Accessible beaches

City of Port Phillip has a world renowned foreshore along Port Phillip Bay. An accessible pathway, shared between pedestrians and bike users extends the length of this foreshore. Find out more about the accessibility along our foreshore.

Currently, there is no way to get to deep water at City of Port Phillip beaches for people with disability. Along the foreshore there are several ramps from footpath to sand level, however, the majority of these do not comply with Australian Standards wheelchair accessible gradient.

To help remove some of the barriers people face on beaches, and let everyone enjoy the famous St Kilda foreshore, beach matting and beach wheelchairs are available over the summer months. The specially designed equipment not only helps people with a disability, but also increases access for all community members, from older people to children and pram users.

The equipment has been available over the last three summers in partnership with Port Melbourne Life Saving Club, St Kilda Life Saving Club and Life Saving Victoria.

Person with a disability in a beach wheelchair accompanied by life saver

Woman seated in Mobi-chair beach wheelchair at edge of water with Support Person and Life Saver standing behind, at Port Melbourne beach.

Beach wheelchairs

Beach wheelchairs let you hit the sand and take a dip in the ocean. These specialty chairs are designed for outdoor use and specifically for beach environments.

They are ideal for people who have mobility limitations, including permanent disability, temporary disability or reduced mobility.

The armrests and wheels on Mobi-Chairs are made from materials that enable the chair to float in water. They’re designed to enter water to the waist height of a support person. Integrated handles on the armrests provide added stability on land and in water.

Beach wheelchairs are available during the summer patrol periods at both Port Melbourne and St Kilda Life Saving Clubs.

Please note:

  • bookings are for 1.5 hours
  • beach wheelchairs cannot be independently pushed so users may need to bring someone to assist with transfers
  • if you are hiring a Mobi-Chair and would like to enter deep water, you must have a minimum of two support people
  • the booking terms and conditions before you complete your booking.

You can book a beach wheelchair in advance during the summer season.

To learn about other beaches and activities in Victoria that are accessible, please see AAA Play Find an Activity Directory. For accessible beaches around Australia, please visit the Accessible Beaches website for information.

Public transport information

Public transport connections and accessible tram stops are available along the foreshore. Only tram routes 16, 96 and 109 are partly serviced by low floor trams.

Full tram and bus timetables can be accessed at Public Transport Victoria.

For more information on Getting Around.

Public toilet information

All Port Phillip public toilets are opened and closed by Council Security Staff on a daily basis. Toilets will be opened at dawn and locked at dusk, on a seasonal basis.

There are three EXELOO toilets in Port Phillip, these are located on Kerferd Road (Albert Park), Shakespeare Grove (St Kilda) and Eastern Road (South Melbourne). These toilets are maintained by an external company, and are closed at approximately 10 pm during summer.

To locate a toilet, visit the National Public Toilet Map.

Changing Places

The St Kilda Life Saving Club includes a Victorian Government funded Changing Places facility for improved disability access. These facilities have larger-than-standard accessible toilets and extra features, along with more space to meet the requirements of people with disability.

The facility has a height-adjustable, adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist system, and space for two people in a safe and clean environment. The Changing Places facility was chosen for installation at the new St Kilda Life Saving Club following a survey of people with disability, organised by the Association for Children with a Disability.

For further information on Changing Places please call 03 9818 2000 or view the Changing Places website.

To access the Changing Places facility, an individual or carer must have a Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK). This is an innovative system that enables people with disability to gain 24-hour access, seven days a week to the facility. Eligibility to use this facility is restricted to people with disability who must have written authority from a doctor, a disability organisation or a community health centre.

People with disability are able to purchase an MLAK by contacting the Master Locksmiths Association on 1800 819 775.

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