Large swell warning as beaches remain closed

30 Apr 2020

With large swells forecast this weekend, City of Newcastle is reminding the community that all beaches remain closed in response to COVID-19 restrictions and seasonal patrols have ceased at Stockton, Newcastle and Dixon Park, along with Merewether Ocean Baths.

Lifeguards are still patrolling Nobbys, Bar and Merewether beaches and Newcastle Ocean Baths through the cooler months, where they continue to monitor public safety and encourage adherence to social distancing measures.

Merewether Beach lifeguard Sally Burns

Our lifeguards have played a key role in the response to COVID-19, promoting social distancing at beaches and working with NSW Police by monitoring adherence to the Public Health Orders.

The summer season beach patrols will recommence on Saturday 26 September.

For more information about how we’re responding to COVID-19, visit