Accessible Recreation

We're working hard to bring you more accessible recreation options on the Peninsula.

Playground communication boards

A series of communication boards for people with alternative or additional communication needs are at these three playgrounds:

  • Civic Reserve, Mornington.
  • Rosebud Foreshore.
  • Pelican Park, Hastings.
  • George Bishop Reserve, Dromana.

The communication boards display symbols and Auslan alphabet signs so people can gesture, point to, or scan through the symbols to communicate. They give all children and adults who visit our playgrounds a new avenue to connect with each other.

You can download and print a copy of the boards to use at home or on the move around the playgrounds:

For more information on how the boards can be beneficial for everyone please check out this handy video by local speech pathologist Carmen Roche who co-designed the boards:

This project was developed with our Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) as part of our commitment to improve accessibility and inclusion.

Accessible beaches

Beach matting locations

After many requests from community members; as well as endorsement from the Disability Advisory Committee and Mount Martha Life Saving Club; Beach Matting will be available for use all year round at Mount Martha beach – in front of the lifesaving club and Rye front beach – next to the pier.

The decision to trial these two sites are due to the popularity of these beaches matting as well as being able to regularly inspect how the mats hold up during the winter months. Traditionally the matting has been rolled up from May until November due to the possibilities of extreme weather and tidal surges however we know many members of community could benefit from access to our wonderful beaches all year round.

We encourage any and all feedback from the community via this survey, the QR code that is located at the signage at each matting sites or contacting access@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Available all day every day

Mount Martha beach (Mount Martha Lifesaving Club)

Rye front beach (next to the pier)

Available all day every day between November and May

Mothers beach, Mornington

Rosebud beach (next to the jetty) 

Sorrento front beach (next to The Baths restaurant)

Please be aware the matting will not always meet the water's edge, during low tides.

If you have any feedback about beach matting at these locations, please contact access@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Report a beach matting problem

All-terrain and beach wheelchairs

Mount Martha Lifesaving Club - Two  MobiChairs available for use between the flags during patrol (weekends 12-5pm).  

Point Leo Surf Life-Saving Club - a Sandcruiser beach wheelchair can be booked for free from the Point Leo Surf Life-Saving Club.

 

Lord Somers Camp have three wheelchairs (one Hippocampe, two All-terrain chairs) which can be booked for free use on Monday to Friday, 7am to 5.30pm. Weekend use by arrangement with the camp operator before pick up.

 

Coolart Wetlands and Homestead has a Hippocampe chair which can be hired from the Visitor Centre.

 

Camp Manyung (YMCA), Mount Eliza has on offer three Hippocampe chairs for loan to disability agencies on the Mornington Peninsula.

Point NepeanParks Victoria has an All-terrain wheelchair at the Point Nepean Information Centre. Best suited to compact sand, lawns and pathways. 

Liberty swings

Liberty Swings are swings that people in wheelchairs can use.

Liberty Swings are available at the following locations on the Mornington Peninsula:

  • Hastings Foreshore playground on Marine Parade, Hastings
  • Lawson Park playground on Leon Avenue, Rosebud

You will need a Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) to use the swings. For information about how to get your own key visit our MLAK webpage online

MLAKs can also be borrowed from:

A key safe box next to the swing at Lawson Park - please contact us for the code

Accessible and inclusive events

Often people with disabilities won't go to an event or venue unless they know what to expect in terms of access. Having information on your website - such as site maps, information about parking, toilets, ground surface or Auslan for example - is a great start.

We also strongly recommend you include an optional question about access needs on your event registration form, and if you're not sure how to respond to any requests, you can get in touch with us at access@mornpen.vic.gov.au for help. 

We've developed a checklist to help you plan a welcoming and inclusive for all. Make sure you consider these things EARLY in the planning stages rather than leaving them to the last minute. Following these steps will actually result in a better experience for EVERYONE.

Download: Inclusive and Accessible Event Checklist.pdf(PDF, 290KB)

Sailability

Sailability is a sailing program that offers an additional level of support, volunteers, and equipment to assist people of all abilities to get into sailing. About Sailability Victoria

Sailability programs are available at the following Mornington Peninsula yacht clubs over the summer months:

Hastings Yacht Club - Sailability

Mornington Yacht Club - Sailability

Blairgowrie Yacht Club - Sailability