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THE VERSATILITY OF A BEACH WHEELCHAIR – HAVE WHEELCHAIR WILL TRAVEL

We’ve just returned from a week-long stay on the South Coast of NSW.  In 2014 we visited the region for a long weekend but as much as we loved the area we found it hard work.  We couldn’t explore the places that we really wanted to because access was tricky.

As soon as we heard Braeden was getting his own beach wheelchair we knew that we could book a holiday to the South Coast with confidence.  We were excited to have the opportunity to revisit the places which was just too hard last time.  We’ve decided to share photos of the places the beach wheelchair took us because we found it so versatile and it really gave us opportunities and a sense of freedom we didn’t have before.

Beach wheelchair fun - Have Wheelchair Will Travel We loved having no restrictions over which beaches we could visit and took the beach chair out every day.

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Braeden enjoying a dip in the surf.

When the rain stopped and the weather warmed up Braeden loved catching a wave at the beach.

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Exploring the rock pools at the beach.

Braeden loves following Amelia wherever she goes.  It is hard to ensure that she gets experiences and that Braeden doesn’t miss out.  This holiday we could all go and explore the rock pools together. The Sandcruiser got Braeden over the rocks so he could join in.

Beach wheelchair - Have Wheelchair Will Travel Braeden loved chilling in the rockpool.Beach wheelchair - Have Wheelchair Will Travel Amelia spied a beach she fancied checking out and after we agreed to visit we noticed a staircase.  Hubby has a pretty can-do attitude and decided to give it a go.  It was the first time we had attempted stairs and the Sandcruiser took it all in its stride. Beach wheelchair - Have Wheelchair Will TravelWe had fun at Moona Moona Creek.

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Amelia pushing Braeden in his beach wheelchair on the gravel road.

Although we would manage a gravel road with Braeden manual chair the beach wheelchair provided him with a more comfortable ride.  We visited Depot Beach in Murramarang National Park in the evening and took the gravel path to check out the kangaroos.

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Braeden on Green Patch beach in Jervis Bay National Park.

My favourite of all the beaches we visited was Green Patch in Jervis Bay National Park.  I felt thrilled to spend the afternoon at this beach with its crystal clear water and white sand.

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Walking down to Green Patch beach in Jervis Bay National Park.

We were able to use the beach wheelchair from the car park down to Green Patch beach.  Braeden seems really comfortable with his go anywhere wheels.

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Hubby and Braeden carving up the sand at Pebbly Beach.

Boys and their Dads – Hubby and Braeden love their time together and racing along the beach certainly put a smile on Braeden’s dial.

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Braeden having a kick at the beach.

Braeden was mesmerized by two boys having a game with a Wahu ball at the beach.  He looked envious so the next day we had some of our own Wahu fun at the beach.

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Kicking the Wahu to Amelia on the beach.

Braeden loves ball games and is quite accurate with his kicks.  His cousin who is mad for soccer watched Braeden one day and commented on his technique.  He manoeuvers the ball into a position beside his chair where he can get a clear and powerful kick happening, then there’s joy all round when he has success.

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Braeden checking out the Kangaroos at Merry Beach, South Coast, NSW

Braeden loves sticking together as a family and the beach wheelchair has certainly made that much easier.  It was central to most of our day trips and having the flexibility to stay wherever we liked this holiday also meant that we could book into an area that was cheaper (usually we need to book where we have access to loan beach wheelchairs).

If you’d like to read my review of the Sandcruiser and the smaller Sandpiper you can do so here. I have included information about how we transport the chair and the features we love.

Versatility of a beach wheelchair - rock climbing - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

And since I originally wrote this post we’ve given the beach wheelchair even more of a work out climbing to the top of this cliff at Seal Rocks.

 




4 thoughts on “THE VERSATILITY OF A BEACH WHEELCHAIR – HAVE WHEELCHAIR WILL TRAVEL”

    • Hi David, lovely to hear from you. I shared the ABC story last week on Facebook. You really started something when you mentioned the TrailRider it seems like Parks Vic are extremely receptive to ideas and are going from strength to strength. It certainly puts the area on our travel must-do list. Julie

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