It's only been the last year, that we have known about beach wheelchairs.
We didn't know there were such things, until we stumbled across a photo of one.
We now know, there are at least three beach wheelchairs in beaches near our house.
Beach wheelchairs are great! Without them, I can't go to the beach. A pram can't get through the sand, and I can't stay on a mat and not end up with a mouthful of sand. Going to the beach is just too difficult! But, with a beach wheelchair, the sand becomes accessible! The chairs can also go through the smaller waves.
Beach wheelchairs are great, and, if more people know where they are, more people might be using them.
***Since posting this, we've added more beaches. Thank you, everyone who told us about another beach wheelchair, or changes in availability of the chairs.
If the location is simply a beach, contact the life guards, tourist information centre (though, they don't often know about the chairs), or the council, for more information.
Thank you for the support in compiling this list.
Let's get those beach wheelchairs on to the beaches!
Tweed Heads Area
Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park
Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club (ph 66702400, 66702442)
Murwillumbah (ph 66702400, 66702442)
Pottsville South Holiday Park
Brunswick Heads Community Centre
Byron Bay Pacific Apartments
Clarkes Beach via Byron Shire Council
Ballina Visitors Information Centre
Woody Head National Park, Iluka
Yamba Calypso Caravan Park
Broome’s Head Caravan Park
Minnie Waters Caravan Park
Coffs Harbour Area
Arrawarra Beach (Holiday Park)
The Next Phase at Woolgoolga (0266548118) or the Woolgoolga Caravan Park
Darlington Beach Holiday Park
Yacht Club at Jetty Beach
Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club
Scotts Head Beach
Port Macquarie Area
Camden Haven Surf Life Saving Club
Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Lachlan Macquarie Lodge, in Port Macquarie have donated a beach wheelchair to Port Macquarie Primary School.
Port Stephens Area
Shoal Bay Holiday Park
Fingal Bay Holiday Park
Halifax Holiday Park
Crowdy Head Surf Club, near Harrington
**Variety, the children's charity, has donated beach wheelchairs from Hawks Nest to Caves Beach. Ring the individual surf clubs to book.
Dixon Park SLSC
Stockton Beach Caravan Park
Blacksmith Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Cooks Hill Surf Club - complete with sling and hoist
Redhead Beach at Lake Macquarie
Central Coast Area
Lakes Beach, Budgewoi **Currently not available, apparently due to maintenance problems
Soldier’s Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Avoca Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Avoca Beach North Surf Life Saving Club
Copacabana Beach Surf Life Saving Club
McMasters Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Kilcare Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Umina Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Collaroy Surf Life Saving Club - Warringah Disability Services: ph 02 99422787
Newport Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Bilgola Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Bondi Beach – Middle Tower
Maroubra Beach SLSC
South Cronulla Beach
North Wollongong Beach
Port Kembla Ocean Pool
Shellharbour Surf Life Saving Club
South Shellharbour Tourist Park
Kiama Surf Beach
Gerroa Tourist Park
Seven Mile Beach Caravan Park
Shoalhaven Heads Surf Life Saving Club
Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club
South Coast Area
Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Club
Broulee Surfers Surf Life Saving Club
Moruya Surf Life Saving Club
Naroma Surf Life Saving Club
Tathra Surf Life Saving Club
Pambula Surf Life Saving Club
Brisbane – Southbank beach
Bundaberg Resource Centre & Toy Library Ph: 07 4153 2909
Allingham, via Reggie's Takeaway ph: 07 4777 9545
Hervey Bay City Council - Torquay Beach Hire
Palm Cove, Cairns
Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas
Noosaville State School (for children)
Noosa Shire – Boreen Point Ph: 5485 3043
Southport – Gold Coast Sport and Recreation Inc. Ph: 07 5531 3312
Cowley Beach Caravan Park (child versions)
Treasure Island Holiday Park, Surfers Paradise
Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club
Torquay Beach, Hervey Bay
Tangalooma Island Resort , Moreton Bay
Alexandra Headlands SLSC, Sunshine Coast
Maroochydore SLSC, Sunshine Coast
Rockhampton: hire from the AFS, corner of Elphinstone and Berserker Sts
Mackay Harbour Beach
Kurramine Beach Caravan Park **That information is as yet, unconfirmed.
Yeppoon - Bayview Tower: (across the road from the main beach has a beach wheelchair available from 7am until 7pm)
Glenelg Shire Council, Portland
Geelong Eastern Beach - lifesaving club
Edithvale Life Saving Club
Frankston Life Saving Club
Mt Martha Life Saving Club
Phillip Island - Cowes Visitor Information Centre, ph: 03 5951 3396
Port Fairy - Great Ocean Road. (Visitor Information Centre , Port Fairy.)
Warrnambool - Tourist Information Centre
Parks Victoria, Tidal river, Wilson's Promitory
Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club, Mornington Peninsula
Beachchair use via Oz Child, Mornington Peninsular
Ocean Grove, via Ocean Grove Disabled Surfing Association
Angelsea YMCA - (03) 5263 1512
Somerset Surf Club
Ulverstone Surf Club
Members of the Cerebral Palsy League of Tasmania can hire beach buggys, beach wheelchairs and all terrain chairs, from the Newtown office. There are fees. They can be hired on a weekly or monthly basis.
The Red Cross also has equipment, which can be hired:
- Red Cross Burnie - 1800 246 850
- Red Cross Hobart - 03 6235 6031
- Red Cross Launceston - 03 6331 4624
Contact the Surfing for Disabled website for information
City of Mandurah - Madora Bay Store Ph: 08 9537 1147
Disability Services Commission, Albany Ph: 08 9845 5700
Bunbury - Koombana Bay Sailing Club (via Enable Southwest on 08 9792 7500)
Dolphin Discovery Centre, Bunbury
Busselton foreshore - Equinox Cafe
Naturaliste Community Centre, Dunsborough
Cape Range National Park, Milyering - Yardie Creek Rd Visitor Information Centre
Coral Bay - Milyering Visitors Centre
Cape Range National Park - Milyering Visitors Centre
North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club, Exmouth Yacht Club
Monkey Mia - DEC office at Monkey Mia
Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club
Ningaloo Reef - Milyering Visitor Centre
Perth Surf Life Saving Club Ph – 08 9244 1222
Rottnest Island –Island Bike Hire
South Beach, South Fremantle
If you would like to purchase your own beach wheelchair (either the sandcruiser or the smaller sandpiper) head over to the Yabby Industries website.
If you own your own beach wheelchair and have to repair a tyre, the Yabby Industries website has a great 'How to' repair video. See it here.
**See lifeguards or park managers, to ask about the beach wheelchairs. Sometimes, beach wheelchairs are stored in small spaces, so they need to be re-assembled, before you can take them out. It might be a good idea, to ring in advance. This way, you can determine whether the chair is available for the time and day you would like it.
***To borrow some of the beach wheelchairs, you might need to pay a refundable deposit, and some have a hire fee. Some chairs can be loaned for several days at a time.
More information at:
Disabled Surfers Association webpage