Newcastle beach guide

Newcastle beach guide

Nobbys Beach
Popular with surfers, family beachgoers, and local dolphins, Nobbys Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in town. Enjoy a day on the beach with the views of the coastline and the historic lighthouse, or stretch your legs and take a walk along the breakwall. 
Located in Newcastle East, catch the Light Rail to the Newcastle Beach stop, and walk the remaining distance to Nobbys Beach, or park onsite. 
Did you know? Nobbys Breakwall was designed to provide a safer passageway for coal ships coming into Newcastle Harbour, to avoid getting caught on Stockton's perilous oyster banks. Work on the pier begun in 1818 and was eventually completed in 1846. 
Nobbys Beach from above
Newcastle Beach
Right at the heart of the action, this is one of our most popular beaches. With cafes, beach kiosks, Newcastle Mall and hotels close by, it’s easy to understand why! Newcastle Beach is home to several water events including The Nudie Australia Boardriders Battle National Final.  
Newcastle Beach is the final stop on the Light Rail route, just 12 minutes’ ride from Newcastle Interchange.
Newcastle Beach
Horseshoe Beach
Newcastle’s dog-friendly beach, right next to Nobbys. If you have a pup, this is the place to go to enjoy unleashed beach fun.
Horseshoe BeachHorseshoe Beach
Bar Beach
Bar Beach or 'Bar' as it is simply known as to the locals, offers ample free parking, stunning views into the depths of Merewether and beyond, beachside coffee, as well as rock pools aplenty to explore!
A short (but invigorating) walk uphill from Bar Beach will find you at the Anzac Memorial Walk, one of the top tourist attractions in town.
Did you know: The Anzac Memorial Walk was opened in 2015 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915 and the commencement of the steelmaking in Newcastle; it acts as a magnificent memorial to the men and women of the Hunter who served their community and their country. 
Merewether Ocean Baths

Opened in 1935, Merewether Ocean Baths are the second of our historic ocean baths in which to enjoy a swim in at any time of day. Merewether Ocean Baths are a photographer’s dream – especially at sunrise or sunset!

The baths are located at the end of Merewether Beach – you can’t visit one, and not visit the other.

Did you know? Merewether Ocean Baths are the largest ocean baths complex in the southern hemisphere.

The baths are cleaned weekly, check the schedule.

Merewether Ocean BathsMerewether Ocean Baths
Merewether Beach
With superb views up the coast, Merewether Beach is perhaps the most well-known beach in Newcastle, particularly due to it being the home of international surfing competition, Surfest. 
On any given morning, Merewether Beach and the surrounding cafes are packed with parents juggling coffee, sandy-haired kids, surfboards, dogs on leash all while catching up or reading the paper.
Did you know? Merewether Beach was declared a national surfing reserve in 2009.
Dixon Park Beach
Dixon Park Beach is a great choice for families. A beautiful beach with lots of car parking, with the added bonus of a playground, plenty of green space and public barbecues across the road.
Situated between Merewether Beach and Bar Beach, make a day of it and beach hop from one to another!
Newcastle Ocean Baths (CLOSING for upgrades 14 March 2022)
The historic ocean baths is a popular place for doing some laps or wave-free frolicking, with its kiosk a sought-after stop, too. And check out the Canoe Pool next door – a great place for younger children to play in shallow water.
Even if swimming isn’t your thing, Newcastle Ocean Baths are worth a visit to admire the architecturally-significant Art Deco pavilion.


Did you know? The Newcastle Ocean Baths were constructed and in use before WWI, though not formally opened until the 1920s.

The baths are cleaned weekly - check the schedule

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