Ocean Baths

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Newcastle Ocean Baths was opened in 1922 and Merewether Baths in 1935.
The baths are open all year round, subject to maintenance and cleaning.

Newcastle Ocean Baths and Merewether Baths have a long history as popular swimming spots. 

Merewether Baths

Cleaning Schedule

Merewether Baths are cleaned every 2nd Monday and every Thursday during the season. 

Lifeguard Hours

9am to 5.30pm - 28 September 2019 to 26 April 2020      


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Newcastle Ocean Baths

Cleaning Schedule

Newcastle Ocean Baths are cleaned every Wednesday.

 Download Newcastle Ocean Baths cleaning schedule June to December 2019 (pdf)

Lifeguard Hours

9am to 5.30pm - 28 September 2019 to 26 April 2020
8am to 4.30pm - 29 April 2019 to 27 September 2019

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If you have any requests or concerns regarding the cleaning of Newcastle's Beaches and Ocean Baths facilities please contact us on (02) 4974 2000.

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 Ocean 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 City of Newcastle to hold any event at Newcastle's Beaches or Ocean Baths (excluding small informal events).

Please contact Customer Service on 02 4974 2000 to enquire about your booking.

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.