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Newcastle Ocean Baths
Northern pavilion stablisation work - September 2017
Council is carrying out minor demolition and temporary stabilisation work on the Newcastle Ocean Baths northern pavilion, commencing 18 September 2017.
The work involves the removal of unstable sections of the building to ensure public safety and is expected to take approximately two months to complete.
Access to the baths will be maintained during this time, however there will be some pedestrian and vehicular diversions around the work site.
See the projects and works page for more information.
Download Newcastle Baths cleaning schedule July to December 2017 (pdf)
8am to 4.30pm - 26 April 2017 to 22 September 2017
9am to 5.30pm - 23 September 2017 to 29 April 2018
8am to 4.30pm - 30 April 2018 to 28 September 2018
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If you have any requests or concerns regarding the cleaning of Newcastle's Beaches and Ocean Baths facilities please contact the City Presentation Services Works Coordinator on 02 4974 6047.
We routinely monitor four ocean baths throughout the year for water quality; these are Merewether Main Pool, Merewether Learners Pool, Canoe Pool and Newcastle Baths.
Merewether Ocean Baths FAQs (pdf)
Newcastle Ocean Baths FAQs (pdf)
Newcastle beaches and ocean baths are regularly used for:
- Major sporting and social events
- Motion picture filming
- Swimwear and other fashion shoots
- Swimming carnivals
- Wedding parties
- Family and social functions.
You need to get an event licence from Council to hold any event at Newcastle's Beaches or Ocean Baths (excluding small informal events).
Please contact the Bookings and Events Administrative Officer 02 4974 2807 to obtain an Application Form to Stage an Event.
Winter Swimming Clubs
Winter Swimming Clubs train and compete at both Ocean Baths. The 'Merewether Mackerels' and 'Dixon Park Coldies' swim all year round, even during the cooler winter water temperatures.
For more information on getting involved with either of these clubs, please contact the lifeguard on duty at Merewether Ocean Baths or Newcastle Ocean Baths.