The Beach House Geelong

Accessibility Review

The grand, art deco styled, red-brick beauty sitting at the end of Eastern Beach has recently undergone an impressive revamp and is now home to The Beach House Geelong, a friendly cafe, kiosk and functions venue. This stately dame is nearly 100 years old and thanks to the new tenants she is only showing her age in her elegant facade.

The Beach House Geelong scores high on not just accessibility but inclusivity. This beautifully comfortable yet elegant décor is made complete with mood-enhancing gas fire, and flush entry through a large doorway

WEBSITE: https://www.thebeachhousegeelong.com.au/

DATE OF VISIT: March 2020

WHERE:  96 Eastern Beach Road, East Geelong, Victoria

CONTACT PHONE NUMBER: 03 4214 2000

WEBSITE | BOOKING

STRENGTHS:

  • The funky and clean and informative interface on home page
  • The smooth and easy online booking process with options to request wheelchair, pram and highchair needs
  • Menu available for both kiosk and café
  • Link to enquire about using their level 1 functions room with detailed enquiry options
  • Multiple channels of contact shown – phone, email, online

OPPORTUNITIES :

  • A website featuring info and photos of accessibility features. Disability comes with a range of fears and anxieties, and to have website info means that a phone call or email enquiry need not be made – something many people are unwilling to do for a number of reasons.

ACCESS TO VENUE | PARKING:

  • A long car park that leads up to The Beach House Geelong has accessible car parks that are next to smooth pathways and painted diagonal lines to allow for wide opening car doors.
  • A steep walking path from Hearne Parade comes down to the back of The Beach House Geelong at Level 1.
  • Eastern Beach boasts a beautiful wide smooth path that runs between the car park and the sand and sea. So easy for wheeled devices and impaired ambulation.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

STRENGTHS:

  • Enthusiastic professional staff
  • A smooth easy roll into both the kiosk and café areas
  • Easy roll-in to Level 1 Events room through the entrance facing Eastern Beach Road and accessible from the car park
  • Good size tables for height and width access for powerchair
  • Reasonable room to move between tables
  • QR code on the menu to assist with language difficulties
  • Automatic large width sliding door to restroom hallway
  • Bathroom with grab rails around the toilet
  • Roll under washbasin
  • Closest changing places facility is 20 minutes’ walk away at NDIS head office  (13-19 Malop St) and opens during office hours.

OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Automatic door into the accessible toilet room
  • City Of Greater Geelong – It would be great to have a Changing Places facility nearby … just sayin’… build and they will come!

WHAT’S AROUND:

  • Eastern Beach playground and public open-air swimming pool
  • Bathers Pavilion toilets and change-rooms building
  • Geelong Botanic gardens
  • Geelong Waterfront Eastern Beach Reserve
  • Royal Geelong Yacht Club
  • The Carousel

OTHER COMMENTS:

The new owners have renovated and cleverly retained the charm of the 1930’s, while adding an inclusive and aesthetically beautiful contemporary flavour.

Eastern Beach in Geelong has a unique beauty and is a perfect community gathering place. After a patchy period of neglect The Beach House Geelong has restored the community spirit of bygone days with a 7 day a week offering of outdoor (with heaters) and indoor dining.

IMPORTANT FOOTNOTE: I look at the ways in which businesses present an overall inclusive experience for their patrons. While I focus on mobility access I hope to get ideas from you and others to add observations relating to all disabilities, I take a comprehensive look at everything from the initial website experience to staff attitudes. I do not comment on food (except sometimes if it’s super fab I might not be able to help myself) as you can have the joy of making up your own mind on that.

While you’re planning your accessible visit to The Beach House Geelong, have a read of some of my other accessibility reviews.

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