Accessible beaches

Accessible beach matting

The Moreton Bay Region’s coastline is home to many beautiful beaches which are enjoyed by locals and visitors throughout the year.

However, for many people who experience mobility limitations, such as wheelchair users, seniors and people with chronic health conditions, a day at the beach may be out of reach.

Even families pushing prams or beach carts can experience trouble getting to and from the beach.

Moreton Bay Regional Council believes that everyone has the right to access and enjoy our beaches.

Through the delivery of the Accessible Beaches initiative, Council is committed to giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy a day at the beach.

Council’s Accessible beaches initiative is currently being delivered at two (2) patrolled beaches in the Moreton Bay Region: Woorim Beach on Bribie Island and Suttons Beach on the Redcliffe peninsula. 

Woorim Beach

Thanks to Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Accessible beaches Initiative, delivered in partnership with Bribie Island Surf Lifesaving Club, Bribie’s beautiful Woorim Beach is now accessible to everyone.

A 30 metre length of beach matting (Mobi-Mat®) provides access onto the beach, while two (2) beach wheelchairs enable users to travel along the beach and down to the water’s edge.

Beach Mat (Mobi-Mat®)

The permanently installed beach mat provides an accessible and stable walkway onto the beach all year round. It has been shown to significantly improve access onto the beach for users of mobility devices (e.g. wheelchairs, mobility scooters, walking frames, etc.), people with chronic health conditions (e.g. arthritis), seniors, and families pushing prams or carts.

Key features of the beach mat include:

  • Location: Woorim Beach access point 12
  • Dimensions: 1.98 metres (W) x 30 metres (L)
  • Availability: 7 days a week, 365 days a year*
  • Product leaflet

* Subject to beach and weather conditions.

The Mobi-Mat® is laid out along Woorim Beach access point 12. The entrance of Access point 12 can be found at Bluey Piva Park. A continuous pathway connects the accessible parking within the carpark off North Street to Access point 12.

Beach Wheelchairs

Two beach wheelchairs are available for free hire through Bribie Island Surf Lifesaving Club on weekends and public holidays during the summer season (late September to early May).

 Mobi-Chair® - Kindly donated to Council’s Accessible Beaches initiative by CentaCare Moreton Bay, the Mobi-Chair® Beach Wheelchair is a high quality, amphibious rolling beach chair that provides a seamless transition from boardwalk to beach to water. Once in the water, the arm rests enable the chair and its user to float.

View the Mobi-Chair® safety information.

Mobi-chair

Sandcruiser - The Sandcruiser glides over sand, absorbing shocks for a smooth and comfortable ride along the beach. Whilst this chair is not designed to float, it offers an excellent experience on the beach and in shallow waters.

View the Sandcruiser safety information.

sandcruiser

Booking and collection

You can book a beach wheelchair online. Please submit a booking request at least 2 business days before you would like to collect a beach wheelchair. Council will review your request and respond within 1 business day.

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You will receive details about collecting and returning your beach wheelchair in the confirmation email, as well as some important safety information.

Suttons Beach

Moreton Bay Regional Council is currently trialing the Accessible beaches initiative at Suttons Beach on the Redcliffe Peninsula. The aim of this trial is to enable everyone to access and enjoy a day out at Suttons Beach.

A 50 metre beach matting (Mobi-Mat®) pathway provides access onto the beach, while a Hippocampe beach wheelchair (coming soon) enables users to travel along the beach and down to the water’s edge.

Beach Mat (Mobi-Mat®)

The permanently installed beach mat provides an accessible and stable walkway onto the beach all year round. It has been shown to significantly improve access onto the beach for users of mobility devices (e.g. wheelchairs, mobility scooters, walking frames, etc.), people with chronic health conditions (e.g. arthritis), seniors, and families pushing prams or beach carts.

Key features of the beach mat include:

  • Location: Suttons Beach Park
  • Dimensions: 1.53 metres (W) x 49 metres (L)
  • Availability: 7 days a week, 365 days a year*
  • Product leaflet

* Subject to beach and weather conditions.

Beach wheelchair

A Hippocampe Beach Wheelchair will soon be available for free hire at Suttons Beach. More information about this service, including the booking and collection process, will be available once it is available.