Newcastle Ocean Baths are ageing and need substantial upgrades to the pavilions, pools, and promenades to continue to provide benefit to the community.
City of Newcastle has committed to retaining the aesthetic of the Inter-war striped classical / art deco façade of the baths as well as the iconic bleacher seating, while also improving public amenity through provision of more shade, disability access, seating, and new public changerooms with hot water showers.
The revitalisation of Newcastle Ocean Baths will be completed in two stages:
Stage One - Pools and Promenade
Upgrades to the pools, promenades and pump system will be prioritised to improve safety and accessibility for all users. The final design for stage one incorporates the art-deco inspired circular stairs, bleachers and retains the boardwalk.
Watch a short animation to see key features of the stage one upgrade and an overview of how the new pump system will work.
We've also summarised the key considerations for the design of the pool promenade and sand floor.
For more information on the progress of Stage One visit the project page.
Stage Two - Pavilions
We are now planning to commence the concept design of Stage Two, an upgrade of the pavilion buildings, and we are seeking feedback from the community about a preliminary floorplan for these spaces.
Visit our Have Your Say page to find out more.
View our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) to learn more about the Newcastle Ocean Baths revitalisation.