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gorgeous paths for wheelchair cruising

Gorgeous Paths for Wheelchair Cruising

The best feature of our SeaChange village of Barwon Heads is miles of level footpaths for wheelchair cruising. See our photos and maps for your next visit in our blog here.

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Miles and Miles Of Level Footpaths.

There is nothing better than being able to explore in the sunshine. Barwon Heads certainly ticks that box. So make sure your battery is fully charged, and set off on an adventure with us.

Possibly the most popular path begins with a short cruise from 100 Hitchcock to the beach a few blocks away. The path meanders along the Barwon river into town. The paths are all level, and gravel paving. Occasionally you may hit a spot of beach sand after a windy day but for the most part, enjoy meandering along the Teatree path and watch the birdlife.

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You may want to stop for a loo break, a BBQ or let the kids play in the playground.

 

 

The toilets are clean and wheelchair accessible too.

 

 

Continue to the Barwon Heads Bridge where you will find sculptures and seating to watch the waves and kids paddling. Stop for a coffee at Ebb & Flow. A cafe renowned for their awesome coffee and cakes.

From there, you can cross the Barwon Heads Bridge, and then back again. The bridge is a perfect fishing spot too, with the tide coming in there is a good chance of catching a meal for the evening.

 

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The Bridge is a particularly lovely spot during sunrise and sunset. If you love photography, perhaps time your wheelchair cruise and send us some snaps!

 

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Continue your cruise to At The Heads Restaurant, a scene from the TV series SeaChange. A mix of concrete and timber paths, and very scenic.

 

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From there, follow the timber path to the jetty. Another great fishing spot. Naturally the wooden planks are a bit bumpy, however, you will love the view.

 

 

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From the jetty, meander along the concrete paths running parallel to the ocean, stopping at The Bluff. It is a marine sanctuary, so you will see quite a lot of birdlife.

 

 

 

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Return to the Bridge and Roundabout with excellent level crossings and wander into town along Hitchcock Avenue and back to the house.

 

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Here is a map outlining where you can feel comfortable wheelchair cruising. The orange markings cover all of the above pictures. The yellow markings cover several kilometres along the inland part of the river in the photos below.

 

The best feature of our SeaChange village is miles of level footpaths for wheelchair cruising. See our photos and maps for your next visit

 

It includes several kilometres along the inland part of the Barwon Heads River. Meandering north of the property, follow the path inside the park, along the street and access the long flat river path. Explore fishing spots, and meander through farmland. It is really beautiful and peaceful.

 

Lots of Accessible  activities around Barwon Heads

We regularly post about activities that are suitable for disabled guests. Check out our other blogs such as Gourmet Farm to Table events and music festivals.

Consider hiring a beach wheelchair, or disabled surfing classes. Check our blog for more ideas.

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Beach Wheelchair Hire & Disabled Surfing

Hey, have you ever wanted to feel the thrill of riding the waves on a surfboard? Well now you can!

Disabled Surfing is here.

 Disabled Surfers Association (DSA) organise surf days, two of which are coming up this summer. Their goal is “to provide an inclusive experience for all people with any disability to experience the rush of riding a wave.” And that they do! A small army of volunteers are there to guide and help you from start to finish to help you achieve your disabled surfing goal.

People of all ages participate, and it’s a fun day.

Ocean Grove beach offers year-round accessibility, and your family can either drive or walk. (Crossing the Barwon Heads bridge, and flat paths leading to the accessible beach area).

DSA Ocean Grove

When:

  • Sunday 3rd February 2019– Ocean Grove Main Beach (surfing starts at 9 am)
  • Sunday 3rd March 2019– Ocean Grove Main Beach (surfing starts at 9 am)

Registration is from 8 am for Participants, Carers and Volunteers at Ocean Grove Main Beach.

Safety briefings for volunteers at 8.45 am.

For group registration you’ll need to call prior and book.

Where:

Ocean Grove Surf Club.

I’ve added a map of the recommended walking path from 100 Hitchcock to the beach below.

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Flat walking paths from 100 Hitchcock to the Ocean Grove Surf Club

Accessible features:

At the beach, there are:

  • Special needs changing/amenities
  • Wheelchair ramp access from the car park all the way to the sand
  • Specialised Beach Wheelchairs (to suit adults and children)

Year-round beach wheelchair hire:

Their Specialised Beach Wheelchairs are available for use along the Bellarine and Surf coast free of charge by the community at any time by arrangement. This enables a person with special needs to experience the beach at any time with family and friends all year round. The tidal river two blocks from 100 Hitchcock is absolutely perfect for this activity. Gentle waves, and not too deep.

Bookings are essential as they are quite popular, and can be made by contacting Go Ride A Wave on 1300 132 441 

The Sandcruiser  has large balloon-like tyres which make for easy access on soft sand and in shallow water and is ideal for people who have limited mobility.

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sandcruiser.com.au are the manufacturers

Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove offer a vast range of activities, from flat riding paths, to free hire of beach wheelchairs, music festivals and much more. Check out our other blog topics on things to do around 100 Hitchcock here:

Definitely worth booking your accommodation at 100 Hitchcock for one of these weekends. Be sure to start planning now, as weekends book quickly over summer. To book, click here:

The DSA organise events like this around Australia.

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DSA Volunteers 2018

So, if you are unable to get to Barwon Heads, check out other locations around Australia here:

Contact Information:

To Resister to participate with the event DSA Ocean Grove are organising here

Or if you need to talk to someone, here are the details:

Sandra Ahlquist
Mobile: 0423 486 798
Email: sandraahlquist@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Disabled-Surfers-Association-Ocean-Grove

Instagram @dsaoceangrove

Lots of Accessible friendly activities around Barwon Heads

We regularly post about activities that are suitable for disabled guests. Check out our other blogs such as Gourmet Farm to Table events  and music festivals.

Book accommodation and stay  at 100 Hitchcock avenue Barwon Heads. 

Check availability and pricing below.

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