Ocean Baths

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Newcastle Ocean Baths and Merewether Baths have a long history as popular swimming spots.  Newcastle Ocean Baths was opened in 1922 and Merewether Baths in 1935.

The baths are open all year round, subject to maintenance and cleaning.

Merewether Baths

Cleaning Schedule

Lifeguard Hours

9am to 5.30pm - 24 September 2016 to 25 April 2017

 

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Newcastle Ocean Baths

 Download Newcastle Baths cleaning schedule January to June 2017 (pdf)

Please note: From January 2017, the Newcastle Ocean Baths will be closed weekly for cleaning on low tide instead of at 6am. This will enable Council to deliver a more reliable level of service to the community.

Lifeguard Hours

9am to 5.30pm - 24 September 2016 to 25 April 2017
8am to 4.30pm - 26 April 2017 to 22 September 2017
 


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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.

Water Quality

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.

Event Bookings

Newcastle beaches and ocean baths are regularly used for:

  • Major sporting and social events
  • Motion picture filming
  • Swimwear and other fashion shoots
  • Artists
  • 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.