Accessible Beaches

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Hobsons Bay is proud to boast two of the most accessible beaches in Australia. Over the past four years Council has provided more than 1000 days of continuous access to Altona and Williamstown beaches as well as beach wheelchairs to more than 150 community members.

With support from Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club, Altona Life Saving Club and local traders, Council continues to provide beach matting seven days a week on both Williamstown and Altona Beach, and free to hire beach wheelchairs available on Saturdays and Sundays during surf lifesaving club patrol hours (12pm to 5pm).

To book a beach wheelchair contact Council’s Metro Access and Inclusion Officer on 9932 1000, 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday or email socialplanning@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

Beach Matting

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Beach Matting is installed at Williamstown and Altona beach. It is available seven days a week, a first in Victoria. 

Anyone can use the matting, however it particularly helps people with wheelchairs, prams, walking and mobility aids to pass over the soft sand to get to the hard sand.

Beach Wheelchairs

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There are three types of beach wheelchairs available for hire. 

  • sandcruiser which is designed for adults to travel on the sand along the beach and is available at Altona
  • sandpiper which is designed for children to travel on the sand along the beach and is available at Altona and Williamstown
  • mobiChair which is designed to enter the water to waist height of the support person and is available at Altona and Williamstown
  • daVinci which is a manual self-propelled beach wheelchair and is available at Altona

Wheelchairs are available Saturday and Sunday during the surf lifesaving patrol hours 12pm to 5pm through Council’s Metro Access and Inclusion Officer on 9932 1000, 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday or by email to socialplanning@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au.

Beach wheelchairs are ideal for people who have mobility limitations, including those with permanent disability, temporary disability or those with reduced mobility due to age.

Accessible Change Facilities

There is an accessible change facility with a change table and hoist available at Weaver Reserve, across the road from Altona Beach.

This facility can be accessed at any time with an MLAK key and provides community members with higher needs the ability to transfer to the beach wheelchairs, shower, toilet and change in a dignified way.

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Booking and Cost

Beach wheelchair hire is free but bookings are essential. Hire is conditional on users reading the Hire Agreement and Safety Procedures for the relevant beach wheelchair, and signing the indemnity form. A copy of the forms can be found below. 

NOTE: There is a hoist available for transfer at Altona Beach within the Weaver Reserve accessible changing facility. Please ensure you bring your own sling.

There is NO hoist available at Williamstown Beach.

All the beach wheelchairs are not independent chairs therefore please ensure you have the right level of support to transfer and push the beach wheelchair.