Beach wheelchairs make it easy for families to enjoy parks together

The Parks and Wildlife Service are continuing to ensure that everyone can access WA’s national parks.

Three specially designed beach wheelchairs are now available to use in the Exmouth District, allowing disabled visitors to share experiences with their families along the Ningaloo Coast.

There is no charge to use the wheelchairs, but booking is essential. Wheelchairs can be booked by contacting the Exmouth District Office on 08 9947 8000 between 0800 and 1700 weekdays.

Wheelchair 1 – located at Milyering Discovery Centre, Cape Range National Park. Enjoy easy access to Sandy Bay and Turquoise Bay:

  • Pick up from the Discovery Centre - if available, a Ranger may be able to assist with drop off to site due to size of wheelchair.
  • Available 365 days a year. 

Wheelchair 2 – located at Coral Bay, Ningaloo Marine Park:

  • Best location for ease of access Bill’s Bay on the Coral Bay Foreshore.
  • Available 365 days a year.

 A third brand new wheelchair has recently been obtained with the help of a grant from Woodside.

A permanent location for this chair is yet to be confirmed but contact the Exmouth District office for information.

Exmouth Parks and Visitor Services Officer Scott Thompson said that responses to the chairs have been extremely positive since being purchased around eight years ago. “They have been used regularly and feedback from users and carers has been that their visits are tremendously enhanced,” he said.

“An example is where families of a disabled child have to split up, with the child and parent remaining in camp or in Exmouth town, whilst the remaining members enjoy swimming at the beach. Keeping a family together and sharing their park experience by using the chairs can be priceless”.

The Exmouth District has been focussed on considering visitor experience and access requirements for disabled persons in recreational site design for many years. This includes Yardie Creek and Turquoise Bay day use facilities, and Kurrajong, Osprey and Mesa Campgrounds.

 Photos -  Ida Netwon

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