Experience the waves lapping against your toes or the sand squeaking under your wheels, as you enjoy one of Australia’s best beaches this summer.
Here’s a few of our favourite spots.
Williamstown Beach in Victoria, was Australia’s first 24-7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) accessible beach during the Summer period, December to end of March.
Known to the locals as ‘Willy Beach’, this great beach is only 17km from the city of Melbourne. It’s a popular beach for swimmers, but it’s the spectacular views that draw people into historic Williamstown. Grab an ice-cream and sit on Gem Pier, enjoying the clear view of the city skyline – beautiful by day and spectacular by night!
If you are staying Melbourne, this is the perfect day trip to the Beach.
The beach matting reaches all the way to the water, there is a great accessible bathroom with shower and to avoid disappointment reserve the mobi chair.
Williamstown is such a hotspot on New Year’s Eve, with the fireworks on full display, start making some plans!
Bondi Beach, one of Australia’s most famous white sandy beaches, attracts up to 40,000 visitors per day over summer.
Located only 7km from Sydney’s CBD, trendy Sydneysiders head to the cafes around Hall Street, while hip backpackers frequent the area’s casual pubs.
Professional lifesavers patrol the beach all year round and with a temperate climate, locals and visitors enjoy swimming year-round, and you’ll be sure to spot surfers in the waves at dawn.
Waverley Council roll out beach matting and the use of a sand cruiser chair on Tuesdays and Saturdays, from 8.30am – 2.30pm. However Kate Swain, who visited Bondi only to find she couldn’t access the beach, has called on Waverley Council to make the iconic Bondi Beach fully accessible, 365 days a year. You can view the Change petition here.
Try the Northern end of Bondi for accessible parking. The beach chair can be borrowed from the lifeguard tower, or you can try contacting Waverley Council to make a reservation. The accessible bathroom is also near the lifeguard tower, you will require a MLAK key to gain entry.
Throughout the year, the beach hosts many local and international events from the annual City to Surf fun run, to the Winds Kite Flying Festival. On Christmas Day, it has become a tradition for families and travellers to meet and celebrate on the beach. On New Year’s Eve thousands flock to watch the local fireworks. Some events require you to buy a ticket because of their popularity. There are also Sunday market stalls.
If crowds aren’t really your thing you might be better off heading to the other side of the Australia, to Cable Beach in WA.
22 kilometres of pristine white sand edged by the stunning turquoise water of the Indian Ocean, Broome’s Cable Beach in Western Australia attracts visitors from around Australia and the world.
There are two beach wheelchairs to enable all people to enjoy the pleasures of Broome’s beautiful beaches or you can drive your 4WD onto the beach and unload straight onto the hard sand. Learn more about beach safety and driving on the beach at the Shire of Broome.
The “FreeWheeler” wheelchair has large inflatable tyres, is relatively lightweight, can be adjusted to different leg supports and traverses easily over sand.
The “Beach Trekker” chair (large spoke wheels), is more suited to going into the shallow water depending on water conditions.
For assistance and to loan either of the beach wheelchairs contact the Beach Lifeguard Captain on 0427 808 755, or you can complete your booking online or request a booking by email.
Lifeguards are on duty at the beach from May to October.
Toilets, showers and change facilities are located by the car park and main entrance at Cable Beach Road West.
With nothing in Broome more than a 15 minute drive away from Cable Beach, you can hire a car, catch a taxi, ride the Town Bus or, if staying close by, walk to this popular natural attraction.
Always remember to swim between the flags!
For more beach locations, head to the Accessible Beaches directory, and also make sure to register your support to see more Australian beaches provide accessible facilities in the future.