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Four Mile Beach Port Douglas – beach wheelchair

We were thrilled to learn that Four Mile Beach Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland is now more accessible than ever. In our opinion, the availability of a Sandcruiser beach wheelchair, an accessible ramp to access the sand and beach matting makes this Tropical North Queensland’s most accessible beach.  Four Mile Beach Port Douglas - beach wheelchair

Four Mile Beach Port Douglas – beach wheelchair

When we return to a favourite destination, like Tropical North Queensland, it’s super exciting to find that access is improving. We’ve visited Four Mile Beach before and at the time there was no beach wheelchair located at the beach. Instead we travelled with Braeden’s off-road tyres on his wheelchair and used it. Four Mile Beach is an incredibly level beach and there’s a short distance over the soft sand to traverse before landing on the compact sand, so we found it manageable. We couldn’t take Braeden’s wheelchair into the water though because the salt water would rust it.

Four Mile Beach Port Douglas - beach wheelchair - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

On our most recent trip we couldn’t wait to explore Four Mile Beach with the Sandcruiser and spent a couple of hours on the beach thanks to its availability. A gentle ramp provides step-free access to the beach.

Four Mile Beach Port Douglas - beach wheelchair - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Once on the beach, matting covers the soft sand and ends on the compacted sand.

Four Mile Beach Port Douglas - beach wheelchair - Have Wheelchair Will Travel




Braeden loves nothing more than ducking in and out of the waves and in the absence of a soccer ball he had a game kicking a fallen coconut along the beach. I can’t say it’s easy playing soccer with a coconut but I was also grateful not to be running a long way to catch up with it like I would if Braeden was powerfully kicking a ball.

Four Mile Beach Port Douglas - beach wheelchair - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

It’s great to see council advertising the availability of the Sandcruiser so hopefully more people will be aware of its availability and can enjoy this glorious beach.

Four Mile Beach Port Douglas - beach wheelchair - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

We parked in the car park near the beach where there is accessible parking. Hubby then went to the lifeguard tower to get the beach wheelchair and brought it back to the car. We could have left Braeden’s manual chair at the lifeguard tower but it was easier for us to just transfer Braeden straight into the beach wheelchair.

Four Mile Beach Port Douglas - beach wheelchair - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The lifeguard tower is located to the left of the ramp, not far from the parking area. A path leads to the tower.

Four Mile Beach Port Douglas - beach wheelchair - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Four Mile Beach is one of the beaches in Tropical North Queensland where you can swim but please take note of the signage regarding jelly fish and any conditions listed on the lifeguard notice boards on the day you visit. Make sure if you are swimming to do so between the flags.

At Four Mile Beach you are more likely to run out of energy than beach to explore, so you’ll have plenty of sand to put the free to loan Sandcruiser through its paces.

If you’d like to make an enquiry about the availability of the Sandcruiser beach wheelchair on Four Mile Beach, contact Jon Murray jmurray@lifesaving.com.au. The lifeguard tower is located on the corner of Mowbray Street & the Esplanade, Port Douglas.

There’s plenty of shade on Four Mile Beach but slap on that sunscreen anyway because the sun can catch you off guard.

You can find more information on accessible activities in Tropical North Queensland in our previous review. 

 




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