinner. Accessible parking and toilets are located nearby at Howitt Park from where there is ramp access to the brewery.

3. Search for hidden mosaics

At least 80 mosaics are hidden along Myrtleford's scenic Mosaic Trail. The shared path along the Ovens River is flat and sealed for easy access. Accessible parking and toilet are located at the Rotary Park entrance to the trail on Myrtle Street.

4. See Victoria's highest mountain

Go for a scenic drive to Mount Beauty and stop at the Tawonga Gap and Sullivans lookouts for picture-perfect views of Victoria's highest mountain, Mount Bogong. Both lookouts have large unmarked parking areas and flat access to the viewing area.

5. Visit an apple orchard

Drive through the heritage-listed landscape of Wandiligong to the Nightingale Bros Apple Orchard and Farm Gate Store where you'll find a small cafe, fresh produce, apple cider, local sauces and preserves, and apple pies. The store has large parking spaces and flat access.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

RECHARGE YOUR SCOOTER

Don't get stranded on a big day out. Recharge your mobility scooter at the following locations:

› Outside the Bright Visitor Information Centre
› Inside Council's Bright Office
› Inside the Bright Sports Centre
› Outside the Mount Beauty Library
› On the deck at the Rose Garden Cafe at the Mount Beauty Neighbourhood Centre
› On the deck at the Mount Beauty Visitor Information Centre

Some accessible cafes and restaurants are also happy to help. Have a chat to them today.

PARKING & FACILITIES

Accessible parking spaces are available at all established car parks in Bright, Myrtleford and Mount Beauty, Harrietville and Dinner Plain, including near essential services such as supermarkets and medical services. Disabled parking and toilets can also be found at:

› Howitt Park, Bright
› Pioneer Park, Harrietville
› Jubilee Park, Myrtleford
› Hollands Street, Mount Beauty
› Riverside Park, Porepunkah
› Tawonga Tennis Courts, Tawonga
› Scrubbers End, Dinner Plain

ALL-TERRAIN WHEELCHAIR

A motorised TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair is available to use free from YMCA Howmans Gap Alpine Centre at Falls Creek enabling visitors of all ages with mobility limitations to explore the Alpine National Park. Please book in advance at [email protected] or by calling 03 5758 3223. Accessible accommodation is also available.

POOL HOIST

The Bright Sports Centre has a 17m heated indoor swimming pool with a hoist to assist people with a disability to get in and out of the pool. The centre also has accessible parking, ramps and accessible change rooms. Please contact the Bright Sports Centre to arrange to use the hoist.

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NEED ASSISTANCE?

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