Finding ways to be immersed in nature is often difficult as a wheelchair user, so it’s always exciting to discover an interesting wheelchair accessible walk when we are travelling. When we read about Victoria Park Nature Reserve near Alstonville in the Byron Bay Hinterland, we were keen to give it a go. This short walk is good to combine with a visit to Summerland House Farm which is also wheelchair accessible.
VICTORIA PARK NATURE RESERVE – WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE ACTIVITIES BYRON BAY REGION
Victoria Park Nature Reserve is located in Dalwood, a short drive from Alstonville and approximately a 40 minute drive from Byron Bay. This is a short 15-30 minute walk/wheel depending on how many times you stop to take photos. It’s therefore a good activity to combine with other sightseeing in the region.
We take every opportunity to do wheelchair accessible walks that allow us to get up close to nature and the Victoria Park Nature Reserve boardwalk reminded us just how small we humans are.
Walking in the dappled light under the dense canopy of the rainforest we had our eyes peeled for local wildlife. We were told the wompoo fruit dove, pitta bird and red-legged pademelon call this area home, but no doubt they chose to remain elusive after hearing the giggles and chatter of our family approaching.
VICTORIA PARK NATURE RESERVE ACCESSIBILITY
The Victoria Park Nature Reserve boardwalk is level and accessible throughout. Parking is not designated accessible parking but there’s plenty of room as this seems like a quiet reserve.
Electric barbecues and sheltered picnic tables are available.
An accessible bathroom is available but be warned, it is a long-drop!
HWWT TIP – We visited after quite a bit of rain so the mosquitoes were out in force. We suggest using some repellent before arriving just in case.
While you’re in the area don’t forget to pay a visit to Summerland House Farm. The farm is owned by Aruma (formerly House with No Steps) and provides training and employment for 90 people living with a disability. It has a restaurant, farm yard animals and a shop with fresh local produce. It’s also a great spot to take the kids to play with accessible playground elements. Read our Summerland House Farm review here.