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Summer is here! Your guide to accessible beaches

Australia has some of the best beaches in the world. Great for our well-being, getting exposure to the sun and ocean is not only beneficial for your mental health, but it also lowers stress. In 2016, the Accessible Beaches campaign set out to improve access to beaches around the country.

So, to help you plan your next beach trip, we’ve pulled together a handy list of the best accessible beaches across Geelong and the Surf Coast.

A photo of beach access matting leading over soft sand and towards the ocean. There are people on the beach, some sitting and some standing.

Beach access matting at the Lorne beach.

Torquay

Fisherman’s Beach in Torquay has 40 metres of beach access matting from November until Easter each year. This matting makes it easier for people with walking sticks, walking frames, and wheelchairs to cross the softer sand.

Plus, a Sandcruiser beach wheelchair can be hired from the Go Ride A Wave surf shop, for free. Perfect for people with mobility issues, the wheelchair can traverse soft sand and shallow water.

Anglesea

A range of beach wheelchairs are available for free-hire from the YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp. The Sandcruiser, Aussie Beach and Hippocampe models are offered, all of which can navigate soft sand and shallow water.

A Changing Places facility is also located at the Four Kings Carpark in Anglesea. These changing rooms come with a range of features for people with high support needs.

A Mobi-Chair Floating Beach Wheelchair sits on the pavement with the Lorne accessible beach in the background. There are some people walking towards the beach on the pavement.

A Mobi-Chair Floating Beach Wheelchair at the Lorne beach.

Lorne

To help people with reduced mobility, 40 metres of beach access matting is set up next to the Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club each year, from 4 January until Easter.

Also, a Mobi-Chair Floating Beach Wheelchair can be hired for free from 4 January until Easter. When in the water, the Mobi-Chair’s armrests become floatation devices, giving users the feeling of floating.

Geelong

Two Mobi-Chair Floating Beach Wheelchairs can be free-hired from the Geelong Yacht Club, seven days a week. Beach wheelchairs can also be hired at Portarlington and the Indented Head Boat Club.

Rubber beach matting has also been installed to offer a stable pathway from the Eastern Beach car park to the outdoor swimming area. The pathway allows for people with reduced mobility to access the water’s edge more easily.

If you’ve been to a great accessible beach around the region that we’ve missed, please let us know.

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