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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


  • 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.


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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Queenscliff Music Festival – Activities near 100 Hitchcock

Queenscliff Music Festival

The Queenscliff Music Festival is held annually on the last weekend of November. The festival showcases some of Australia’s finest talent. The act lineup is huge this year! Such as Sarah Blasko, Courtney Barnett and The Whitlams.  A great balance between well-known artists and bands, coupled with interesting up and coming talent.

(Thank you to Queenscliff Music festival for the pics above of the talent for 2018! There are too many to list, and more artists are added frequently. So for the most up to date lineup list, click here.)

As the event is hugely popular, I really do suggest that you need to get your hands on tickets soon as they sell out. Book a long weekend of music and stay 20 minutes from the Queenscliff Music Festival. Book accommodation and stay 20 minutes away at 100 Hitchcock avenue Barwon Heads below.

Check availability and pricing here


23rd to the 25th of November. (Standard every year, it is always the last weekend of November.


The festival site takes place on the foreshore park in central Queenscliff. (About 20 minutes from Barwon Heads). A beautiful location!

Furthermore, the streets of Queenscliff turn into a huge party for the festival, with markets, food vendors and plenty of free street performances for young and old. The Pubs, cafes, restaurants and other businesses all get into the Queenscliff Music Festival atmosphere and make the town a great place to visit even if you don’t have a ticket for the shows.

Disabled Access:

Here is everything you will need to know about accessibility. The festival is wholly supporting inclusiveness for their attendees


Book your festival tickets here. Choose a single day pass or attend for the full three days.

By the way, there are also activities for kids and very much a wheelchair friendly event. It’s really geared to a relaxed family inclusive type of event.

If these dates don’t work for you, check out our blog post about A Day On The Green, another music festival in November here.

Additional Imagery with thanks from a must-see tourist information website packed with useful information on Geelong and the Bellarine region, check them out here.

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