Best Accessible Nature Trails in Australia

Australia is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and iconic nature trails, many of which are accessible for people with disability. So, if you want adventure, awe-inspiring views, and to spend time in nature, we have got you covered. Listed below, and divided by state, are some of the best accessible nature trails Australia has to offer.


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Jindalba Boardwalk through ancient rainforest in the Daintree region of Queensland, Australia

Queensland


Buderim Boardwalk


On the northern side of Buderim, you will find a 45-hectare oasis of wild rain forest, beautiful boardwalks, and the serenity of nature. The Buderim Boardwalk is a 500m long elevated wheelchair friendly track allowing access to the rainforest. There is a rotunda and picnic area as well.


Barron Falls Lookout Track


The Barron Falls Lookout Track is in the Barron Gorge National Park. Suspended above the forest floor, the 1.2 km track is wheelchair accessible. It winds its way through the rainforest all the way to the epic views of the Din Din Barron Falls lookout. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway over the gorge also offers accessible facilities, and the Speewah Conservation Park campgrounds are wheelchair-friendly as well.


Daintree National Park


The Daintree National Park in Cape Tribulation is one of the most biologically diverse and stunning areas in the world. There are several accessible boardwalks waiting to be explored – the Marja Boardwalk, Dubuji Boardwalk and Kulki Boardwalk are all completely accessible and the Jindalba Boardwalk is partially accessible.


Toohey Ridge Track


The Toohey Forest Reserve is located just 10km from Brisbane’s CBD, and its 5km Toohey Ridge Track offers 5km of accessible nature trail exploring through beautiful eucalyptus trees.


New South Wales


Bungoona Path and Lookout


Did someone say a pathway designed for wheelchair and mobility aid accessibility? The Bungoona trail in the Royal National Park did! The cement pathway was designed specifically designed with accessibility in mind, which we love. The path leads to a scenic lookout over the river and national park, and there is also the Reids Flat picnic area nearby. If you want a taste for the adventure the park has to offer before going, you can take a virtual tour here. Please note that the park entry fee is $12 per vehicle per day to enter.


The Rainforest Walking Track

About two hours outside of Sydney is the Rainforest Walking Track found in the Roberston Nature Reserve. The track was designed to be accessible, however the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service notes that some assistance may be needed navigating the track. The track runs on a 0.6km loop.


Kamay Botany Bay National Park


The Kamay Botany Bay National Park is located at La Perouse and Kurnell in Sydney. The Cape Solander is well known for whale watching (June and July are the best months). TrailRiders are needed to access Cape Solander are and need to be booked in advance. You can visit the Burrawang Walk which starts at the Visitor Centre and runs for 1.1 km.


Blue Mountains National Park


The Blue Mountains National Park is iconic. Just two hours from Sydney, the Blue Mountain hosts some of the most incredible views in Australia. Both the Fairfax Heritage Walking Track and the Three Sisters walk offer an accessible experience and sensational views.


Victoria


Lake Trail


The Lake Trail around Lake Karkarook offers more than just an accessible pathway. There is a beautiful picnic area with open sided tables, a wheelchair friendly boat and canoe latching area and an accessible fishing jetty.


Grampians National Park


Northwest Victoria’s Grampians are well known for its endless views, secret gorges, and epic waterfalls. For the best views of the Mackenzie Falls (and perhaps a rainbow or two), there is a 1km accessible pathway that leads to the viewing platform at the Bluff. TrailRiders are available and need to be booked in advance.


Dandenong Ranges


From the Grampians in the north-west of Victoria to east Victoria – the Dandenong Ranges are famous for their bird feeding areas… and the birds of course! Rosellas, Galahs, Cockatoos and sometimes even a Lyre bird can be spotted in the accessible Grants Picnic Ground and the nearby Margaret Lester Walk which has been designed for people with limited mobility. TrailRiders are available and need to be booked in advance.