We are an accessible and inclusive community. We want to enable people of all abilities to take part in all aspects of our community. To assist this commitment we provide the following resources:

We have beach matting and beach wheelchairs to make our beautiful beaches more accessible to the Charles Sturt community.

In 2017 we trialled beach matting for the first time in South Australia. After trialling beach accessibility products, the City of Charles Sturt put in a bid to purchase equipment to make Henley Beach one of Australia's permanently accessible beaches.

We are proud to create opportunities for inclusion at one of our City's best seaside locations - Henley Beach.

Beach mats

Beach matting is a long sturdy mat that can be rolled out over the top of soft sand. It is accessible by wheelchair and those who have difficulty walking through soft sand to reach the water's edge.

Beach mats are in use at Henley Beach between October and Easter each year, Thursday to Sunday. Mat roll out is subject to tide times, weather conditions and resources.

Beach wheelchairs 

Did you know you can hire a wheelchair that can go into the water? They're available for free hire half-day hire from October to Easter each year. To avoid disappointment phone 8408 1333 for more information.

You can choose from the Mobi-Chair or the Davinci Mobile Beachster.

Bookings are essential. You can book online or call 8408 1333 for more information. Bookings are for either the morning (8:30am to 12:30pm) or afternoon (1pm to 5pm).

How to collect a booked wheelchair

Once you've booked, you can collect the wheelchair from the Henley Surf Lifesaving Club at 246 Esplanade, Henley Beach.

There is a storage facility on the southern side external to the building. An MLAK (Master Locksmiths Access Key) gives you access to the storage facility. You can collect the MLAK from Henley Library, 378 Seaview Road, Henley Beach.

Using and returning MLAK keys 

MLAK keys can only be picked up during Henley Library operating hours. Keys can be picked up to two days before your booking.

Keys must be returned within 1 day of booking. If out of library operating hours, please place key in an envelope with your name and booking details on it and place in the library returns chute.

It is the hirer’s responsibility to return the key promptly or late fees may apply.

You can purchase an MLAK for individual use. Learn more about purchasing an MLAK.

Henley Library Opening Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:30am to 5pm
Wednesday 1pm to 8pm
Thursday 9:30am to 5pm
Friday 9:30am to 5pm 
Saturday 10am to 2pm
Sunday 12pm to 4pm
Closed on public holidays and on the Easter Weekend

Civic Library Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday 9:30am to 5pm
Friday 9.30am to 8pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 12pm to 4pm
Closed on public holidays and on the Easter Weekend

Changing Places are accessible toilets and adult change facilities. They are for people with high support needs and their carers. Changing Places have plenty of space, assistance and specialised equipment that helps people to use toilets safely, comfortably and with dignity.

We have a Changing Place at Henley Square, Henley Beach. It's accessible with an MLAK key. Learn more about MLAK keys.

The Changing Places concept was developed and established in Australia in 2009. It was based on a model developed in the UK. It has now been included in the 2019 Building Code of Australia to provide suitable facilities for people with high support needs who cannot use standard accessible toilets.

The Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) system is a unique and innovative system that uses a universal lock and key to allow people with disabilities to access dedicated public facilities 24 hours a day. It was developed to help increase the availability of accessible, clean and functioning public facilities for people that don’t always have the luxury of using standard facilities.

MLAKs give you access to facilities within the City of Charles Sturt. You can hire or purchase one for individual use.

Learn more about MLAK.

We've created Libraries without Borders to bring a world of information and entertainment to the homes of people unable to visit one of our 5 local libraries.

Learn more about our Mobile Library and Home Library services.

We're committed to supporting the wellbeing of babies and parents.

Read our Breastfeeding Consultation Report to see how we engaged with the community and learn about what is important to you. Our Picture Perfect guide helps businesses support breastfeeding mothers.

Learn more about Breastfeeding Friendly Charles Sturt.

The Henley Surf Life Saving Club is committed to inclusive programs and runs a Snippers (Special Nippers) program annually:


The HSLSC Snippers program is designed to increase the reach and inclusivity of disability programs by running a modified Juniors program that welcomes children with any disability with the intention of providing an inclusive environment that delivers a disability program for surf safety, but with the goal of integration into the Nipper program (with extra support if required) as the children’s skills improve.

The program runs for approximately 6 weeks during the summer lifesaving season, at the same time as Nippers for inclusivity. The program runs along similar lines to Nippers with skills and tasks modified to suit the participants in our program.

The program began in the 2018/19 season, and was an overwhelming success.

If you would like to know more about the program or take part, please email for more information.

Alternately you can check out the Henley Surf Life Saving Club website:

Need help?

Customer Contact
8408 1111