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Australia’s first Dementia-Friendly Forest and Sensory Trail is now open in Woowookarung Regional Park in Ballarat.

Woowookarung Regional Park in Ballarat is soon to launch our major project, a Dementia Sensory and Forest Trail.
The project is a joint venture by Bigger Hearts Dementia Alliance and Parks Victoria, co-designed by people living with dementia, care partners and members of the wider community.

It is designed to promote health and wellbeing through a range of experiences in nature to be enjoyed by all-abilities but particularly by those living with dementia throughout their dementia journey.

The Trail’s track will allow for wheelchairs, trail riders, walkers and companion dogs. Apart from surprised sensory aspects, seating and clear signage will enable individuals and larger groups such as visitors from residential aged care homes.

It is positioned within the main 10,000 Steps Trail to support community inclusion and offering to all an appreciation connection to nature.

DFF&ST was officially opened by Michaela Settle MP, Member for Buninyong on 25 June 2021 with numbers permitted to attend restricted to 20. Check out the film of the launch by Andy Ferguson.


With special thanks to major project partners

  • Parks Victoria
  • Dementia Australia
  • Friends of Canadian Corridor
  • CDC Victoria
  • CMV Truck & Bus
  • Volvo
  • Findex
  • PO Box Design

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Bigger Hearts Dementia Alliance, Ballarat would like to thank Andy Ferguson from Ferguson Films for the great support he has given to people impacted by dementia over the last five years. We particularly want to acknowledge Andy’s generosity in gifting his time and film-making talents to producing this film of the Launch of the Woowookarung Dementia Friendly Forest and Sensory Trail in June 2021 and Green Scripts in November 2021.



Gallery Sensory Walk