Beaches and Baths

COVID-19 Update

A public health order has been issued by the NSW Government limiting public gatherings. For the latest information see the City’s response to COVID-19

Newcastle's coastline of clean azure waters, white sandy beaches, multiple surf breaks, art deco ocean baths, and laid back approach deserves its growing reputation as one of the best city beach destinations on offer.

Beach Water Quality

Beachwatch monitors beach water quality in the Hunter and other regions


Newcastle has a reputation for being one of the best surfing locations in Australia. Surfing, body boarding and swimming are all popular activities along the city's coast.

Lifeguard Patrols

Council employs professional lifeguards to patrol our beaches throughout the year. Most beaches are patrolled during spring, summer and autumn with winter patrols at Nobbys, Merewether and Bar beaches.

Ocean Baths

Newcastle Ocean Baths and Merewether Baths have a long history and are open all year round, subject to maintenance and cleaning.

Surf Clubs

There are six surf clubs in the Newcastle City Council area, each coordinated by Hunter Surf Lifesaving.