Coastal Accessibility

Barwon Coast’s Coastal and Marine Management Plan 2020 – 2025 identifies accessible amenities and beach access as key a priority. Read below to find out more about the accessibility of our beaches, accommodation options and facilities.

Accessible Beach Access

Ocean Grove Main Beach has an all-abilities access ramp and disabled car parking that will ensure everyone in the family can get down and enjoy the beach during summer.

Hodgson St Beach Accessway (Ocean Grove) also has ramped access to the beach that is suitable for most abilities at this popular beach access location.

Accessible Accommodation

Both the Barwon Heads Caravan Park and Riverview Family Caravan Park provide accessible accommodation options.

At Barwon Heads the 3-bedroom Cuttlefish Cottage has been renovated to meet the needs of all-abilities. It includes a wheelchair accessible ensuite to the master bedroom and a  main bathroom that is also designed for assisted access. Ramped access to your accommodation from the concrete driveway and wide doorways throughout makes wheelchair access easy. A large external storage shed is also provided for mobility equipment. 

At Barwon Heads the stunning Columbine Beach House facilitates the needs of disabled guests with wide ramped access from the Beach House carpark, wide sliding entry doors, a flat deck area and wheelchair accessible bathroom. With stunning views out to Port Phillip Heads this accessible Beach House will provide an unforgettable beach escape.

Riverview Family Caravan Park in Ocean Grove offers a wheelchair accessible cabin located right on the waterfront. With 2 bedrooms an access ramp and wheelchair accessible bathroom, this fully self-contained cabin has all you need for a comfortable holiday.

Accessible Facilities

Many of the amenity blocks along our coastal reserves have appropriate access for all abilities. 

Community Groups

The Disabled Surfers Association Ocean Grove conducts ‘Come Try Surfing’ days at Ocean Grove Main Beach during summer. The Association also provides special beach wheelchairs available free of charge by arrangement.

The Association’s ‘Putting Smiles on Dials’ program won the 2013 Victorian Coastal Council Community Action and Partnerships Award.