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.

Heart shape made out of stones and resting in the sand

 

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.

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

  • Both Ballina – Lighthouse Beach and Avoca Beach have accessible beach matting (a portable and removable rollout access pathway for wheelchair users, prams and bike users)
  • Beach wheelchairs are available to hire at:
    •  Bermagui Surf Life Saving Club - 0459 238 442, www.bermaguisls.org.au
    •  Bilgola Surf Life Saving Club -soft balloon tyre wheelchair – bookings required, 02 9918 2337 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Collaroy Beach Reserve - beach lifeguards 02 9982 9261, both freewheeler and submersible each chairs available, there is also an accessible change table with adult change table and hoist using the MLAK key
    • Coffs Harbour - Coffs Harbour City Council 02 6648 4000, ask for the Life Guard (1 chair, free), Coffs Harbour Yacht Club, 02 6652 4390, (1 chair no pre-bookings), Northcott Society, 02 6651 2366, (1 chair, hire fee and a deposit applies for non Northcott clients), Chairs available at Park Beach Surf Club 02 6652 9870, Sawtell Surf Lifesaving Club 02 6653 2164
    • Cronulla - http://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Community/Community-Support-Services/Beach-Wheelchair/Beach-Wheelchair-Requests, bookings can be made on 02 9544 5399
    • Manly - free loan of beach wheelchair available from the lifeguard at South Steyne Surf Pavillion, 02 9976 1497
    • Bondi - accessible promenade, beach access by ramps, accessible toilet facilities at Bondi Pavilion using MLAK key, beach wheelchair available from lifeguard
    • Northern Beaches - freewheeler chair available, ramp access and can be booked through Newport Surf Life Saving Club 02 9997 6274 weekends
      02 0418 628 362 weekdays This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Newcastle & Central Coast – Cooks Hills Surf Life Saving Club has a Lasher sports beach wheelchair and a sling and hoist

In Victoria, you have access to accessible equipment at the following beaches:

  • 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 accessible bathroom, shower, change room and parking
  • Mordialloc Beach – there is accessible beach matting, parking and a bathroom
  • Mornington Peninsula - you have 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 changeroom
  • 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

In Queensland, you have access to accessible equipment at the following beaches:

  • 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 (contact IDEAS for more information on booking as there are different stipulations and people to contact)

South Australia at Seacliff Beach has access to a Mobi-chair and slat type access platform.

Do you need help finding with your accessible travel plans? Contact IDEAS on 1800 029 904 or visit www.ideas.org.au