Sydney’s Bondi Beach is arguably Australia’s most famous beach so it’s only fitting that it should offer the most accessible facilities for locals and visitors alike. We love visiting Bondi on a weekend and noticed the historic Bondi Pavilion’s makeover was complete so we popped in to check it out. I was extremely pleased to see the inclusion of a Changing Places Bathroom in the Bondi Pavilion upgrade. How wonderful for people and families to be able to have a place to change and get ready for the beach with dignity.
Changing Places bathroom Bondi Beach – accessible Sydney
At the rear of the Bondi Pavilion there is a range of change rooms, bathrooms and a super modern Changing Places bathroom which has been designed to fit in with the building’s upgrade. The Changing Places is equipped with all the facilities the bathrooms are known for providing.
A MLAK key is needed to access the Changing Places bathroom at Bondi Beach. If you don’t have a MLAK key, one is available from the information office to access the bathroom. We highly recommend getting your own MLAK and attaching it to your wheelchair or keeping it with you. We’ve shared how to obtain one in this post.
Inside the Changing Places bathroom there’s a height adjustable adult-size change table, ceiling hoist and shower (super handy at a beach location).
The toilet is fitted with a back rest and rails on either side. The rails can be lifted out of the way to allow for transferring onto the toilet.
A privacy screen is available which I always think is an excellent inclusion for anyone using the bathroom with the aid of a support worker or someone else.
Paper hand towel is provided which is fantastic for anyone who finds the sound of the electric hand dryers too much. The move to the noisy hand dryers over paper has been difficult for many people so I was pleased to see this inclusion.
As always the Charging Places bathroom is exceptionally spacious.
Entry is either via the main entry of the Bondi Pavilion, which offers gentle ramp access, or via the side entrance.
The side entrance of the Bondi Pavilion is on the northern side of the building and runs up the side of the building with entry through the arch marked Beach Change Room (see below).
Lockers are also available in the Change Room area and I suggest you lock any valuables in a secure place.
Beach access – Bondi Beach – accessible Sydney
Braeden has his own beach wheelchair but before he did we used to borrow the one available at Bondi Beach.
The beach wheelchairs are now located in lockers on the promenade at the northern end of the beach. The lockers provide a secure place to store your own wheelchair while enjoying the beach. Booking a beach wheelchair is essential by calling council on (o2) 9083 8300 or email: email@example.com
Although there are many ramps to access the beach along the beach front, the most gentle and easiest access is via the ramp at North Bondi.
Beach matting was launched at Bondi a couple of years ago but on our visits we haven’t seen it out. It is still listed on the council website as being available three days a week but we haven’t seen it in use for some time. You can read about the matting in our review we wrote at the time here.
While many would argue there are better beaches in Sydney, I have a soft spot for Bondi Beach. It’s stunning clear water and diverse population make this a super spot for both people and wave watching. I’m really pleased that the inclusion of a Changing Places bathroom in the Bondi Beach Pavilion will make a visit to Bondi Beach is more accessible to all.