A photograph of a heart drawn in the sand of a beach. Around the edges of hte heart, decoratively placed, are a variety of seashells, and starfish.

All Australians, including the 4 million people with a disability, deserve to be able to access the beach. Check out these accessible beach options across Australia, including where you can hire equipment.

During the summer months, a trip to the beach should be for everyone, including the 4 million Australians living with a disability. 

This vision is becoming more of a reality, thanks to the support of many organisations and individuals who fundraise for the provision of equipment to make this possible. 

We provide information on the features to help in your decision-making.

In NSW, the following beaches are accessible or have the equipment to hire

  • Malabar Beach (Randwick)
    Permanent Wheelchair Access with Mobi matting.

  • Tuross Beach Holiday Park 
    Also offers a beach wheelchair. Bookings are required, please call (02) 44738236

  • Narooma SLSC 
    Clubhouse Main Beach, Willcocks Avenue, Narooma 02 44761745 

  • Moruya SLSC 
    Clubhouse Charles Moffitt Drive, Moruya Heads Phone: 02 44742674

  • Broulee Surfers SLSC 
    Free to hire with donations welcome. Two chairs with smooth tyres available from SLS Club southern end of Heath Street, Broulee. Phone 02 4471 6657

  • Batemans Bay SLSC 
    Clubhouse George Bass Drive, Malua Bay. One chair with smooth tyres. Phone 02 4471 2416. 
    BatehavenOne adult and one child chair are available for hire at Clyde View Holiday Park opposite the shopping centre at Batehaven. The chairs are also next to Corrigans Reserve where the accessible playground is located. Phone 02 44724224

  • At Ballina – Lighthouse Beach and Avoca Beach
    Have accessible beach matting (a portable and removable rollout access pathway for wheelchair users, prams and bike users)

  • Shellharbour City NSW
    Shellharbour North Beach has the provision of Mobi Matting and beach wheelchairs.
    A beach wheelchair is also available at Warilla Beach
    The chairs are available when lifeguards are on patrol. When the chair is not in use it is secured adjacent to the main carparks.
    Bookings are not required, however, a combination code is needed for access. To obtain the access code please see one of our on-duty lifeguards or contact customer service on 4221 6111.
    Both beaches also have accessible parking and toilets.
    For more information go to Shellharbour North Beach.

  • Thirroul and Austinmer Beaches
    Have rolled out beach matting. Beach friendly wheelchairs are available at Thirroul and Port Kembla. Wheelchairs can be used during patrol hours. To book a wheelchair call  02 4227 7268. Carers must accompany beach wheelchair users.
    Austinmer Beach has an adult lift and change table.

  • North Wollongong Beach Stuart Park
    Toilet facility has an adult lift and change table.  

 

Beach wheelchairs are available to hire


Victoria

  • Altona Beach 
    There is accessible beach matting which is laid down 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, there is a sandcruiser and Mobi-chair accessible beach wheelchair, as well as an accessible bathroom, shower, change room and parking

  • Mordialloc Beach 
    Have accessible beach matting, parking and a bathroom

  • Mornington Peninsula 
    There is access to a sandcruiser and hippocampe beach wheelchair, as well as a sandpiper kid’s beach wheelchair. There is also an accessible bathroom, shower and change room.

  • Both St Kilda Beach and South Melbourne 
    Have accessible beach matting and a Mobi-chair accessible wheelchair

  • Williamstown Beach 
    Has 24x7 beach matting, accessible facilities and a Mobi-chair wheelchair

  • Hobsons Bay 
    Beach walking frames are available to hire. The frames can be collected at Altona and Williamstown Beaches on Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 pm to 5 pm throughout summer. Hobsons Bay City Council website lists all the accessible facilities available in their area.

  • Lorne
    Has approx 50m of Mobi-matting during Summer 24 hours per day. Outdoor shower next to toilet block that is wheelchair accessible. Free Hoist – BYO Sling, both chair and hoist can be booked at Make a Booking and are available for hours that Lifeguards patrol the beaches.

  • Port Melbourne
    A full Changing Places facility is available at the St Kilda Lifesaving Club. More information on Accessible beaches from the City of Port Phillip Council here. 



Queensland

  • North Burleigh Heads and Port Douglas
    Have accessible beach matting

  • Southport
    Has a floating pontoon and two sandcruiser wheelchairs, as well as matting

  • Mowbray Park at Burleigh Heads
    Has matting, parking, an accessible bathroom at the Surf Life Saving Club and access to a floating and sandpiper beach wheelchair.

  • Wheelchair access at Burleigh Heads, Kurrawa Beach, Nobby Beach, North Burleigh, Southport, Southport Broadwater Parklands (Aqua Splash), Tallebudgera, and Tallebudgera Creek. 
    The City of Gold Coast information on accessible beaches website lists further details on bookings and facilities.

  • Sunshine Coast 
    Kings, Coolum, Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headland.

  • Suttons Beach at Redcliffe
    Accessible Beach Matting.

  • Bundaberg
    Nielson's, Elliott Heads and Moore Park Beach. Sand wheelchairs, Floating wheelchairs.

  • Gold Coast
    Now offer wheelchair access at Burleigh Heads, Kurrawa Beach, Nobby Beach, North Burleigh, Southport, Southport Broadwater Parklands (Aqua Splash), Tallebudgera, and Tallebudgera Creek. The City of Gold Coast information on accessible beaches website lists further details on bookings and facilities.


South Australia

  • Seacliff Beach
    Has access to a Mobi-chair and slat type access platform.

  • Henley beach
    Changing Places facility, including adult changing space. Beach matting will now be available 24 hours a day and free hire of beach wheelchairs for half days. Details on Accessibility are available through the City of Charles Sturt.

Western Australia

  • Quindalup
    Have upgraded Beach Trekker chairs which are now available through Quindalup Sea Rescue Centre via the Dunsborough Visitor Centre on 08 9755 3517 and Equinox Café on 08 9752 4641. Busselton Foreshore, Bunker bay and Old Dunsborough Beach have beach access ramps installed.

  • City of Cockburn
    Floating Beach Wheelchair Hire. More information available here.
    Sand Rider Beach Wheelchair Hire. More information available here
    Beach Trekker Wheelchair Hire. More information is available here
    Beach Walker Wheelchair. More information is available here
    Floating Beach Wheelchair Hire terms and Conditions.
    More information is available here 
    Contact the City Administration Centre on 08 9411 3444 between 8.30 am and 5 pm

  • Busselton and Dunsborough
    Beach Trekker chairs which are now available through Quindalup Sea Rescue Centre via the Dunsborough Visitor Centre on 08 9755 3517 and Equinox Café on 08 9752 4641. Busselton Foreshore, Bunker bay and Old Dunsborough Beach have beach access ramps installed.

 

External Territories

Norfolk Island - Emily Bay

Ramped access to Eastern end of Emily Bay. Waves mostly break on the reef, so Emily Bay has some shelter from breaking waves. 
The bay also has submerged coral reef which can cause lacerations to the feet. Recommend wearing aqua footwear or searching out a clear section of the beach. 
For details on roll-out beach matting Contact Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Services) 22687 (Local Call)

Emily Bay has a floating raft within the bay.

 

Read also 

New wheelchair beaches in Australia originally from the Nov Dec 2019 Edition of IDEAS Newsletter.


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