Halls Gap & The Grampians – Accessibility Review

Accessible lookout over MacKenzie Waterfall The Grampians Victoria

Mackey’s Peak Villa’s and The Grampian’s

Accessibility Review

DATE of VISIT: November 2017
VENUE: Mackey’s Peak Villas , Rosea Street, Halls Gap, Victoria
CONTACT: Deanne 0417 814 505
PURPOSE: 2 x 1 bed villas (the Deluxe Villa being wheelchair accessible) designed for a couples overnight stay for an overnighter or longer situated a mere 5 minute easy roll into the heart of the small and friendly Halls Gap township.
PARKING: Easy parking in front of villa although loose gravel makes a manual transfer from car to wheelchair a little tricky.
STEPS: Only to the backyard from kitchen door but the front verandah is the place to enjoy the bushland on a very quiet street. The Kangaroos, Kookaburras and Parrots  make for relaxing native entertainment.

Additional Comments:

Mackey’s Peak Deluxe Villa is a standard open plan type one bed unit that has been modified to provide a ramped entry to front door and a roll in shower bathroom.
The entrance is accessed through a standard width front sliding aluminium door requiring rolling over aluminium tracks. Entry is into combined kitchen/dining/living area with a larger door way into generous size bedroom with good storage and another large doorway to the lovely modern ensuite with laundry area. The living area features a cosy looking brick open fireplace – beautifully suited to Victoria’s Grampians Winters.
The toilet is standard height with no hand rail on wall but enough clearance to place a toilet frame over the unit. Neither of the bathroom or kitchen sinks are roll-under but the shower is roll-in. The shower space is long but narrow so manoeuvring with shower wheelchair, especially if you require an assistant, can be done but is a little tight.
The thick carpet in the bedroom is not easy to roll around on unassisted but fine in a power chair or if you have upper body strength and is ideal to provide extra warmth in Winter. Power points for chair recharge are also accessible near the bed. The bedroom is quite large featuring a comfy King size bed and accommodates a chair or any other necessary equipment .
This Villa is described as wheelchair friendly which it is in terms of entering the Villa and accessing the shower. I would recommend this to any wheelchair user who is happy not to be too independent in terms of cooking or washing dishes – but, heck, you’re on holidays. The Villa is wonderfully positioned within 100m to the centre of Halls Gap and a short drive away from many great and accessible walks as well as challenging climbs and treks for the more able bodied. So if you are a wheelchair user and happy to compromise a little for a few days and take some aid equipment with you then Mackey’s Peak Deluxe Villa is for you.

Local Attractions:

Being a very small town it was pleasing to have good quality food on offering at the few local eateries.
The unassuming yet delicious Kookaburra Hotel is a mere 50 metres down the street. It always seems to be humming so I would imagine the holiday season would see it bustling. I thoroughly recommend their great service and delicious tucker.
Harvest Café is great for all day breakfasts and more whether you are gluten free, vegan, carnivore, famished or just feeling picky. They have a good range of locally produced flavoured peppers and salts, jams, relishes and more in the retail section and lovely friendly staff.
Halls Gap also boasts a central Caravan Park and other restaurants, souvenir shops (crazy if you don’t) and a expanses of green lawn and bench seating.
The tourism information centre for the Grampians Region was our first stop to find out just what to see in Victoria’s Grampians National Park.
Armed with some helpful advice and the print version of All-Abilities Walking Track and TrailRider Guide we headed for our first roller walk . The Mackenzie Falls and Zumsteins lookout is rated 2 based on the fabulously designed Australian Walking Tracks Grading System. The 6 levels categorise a consistent way of addressing what skills and mobility are required for various types of terrain throughout Australia’s National Parks.
This was the first really fabulous bout of Spring weather and the best time to be roller walking. Our second roller walk was lovely with fabulous views of Victoria Valley, Victoria Range, Serra Range, Lake Wartook and the Mt Difficult Range from Reed Lookout.
We thoroughly enjoyed such a beautiful and majestic area only 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne and will be back again to explore many more of the Grampian towns and surrounding natural wilderness.
Conclusion from my stay – The breathtaking Grampians are accessible for one and all and definitely worth repeat visits.

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