The TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair allows people with limited mobility to explore the diverse trails. The one-wheeled chair is a cross between a wheelbarrow and sedan chair. The TrailRider requires a minimum of two reasonably fit people (one at each end of the chair).
The TrailRider can be used on a number of different walking tracks and in a variety of locations, including the stunning Deep Creek Conservation Park. You will need two or four fit helpers, depending on the trails you wish to travel and the strength and level of fitness of your helpers. The chair is motorised, making it easier to explore some steeper and longer trails.
Deep Creek TrailRider suggested routes
Aaron Creek Picnic Area to Goondooloo Ridge – (Beginner, 4.1 km and 68 m ascent) An easy route along a wide trail which gives a good introduction to operating the TrailRider. As the trail descends and steepens slightly, there are a few small rocks that are easily avoided. The route finishes at the viewing bench. Return to the start by the same route.
Forest Circuit Walk – (Beginner, 2.6 km and 48 m ascent) This circuit is best undertaken clockwise. There are small undulations in the trail surface which has a compact base. The section heading back to the Stringybark camp ground is on a narrow trail.
Aaron Creek Picnic Area to Eagle Waterhole – (Advanced, 4.4 km and 125 m ascent). The first 1.5 km gradually descends on a hard packed track before steeper sections to Eagle Waterhole which provides a good lunch stop. Return to the start by the same route, don’t be daunted by the ascent as the motor on the TrailRider makes light work of it.
Stringybark Loop Walk – (Advanced, 0.8 km and 31 m ascent) This trail is relatively short but narrow with rocks, tree roots and logs that will require good handling to negotiate the obstacles. Spring Wildflower Walk – (Advanced, 4.5 km and 90 m ascent) The route is on mostly good tracks although the first section into the gully is steep and has some loose gravel which the TrailRider handles with ease.
Boat Harbor/Heysen Trail – (Highly advanced, 6.8 km and 160 m ascent) Starting from Pages Lookout car park the compact trail gradually descends towards Boat Harbor. This is a narrow trail but gives few technical difficulties apart from a couple of small rock steps. Although longer with slightly more ascent it makes for an adventurous excur
To complement the Australian Walking Track Grading System (AWTGS), Parks Victoria have developed a TrailRider Track Grading System (TTGS) for motorised TrailRiders. This system is independent of the AWTGS and focuses on the number, skill and fitness of TrailRider operators. Users of a TrailRider are encouraged to consider both the AWTGS and the TTGS when selecting a track. One or more additional operators are recommended for non motorised TrailRiders.
Suitable for all skill levels, including those with no or limited experience. Tracks are typically flat or undulating with gentle hills and limited obstacles. Suitable for most fitness levels. Two to three operators.
Suitable for people with experience on undulating trails. Some obstacles, short staircases with wide landings and occasional sharp bends. A moderate level of fitness is required. Three to four operators.
Suitable for people with experience on uneven trail surfaces. Operators may encounter short steep hills, narrow sections, staircases and many sharp bends. A high level of fitness is required. Three to four operators.
Highly Advanced Operators
Suitable for people with extensive experience using a TrailRider on uneven trail surfaces. Long steep and difficult hills, rough and unformed surface with many steps, obstacles a
TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair hire
The District Council of Yankalilla have a TrailRider wheelchair available for free hire for up to three days. Chair users are required to bring a bike helmet and undertake a chair induction via short video prior to use. It weighs 25kg, but can easily disassemble and fit in the back of most medium sized SUVs.
Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment. To book contact:
Fleurieu Coast Visitor Information Centre
163 Main South Road, Yankalilla SA 5203
Phone: 08 8558 0240 or 1300 965 842