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.
After considerable engagement with the community, the design for stage one was finalised in August 2021 and the tender process for construction was completed in November.
Stage one work commenced in March 2022 and is expected to continue through to the middle of 2023. The entire site, including the pool, will be inaccessible for the duration of the construction period.
The community is reminded that the entire site is inaccessible for the duration of the construction period. We ask that for your own safety, you please adhere to site signage and follow instructions of site personnel.
The $9.5 million recovered from the sale of CN's Fred Ash building is helping fund the Newcastle Ocean Baths Stage One upgrade along with $3 million in funding from the NSW Government’s Public Spaces Legacy Program.
Stage Two - Pavillions
The second stage of the Newcastle Ocean Baths revitalisation will focus on the pavilion buildings. We will work with the Newcastle Ocean Baths Community Reference Group to develop concept designs for future pavilion upgrades, which will be available for further community feedback.
View our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) to learn more about the Newcastle Ocean Baths revitalisation.