Accessible beaches

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Council is working in partnership with the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority and other local groups to improve access to our beaches.

Beach wheelchairs and matting are available at a number of locations in the Surf Coast Shire, to help residents and visitors enjoy our beautiful beaches.

Below is the list of locations for beach access equipment.

All wheelchair hire is freePlease contact the relevant group for more information or to book.

Torquay

Sandcruiser Beach Wheelchair

The Sandcruiser has large balloon-like tyres which make for easy access on soft sand and in shallow water and is ideal for people who have limited mobility. For further information about the Sandcruiser Beach wheelchair visit www.sandcruiser.com.au.

Hire of the Sandcruiser wheelchair is free from Go Ride A Wave 1/15 Bell St, Torquay. Prior to use you must read the safety procedures and sign a Loan Agreement and Indemnity Agreement. Users will require at least one support person to push the chair.

Bookings are essential - call Go Ride A Wave on 1300 132 441 or book online nowBookings should be made at least 24 hours in advance

Fisherman's Beach Access Matting 

40 metres of beach access matting is in place at Fisherman's Beach Torquay from November until Easter each year.

Installed by Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority (GORCAPA), the matting provides a stable pathway for people with crutches, walking sticks, wheelchairs, walking frames and prams to safely cross the softer sand. It also looks to offer an alternative to people entering the beach from the boat ramp.

For more information, please contact GORCAPA:  Phone: 1300 736 533 or Email: info@greatoceanroadauthority.vic.gov.au

Anglesea

Beach Wheelchairs at the YMCA Anglesea

Beach wheelchairs are available to hire year round from the YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp: 1535 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea.

Wheelchair models include the Sandcruiser, Aussie Beach and Hippocampe.

Call or email Monday - Friday to make a booking. Phone: 03 5263 1512, Email: anglesea@ymca.org.au.

 

Anglesea Changing Places Facility 

Changing Places facilities are large public toilets with full sized change tables and hoists for people with high support needs and their carers.

The facility is located at Four Kings Carpark, next to the public car park and toilet block, 8 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea. Open 24 hours, users can access with their own MLAK key.

The facility is managed by GORCAPA:  Phone: 1300 736 533, Email: info@greatoceanroadauthority.vic.gov.au.

For more information, please see the Surf Coast Shire Changing Places webpage.

Lorne

Mobi-Chair Beach Wheelchair 

The Mobi-Chair provides seamless transitions from the car park, to the beach, and into the ocean. The Mobi-Chair is the only floating beach wheelchair tested and approved under the requirements of the Australian Standard.

Available for free hire from the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority (GORCAPA) from 4 January - Easter, 8am - 2pm. Located adjacent to Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club. 

A hoist is available on site, however you will need to provide your own sling. Users will require the assistance of one or more carers to access the wheelchair and for water safety.

Due to Covid-19 increased cleaning and hygiene protocols apply and the chair may not be available at all times. 

Booking are essential at least two business days prior to use by either calling 1300 736 533 or emailing info@greatoceanroadauthority.vic.gov.au

 

Lorne Beach Access Matting

Installed by GORCAPA, beach matting provides a stable pathway for people with crutches, walking sticks, wheelchairs, walking frames and prams to safely cross the softer sand.

40 metres of beach access matting is in place in Lorne from 4 January to Easter each year, located adjacent to Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club. 

For more information, please contact GORCAPA directly: 1300 736 533 or info@greatoceanroadauthority.vic.gov.au.