Trailrider launches at Dorrigo National Park

PEOPLE with disabilities now have more opportunities to discover the great outdoors with an all-terrain wheelchair available to better explore Dorrigo National Park.

The TrailRider at Dorrigo is one of two currently available to NSW national parks visitors, the other being in Sydney.

Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the TrailRider wheelchair is a fantastic new addition to help more people access local national parks.

The TrailRider has handles at the front and back that allow guides to manoeuvre the chair on tracks that are not wheelchair-accessible, including up and down stairs.

"This is a great initiative of the National Parks and Wildlife Service to enable people with disabilities to be able to get out and experience the spectacular features of Dorrigo National Park", Ms Pavey said.

"The NPWS hopes that following initial trials, TrailRiders will become available in other parks across NSW."

The use of a TrailRider requires a minimum of two strong able-bodied guides, but three or four is optimal to have the option of alternating guides for a long walk.

TrailRiders in NSW are free to hire, however bookings are recommended, and users need to bring their own strong able-bodied guides and bike helmet.

A TrailRider is available to hire from the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre Monday-Friday 9am - 4pm and Saturday-Sunday 9.30am - 4pm.

Preferred hire time is for a block of time in either morning 9am -12:30pm or afternoon 12:30pm-4pm, but all day hire is also available.

TrailRider must be returned to the Rainforest Centre by 4pm.

For enquiries and bookings, contact dorrigo.rainforestcentre@environment.nsw.gov.au or the National Parks website.



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