Accessible facilities

Council works to ensure equity of access to services and facilities for all residents of our City.

Assistance animals are welcome at Council buildings and facilities and you will find accessible facilities at beaches, swim centres and other recreational spaces in Lake Macquarie City.

Accessible facilities

 Location  Facilities
Blacksmiths Beach
  • Toilets including accessible toilet facilities (MLAK)
  • Function room for hire - wheelchair accessible and accessible toilet
  • Beach wheelchairs available for use during beach patrol season
  • Accessible parking
Grannies Pool (Blacksmiths)
  • Accessible parking
  • Ramp access to beach
Belmont Baths
  • Toilets including accessible toilet and shower (MLAK) and family room
  • Accessible parking
  • A 'Mobi-Chair' (amphibious wheelchair) stored on-site for free use and accessible by MLAK
Catherine Hill Bay Beach
  • Toilets including accessible toilet facilities (MLAK)
  • Function room for hire - wheelchair accessible and accessible toilet
Caves Beach
  • Toilets including accessible family room
  • Accessible barbecue and tables
  • Function room for hire - wheelchair accessible and accessible toilet
  • Beach wheelchairs available for use during beach patrol season
  • Accredited Changing Place (MLAK) available in the amenities in the reserve near Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club, including a hoist, adult change table, accessible toilet and shower
  • Accessible parking
Redhead Beach
  • Toilets including accessible toilet and shower (MLAK)
  • Accessible family room
  • Beach wheelchairs available for weekend use during beach patrol season
  • Accessible parking
  • Ramp access to northern end of beach
Lake Mac Swim Centres
  • All of our centres have accessible toilet and shower facilities (MLAK)
  • Toronto Swim Centre has an accredited Changing Place (MLAK) fitted with a hoist, adult change table and accessible toilet and shower
  • Toronto Swim Centre has platform lift access to hydrotherapy and 25m pools
  • All other swim centres have seat-style lifts to access pools
Speers Point Park
  • Toilets including accessible toilet facilities (MLAK)
  • Changing Place fitted with portable hoist, adjustable bed and accessible toilet and shower
  • Accessible barbecues
  • Variety Playground
Other parks and playgrounds

Check our Playgrounds page for accessibility information.

To locate a public toilet with accessible facilities at parks and playgrounds in Lake Macquarie, visit the National Public Toilet Map.

 

Facilities fitted with Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK)

MLAK is a universal lock and key system that allows people with a disability access to public facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including wheelchair accessible toilets and Liberty swings.

Council is continuing to implement the MLAK system to some of our amenities. A limited number of Master Locksmith Access Keys (MLAK) are available from Council to eligible Lake Macquarie residents at no cost.

The MLAK system restricts usage to eligible persons and organisations. The system is supported and promoted by major disability groups throughout Australia as a means of ensuring people with disabilities have access to toilet facilities.

Check the National Public Toilet Map for MLAK locations.

Motorised wheelchairs and mobility scooters

Primarily designed for use by people with reduced mobility, these vehicles are regarded as pedestrians, so no registration or licence is required.

View our Scooter Survival Guide(PDF, 290KB) for road safety advice for motorised wheelchairs, motorised scooters or gophers.