Accessible playgrounds, beaches and facilities

Beach access

The City is renowned for its wonderful coastline, and this is a major attraction for residents and visitors alike. However, access to the beach and water is a major issue for many community members, in particular people with disability.

  • Beach access matting provides assistance for many people, including people with disability, seniors, and parents with prams, making it easier to get from the main footpath onto the sand.
     
    We install beach access matting at various locations on a seasonal basis, generally from October through to April each year depending on weather conditions. Beach access matting

    Currently, beach access matting is available at the following locations:

    • Rockingham foreshore - in front of the Beach Bowl, accessed by using the ramp
    • Palm Beach, Rockingham – just to the west of the jetty, accessed by using the ramp
    • Governor Road Reserve, East Rockingham – use the sealed pathway adjacent to the toilet block
    • Bell Park, Rockingham – adjacent to the toilets near the Wanliss Street carpark
    • Phoebe Hymus Park, Rockingham – use the sealed pathway from Alexandra Street carpark. Please note the ramp is steep in this location.
  • Beach wheelchairs are designed for use in outdoor environments and specifically for use on sand and in or near salt water. We have three types of beach wheelchair available for loan free of charge. These are hosted by community organisations and you can contact them directly to book and arrange collection.

    Mobi-Chair

    The Mobi-Chair is available for loan free of charge from The Cruising Yacht Club. Key features of this chair include:

    • Portability – can be collapsed and transported in large vehicles.
    • The armrests and wheels are comprised of flotation materials that enable the chair to fully float in any water.
    • The integrated handles on the armrests provide added stability while enjoying the ride on land or in the water.
    • Weight capacity of up to 130kg.

    More information about the Mobi-Chair:

    Instructional video – Set up instructions

    Product website

    Beach Trekker

    The Beach Trekker wheelchair is available for loan free of charge from The Cruising Yacht Club and the Seaside Camp for Kids. Key features of this chair include:

    • Weight capacity of up to 110kg
    • Stability over variable terrain – suitable for soft sand and into the water.

    Hippocampe All-Terrain Wheelchair

    The Hippocampe All-Terrain Wheelchair is available for loan free of charge from Rockingham Visitor Centre. Key features of this chair include:

    • Weight capacity of up to 130kg
    • Stability over variable terrain – suitable for bushwalking, soft sand and into the water
    • Suitable for use in water up to the height of the seat  (NB: The Hippocampe is not a floatation device)
    • Portability – can be collapsed and transported in large vehicles.

    More information about the Hippocampe:

    Instructional video – Set up and usage

     

    Hire LocationAddressContact numberWheelchairs available
    Rockingham Visitor Centre19 Kent Street, Rockingham9592 3464Hippocampe All-Terrain Wheelchair
    The Cruising Yacht ClubVal Street, Rockingham9527 5468Beach Trekker, Mobi Chair
    Seaside Camp for KidsHymus Street, Peron9527 1127Beach Trekker

     

  • Beach Walkers available for free hireA walk on the beach can be difficult for many. Beach walkers make it easier for people to access and enjoy the sand.

    Two beach walkers are available for community members to hire at no cost. Bookings are essential. Refer to the Information Sheet below for more details about booking and using a beach walker.

    Bookings:

    Locations for collection and return of the walkers:

    Corner Dixon Road and Goddard Street, Rockingham
    Phone: 9591 0850.

    87 Warnbro Sound Avenue, Warnbro
    Phone: 9591 0888.

Fantasy Park Fantasy Park

Fantasy Park Playground

This award-winning accessible playground for people with disability is located in Rand Avenue in Waikiki.

The park features:

  • A sensory garden and touching panels for the visually impaired
  • Large stone animal sculptures designed for interactive play
  • User-friendly barbecues and picnic tables
  • Eight accessible parking bays on site
  • Accessible unisex toilet on site
  • A pick-up/set down bay suitable for a bus is provided in the parking area.

More information about Fantasy Park

Harbour playground Harbour playground

The Harbour Playground

The Harbour Playground inclusive play space is on the Secret Harbour foreshore and is designed for all ages and abilities. It is a play space for the entire community which provides opportunities for families and friends with different abilities and skills to play alongside each other in a safe environment. The park features an “underwater cave” with a giant octopus.

All areas of the cave, including the tunnel are accessible and offer a range of play pieces including seaweed ropes, slides and a giant whirlpool net. There are also a wide range of play areas that include a cruise line swing and a wheelchair-accessible roundabout.

More information about the Harbour Playground

Hearing loop

Library customer using portable hearing loop across the counterPortable, cross the counter hearing loops provide hearing aid wearers with assistance in situations where they are having one-to-one conversations in meetings, at reception desks or other customer service situations.

These units are now available to provide assistance to customers at the following locations:

  • Mary Davies Library and Community Centre
  • Warnbro Community Library
  • Rockingham Central Library
  • Safety Bay Library
  • Autumn Centre
  • Aqua Jetty
  • Administration Building.

What is a Hearing Loop?

A hearing loop (sometimes called an induction loop) is an assistive listening device that benefits people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to the T position.

Benefits include:

  • unwanted background noise is minimised
  • sound goes directly into the hearing aid
  • can be used by anyone with a compatible hearing aid (please note that not all hearing aids have a T position).

Accessible jetties Couple walking dog on Val Street Jetty

Rockingham offers great facilities for fishing enthusiasts, and both the Val Street and Palm Beach jetties have been designed to allow easy access for people in wheelchairs or with other mobility restrictions.

Accessible toilet facilities are also available nearby to both jetties.

More information about accessible fishing locations is available on the Fishability website, including a map of fishing locations across Western Australia which are categorised according to their level of accessibility for people with disability.

Adult change facilities

A fundamental barrier to social inclusion is a lack of appropriate toileting facilities for people with severe or profound disability. We are seeking to address this by building toilet facilities that have adult-sized change tables, a hoist and enough space for a carer to assist.

These toilet facilities are being considered for inclusion in some new community facilities and are currently available at the following venues:

  • Singleton Sports and Community Centre
  • Golden Bay Sports Pavilion
  • Secret Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club
  • Mary Davies Library and Community Centre.
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