Accessible Attractions, Services & Eateries
The Beach House. Barwon Heads
Once the old Fire Station, BeachHouse Barwon Heads showcases some of the Bellarine Peninsula's fine produce, wine, cider & beer. The Beach House serves up a modern Australian cuisine for breakfast, lunch & dinner and all times in between.
There is ramped access to the main double doors at the front of the restaurant, with generous space between tables.
Phone: 52 543376 http://www.beachhousebarwonheads.com.au/
At The Heads. Barwon Heads
At The Heads is perhaps the most photographed and iconic restaurant on The Bellarine Peninsula. The restaurant is located on the riverfront and has beautiful views of the water from just about any table. There is ramped access to the restaurant and a viewing platform around the edge of the restaurant which leads to a concrete walkway alongside the river which leads to the bluff.
Phone: 52 541277 www.attheheads.com.au
Testimonial: "Access from the car park to the restaurant is very good, with a ramped entranceway. The tables are spread out and plenty of room towards the rear of the restaurant to move about. The bathroom facilities are appropriate for wheelchair users"
The Dunes Restaurant. Ocean Grove
The Dunes has world class view sweeping out to sea. Look west and you gaze at the Barwon Heads bluff and around to the Great Ocean Road; look east along the crescent of the beach to the Point Lonsdale lighthouse and beyond to Cape Schank. People surf and swim all year, and in winter the whales usually join them.
At the Dunes we open all year round, 7 days a week, starting at 6.30am. Breakfast leads into morning coffee and cake which rolls us into lunch and on to afternoon tea. Then, as the sun sets it is time for a glass of wine before everyone settles in for dinner. You can sit inside and look out through large panoramic windows, or outside under the umbrellas on the deck.
Testimonial: "Tables are quite cramped inside however there is good access to tables outside, which offer amazing views. The toilets are accessible and are located outside the restaurant".
Phone: 52 56 1944 www.dunescafe.com.au
Napola, Ocean Grove
Napona aim to provide Ocean Grove and the Bellarine with a new, quality and exciting experience. Expect to find fine food featuring both Asian and Mediterranean influences in a relaxed atmosphere with exceptional service.
"Plenty of parking, friendly service and and a bright sunny north facing deck"
Phone: 52 563153 www.napona.com.au
Flying Brick Cider House. Wallington
The Flying Brick Cider House is all about fabulous food without the 'fancy'. Executive Chef, Dwayne Bourke, has created a contemporary and distinctively different menu designed to inspire, share and indulge. local produce and community group partnership are both key features. Think innovate space, a spectacular al fresco and lawn area, a tasting paddle of ciders, great food, the best Bellarine wines around, a solid selection of beer, fair trade coffee. . .
Phone: 5250 6577
Great Ocean Air
Great Ocean Air operate from the Barwon Heads airport and offer luxurious air conditioned Airvans seating 7 passengers in spacious cabins with panoramic windows. Choose from a variety of private flights and tours, charter flights, and half day scenic tours. The Airvans have a 1.2 metre wide side door, and offer ramped access and for those wishing to avoid steps into the aircraft. Airvans have extra large windows to capture all that our beautiful region offers. Make your journey part of the destination. Experience Great Ocean Air. Live the dream!
Marine Discovery Centre. Queenscliff
The Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre (MFDC) provides education services that create awareness about the importance of commercial and recreational fishing and the marine and freshwater environments.
Located on the shores of Swan Bay in Queenscliff approximately one and half hours from Melbourne, the MFDC provides curriculum-based education for early childhood, school and tertiary groups as well as specialised programs and programs for the general community.
Our facilities include a visitor's aquarium, student laboratory and classroom as well as being surrounded by a diverse range of habitats, ideal for field activities such as rock pool rambles and mudflat activities within our intertidal zones.
Disabled Surfers Association. Ocean Grove
The Ocean Grove DSA is all about putting Smiles on Dials ! Their goal is to provide an inclusive experience for all people with any disability to experience the rush of riding a wave. They have world class beach facilities that help make your experience as inclusive as possible. This includes –
- Special needs changing/amenities
- Wheelchair ramp access from the carpark all the way to the sand
- Specialised Beach Wheelchairs (to suit adults and children)
Their Specialised Beach Wheelchairs are available for use along the Bellarine and Surf coast free of charge by the community at any time by arrangement. This enables a person with special needs to experience the beach at any time with family and friends all year round.
Adventure Park, Wallington
Victoria's biggest water park/theme park is chock full of fun activities and opens in October each year. As well as many water sports, there are also plenty of non-water activities such as train rides, archery and mini-golf. Tracks in the park are paved.
Phone: 52507200 http://www.adventurepark.com.au/
The Bluff, Barwon Heads
The Barwon Heads bluff is the south eastern most beach access in the town. Access to the bluff requires vehicle access but once you reach the top there are lovely wooden deck areas and designated unpaved tracks so you can see the beatufiful view as far to the east as the Mornington Peninsula, and Torquay to the west. Walking/riding tracks meander through beach and reserves for many kilometres, and go straight past The Dunes restaurant in Ocean Grove which is accessible and best of all - has amazing beach views. The Barwon Heads Bridge (right) offers a fully accessible pedestrian bridge and with continued access along the beach and into the Barwon Heads shopping strip.
Bellarine Aquatic Centre
Welcome to the Bellarine Aquatic & Sports Centre (BASC). Previously known as Surfside, this centre has been serving the Bellarine Peninsula for many years. The centre provides the opportunity for life-long involvement in sports or community activities for all ages.
BASC has something for everyone, including a hoist system. The team at BASC invites you and your family to visit their centre to see all it has on offer. P: 52562111. Shell Road Ocean Grove. Centres also in Norlane, Whittington and Belmont. Follow the link for further info: Bellarine Aquatic Centre
Observation Tower - Queenscliff
Catch a lift or walk the stairs to the top of the Queenscliff Harbour Observation tower which soars 40 metres into the air and has spectacular 360 degree views of Queenscliff and its surrounds.
From the lookout tower, you could spend hours soaking up the incredible views or watch the pilot boats return from their trips through Port Phillip heads.
The view of the boats and beyond to the Queenscliff boatyard , where a crane capable of lifting craft up to 150 tonnes out of the water for service or maintenance, is breathtaking.
Operating hours are 7 days per week 9am till 4:30pm. Visit Queenscliff Harbour or call (03) 52 585459 for more details.
Welcome to the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre (the Dome). This magnificent building has been designed for the enjoyment of the region's community and visitors - local, national and international. Inside, this impressive and digitally-advanced space is the perfect platform for innovative and world-leading library and information services.
Set in the heart of Geelong's Cultural precinct, this iconic architecture houses a future-ready sphere of reading, learning and fun that will change the way you think about libraries.
Designed to be an inspiring, multipurpose space, the centre will be many things to many different people: a place to meet and socialise; to read and study; to attend events; and use new technologies. Each level is unique with gathering places, reading spaces, the latest technology, spectacular collections, children's and youth hubs, function zones, café and more.
Under the domed roof of this classically-inspired space, the past and future coexist effortlessly. As the new home of the Geelong region's vast collection of heritage archives, the Dome provides a tangible and extremely important link to the history of the area.
Simultaneously, the innovative and technology-rich facilities steer us boldly towards the future.
Our library corporation is immensely proud to be able to deliver services from this flagship in the corporation's network of 16 libraries and 2 mobile libraries. Situated in Geelong, it is the central library for the four municipalities which our corporation serves and sets the benchmark for service delivery excellence, and provides a training ground for staff in the use of new technology and innovative customer service initiatives. Click HERE to view their website.
The Geelong Waterfront is one of Australia's most stunning waterfronts. Having started from humble beginnings when Geelong was founded as a port in 1836, the Waterfront has now attracted a series of prestigious awards. The cosmopolitan and vibrant area is a hive of activity with restaurants and cafes, beautiful landscaped gardens, attractions and public art, all with amazing view of Corio bay. There are plenty of possibilities to explore and view the Waterfront: take a ride on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, or the trackless train if you prefer a more leisurely look around check out the view from the air in a helicopter or take a boat cruise along Geelong's spectacular Waterfront. When the weather heats up, cool off on the Waterfront at the Eastern beach swimming promenade. Children's pool, enclosed sea baths, diving platforms, all patrolled by lifeguards on duty during the summer months.
Click HERE for more info.
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures offers a whole host of experiences with the two core activities being The Treetop Walk and The Zipline Tour.
The Treetop Walk is a 1 hour rainforest walk experience that is approx 2km in total and features a 600mt long and 30mt high steel structured treetop canopy walkway that takes you right into the treetops. It's the longest and tallest walkway of its type in the world and includes a thrilling cantilever.
The Zipline Eco-Tour is a 2.5 hour, fully guided experience and including training and simulation, 8 cloud stations, 6 flights and 2 suspension bridges. The ticket price also includes the world famous Treetop Walk. This Zipline Tour is the only Zipline Tour for Victoria!
Less than 3 hours away from Melbourne (via Princes Hwy inland route) and 1.5 hours from Geelong (via Princes Hwy) makes us the ideal destination for a day trip. To truly experience this great region we recommend that you stay and play longer in this spectacular part of the world. For full details visit www.otwayfly.com or call (03) 52 359200
Carrying more than 700,000 people every year, Searoad Ferries is Australia's favourite car and passenger ferry.
It began crossing Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay with a single vessel in 1987, capable of transporting up to 300 passengers and 30 cars. Just a few thousand visitors and vehicles then travelled each year between Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula and Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula.
The spectacular journey soon boosted the ferry's popularity, and the 60-metre all-weather MV Queenscliff was introduced in 1994, carrying up to 700 passengers and 70 vehicles. In 2000, the new MV Sorrento doubled capacity and enabled hourly departures from both ports. There is a lift on the boat.
The Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry is now a 'must do' attraction at both historic villages, and a highlight of the Victorian coastal travel experience.
Ferries depart both Queenscliff and Sorrento every hour, on the hour from 7am to 6pm daily. An extra twilight service operates at 7pm from 26 December to 31 January, every day; in February and March on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sundays) and on Public Holidays as well as the Easter Long Weekend (Friday – Monday). Visit www.searoad.com for bookings.
Prestige Inhome Care
The Prestige Inhome Care team is committed to helping people stay in the comfort of their own homes & also whilst on holiday.
Focusing primarily on maintaining client independence, Prestige Inhome Care offers a range of services including personal and nursing care, dementia care, domestic help, meal preparation, shopping, socialisation and companionship, transport, in-home respite, and palliative care. "We strive to provide the highest possible standard of care: professional, reliable, and all with a friendly smile!" case manager Lauren Brown said.
"As a valued client you are protected by our unconditional service guarantee. "If you are not satisfied with any aspect of the
service or product we provide, we will either fix it or refund your money," relationship manager Janine Wilde said.
"Our team of qualified personal care attendants, disability support workers, nurses, case managers and maintenance staff work hard to deliver the best possible outcomes by providing individually tailored care. "Our staff are highly trained, committed and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." Prestige Inhome Care is also an accredited provider for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
www.prestigeinhomecare.com.au Phone: 03 5222 8580
In a commitment to providing vehicles for renters with specific mobility needs, Hertz Australia has introduced specially modified wheelchair access vehicles to its fleet. There are 10 new vehicles available in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
With five doors, wheelchair access through the rear of the vehicle and five passenger seats, the new mobility range will give travelers with specific mobility needs, the chance to explore Australian destinations in rental vehicles.
To ensure Hertz is providing the best quality mobility vehicles, the company has partnered with Automobility, the leading manufacturer of wheelchair access vehicles. The two companies have been working closely in recent months to ensure the new offering will meet the needs of renters with mobility restrictions in Australia. As a result, the structure and layout of the Hertz mobility vehicles exceed Australian standards for accessibility, and fully comply with all wheelchair restraint standards. For further information and to get in touch with someone at Hertz who can assist with booking one of these specialist mobility vehicles, please go to https://www.hertz.com.au/mobility, or contact: 1800 801 122.
Feel Human Again
"Feel Human Again Massages". Liza is located in Ocean Grove and has enjoyed her role as in house massuse to our guests for many years. Liza specialises in deep tissue and relaxation therapy and in reconnection. "Healing takes place at a cellular level, while bringing the mind, body and spirit into balance" says Liza, who is passionate about her craft.
For bookings and general enquiries please call Liza on 0408361322
Pictured to the left with author, Christine Smith.
Aida Care Health Care Equipment
Aida Care are the leading provider of ward based equipment and hire products in the region. There is an office in Fyans Street Geelong, where products can be hired. But be sure to contact us at Great Ocean Stays first because we do stock a lot of mobility aides at our properties - all of which are included in room tariffs. Aida Care can be contacted on 1300 133 120. Or Click HERE to view their website.
Karingal is a not for profit organisation providing a range of services for people with a disability or mental illness, older Australias and those who are disadvantaged. Services include individualised support and activities and community support.
Karingal can be contacted on 03 52 498900 or click HERE to view their website.
Wild Rumpus provides a range of programs aimed to increase social and community participation, whilst catering for varied needs and interests. They understand the importance of children and young people building their resiliance through a wide-range of experiences, being able to take advantage of more opportunities in their adulthoods.
Rumpus Kidz - Provides a range of group-based weekend activities for those aged 5-12 years of age. Activities have been designed to cater to a range of interests abilities, as well as developing social and community skills.
Rumpus Weekends - Provides a range of group-based weekends activities for those aged +12 years of age. The program has an emphasis on participating more independently in the community, and working together to achieve tasks.
School Holiday Program - Providing Geelong's largest special needs school holiday program. The program operates seven days a week, and arrangements can be made to accommodate working parents.
Click HERE to see their website or phone (03) 4206 7447.
Accessible In House Services For Our Guests
We have a selection of mobility aides on hand. Upon booking please let us know which, if any, you would like placed in your accommodation. We do not charge a fee for the aides, however we do have limited quantieis so best to book your aide at the time of securing your accommodation.
Hampers and Shopping Service
Annie's opened its doors in Barwon Heads over eleven years ago, since that time our belief in quality and love of fine food have been the essence of our unique gourmet provedore. Annie's Italian influence is what makes Annie's so unique. Our philosophy was to create a "foodie" haven for both locals and holidaymakers in our beautiful coastal town of Barwon Heads. While you are here, soak up the rustic atmosphere with a barista-made coffee and a hearty home cooked meal or a light Italian inspired grazing. We have teamed up with Annies Kitchen to provide guests with a selection of hampers which we will deliver to your home prior to arrival. Hampers include Baie wines from $30, gourmet sandwiches for 2 from $25 and picnic hampers from $75. Click on this link for more details and to download an order form Annies_Hamper
Perhaps a shopping service is more your thing. The convenience of arriving at your holiday home with the fridge and pantry fully stocked is just a click away. There is a Coles and Woolies supermarket in Ocean Grove together with an IGA Supermarket in Barwon Heads. If you wish to order your shopping we offer a collection and drop off service of $30. Click on your favourite store to order now.
A trip to Ocean Grove isn't complete without full access to our wonderful beaches. If you would like us to organise a beach wheelchair for you, please advise at the time of booking. We have many beautiful beaches on The Bellaine. Here is a map of the most accessible part of our beach in Ocean Grove. We have further information about accessible services in and around the region as part of our in house compendium.
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Hire
We are thrilled to announce our latest service to guests - a wheelchair accesslbe vehicle which will be ready for guests by February 2017. We are currently sourcing the very best in comfort and features in the vehicle and will update the page as soon as we have found the perfect one! The vehicle will be a van, and will be available for hire at $149 per day for guests to self drive our region. Discover our beautiful region in the comfort of your very own vehicle.
Bumper Ball, Soccer Bubble becomes more interesting when users fall, battle, roll against each other and then bounce without any risk of injury to the users. Bubble Ball is fun for just about everyone! A fabulous activity for the whole family, whether you are a viewer or player!
Features: Size : 1.5m diameter. Inner Diameter : 65cm. Suitable Weight : 50-90kg. Suitable Height : 1.5 - 1.9m
$40 per hour per ball. 4 balls available, subject to availability so best to enquire at the time of booking your accommodation.
Seadoo Seascooter Dolphin with GoPro mount. For family fun this Seedoo packs thrust for a speed of up to 2mph / 3.2km/h in a very compact, lightweight design so it's easy for kids to use. With safety features including protective grilles, auto shut-off, dual trigger control and positive buoyancy, the DOLPHIN is a must for every child, or child at heart who needs a little extra help in the water.
Features: Extremely compact design, a lightweight 12lbs./ 5.4KG design you can carry in one hand, various safety features including safety grille, positive buoyancy and auto shut off, dual trigger operation, run time of up to 1.5 hours with normal use, speed 3.2 km/h - 2mph, fully waterproof circuitry, depth Rating: 15ft/ 5m
$45 per 70 min session. Subject to availability so best to enquire at the time of booking your accommodation.
This list is by no means exhaustive, we intend to be a sample only.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is correct at the time of publication. You should conduct your own research on each of the businesses to ensure accuracy, content and tp satisfy your requirements that accessible features have been maintained, eliminated or improved.