Accessible Beaches

Gold Coast

COVID-19 Update: Due to the recent impact of the Coronavirus in the Gold Coast Community, the Accessible Beaches 2019/20 season will finish March 2020.  

This is a difficult time for everyone and right now our main priority is the safety and well being of our community. We hope you all stay safe and we will see you again next summer as we continue to make more beaches accessible for everybody!


Creating an Accessible Summer

Volunteering Gold Coast is committed to building communities that are inclusive, purposeful and connected by providing a range of Community Transport, Disability and Support Coordination services.

The AccessMats and Beach wheelchair will be available to book every Saturday at Neptune Royal Life Saving Club from 8:30am – 3:30pm and every Sunday at Surfers Paradise SLSC from through to Early May 2020 free of charge. Bookings are essential and can be done through the online booking form.

Volunteering Gold Coast is devoted to eradicating the barriers which exist for people with a disability; so in addition to ensuring that the AccessMats and Beach Wheelchairs are accessible, we can also provide transport to get to and from the beach, and trained staff to provide support. Contact us to find out more.

Using the AccessMat and Beach Wheelchair

The AccessMat is a long sturdy mat that is rolled out onto soft sand providing a smooth surface for people who use a wheelchair or who have difficulty walking.

Volunteering Gold Coast and all participating Surf Clubs are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to the facilities in a safe manner, so the following rules apply when booking the AccessMat and Beach Wheelchair:

  • The AccessMat is to be booked one day prior for set up.
  • The volunteers on duty will determine appropriate weather conditions for use.
  • A support person or carer must be present to assist the user at all times. Contact Volunteering Gold Coast if you would like us to arrange transport and/or other support for your use of the facilities – click here
  • The user and support person has the responsibility to look after the AccessMat when in use.
  • The user and/or support person must read and sign the  Waiver of Liability and Rules of Use before using the AccessMat and Beach Wheelchair.
  • When using the AccessMat and Beach Wheelchairs a demonstration will be provided to you by one of volunteers on duty.

Participating Clubs

Surfers Paradise SLSC

Available every Sunday from 8:30am – 3:30pm

Equipment Available: AccessMat, 2x Water Wheel beach wheelchairs, 2x Hippocampe beach wheelchairs (adult and children size), 1 Da Vinci self-propelling beach wheelchair and a Sontana 150 hoist with a pivotal frame (small and medium sizing available).

Neptune RLSC (Tallebudgera Creek)

Available every Saturday from 8:30am – 3:30pm

Equipment Available: AccessMat and 2x Water Wheels beach wheelchair.

Volunteer with Accessible Beaches 

Volunteers are essential to ensure that this project is sustainable and it opens them up to opportunities to learn new skills, gain experience and make an impact on people’s lives. 

We encourage everyone to embrace the opportunity and give back to the local community. You will receive onsite training and an honorary membership from the surf club as well as be provided with a uniform and free meal during your shift. Shifts go for 4 hours and you can choose between either the morning or afternoon shift. 

Volunteer Opportunities for 2020/21 season opening soon

map showing locations of accessible parking near the beach where accessmat is located
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