Beach wheelchairs & matting

We partner with local community groups to provide the Beach Access Program. You can use beach wheelchairs and beach matting free of charge from our partners.   

What to know before you go

Using a beach wheelchair at one of our locations

You can only use a beach wheelchair at the location you borrowed it from.

You will need to bring one or two people to help you transfer, wheel along the beach and accompany you in the water. There won't be someone available to help you.

It can be difficult to wheel the beach wheelchairs through soft sand. It’s best to bring some strong companions to help.

Equipment availability can vary due to beach conditions. Check with our partner before going to the beach. Some partners may supply equipment outside the usual hours on request.

Borrowing a beach wheelchair to take with you

You can borrow a beach wheelchair to use anywhere on the Gold Coast from 2 of our partners. You will need to collect and transport the beach wheelchair. For details, go to Beach wheelchair loans.

Safety advice

Use the beach wheelchair as instructed. You will need to read and follow the equipment manual. You may also need to sign a waiver or hire agreement before using a beach wheelchair.

Only use the beach wheelchair in areas patrolled by lifeguards/lifesavers. Stay between the red and yellow flags when going in the water. 

Follow all safety instructions provided by the club and lifeguards/lifesavers.

Accessible toilets and changing rooms

View the locations list for details on accessible toilets and changing rooms at each location.

These locations have Changing Places toilets nearby:

  • Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club, Broadbeach
  • Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Life Saving Club, Burleigh
  • Broadwater Parklands, Southport
  

Locations list

Broadbeach – Kurrawa

Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club

Equipment

For more information, visit Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club

Amenities

  • Beach wheelchair accessible beach shower
  • Changing Places toilet with dual transfer toilet, height adjustable change bench, shower and ceiling tracking hoist. Please bring your own 4-looped sling to use the hoist.
    You will need a Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) to access this facility. The club has a key available for loan or you can apply for a key.

Burleigh Heads – reopens September 2024

Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Life Saving Club

Equipment

  • Beach matting
  • Beach wheelchairs: Hippocampe, Waterwheels, All-Terrain Rollator beach walker
  • Equipment availability: 9am to 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays, September to May
  • Contact: email admin@burleighslsc.com.au or phone 07 5535 2419

For more information, visit Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC

Amenities

  • Standard accessible toilets
  • Beach wheelchair accessible beach shower
  • Changing Places toilet with dual transfer toilet, height adjustable change bench, shower and ceiling tracking hoist. Please bring your own 4-looped sling to use the hoist.
    You will need a Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) to access this facility. The club has a key available for loan or you can apply for a key.
    Located next to Nook Expresson, about 150 metres south of the club.

Burleigh North – reopens September 2024

North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club

Equipment

For more information, visit North Burleigh SLSC.

Amenities

  • Standard accessible toilets
  • Beach wheelchair accessible changing room with fixed bench seat, grab rails and additional circulation space
  • Beach wheelchair accessible beach shower

Labrador – Ian Dipple Lagoon – reopens October 2024

Ian Dipple Lagoon

Equipment

  • Beach matting
  • Beach wheelchair: Waterwheels
  • Equipment availability: 9am to 1pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays, October to April
  • Contact: email inclusion@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Amenities

  • Standard accessible toilets

Mermaid Beach – reopens September 2024

Mermaid Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Equipment

  • Beach matting
  • Beach wheelchairs: Sandcruiser (adult and child sizes), MobiChair
  • Equipment availability: 9:30am to 3:30pm, Sundays, September to May
  • Contact: email surfclub@mermaidslsc.org.au or phone 07 5575 3668

For more information, visit Mermaid Beach AEME SLSC

Volunteering Gold Coast Accessible Beaches volunteers provide support at this beach.

Amenities

  • Standard accessible toilet
  • Beach wheelchair accessible beach shower

Miami Beach – reopens September 2024

Miami Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Equipment

For more information, visit Miami Beach SLSC

Amenities

  • Standard accessible toilet

Nobby Beach – reopens September 2024

Nobby's Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Equipment

  • Beach matting
  • Beach wheelchair: Waterwheels
  • Equipment availability: 9am to 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays, September to May.
  • Contact: email admin@nobbysbeachslsc.com or phone 07 5526 1117

For more information, visit Nobby's Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Amenities

  • Standard accessible toilet

Southport – Broadwater Parklands

Broadwater Parklands swimming lagoon

Equipment

  • Beach matting, permanent

For more information, visit Broadwater Parklands.

Amenities

  • Standard accessible toilets
  • Changing Places toilet, with dual transfer toilet, height adjustable change bench, shower and ceiling tracking hoist. Please bring your own 4-looped sling to use the hoist.
    You will need a Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) to access this facility. Apply for a key.
    Located about 150 metres north of the Rockpools (across from Café Catalina/the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre).

Surfers Paradise – reopens September 2024

Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club

Equipment

  • Beach matting
  • Beach wheelchairs: Waterwheels, Hippocampe (adult and child sizes), Davinci
  • Equipment availability: 9:30am to 3:30pm, Sundays, September to May
  • Contact: email admin@surfersparadiseslsc.com.au or phone 07 5531 5966

For more information, visit Surfers Paradise SLSC.

Volunteering Gold Coast Accessible Beaches volunteers provide support at this beach.

Amenities

  • Standard accessible toilets on the foreshore
  • Beach wheelchair accessible beach showers

Tallebudgera Creek

Neptune Royal Life Saving Club

Equipment

For more information, visit the Neptune Royal LSC

Volunteering Gold Coast Accessible Beaches volunteers provide support at this beach.

Amenities

  • Standard accessible toilets
  • Beach wheelchair accessible beach showers
  

Beach wheelchair loans

Gold Coast Recreation and Sport Inc.

Beach wheelchairs: Hippocampe, Sandcruiser

Bookings essential

To book: visit Gold Coast Recreation and Sport beach wheelchair hire

Contact: email skyem@gcrs.com.au or phone 07 5531 3312, 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

GiveAbility

Beach wheelchairs: Hippocampe, Delta Buggy

Bookings essential

To book:

Get involved

Become a Beach Access Program partner

Eligibility

Local Life Saving Clubs and community organisations can apply to join the program. You must be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Applying to join the program

You can contact us to discuss your application by email inclusion@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone 0468 566 413. We will meet you at your location to:

  • help you apply
  • discuss what equipment will best suit your circumstances
  • provide information for you to share with your Management Committee.

What you will do as a Beach Access Program partner

The role of our partners is to provide, manage and take care of the equipment. You do not have to assist with transfers, wheeling along the sand, or taking people into the water.

To join the program, you’ll need a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City. This document outlines your responsibilities and how we will assist you. As a partner, you must:

  • be responsible for the equipment throughout your participation in the program. This includes managing risks
  • provide the equipment to the community for free at least one day per week during surf patrol season. This can include nipper days.
  • attend a one-time training session on equipment maintenance.
  • handle the deployment, upkeep, and storage of the equipment. You must tell us if your equipment is damaged or unsafe so we can fix or replace it
  • inform users about safe usage and operation, such as providing equipment manuals.
  • maintain your insurance coverage. This includes public liability, personal accident and injury, and/or WorkCover insurance
  • advertise the availability of the equipment on your website.

How we will support you

We will:

  • Supply you with beach wheelchairs and / or matting. We will also provide equipment manuals and ancillary equipment. For example, if you have a beach wheelchair, we will give you life vests
  • organise one-time training to help you safely assemble, use and maintain your equipment. If needed, partners can ask for refresher training
  • arrange and cover the cost of an annual service of the beach wheelchair
  • handle repairs or replacement of damaged parts / equipment
  • feature you as a Beach Access Program partner on our website and other places
  • work with you on how to manage the equipment
  • offer guidance and ongoing support.

Contact us

You can contact us by emailinclusion@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone 0468 566 413.

  

Beach wheelchair photo gallery