Water, sand and sunshine. Newcastle is bordered by stunning coastline stacked with picturesque beaches. If your an outdoors kind-of-person Newcastle is the place you want to be! Did you know, Newcastle is home to some of the worlds best beaches?? They are loved for their space, stunning views, crystal clear water and white sand. I've lived in Newcastle for 18 years and I'm never short of finding a beautiful adventure in the sunshine. The following is a list of all the beautiful beaches along the coastline and tips for you to find your perfect spot. All Beaches offer lifeguards between the red and yellow flags 7 days a week as well as toilets, change rooms, lockers, shaded areas and a kiosk open during swimming time.
Newcastle's top beaches;
Quick Tips for Swimming at Newcastle's Beaches
- Always swim between the red and yellow flags, this is the swimming zone of the beaches where the lifeguards patrol.
- Rips and Currents run out into the ocean, if you get caught don't fight it, let it take you out and then swim to the side and back into shore.
- Slip, Slop and Slap. Australian sun can be mighty strong so make sure you are protected by slipping on a shirt, slopping on sunscreen and slapping on sunnies and a hat.
- Many a swimmer have lost their swimmer to the Newcastle Ocean, to avoid this, make sure your swimmers or boardies are firm fitting. Would hate for you to come out of the surf without your swimmers.
#1. Bar Beach
Bar beach is not only a great place to watch Hang Gliders who take off from Strzlecki Lookout but is also a family friendly beach which caters for all ages and swimming skills. For the calmer swimmers and beach goers Bar Beach has a large area of rock pools which are great for spotting marine life such as star fish. This patrolled beach is great for surfing the back waves and swimming the front waves which are generally suited for capable swimmers. Bar Beach is also fantastic for joggers or walkers wanting a coastal stretch of path which links all beaches together.
Anzac Memorial Walk
This must see beautiful walk was built in 2015 and is a 450 meter long cliff top walkway from Strzelecki Lookout down to bar beach. This memorial walk doesn't just give stunning views of both the city of Newcastle and its beaches, but acts as a memorial to the men and women of the Hunter who served their community and their country.
Anzac Memorial Walk
#2. Newcastle Beach
Surfers listen up!! Newcastle beach has been dubbed one of the best surf locations in Australia!! Catch the body boarders snaking those waves off Newcastle's point. Walk through the historic Time Tunnel Mural for easy access to Hunter Street for cafes, shops and public transport.
Newcastle Ocean Baths
Swim laps in the supervised ocean pool or simply cool off with a dip. Look out over the rocks and into the deep ocean as you swim on the edge of the Ocean Baths. Great for swimmers who love the salty water but prefer calmer swimming conditions. Right next to Newcastle beach with a quick 2 minute walk along the seaside path. For the little kiddies there is an unsupervised Canoe Pool designed for little ones to splash around in shallow waters while being supervised by parents.
Newcastle Ocean Baths
The Bogey Hole
TO OPEN THIS SUMMER (2016-2017). Swim in this stunning rock pool over hanging the ocean with the waves crashing into it. Sit by the rocks shaded by the overhanging cliff face or cool off in the perfect swimming spot for those that like the salty water but not the crazy waves or the sticky sand.
Bogey Hole, Newcastle
#3. Nobbys Beach
Nobbys Beach is the beginning of the Bather's Way coastal walk around Newcastle and is the closest beach to universal public transport, despite the other beaches still being within a reasonable walking distance. Perfect beach for learn to surf lessons, available in the Summer months. Nobbys Beach offers great sheltered picnic tables right from the kiosk which offers stunning views of the beach and lighthouse.
This is a beautiful 5km stretch of costal walking path that runs from Nobbys lighthouse to Glenrock Reserve. This is a great experience for everyone to walk, even if its just a piece of it. Its a stunning way to see all of Newcastle's beaches and coastal areas. Along the path you will find tales of Newcastle's indigenous and convict heritage, culture and natural history, which navigate you through the Bathers Way.
Bathers Way Path
Nobbys Break Wall
Here you will also find Nobbys Break Wall, a great walk, jog, run or ride out to sea for fantastic scenery of the picturesque water views of Newcastle. Here you can catch ships and boats entering and leaving the harbour as well as some great stand up paddle boarders, perhaps even a few dolphins if your lucky.
The Foreshore and Foreshore Park
Also right on Nobbys beach is the Newcastle Foreshore, home to stunning water view restaurants and cafes along the harbour. Be sure to walk the foreshore promenade from Nobbys to Honeysuckle for the quintessential Newcastle experience and climb the scenic tower (if you like stairs) for a beautiful 360 view of newcasltes city to beaches. The Foreshore Park is a great family picnic and play area with an awesome and fun kids play equipment, loads of graced area for ball games and shaded picnics under trees.
#4. Merewether Beach
Merewether Beach offers a perfect balance of waves and calmness, which makes it great for surfing/body boarding as well as swimming. This great location offers a kiosk and sheltered picnic areas which are great for a shaded picnic on the water.
Merewether Ocean Baths
A quick 2 minute walk down from Merewether Beach and you will come to the amazing and newly renovated Ocean Baths of Merewether. Welcome to the largest Ocean Baths complex in the Southern Hemisphere! Here you will find two large swimming pools, one of which is more suited for the kiddies, picnic tables as well as sheltered areas.
Merewether Ocean Baths
#5. Horseshoe Beach
Tugged away under Nobbys Breakwall, between nobbys beach and the Foreshore, is a dog loving spot. This is Newcastle only dog supported, leash free beach and therefore is very popular for owners and their pooches to come down and cool off. Great spot for paddle boarders as the calm waters never see waves.
#6. Dixon Park Beach
This beach is the go to for many of Newcastle's local beach goers and surfers. Right on a family friendly park with an exceptional kids play area. Definitely the most quiet of all the beaches.
Dixon Park Play Area