A day at the beach is a quintessential part of Australian culture. The City of Busselton provide free hire of specialty off-road wheelchairs in both Busselton and Dunsborough, designed to travel over sand and in to the water, ensuring access, inclusion and fun for all beachgoers.
The Hippocampe wheelchair, allows you to go to the beach and seaside, go into the water and go swimming, follow forest trails and
coastal paths, go around gardens and move about on the sand.
Complimentary hire must be pre-organised via the Busselton Visitor Centre. Bookings are highly recommended to avoid disappointment.
It has been designed for people of restricted mobility of all ages regardless of their size or
degree of mobility. The Hippocampe can be used alone or with an attendant.
The beach wheelchair may float in the water and the manufacturers recommend a maximum depth
of 15cm. The beach wheelchair has been used in deeper water by steadying the wheelchair with
enough people however the beach wheelchair must never be used as a floatation device. When
entering water, the buoyancy of the front wheel means you will need to lean forward in order to
remain stable on the Hippocampe. Do not immerse the Hippocampe wheelchair - depth must not
go above the height of the rear axle.
The Hippocampe is approved for a maximum user weight of 130kg
Who can use the beach wheelchair?
Consultation with a health professional should occur prior to use of the beach wheelchair if a person has balance or sitting difficulties or is prone to pressure sores or pain conditions. Persons or carers must take into consideration any specific issues relating to the persons disability, which may affect the use of the beach wheelchair.
Conditions of Hire
Person hiring the beach wheelchair must provide photo identification (which is retained with booking details). Length of Hire Bookings are for half-day use only (am or pm).
Note: a person may book for pm on one day and am on the next day.
The beach wheelchair can be transported for use within the City of Busselton local government area only.
1. Bookings are to be made through the Busselton Visitor Centre
2. Please provide driver’s license or other photo identification card when making the booking (the card will be returned when the beach wheelchair is returned).
3. Read and complete the Hire Agreement form.
4. Receive and read a copy of Guideline for Use.
5. You will then be provided with a map of the chair's storage location with access key.
6. Check that the beach wheelchair is in good working order prior to use.