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 BJ 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.
We loved having no restrictions over which beaches we could visit and took the beach chair out every day.
When the rain stopped and the weather warmed up BJ loved catching a wave at the beach.
BJ loves following AJ wherever she goes. It is hard to ensure that she gets experiences and that BJ doesn’t miss out. This holiday we could all go and explore the rock pools together. The Sandcruiser got BJ over the rocks so he could join in.
BJ loved chilling in the rockpool. AJ 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. We had fun at Moona Moona Creek.
Although we would manage a gravel road with BJ’s 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.
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.
We were able to use the beach wheelchair from the car park down to Green Patch beach. BJ seems really comfortable with his go anywhere wheels.
Boys and their Dads – Hubby and BJ love their time together and racing along the beach certainly put a smile on BJ’s dial.
BJ 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.
BJ loves ball games and is quite accurate with his kicks. His cousin who is mad for soccer watched BJ 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.
BJ 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.
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.
David Stratton says
Some exciting beach wheelchair developments in Victoria too
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
David Stratton says
I should have added to check the blog at http://trailridertales.blogspot.com.au/!!
I’ll take a read now. Julie