A trip to the beach is something that many Australian’s take for granted, but beaches are becoming destinations that really are for everyone, as councils across Australia have been taking more notice of the needs of everyone in the community during the warmer months of the year. Several councils across Australia’s have even made it their aim to have more accessible beaches by 2020.
The Accessible Beaches campaign was founded in 2016 with a vision of making most patrolled beaches in Australia wheelchair accessible by 2020.
Their aim is to improve the quality of life for more than four million Australians living with a disability by getting them back onto the beach.
This time of year is the best time to go out and enjoy the great weather and really see what Australia has to offer.
This organisation is giving independence back to wheelchair users. Some wheelchair users are feeling the sea for the first time, this is an amazing achievement by Accessible Beaches and the councils across Australia.
Watch this video to see how Accessible Beaches are changing lives:
We also came across an amazing Sydney based family who take full advantage of the Wheelchair accessible beaches across the country. The family of four share their experiences about trying to find their way around tricky situations so they can do as much as possible despite a wheelchair being part of their package.
Their son BJ is 22 and has cerebral palsy and they also have a 14 year old daughter, AJ.
The family’s website has great tips on places they have found accommodating, wheelchair accessible/friendly and some fun activities they found on their travels.
The author Julie is an experienced traveler and had to find her way around a new way of traveling after her son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. We admire Julie for taking the time to help other families in the same situation.
Follow the link below to read about the family’s experience
For more information on Accessible Beaches and services available follow the link below