Learn about beach accessibility in Bayside. This includes beach matting and Mobi-Chair floating wheelchair hire during summer months for people with a disability.
Beach wheelchair bookings
Bookings are now open to hire a beach wheelchair for access to Hampton Beach.
The beach access wheelchair is available on Saturdays and Sundays and public holiday (except Christmas Day) during life saver patrol season (typically December to early April).
Bookings must be submitted before 4pm on the Friday before the weekend you plan to use the beach wheelchair.
Half Moon Bay update
Due to weather and wave conditions eroding the beach, access matting will not be in place at Half Moon Bay until further notice.
What does beach access mean?
Everyone has the right to enjoy the beach. We are working to improve access to beaches in Bayside for people of all abilities. To help do this we've supplied beach matting and floating wheelchairs to the life saving clubs at Half Moon Bay and Hampton Beach.
Watch Piper celebrate her birthday at the beach below.
The beaches vary in layout, services available, character and steepness. Please check beach accessibility before planning a trip.
Bookings currently unavailable at Half Moon Bay
Check beach closures
Sometimes beaches close due to environmental issues, particularly after big storms. It's always good to check if there are any issues before coming.
Beach matting provides a firm, 1.5m wide surface that makes it easier to move over soft sand. Anyone can use it including wheelchair users and people with walking aids such as frames or crutches.
Floating beach wheelchair
The floating beach wheelchair enables people who have mobility limitations to enter the water and enjoy being in the sea. There is no hoist available for transfer and the wheelchair requires at least 1 support person. If you want to float, it requires 2 support people.
How to use the wheelchair
Read how to safely use the chair and other requirements before booking.