Newcastle beach guide

Newcastle beach guide


At its heart, Newcastle is a beach town. And, as you’d expect, there is an abundance of beautiful beaches to choose from.

So grab your swimmers and towel, it’s beach time!

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 began in 1818 and was eventually completed in 1846. 
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 Australian Boardriders Battle National Final.  
Mid 2023 will see the completion of the South Newcastle Beach promenade and skate park as well as the Newcastle Ocean Baths upgrade - you'll be able to spend the whole day in the area from a morning walk, brunch, shopping, beach day, afternoon laps in the pool and even go for a skate. 
Newcastle Beach is the final stop on the Light Rail route, just 12 minutes’ ride from Newcastle Interchange so you can leave the car at the hotel. 
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. If your four-legged friend has energy to burn, take them for a walk (on leash) to the end of the breakwall and back, before letting them run wild and free on the sands of Horseshoe Beach. 
Enjoy watching the tug boats, freighters, tour boats, sea kayakers and dragon boaters go by while you're there. 
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! It's a solid favourite for the ease of parking and also the 'granny pool' in the protected corner of the beach, which typically has fewer waves making it enjoyable for little ones and those less confident in the surf.
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. This 450m steel walkway 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 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 locals juggling coffee and sandy-haired kids, surfboards, dogs on leash, acai bowls and all while catching up. The atmosphere at Merewether Beach is so vibrant from the minute the sun hits the horizon (well, even before this!) that you'd be excused for thinking there was a major event happening, when in fact, it's just like this. Everyday. 
Did you know? Merewether Beach was declared a national surfing reserve in 2009.
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.

Everyone loves a day at Merewether Baths; from the Influencers getting content for the 'gram to parents teaching their young ones to be water-wise, right through to the hardcore locals that swim year round. 

If you're feeling energetic and like to start your (beach) day with a workout, why not go for a run along the beach or footpath and finish your workout with a few laps of 'The Stairs' - leading from the Baths to the car park, you can't miss them and there is guaranteed to be someone getting a leg burning workout on them at all times. 

The baths are cleaned weekly, check the schedule.

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

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, off leash dog area, 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!
Our tip? If you're staying til sunset, pack a picnic or get takeout from nearby suburb, The Junction, and enjoy a picnic on the grassy hill or picnic shelter and watch the sun go down.
Newcastle Ocean Baths
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.

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