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East Gippsland All Abilities Playground

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Gippsland Accessible Tourism Plan


Accessible tourism is the ongoing endeavour to ensure tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to all people, regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities or age.  Accessible tourism benefits everyone. More people enjoy the opportunity to travel and the tourism industry gets more visitors, longer seasons and new incomes. Society as a whole benefits from new job opportunities, more tax revenue and an accessible environment for local communities and visitors.


You may not be aware that:

  • Australia's population is ageing and there is a growing market for travellers with accessibility needs.
  • Almost one in five people has a disability of which nearly 90 per cent take a holiday each year.

  • People with a disability account for some 8.2 million overnight trips and spend $8 billion or 11 per cent of Australia’s overall tourism expenditure (Victorian Employer’s Chamber of Commerce)

  • When you consider parents travelling with children in prams and larger groups that include people with a disability the potential benefits of accessible tourism to your business are even greater.

The Gippsland Accessible Tourism Plan 2016 - 19 is a collaborative approach between Destination Gippsland, all six Local Governments in Gippsland, Tourism Victoria and relevant partners. The Plan discusses the challenges and opportunities the Gippsland tourism industry faces in becoming more accessible and recommend future actions. 


Accessible Gippsland E-Brochure


Gippsland boasts a diverse range of accessible visitor experiences that are welcoming and inclusive of people of all ages and abilities, people with a disability, seniors and parents with young children.

To celebrate this Destination Gippsland have created an e-brochure called Accessible Gippsland – Inspiring visitor experiences. It can be viewed online as an e-brochure or downloaded as a PDF. It is also in print form and can be found in all accredited Gippsland Information Centres.


Hospitality Kit


A Hospitality Kit is available to hire (daily/ overnight) from the Bairnsdale Visitor Centre and includes six resources to support access:

  • Shake Awake Alarm Clock
  • TTY Telephone
  • Visual Alert and Flashing Light
  • Wirefree Bell Push and Chime
  • Mono/Stereo (TV volume) and Mono/Stereo (TV/Radio through hearing aid).

Further information about each item is available in the Hospitality Kit Brochure. Contact Council for details.


The kit is designed to support the comfort and safety of people who are deaf or hard of hearing when accessing accommodation/ public venues by providing a range of accessible hearing resources available to hire.


Further information available at:

Bairnsdale Visitor Information Centre

240 Main St, Bairnsdale VIC 3875

(03) 5152 3444


Accessible Parking Bay Brochure


Council has produced a brochure that lists the location of Council’s disabled parking bays. The brochure supports people with a disability to plan their trips in and around East Gippsland and provides information on eligibility, how to apply for a permit, disability parking bay categories and permit renewal.


Download Accessible Parking Bay Brochure


East Gippsland Mobility Maps


Mobility Maps have been developed for Paynesville, Mallacoota, Omeo. Orbost, Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale.


Maps encompass the CBD and provide relevant information to support people with a disability, people with reduced mobility and older people to plan their visit or access the town.  Key infrastructure and services identified in the maps include accessible toilets, accessible parking and several other features based on community feedback.


 Downloaded East Gippsland Mobility Maps


Mobility maps are currently being reviewed for updates and inclusions, feedback is greatly appreciated and an important part of the process. For more information contact Council’s Rural Access Project Officer on 5153 9500.

Officer on 5153 9500.


East Gippsland All Abilties Playground




The East Gippsland All Abilities Playground is a fully accessible playground that has toilet and car parking amenities.


The ‘From the Mountains to the Sea’ themed playground is designed to signify different parts of East Gippsland, from the timber mills to the shipwreck coast, and the extensive day visitor facilities, including shelters, BBQ’s and picnic tables, make it a perfect place for a family day out.


The playground features a Liberty Swing, which enables people in wheelchairs to experience the simple, yet often taken-for-granted, joy of swinging at a playground, and the entire playground design has a strong emphasis upon creating an experience for people with special needs, but it is open for the enjoyment of all.


A key to the accessible toilet (with electric hoist and a shower) and the Liberty Swing can be borrowed from the Bairnsdale Police Station (47 Main Street, Bairnsdale) or master keys can be purchased using the information in the attached flyer. Purchased keys also open other toilets and facilities across Australia that are fitted with this specially designed lock.

The East Gippsland All Abilities Playground is located at:


Davison Oval

Park Street Bairnsdale.

(between Princes Highway and McLeod Street)

Entry to the playground car park is via Macleod Street.


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For further information about the East Gippsland All Abilities Playground please contact the East Gippsland Shire Council on (03) 5153 9500 or feedback@egipps.vic.gov.au



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