Since 2015

Accessibility

The Mansfield Lantern Festival aims to be a safe and accessible space for all. We hope that the below information will be helpful in planning your visit to the festival. If you have any questions or special requests regarding accessibility please contact us prior to your visit.

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Held in Mansfield at the base of Mt Buller in North East Victoria, the festival is an easy day trip from Melbourne. Spend the weekend and enjoy all that Mansfield has to offer.

 

  • Public transport
    • Bus – The VLine bus from Southern Cross Station stops at the bus terminal in High Street, approximately 800m from the festival site.  There is paved footpath between the bus station and the festival space.
  • Accessible parking – Please check the map below for information about the location of disabled carparks in the vicinity.  The festival space is closed to all vehicles for safety reasons however we may be able to assist with car access if needed.  Please contact us prior to the festival for more information.  
  • There is plentiful street parking surrounding the festival space.  There is a single disabled carspace in High Street (outside Delatite Dental – see image) and two further designated disabled spaces on the opposite side of High Street (outside IGA supermarket).  
    • Accessible toilets – There are accessible toilets located at:
      • the public toilet block near the High Street / Highett Street roundabout
      • the Botanic Park at the eastern end of town
      • in the Youth Centre located in the Erril Street carpark where the festival is held. 
    • There is a double portable toilet set up on a trailer (with steps up to it) located at the northern end (High Street end) of the festival space.  It will be parked outside the Youth Centre.

    Please call the festival management ahead of your visit if you have any particular concerns or questions around your visit.

      • Performers – If you are a performer with any questions or accessibility requirements please contact us prior to the festival.
      • Seating – There are a number of plastic chairs with tables located throughout the festival space.  You are welcome to contact us prior to the festival to arrange for your own chair / table if needed for accessibilty reasons.   
      • Shows with fire – Throughout the night there will be a minimum of 2 performances that will feature fire.  These will be located at the eastern end of the festival venue and will have a roped off area around the perimeter. 

      Guide dogs and service dogs are welcome at the Festival.  Due to noise levels and lighting on the night you might consider the use of an alternative aid if attending a show. 

      No dogs (apart from Guide or service dogs) are permitted in the festival space.   

       

      The parade will travel as a group from the eastern end of town. The surfaces traversed will include grass, asphalt carpark and roads and concrete pathways. Participants carrying lanterns MAY NOT have any open flames.

      The parade takes approximately 25 minutes to walk from start to finish. All 10U must be accompanied by an adult.

      Our festival will go ahead unless it is dangerous to do so – this means that it may be wet and we recommend that you dress accordingly.

      We also strongly suggest that you wear layers and warm clothing.  Mansfield is located in the foothills of the Victorian alps – it can be very cold!  Hat, scarf, gloves and coat are the minimum recommended clothing!  More is better than less – especially when it comes to small people.

      The festival space is a asphalt carpark that is closed to all vehicles. There are associated kerbs and footpaths around the perimeter of the festival space.  There are also several wide speed humps in one section of the carpark.   

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        Please note that there is low lighting in and around the festival space as it is in an outdoor location at night.   

        There is festoon lighting throughout the festival space but there is no street lighting.  Individual stalls have their own (low) lighting systems.

        If you have low vision or related requirements and need assistance, please let us know.

        There is a designated quiet space set up in the rear yard of the Youth Centre courtesy of Mansfield Shire Council.  If you need a break during the festival please ask for directions.  

         

        Below

        L – Disabled carspace directly adjacent to the festival space.

        Middle image – Main entrance to the festival space.  There is a slight incline and paving.

        R – End of the footpath on the left of the entrance.  This is typical of other paved paths within the space.  There is a slight incline and yellow raised pavement.  The carpark is asphalt with some loose stones in areas.

        Disable carspace

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        L – Main entrance to the Mansfield Shire Youth Centre.  There is a small raised area in the doorway.

        Middle image – Sliding door leading to the accessible bathroom and changing space.  This bathroom is on the right hand side in the passageway.

        R –  Signage on the door indicating the accessible unisex bathroom with baby change facilities.

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        L – Typical raised speed hump in the main festival space.  There are bollards on the edge of the footpath.  The hump is concrete on the incline with a paved surface on the top.

        Middle image – Double gates (which will be open) leading to the Mansfield Shire Youth Centre.  These are located on hte left hand side about 1/3 of the way through the festival space.  This is the location for the Freeza (no alcohol / no smoking) celebrations including live music, free facepainting and other activities.

        R –  Another version of a speed hump in the festival space (a closed carpark).  The top of the hump is paved with concrete on the incline.